The Build It Awards 2019 in association with BuildStore - celebrating inspirational projects

Build it Awards

The Build It Awards in association with BuildStore are the most sought after accolade within the self build industry. They recognise excellence across the board in self build products, services, suppliers and projects. The winners will be announced on Friday 29th November 2019.

The Build It Awards categories for 2019 are:

This category will feature a selection of readers' homes that have appeared in Build It magazine over the past 12 months. This award will be judged by Build It readers on both the design and the self build/renovation journey the homeowners experienced.

Entries for this category must be accompanied by a description of a recent self build project, along with a reference for the home owner as to why their architect/designer should win this category. Last year the award was won by Chewton Bespoke Homes.

This category celebrates the best UK initiatives that seek to enable the delivery of multi unit self build developments - whether developer/enabler-led custom builds or community schemes.

This award will go to the local authority that has done the most to facilitate self and/or custom building in the UK. Entries for this category can be nominated by councils, developers and organisations as well as members of the public.

This category is looking to celebrate the best developer/enabler-led custom build initiative. Judges will be looking for innovative schemes that either create new self build opportunities or give home owners significant input into the design and finish of the house..

Entrants for this category can be national or regional merchants with the ability to demonstrate that they understand the needs of self-builders.

This category celebrates self built homes, renovations and extensions that successfully deliver high standards of accessibility for their owners. Anyone may enter. Judges will look at overall design, innovation and how the project responds to the homeowners’ needs – with a specific focus on inclusive design, accessibility, adaptability and future proofing.

This category is for self built homes that have been constructed using timber frame and can be entered by timber frame companies, architects or designers. Judges will look at overall design, efficiency, innovation and how the owners’ needs have been addressed.

This category aims to highlight the benefits of the pre-manufactured route to self builders and renovators. Government support for this housebuilding route has been strong, but the method can be a hugely attractive route for one-off, bespoke projects too. Judges will look at overall designs, efficiency, innovation and how the owners’ needs have been addressed.

This category is for self built homes that have been constructed using oak frame and can be entered by oak frame companies, architects or designers. Judges will look at overall design, efficiency, innovation and how the owners’ needs have been addressed.

This category is for self built homes that have been constructed using brick or other masonry, as the primary method and can be entered by masonry companies, architects or designers. Judges will look at overall design, efficiency, innovation and how the owners’ needs have been addressed.

This category is for self built homes that have been designed and constructed to be as efficient and sustainable as possible. We particularly welcome entrants from a variety of build systems including ICF, straw bale, SIPs and thin joint masonry, to name but a few, and anyone may enter.

This category is for self built homes that have been constructed using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) and can be entered by SIPs manufacturers and suppliers, architects or designers. Judges will look at overall design, efficiency, innovation and how the homeowners’ needs have been addressed.

This category is for self built homes that have been constructed using insulating concrete formwork systems and can be entered by ICF companies, architects or designers.

Each entry in this category should be for a single product that the entrant believes is the best on the market. This could be because it outperforms competitors, is better designed/manufactured, better value, or simply deserves to be the de-facto choice for self builders.

Each entry in this category should be for a single product that the entrant believes is the best on the market. This could be because it outperforms competitors, is better designed/manufactured, better value, or simply deserves to be the de-facto choice for self builders.

Each entry in this category should be for a single product that the entrant believes is the best on the market. This could be because it is better designed/manufactured, better value, or simply deserves to be the de-facto choice for self builders. The product could be anything from a staircase to a front door, flooring to a whole kitchen, either made from wood or a wood substitute.

Each entry in this category should be for a single product that the entrant believes is the best on the market. This could be because it is better designed/manufactured, better value, or simply deserves to be the de-facto choice for self builders. The product can be anything that generates heat in a home, including heat pumps, eco boilers and stoves.

Each entry in this category should be for a single product that the entrant believes is the best on the market. This could be because it is better designed/manufactured, or simply deserves to be the de-facto choice for self builders. The product can be anything from innovative radiators to rainwater harvesting systems, shower fittings or underfloor heating pipework

For this category, participants should enter a single product that has been developed/enhanced over the last three years and specifically addresses the needs of the self build/renovation market.

In a world where it can appear that almost every product claims eco credentials, we are seeking to identify something that really stands out. Its manufacture should leave a light environmental footprint and its use should save energy, water, CO2 emissions or pollution.

This category is for an installation or a technology product, or ranges of products, that can be installed into a room or whole house as part of the construction/fit-out process (as opposed to being removable brown or white goods). Judges will be looking for design, innovation, lifestyle benefits and value-for-money.

Each entry in this category should be for a roofing system or product (including roof lights) that the entrant believes is the best on the market. This could be because it is better designed/manufactured or simply deserves to be the de-facto choice for self builders. It could be anything from a type of tile or covering, to roof windows or trusses.

This category is for self-built homes that have been completed for under £250,000 (excluding land) and is open to projects that make best use of the budget available and those at the more affordable end of the spectrum.

For this category, judges will be looking at how lenders have implemented a product that has addressed the financial needs of self builders.