Top 5 Projects of the Week: The Best New Builds in the UK to an Eye-Catching Suburban Wonder Home

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It’s that time of the week again. The time when we take a moment to reflect on what’s been of most interest to YOU on homify during the last week.

Our first look back on Top 5 is at our list of the best new builds in the UK. We'll then whisk you down to the Devon coast to see a jaw-dropping barn conversion, before a quick trip to London to see the right way to adapt a basement for light, spacious family living.

Our eclectic round-up finishes in western Germany, via some professional interior design advice, as we gaze in awe at a modern home so beautiful it needs to be seen to be believed.

So, get comfortable, enjoy the projects and don't forget to let us know which was your favourite in the comments…

1. The Best New Builds in the UK

Residential Development, West Yorkshire: eclectic Houses by Wildblood Macdonald
Wildblood Macdonald

Residential Development, West Yorkshire

Wildblood Macdonald

Simply the best, better than all the rest this week was our Top 10 of the UK's best new built homes.

Although not everyone likes new builds, that didn't deter lots of readers wanting to see what made our list. When you see what some of the talented design teams out there are creating, often on a modest budget, it's extraordinary to witness just how far new build designs have come.

Our list contained a mixture of design styles, although the focus was less on contemporary and futuristic structures, instead looking at more ’traditional’ new builds.

Our #1 pick was Orchard End, the three storey bungalow! 

2. A Dream Home on the English Riviera

Who needs the Côte d'Azur when you have the English Riviera?

Our second most read article of the last seven days was a 360 tour of this dream home in North Devon. This conversion is unlike any we've seen before. Trewin Design Architects took what was an unloved and poorly extended barn and gave it not only a new lease of life, but a defined sense of purpose. The result is one of the finest properties in the UK.

If you missed seeing this stunning home the first time, now's your chance!

3. A Beyond Brilliant British Basement

Basement with Light well, Clapham SW11: modern Houses by TOTUS
TOTUS

Basement with Light well, Clapham SW11

TOTUS

Snatching itself a place on the homify podium is this stylish and somewhat surprising London basement conversion.

We've brought you a number of basement conversion projects which, as space becomes an ever-increasingly scarce commodity, grow in popularity. This was a particularly great example of what can be achieved with the right design team on board. 

The finish, styling, usability and overall feel of this project is so exemplar that we're sure it will inspire at least some people to start planning their own downstairs design. When you think of basements, perhaps dark, damp and cramped spaces will no longer be the first thing that comes to mind!

4. Interior Design Advice for an Exclusive Home

We give a lot of focus to optimising small space, stretching home budgets and exploring affordable homes, and with good reason. However, sometimes it's nice to think fancy. Imagine luxury. Like putting on a fancy gown or tuxedo and attending a special event.

Our fourth most popular article did just that as we offered some interior design advice for making a home more exclusive. Whatever your experience of interior design, from industry veteran to an amateur who’s eager to learn, fresh tips from a professional are always invaluable. These insights can shed new light onto the interior design process or perhaps just refresh and refocus past lessons learned for a positive home revamp.

An inventive approach can achieve exciting design results, no matter the size of budget but, invariably, the highest quality materials usually come at a price. We brought you professional interior design advice aimed at those who want to achieve something beyond the ordinary. Something truly special. Something memorable…  

5. The Eye-Catching Suburban Wonder Home

 Detached home by ARKITURA GmbH
ARKITURA GmbH

Musterhaus Bad Vilbel

ARKITURA GmbH

Before we leave you to enjoy the rest of your Sunday we wanted to take a second look at The Eye-Catching Suburban Wonder Home.

Located in a suburb of the Germany spa city of Bad Vilbel, near Frankfurt, this creative and ambitious design was overseen by Die HausManufaktur. Located in an area where the usual home is built from bricks and mortar, this house was designed to bring a sense of architectural wonder to the neighbourhood.

We think you'll agree it was mission accomplished! A truly glowing example of a new-age house.

We'll return again, same time next week. Hope to see you here!

What was your favourite article this week? Let us know in the comments!
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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