Grand Designs House of the Year: See inside 3 of the UK’s best homes

Take a glimpse inside the best new houses featured in episode 1 of Grand Designs: House of the Year 2017, featuring a modern London town house, a renovated hut and house on the hill in Bath.

By Jenny Mcfarlane | 7 November 2017

From an old shepherd’s hut to a quirky London tower, preview three of the houses featured on tonight’s Grand Designs: House of the Year 2017 from the RIBA House of the Year longlist, hosted by Kevin McCloud.

exterior of hill house featured in riba and Grand Designs house of the year 2017

Exterior of Hill House in Bath. Image: Michael Keys

In Channel 4’s four-part series Grand Designs: House of the Year, the Royal Institute of British Architects looks for the best new home in Britain.

Co-hosted by Kevin McCloud, RIBA’s judging panel, which includes designer Sebastian Cox and architect and previous winner Richard Murphy, will examine every facet of these cutting-edge homes and consider the ingenious features that make them the country’s most exemplary cases of contemporary architecture.

The winner will be awarded the best new residential building by an architect in the UK, as revealed in the finale.

Take a sneak peek at a few of the stunning houses featured in episode one of series three, airing on 7th November at 9pm.

City Modernism: Hill House

inside the hill house featured in Grand Designs and RIBA house of the year 2017

Image: Michael Keys

Architects Mike Keys and Anne Claxton built Hill House in a Conservation Area on the slopes of Bath, as a family home for themselves and their two teenage daughters.

Rather than following the traditional approach of siting the house to one end of the plot with a front and rear garden, the property stretches the length of the site.

All the rooms look south, across the garden and hillside beyond. Inside, tulipwood storage walls and polished concrete flooring add warm tones to the white painted joists, which were left exposed to give grand scale to the internal spaces.