The four judges – consisting of property TV programme presenter, expert and author Michael Holmes, property journalist Angela Pertusini, founder and managing director of Homebuilding & Renovating, Peter Harris and the magazine's editor, Jason Orme – will be hitting the road this week and next to meet the owners of the 15 shortlisted projects in person. All four are experienced self-builders and renovators.
"Seeing the homes up close and personal is the only way to properly judge how successful they are," said Mr Orme.
"This isn't just an architectural competition - a successful project must be of an exceptional design standard, but we're also interested in how the house meet's the owner's needs and how it has transformed their life. After all, that's the essence of self-build."
This year the Awards is utilising interactive web technology; anyone looking to see the latest in house design should visit www.selfbuildawards.co.uk, where they will be able to see films of all 15 homes and vote to pick this year's overall winner, in addition to seeing live updates from the judging process.