Take inspiration from these award-winning homes for your 2020 project

After months of careful consideration, meet the winners of the Real Homes Home and Garden of the Year awards

Kitchen diner extension with sliding doors – Debbie Goodwin
(Image credit: Katie Lee ©Future)

Over the last few months, the Real Homes team has had the difficult job of sifting through all your amazing entries to decide the winners of this year’s Home and Garden of the Year awards. We’ve been wowed by your work and were over the moon to see so many entries for our all-new Best Garden category. 

After careful consideration, we’re excited to reveal the projects that inspired us the most – each of whom will receive a year’s subscription to Real Homes magazine. However, only one of these inspirational entries could win the grand £1,000 prize. 

So who took this year’s crown? Read on to find out – and grab a copy of the new Real Homes magazine for the full reveal…

Best renovation and home of the year

Loft bedroom with dressing room – Debbie Goodwin

(Image credit: Katie Lee ©Future)

Sponsored by Icynene

We fell in love with Debbie Goodwin’s renovated bungalow from the moment we saw it, but the winner for us was the story behind the property. Built by her dad in the 1960s, it’s taken a family effort to get it up to scratch and transform it into the bright, stylish home you see today. Take a tour in Real Homes magazine, on sale now.

Best kitchen

Dark blue kitchen with marble worktop – Clare Pater house

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Sponsored by Grohe

Want to know how to create a luxurious kitchen on a budget? Clare Pater can tell you. Thanks to her eye for interiors and bargain-hunting savvy, she’s transformed a dated, run-down room into a beautiful entertaining space with cost-cutting design cheats that really work. Curious? Read her story in the latest issue of Real Homes magazine.

Best extension

A rear kitchen extension with picture window

(Image credit: Malcolm Menzies ©Future)

Sponsored by Folding Doors to You

Light, bright and spacious: three words to describe everyone’s dream extension, right? Nikki Edwards ticked all those boxes and more with her kitchen extension. Replacing their existing lean-to with a glazed addition actually reduced the footprint of the ground floor, but you’d never know: the new kitchen-diner is the perfect space for entertaining and day-to-day family living. We’ll be featuring Nikki’s kitchen in full in a future issue of Real Homes magazine.

Best home makeover

Bedroom with pattern wall mural – Danielle Lisle

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When Danielle Lisle bought her house from her parents, she set about transforming it into a creative home for her young family – but in true DIY style, she was armed with little more than a paintbrush and a large dose of imagination. The result is a beautiful Scandi-style home done up for less than £25,000. Discover how Danielle achieved her stunning home makeover in an upcoming issue of Real Homes magazine.

Best bathroom

Bathroom with natural textures and apothecary unit

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Sponsored by Bayswater

Not only were we wowed by Nikki Edwards’ light-filled kitchen extension (above), we also fell in love with her bathroom, which is why she’s picked up two prizes in this year’s awards. By sacrificing a bedroom in her Victorian terrace for a spa-style bathroom, Nikki has created a sanctuary that’s the envy of the Real Homes office. Find out how she did it in the January issue of Real Homes magazine, on sale now.

Best garden

Decked garden area with sunken seating pit, sliding doors into kitchen and outdoor kitchen space – Georgia Blundell

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Sponsored by Sureset

Georgia Blundell decided to make the most of the sloping plot she inherited when she bought her house by creating a multi-level garden that functions as an extension of her home. Complete with outdoor kitchen, sunken dining pit and plenty of bright and colourful planting, it’s the perfect space to relax in after a long week. See the full tour in a summer issue of Real Homes magazine.