London’s most inspirational home improvements shortlisted for the Don’t Move, Improve! competition by NLA | News

anchor A Tuscan Veranda by Turner Architects. Photographer © Adam Scott The shortlist for the 12th annual Don’t Move, Improve! Awards has been unveiled by New London Architecture, treating observers to 15 projects packed with home improvement inspiration. The awards recognize the newest […]


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A Tuscan Veranda by Turner Architects. Photographer © Adam Scott

A Tuscan Veranda by Turner Architects. Photographer © Adam Scott


The shortlist for the 12th annual Don’t Move, Improve! Awards has been unveiled by New London Architecture, treating observers to 15 projects packed with home improvement inspiration. The awards recognize the newest and most innovative home renovation projects across London, with an emphasis on “diversity and character.”

Trends which emerged from the 2022 shortlist include interconnected indoor/outdoor spaces, the use of wood and natural materials, and the use of natural tones and pastel colors matched with bold, art deco-inspired geometries.

“This year’s submissions delighted our jury with innovative approaches to structure, layout, materials, and color,” said Amy Chadwick Till, who is both the Program Director at NLA and Chair of the judging panel. “We were looking for creativity, originality, livability, and cost-effectiveness as well as consideration of environmental impact and local context. Don’t Move, Improve! aims to encourage great domestic-scale design across the city, so we are really pleased to have another shortlist that showcases a wide range of budgets, building styles, locations, and home-owner needs.”

The overall winner of the 2022 edition will be revealed in May of this year. Below, we have rounded up the 15 shortlisted projects including a brief description by NLA for each project. Full details on this year’s shortlist are available on the NLA website, while previous winners and shortlisted homes can be found through our dedicated coverage here.

A Tuscan Veranda / Turner Architects




A Tuscan Veranda by Turner Architects. Photograph © Adam Scott

A Tuscan Veranda by Turner Architects. Photograph © Adam Scott

“Drawing on the Italian style of the terraced house with classic and perfectly proportioned Romanesque arches.”

Artist Studio Conversion / VATRAA


Artist Studio Conversion by VATRAA. Photograph © VATRAA

Artist Studio Conversion by VATRAA. Photograph © VATRAA

“Extending and transforming a former artist studio into an energy efficient, four-bedroom house. Inspired by the clients’ interest in spirituality and meditation, VATRAA explored the spiritual quality of space through views, light and materials.”

Bay Window House / Gundry + Ducker


Bay Window House by Gundry Ducker and Jim Stephenson. Photograph © Gundry Ducker and Jim Stephenson.

Bay Window House by Gundry Ducker and Jim Stephenson. Photograph © Gundry Ducker and Jim Stephenson.

“An extension is designed in the form of a new bay window as a counterpoint to the original bays.”

Church Road / AHMM with RUFFARCHITECTS


Church Road by AHMM with RUFFARCHITECTS. Photograph © Tim Soar

Church Road by AHMM with RUFFARCHITECTS. Photograph © Tim Soar

“A refurbishment project in the Highgate conservation area set amongst the only remaining ancient oaks outside Highgate Wood, turned into a beautiful and functional family home.”

Coffered House / Proctor & Shaw


Coffer House by Proctor and Shaw. Photograph ©Nick Deardon

Coffer House by Proctor and Shaw. Photograph ©Nick Deardon

“A coffered loft construction revealing a deep retrofit to the upper storeys of this Victorian home.”

Concrete Plinth House / DGN Studio


Concrete Plinth House by DGNS. Photograph © Building Narratives

Concrete Plinth House by DGNS. Photograph © Building Narratives

“A series of concrete plinths are embedded into the ground of a Victorian end of terrace house.”

Curve Appeal / nimtim architects


Curve Appeal by nimtim architects. Product image: Joinery and Hay pendant. Photograph © Megan Taylor

Curve Appeal by nimtim architects. Product image: Joinery and Hay pendant. Photograph © Megan Taylor

“A reinvention of an existing 1920s semi-detached house to bring functionality, warm and tactility to a family space.”

Forest House / AOC Architecture


Forest House by AOC. Photograph © David Grandorge

Forest House by AOC. Photograph © David Grandorge

“A remodelled and extended semi-detached Victorian house with the experiential joy of Epping Forest incorporated in.”

Little Brownings / Archmongers


Little Brownings by Archmongers. Photograph © Archmongers

Little Brownings by Archmongers. Photograph © Archmongers

“A project set in a three story 1960s terraced house, refurbished into a contemporary house.”

Non Boxy Lofty / Fraher & Findlay Architects


Non Boxy Lofty by Fraher & Findlay Architects. Photograph © Fraher & Findlay Architects

Non Boxy Lofty by Fraher & Findlay Architects. Photograph © Fraher & Findlay Architects

“An extension of a first floor flat with an inverse plan of forming bedroom spaces at loft level.”

Pergola House / Benjamin Wilkes


Pergola House by Benjamin Wilkes. Photograph © Billy Bolton

Pergola House by Benjamin Wilkes. Photograph © Billy Bolton

“A timber framed single-story extension to a Victorian family home in the Lee Manor Conservation Area.”

Pink House / Oliver Leech Architects


Pink House by Oliver Leech. Photograph © Ståle Eriksen

Pink House by Oliver Leech. Photograph © Ståle Eriksen

“A family home designed to celebrate natural materials, travel memories, and create a home perfect for entertaining.”

Shoji Apartment / Proctor & Shaw


Shoji Apartment by Proctor and Shaw. Photograph ©Ståle Eriksen

Shoji Apartment by Proctor and Shaw. Photograph ©Ståle Eriksen

“This apartment renovation shows a prototype for micro-living in existing housing stock with constrained floor areas but generous ceiling heights.”

Slide and Slot House / Ashton Porter Architects


Slide and Slot House by Ashton Porter Architects. Photograph © Andy Stagg

Slide and Slot House by Ashton Porter Architects. Photograph © Andy Stagg

“An extension and internal refurbishment to a 19th century cottage creating a new living space for modern family living.”

Transitions / Red Squirrel Architects


Transitions by Red Squirrel Architects. Photograph © Adelina Iliev.

Transitions by Red Squirrel Architects. Photograph © Adelina Iliev.

“A semi-detached Victorian house reconfigured to create open and light interconnected living spaces that take advantage of the garden.”

















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