More of you than ever entered this year’s Real Homes Transformation Awards, sponsored by TSB, but there can only be one winner in each category – here they

Overall winner – Best Kitchen & Best Extension

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.

black brick kitchen extension with Crittall windows

Best Bathroom

  • 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

Readers’ Choice

  • 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

Best Conversion

  • 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

Best Other Transformation

  • 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 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 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.