It’s been 30 years since the Homebuilding & Renovating magazine first ran its annual competition to find Britain’s best self-build homes.
It’s back this year, and better than ever. But the judges are not after the impractical Grand Designs-style builds, with the cantilevered roofs and huge glassy rooms that turn a home into a greenhouse. They are looking for family homes built around the needs of the people they are for.
Take last year’s winner. The property in Surrey was designed by Vint & Smith Architecture + Design, homeowners who are also architects. It was totally flexible for the family’s changing needs due to full-height sliding panels that could separate the open-plan rooms into smaller pockets, perfect for creating corners for learning and relaxing.
The Telegraph has supported these awards for many years, and it’s always inspiring to see what our readers have created.
It’s not just open to homes that have been built from scratch. The judges are looking for the best extensions, interiors, renovations and conversions too.
There are also various categories of self-build, including traditional and contemporary styles, sustainable, best value and an award for Home of the Future.
Entry is free, and all you need to do is fill out the form online and send over floor plans and images that best show off the house as it was and what it has become.
For full details on how to enter the Daily Telegraph/Homebuilding and Renovating Awards, go to homebuilding.co.uk/awards. The closing date for entries is May 18. Good luck!