2016’s Build It Awards have honoured a host of leading companies and individuals for their impressive contributions to self build over the past 12 months. The awards were judged by a panel of industry figures including NaCSBA’s Raymond Connor (BuildStore) and Mike Hardwick.

The most highly anticipated award – which was voted for by the public – for Best Self Build went to Darren Findlow and Anthony Higham, who build their own bespoke home in Cheshire (pictured below). Chris Bates, editor of Build It magazine, said: “Having struggled to find a suitable house on the open market, Darren and Anthony decided the time was right to realise a long-held ambition of self building – and in doing so they’ve been able to achieve maximum value for their budget. Their inspiring project is a natural fit in its woodland setting and has given them a comfortable, light-filled contemporary home that’s truly tailored to their lifestyle.” Click here for more on the project.


The awards also honoured Teignbridge District Council, which stood out from the crowd thanks to its innovative adoption of a Supplementary Planning Document that requires larger developments to release at least 5% of plots as custom build opportunities.

Other NaCSBA members to win awards include Potton (Best Custom Build Project), IDSystems (Best Glazed Doors) and Kloeber (Best Joinery Product).

Mike Hardwick commented: “The judges had their work cut out as the standard of entries for this year’s competition raised the bar yet again. Quite often, it is subtle differences in the supporting information that sways the voting when the standard is so good. I’m always on the lookout for excellent customer service and support as well as good design. I suspect our job will be no easier next year, but I look forward to another feast of brilliant design and products”

For a full list of winners, click here

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