We’ve shortlisted our favourite 15 entries from the Real Homes Transformation Awards and you have voted for your favourites too. Wait as we prepare to announce the winners

The shortlist

1. Nature-inspired bathroom makeover

  • The owner:  Anna Rickard
  • The property: Four-bedroom house in Gloucestershire
  • The project: Transforming the bathroom of this family home with a stud wall to hide pipework and create extra storage space

2. Modern extension to a 1930s house

  • The owner: Alan MacDonald
  • The property: Five-bedroom 1930s house in Oakham, near Leicester
  • The project: Complete modernisation of a house in a conservation area, including open-plan rear extension

3. Creating a luxury family home

  • The owner: Sayu Sinha
  • The property: A five-bedroom Victorian house in Queens Park, London
  • The project: Five run-down bedsits have been turned into a luxury family home that combines period features with modern design

4. Former science lab conversion

  • The owner: Carlo Viscione
  • The property: A four-bedroom family home in Stratford, London
  • The project: A loft-style family home created from a former science lab that was previously split into two flats

5. Luxury open-plan kitchen

  • The owner: Clare Hemingway
  • The property: Six-bedroom Edwardian house in Southsea, Hampshire
  • The project: An old conservatory was removed and the kitchen relocated to the rear of the house, where it was made open-plan to living and dining areas

6. Transformed chalet bungalow

  • The owner: Rachel Barnes
  • The property: A four-bedroom house in Dewsbury
  • The project: Turning a 1970s chalet-bungalow into a Modernist, upside-down family home that takes advantage of stunning views

7. Statement two-storey extension

  • The owners: R Bull
  • The property: Five-bedroom barn conversion in Winchcombe
  • The project: Adding a contemporary two-storey extension to a barn conversion to maximise views of the Cotswolds

8. Elegant bathroom transformation

  • The owner: Caroline and John Marsden
  • The property: A three-bedroom house in Poulton le Flyde
  • The project: Changing the interior layout of a 1990s house to introduce a better sense of flow, including creating a hotel-style bathroom

9. Bold rental house makeover

  • The owner: Pati Robbins
  • The property: A two-bedroom rented house in Cardiff
  • The project: Complete DIY makeover of a rented property using mainly upcycled second-hand buys

10. Compact bathroom transformation

  • The owner: Victoria Hamilton
  • The property: A three-bedroom Victorian house in Wallingford, Oxfordshire
  • The project: Transforming a small bathroom by adding a small amount of space from an adjacent room

11. Colourful kitchen extension

  • The owners: John and Gillian Denby
  • The property:  A three-bedroom Victorian house in Twickenham
  • The project: Adding a kitchen extension with contemporary orange and white kitchen-diner

12. Smart internal remodel

  • The owners: James Stewart
  • The property: Three-bedroom Edwardian house in Glasgow
  • The project: Replacing a dated extension and then combining existing rooms to create an open-plan kitchen-diner with pitched ceiling

13. Industrial-style kitchen extension

  • The owner: James Hewitt
  • The property: Five-bedroom semi-detached Victorian house in Surrey
  • The project: Adding a side-return extension to a renovated Victorian property to create an open-plan kitchen-diner with industrial accents

14. Completely transformed 1960s bungalow

  • The owner: Sarah Constantinou
  • The property: Five-bedroom bungalow conversion in Northampton
  • The project: Turning a dated bungalow into a contemporary two-storey family home

15. Updated ex-local authority house

  • The owner: Alexandra Hull
  • The property: Three-bedroom semi-detached house in Alton, Hampshire
  • The project: Transforming an ex-local authority house with new layout, windows and bi-fold doors, with much of the work completed by the owners

The categories

Best extension

This includes both single-storey and two-storey rear, front, side and basement extensions.

Best conversion

Including loft, garage and basement conversions, as well as barn, school and church conversions.

Best kitchen

Whether you’ve extended, remodelled or simply refitted, any kitchen can be entered into this category.

Best bathroom

Both new bathrooms and en suites, and remodelled spaces are eligible for this award.

Best other transformation

Have you made over your garden? Or given your living room a brand new look? We will be looking at any room makeover in this category – from bedrooms and dining rooms to outside spaces.


The prizes

The owners of every project that is shortlisted will receive a free, 12-month subscription to Real Homes magazine, worth more than £46.

The owner of the project crowned overall winner, which will be awarded the title Real Homes Transformation of the Year 2017, will receive a £1,000 cash prize.

Last year’s winner

Architect Fiona Kirkwood and her husband Benjamin used their experience and vision to turn an empty workshop in a London Conservation Area into a compact home spread across three levels.

With clever design solutions, the couple have made the most of every inch of space and introduced a mix of modern materials, including powder-coated steel stairs, brick walls and walnut flooring.

‘I love this conversion. It shows a clever use of the interesting room shapes and split levels that were required by the site location. It’s a small house, but a big success.’

Charlie Luxton
Architectural designer and TV personality

The judges

Sian Astley portraitSian 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 portraitJason 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.

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