Discover 5 of the UK’s best brick self-build homes

These inspiring self-builds go to prove that brick still has a place in contemporary construction.

By Hugh Metcalf | 15 November 2019

The Brick Awards has crowned its best property projects for 2019 – take a look at the exceptional houses shortlisted for the Individual Housing Development award.

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Image: Kenwood Lee, Brick Awards 

The Brick Development Association’s Brick Awards are an annual celebration of the best uses of clay bricks in our built environment, from commercial buildings to large housebuilders, innovative ideas to singular examples of creative designs using bricks.

The winners of 2019 have now been announced, with Kenwood Lee coming out top in the hotly contested Individual Housing Development award.

Take a look at this year’s winner, as well as the other hugely deserving nominees on the Brick Awards shortlist.

Kenwood Lee

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Image: Kenwood Lee, Brick Awards 

You may recognise Kenwood Lee, this year’s winner of best Individual Housing Project at the Brick Awards, as it also made the longlist for RIBA’s House of the Year competition, featuring on Grand Designs: House of the Year.

The property is undeniably modern, but draws design favours from the Arts & Crafts movement that characterises Highgate Conservation Area, where the home has been built. Architects Cousins & Cousins chanelled this inspiration through a focus on detailing, especially with brickwork. A stepped brick side chimney, perforated brick window screen and flush pointing are just a few noteworthy design elements they’ve employed.

The property inside is just as impressive, with a concrete core at the heart of the house, rising through all 3 of the building’s above ground levels.