Jan­uary 2018

Homebuilding & Renovating - - Editor’s Letter -

The the cial we of The con­clud­ing an­nounce year for this Daily are mag­a­zine, al­ways the Tele­graph months re­sults spe- as of Home­build­ing We were in­un­dated & Ren­o­vat­ing with amaz­ing Awards. homes in 2017 and whit­tling the en­tries down to a short­list was a dif­fi­cult task; choos­ing the win­ners, even harder. Our win­ners this year are tes­ta­ment to the broad range of build­ing projects cov­ered each month in these pages. Among them: a char­ac­ter­ful new home built against the odds and al­most en­tirely by its owner — for £67k; an in­ge­nious Lon­don cus­tom build scheme (which could just pro­vide a model for fu­ture hous­ing in the city); a low-cost ter­race ren­o­va­tion; a Pas­sivhaus self-build on stilts; and in­di­vid­ual homes that rep­re­sent the very best in 21st-cen­tury Bri­tish ar­chi­tec­ture (this month’s cover house in­cluded). Which brings us to the Over­all Win­ner: a low-en­ergy, space-savvy con­ver­sion of a for­mer newsagents, which has pro­vided one young cou­ple with their first home. This project has not only brought a derelict build­ing back into use, but cost­ing just £68k, has left the cou­ple al­most mort­gage-free. Judge Neil Turner sums this build­ing project up quite nicely when he says: “It just makes you smile.” I hope these homes leave you feel­ing in­spired — and we look for­ward to see­ing your projects when we open for en­tries in spring 2018. H

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