Check out the spectacular houses from the 2017 ‘Don’t Move, Improve!’ shortlist

Take a look at the 'Don't Move, Improve!' shortlist, which features 24 amazing home designs from across London

Are you planning a big project in the new year? Then take some inspiration from London’s best extensions and home improvement projects shortlisted for New London Architecture’s ‘Don’t Move, Improve!’ 2017 award.

The 24 shortlisted projects were selected from a list of 120 entries, all of which demonstrate how homeowners can extend above, below and through their homes, creating much needed space for their families.

Small flats in 1960s high-rise blocks, Victorian terraces and Edwardian semis are just some of the building types that make up the eclectic mix of homes featured from across the capital.

With a record number of entries received this year, the annual competition showcases a diverse range of designs, from a kitchen on wheels, to a 25k extension. It comes as no surprise that the award was recently recognised by Dezeen’s inaugural Hot List as one of the world’s most popular design award programmes.

Peter Murray, Chairman of New London Architecture and Chair of the judging panel said: “As London continues to grow we need to make the best use of land in the capital. Home extensions provide an increase in accommodation that is sympathetic to the surrounding neighbourhood, improve the quality of space of older houses and increase their energy performance.”

1/24 The Study House, New Cross

study house after rear elevation

(Image credit: Salt Productions Ltd)

2/24 Slab House, Clapham

slab house hall with white wall and leather sofa

(Image credit: Future PLC/Ben Blossom)

3/24 Park House, Barnsbury

park house with glass door and window

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Vintiner)

4/24 Pages Lane, Muswell Hill

brick house with wooden flooring and glass slide

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Vintiner)

5/24 Wolfram Close, Hither Green

dining area with brick wall and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Andy Matthews)

6/24 Stamford Road, Dalston, by Pamphilon Architects

brick house with garden

(Image credit: Anna Pamphilon)

7/24 Lacy Brick, Hornsey

lacy brick house

(Image credit: Future PLC/Vicky Bamforth Photography)

8/24 Molyneux Street, Edgware

dining area with wooden cabinets

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Kennedy)

9/24 Kennington House, Kennington

kitchen with blue and yellow cabinets

(Image credit: Future PLC/Andy Stagg)

10/24 Double Concrete House, Clapham

double concrete house

(Image credit: Future PLC/Rosangela Photography)

11/24 Home/Studio Kilburn Lane, Queen’s Park

house with grass pathway

(Image credit: Studio Mcleod)

12/24 Hennessey House, Chiswick

living room with brick wall and pink sofa

(Image credit: Alexander James)

13/24 Harvey Road, Hornsey

brick flooring outside the house

(Image credit: Future PLC/Ståle Eriksen)

14/24 N22: A kitchen on wheels, Wood Green, by Turner Architects Ltd

kitchen with white wall and wooden cabinets

(Image credit: Adam Scott)

15/24 Delawyk Modular House, Herne Hill

delawyk modular house

(Image credit: Andy Matthews)

16/24 The Rug Room, Oval

rug room with wooden shelves

(Image credit: Future PLC/Damian Griffiths)

17/24 Valhalla, Highgate

valhalla black and white highgate

(Image credit: Future PLC/Ben Blossom)

18/24 The Lined Extension, Wormwood Scrubs

lined extension

(Image credit: Future PLC/Richard Chivers)

19/24 Warren Cottage, Kingston

warren cottage

(Image credit: Adam Currie)

20/24 Phase II, Holloway

kitchen with white cabinets

(Image credit: Future PLC/Ben Blossom)

21/24 Yellow House, Herne Hill

living room with white wall with wooden shelf and white chair with cushion

(Image credit: Future PLC/Megan Taylor)

22/24 Clay House, Tufnell Park

clay house

(Image credit: Future PLC/Nicolas Worley)

23/24 Wearside Wood, Ladywell

wearside after image

(Image credit: Future PLC/Ben Blossom)

24/24 Sunken Bath Project, Clapton

sunken bath project

(Image credit: Future PLC/Radu Palicica)
Celia Lloyd-Jones