The winners revealed

Overall winner & Best Conversion

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.


Photograph: Chris Snook

‘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

Best Extension

Owners of this semi-detached Victorian house within a Conservation Area in Oxfordshire, Marika and James Frost extended to the rear to create a clever contrast between old and new. A stylish Scandi-inspired interior with wooden features completes the space.


Photograph: Adam Carter

‘I adore the rear view of this extension with the metal cladding around the doors. It’s a very elegant extension and the clever use of windows allows plenty of light to seep through. Clever design elements and stylish – I love it!’

Lucy Alexander
TV presenter and housing expert

Best Kitchen

Owners Olivia and Daniel Lynan knocked through to combine two rooms into one spacious area in their Leeds cottage, creating an open-plan kitchen-diner with industrial influences. Having completed most of the renovation work themselves, the completed project shows personality, plus features characterful details in keeping with the property’s heritage.


Photograph: Katie Lee

‘This kitchen is perfect for a cottage. The painted Shaker-style units feel fresh against the industrial lighting and blue walls. I also love that the owners did so much of the work themselves.’

Sian Astley
Experienced renovator, blogger and presenter

Best Bathroom

Owners Jane and John DeBono turned part of a bedroom into a new master bathroom with a striking minimalist scheme of black, white and grey. With a background in fashion, the couple love the stylish contrast of the dark shades against clean white fixtures.


Photograph: Katie Lee

‘Simple, monotone colours combined with clean lines make this stylish bathroom feel bigger and brighter.’

Charlie Luxton
Architectural designer and TV personality

 Readers’ Choice Award

Sarah and Ed Rossiter’s converted bungalow in Brighton has been redesigned to create a modern open-plan home. The couple extended to create two-storeys, complete with stylish decor, including polished concrete, statement staircase and accents of colour.


Photograph: David Woolley

‘This is a very stylish conversion with wonderful touches, like the hexagonal tiles, polished concrete floors and very unusual stairwell’

Lucy Alexander
TV presenter and housing expert

The prizes

The owner of the project crowned Overall Winner, Fiona Kirkwood, received a £1,000 cash prize, provided by our sponsor, Mrs Stone Store.

The winners of the four remaining categories took home a coffee-making machine, also supplied by Mrs Stone Store.

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

If you think your home transformation is as stylish and well designed as these amazing projects, make sure you enter the Real Homes Transformation Awards 2017 for your chance to win. Keep reading Real Homes to find out more.

The judges

Charlie Luxton portraitCharlie Luxton is an architectural designer who combines his design work with writing and presenting television programmes.

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.

Lucy Alexander portraitLucy Alexander is co-presenter of BBC One daytime programme Homes Under the Hammer. With years of experience in the property investment business, she has developed many properties and bought her own home, a detached Arts and Crafts house in Surrey, at auction.

wayne hemmingway portraitWayne Hemmingway co-founded Red or Dead and HemingwayDesign with wife Gerardine. He is now a writer for architectural and housing publications and a TV design commentator, Wayne also holds talks on housing, urban design, education and the creative sector.

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.

caron bronson portraitCaron Bronson is brand editor of Real Homes. With a wealth of experience in creative and publishing roles, she is passionate about all things relating to home transformation. Whether it’s beautiful architecture or contemporary interior design, Caron is always looking for the best content for Real Homes’ readers. She’s also currently renovating her own home in Cambridge.

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