We are thrilled to announce that Graven Hill residents Darren and Christine Adams won the award for Best Brick Home at this year’s Build It Awards on Friday 26th November.

Darren & Christine beat 3 other shortlisted entries to take home the award. The judges commented that they felt that ‘this project would inspire self-builders, by highlighting that brick can be a fantastic choice for a contemporary look.’

The winning house is a modern four-bedroom detached home, with three bathrooms and two reception rooms. Three stories and a roof terrace provide the home with external wow factor, while the inside is full of contemporary features and natural light. White brick, double height windows and timber cladding, as well as a flat roof, create a striking finish to the asymmetric home.


Brick structure

In October 2019, Darren and Christine began laying the bricks for the main structure of their home with the help of a local bricklayer. Unafraid to get her hands dirty, Christine took on the role of labourer by carrying the bricks and blocks. The process took four months, and throughout this time, Christine learnt a new skill which she put to use when creating the walls that surround the couple’s garden.

Initially, the couple were considering a timber frame structure, but after consulting their architect they chose brick and block. As well as being very structurally sound, they found this traditional method to be cheaper and more aesthetically pleasing. They also discovered that the building inspection process was much smoother, with brick and block being a tried and tested construction method.


From the very start, Darren and Christine were in close consultation with their architect. The design was developed over two months, with 3D models created to give the couple an idea of what the finished result would look like from every angle. Externally, rustic white brick with timber cladding and dark powder coated windows create a striking aesthetic. The double height, south facing windows framed by angled cedar cladding adds another layer of interest to this unique asymmetric home. A roof terrace overlooking the site and the greenery that surrounds it, provides the finishing touch.

The internal elements of the home are just as beautiful. The feature staircase with dual aspect landings greets visitors as soon as they step through the front door. Flow was important to Darren and Christine, with each room leading seamlessly to the next. Throughout, there is a clean and modern aesthetic, with the large windows providing plenty of natural light.


Comments from the homeowners:

“We couldn’t be happier with the way our home turned out. Brick was definitely the right choice for us, creating a visually stunning but also structurally sound and energy efficient result. It is unlike any home we have seen before, and we’re incredibly proud to call it our own.”

In addition, another Graven Hill resident, David Spafford was shortlisted for an award for Best Off-Site Manufactured Home. If you missed the ceremony and would like to catch up on all the winners, please visit the Build It Awards website.