New homes in London: Bolton Studios

Original double-height artists' studios for sale in a Kensington conservation area are a throwback to a time when painters and sculptors could afford to live and work in prime central London.

Britain's most unusual homes

Forts, castles, water towers and oast houses are being transformed into wow-factor homes across the UK, while new eco-builds offer unique design and the latest in homes technology. Join us as we take a tour around some of the cleverest conversions and quirkiest modern homes...

Legal Q&A: who pays the £70k to fix our leaky roof?

I moved into a top-floor flat in a “newly refurbished” apartment block on a shared-ownership basis six years ago. From the day I moved in, I had problems with leaks from the roof, which was repaired but not properly. Now I have been told repairs will cost £70,000 - do I have to pay this or can I appeal?

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State-of-the-art stoves: this winter's hottest home trend

As the cold, dark nights draw in, we've gone in search of the the stoves to add light and warmth to the home. From energy-efficient wood-burning stoves to ones that are as easy to install as they are on the eye, here are this season's must-haves for cosy nights in... 

Homes for Londoners who love smart-tech

Londoners see the sense of smart technology to save money in the home. Thermostats to control the heating remotely are top of the list of must-haves, closely followed by smart security systems with out-of-house alerts. 

London's greenest boroughs enjoy top house price growth

One lies in the heart of the British contemporary art scene, while the other contains a big chunk of leafy and affluent north London - Hackney and Haringey regularly outperform built-up neighbours when it comes to house price growth.

Grand Designs House of the Year: shortlist heats up

The hunt for the UK's best home is set to conclude this evening, as Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud is set to announce the winner of this year's Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) House of the Year award.
During this month's special four-part TV series on Channel 4, McCloud has visited some of the UK's most spectacular homes and creative conversions.

Highlights from the six-strong shortlist so far include a flint-clad house resembling an Aztec temple; a property tucked behind a 19th-century stable wall in Kew, south-west London; and a family house built on the walled site of a former taxi garage that has six roofs joined to form vaults.
A final shortlisted building will be revealed during the final programme tonight, along with the winning project.

Visit for more details and read Philippa Stockley's full report here.

Grand Designs: Flint House scoops top prize

A flint-clad house designed for Lord Rothschild that resembles an Aztec temple has won this year's coveted Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) House of the Year award.

Revealed by Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud as part of a special four-part TV series on Channel 4, Flint House was designed by architects Skene Catling De La Pena and is set in the flint-layered fields at the Rothschild estate in Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire. The property is inspired by the seam of flint it sits on and the surrounding ploughed chalk fields. 

McCloud was impressed with the boldness of the exterior design, and the flexibility of the modern interior frames which frames the view of the breathtaking local landscape

The full shortlist for the award also included several ingenious London homes, from a property tucked behind a 19th-century stable wall in Kew, to a family house built on the walled site of a former taxi garage that has six roofs joined to form vaults.

The RIBA House of the Year award (formerly the Manser Medal) is awarded every year to the best new house designed by an architect in the UK. It was created in 2001 to celebrate excellence in housing design.  Visit for more details.