Meet the winners. Read the full stories in the January 2018 issue of Real Homes, in shops now.
Best Kitchen & Best Extension – Overall Winner
James Hewitt and Pamela Sampson spent hours researching every element of their kitchen extension (above), combining reclaimed and vintage pieces to create a striking finish.
What the judges say: ‘This is a fantastic example of how a contemporary extension can complement a Victorian property. The Crittall-style glazing and electronic rooflight are key design features that set this project apart,’ renovation expert Michael Holmes.
Anna Rickard overhauled a dated family bathroom to create this practical yet stylish space. A new stud wall conceals unsightly pipework and provides handy recessed storage.
What the judges say: ‘Not only does this bathroom look fantastic, it’s also highly practical. I love the combination of large-format grey tiles with copper accents,’ Laura Crombie, Editor
Sarah and Nick Constantinou added a second floor to a dated 1970s bungalow to create a modern family home. A palette of greys and blues ties each room together and.
What the judges say: ‘Bungalows offer so much potential for those willing to tackle a major renovation project, and Sarah and Nick’s project sets an example for anyone willing to think outside the box to create their dream home,’ renovation expert Jason Orme.
Best Other Transformation
From converting the loft to stripping out an old chimney breast, Alexandra and Nick Hull completed much of the work needed to transform this neglected ex-local authority house into a stylish home by themselves.
What the judges say: ‘It can take a lot of vision to see how a property that has stood empty could ever become liveable, but Nick and Alexandra not only had the ability to see the potential in this place, they also had the DIY skills to make it a reality,’ renovation expert Jason Orme.
Our social media followers chose Patti Robins’ bold budget makeover as winner of this award. She’s spent just £6,000 achieving a super-stylish look in her rental home.
What the judges say: ‘What Patti has achieved in her rented house is nothing short of amazing. She’s taken high-end trends and made them work for her thanks to a winning combination of creativity and DIY know-how’.
Each category winner will receive five litres of Crown paint in a colour of their choice, plus a 12-month subscription to Real Homes magazine. The overall winner will receive a £1,000 cash prize. Stay tuned for your chance to enter the 2018 awards.
Sian Astley is a self builder, interior designer, landlord and blogger at Moregeous.com. With 20 years’ experience working in property, she’s passionate about DIY, crafts and renovating. She also regularly takes on clients’ projects to transform their homes into beautiful living spaces.
Jason Orme is a self build and renovation expert and editorial director of Real Homes. With more than 17 years’ experience in the industry, including 12 years as editor of Homebuilding & Renovating, he is also the author of The Self Build Dream, has advised thousands of homeowners on their projects, and is currently extending and remodelling his 1960s home.