Extend Instead and now ‘Don’t Move – Improve’

Mint Builders ‘Extend Instead’ campaign relaunched this Spring seems perhaps to have a smart London ‘version’ – Don’t Move – Improve, which are an Awards which aims to find the best new extensions in London as reports the always eye-catching and informative www.dezeen.com

house prices 

Mint’s ‘Extend Instead’ campaign suggesta to home-owners in Cheltenham and The Cotswolds  that they should  consider extending for more space instead of ‘upping sticks’ and moving, particularly in view of there being less homes on sale currently, which is tending to drive house prices upwards.


Dezeen is media partner for Don’t Move, Improve! It is organised by New London Architecture (NLA) in association with RIBA London,Clippings and Architect’s Republic.


Any home extension or improvement project completed in the last two years, in any one of London’s 33 boroughs, was eligible for entry. Judges included Dezeen editor Amy Frearson, NLA chairman Peter Murray, architect Carl Turner and Ash Sakula, co-founder Cany Ash.

A revamped Georgian town-house with a patio that transforms into a reflecting pool has won top prize. Designed by architecture studio Tonkin Liu, Sun Rain Rooms is the Don’t Move-Improve Award winner of this year.

home and workspace

Reports dezeen.com “The project, which forms both a home and workspace for practice founders Anna Liu and Mike Tonkin, includes a glazed extension with a concave roof. This roof brings rainwater down into a harvesting tank, transforming the courtyard into a pool of water in the process. Other features include a basement extension filled with natural light, thanks to a large plant-filled light well.


Says journalist Philippa Stockley, one of the judges, “Sun Rain Rooms is so exciting and glamorous – there’s so much happening and it’s a total transformation that makes your heart sing. It’s completely innovative.”

Below here are two – shall we say more modest – but still highly impressive extensions to review and enjoy…


Impressive – eh?   If you have your own extension plans this Spring – award winning or not, we at Mint Builders would be pleased to help you ‘Extend Instead’ or even ‘Don’t Move – Improve!’ Your extension – we would hope – would be an award winner for you and yours in any event!