Drum roll please! Announcing the winners of the 2021 People’s Choice Award for Conversion of the Year! From basement conversions to loft transformations, these designs will have you converting your garage by the weekend!

Gold Award: Converting a Basement into a Self-contained Apartment in Napier by Sophia Roydhouse-Ross and Mike Ross

Few of us would be thrilled about moving into a space referred to as “the dungeon”, but this smart and stylish conversion to a fully functioning granny flat is as warm and inviting as it gets. 

A contemporary black and white palette with luxury details, including marble benchtops, matte fixtures, and built-in appliances, make this unit feel more penthouse than basement. 

Built-in shelving creates the perfect place to display decor without cluttering the suite. And to ensure the basement’s dungeon status is a thing of the past, large windows and sliding glass doors capture maximum sunlight making the suite bright and airy.

Silver Award: Potential in Papakowhai: Contemporary Design in This Family Home by Steve Wang

The design might be minimalist but this garage turned sleepout/office is brimming with smart, functional features that make for a versatile space. 

Keeping the conversion simple allowed this former garage to become a multi-purpose space that can be used as a guest suite, living area, office, or laundry room. 

Contemporary cedar cladding on the frontage of this former garage, paired with a chic black door, achieve the perfect welcoming touches that finish off this beautifully modern conversion, suitable for guests and family alike.

Bronze Award: House Renovation and Loft Conversion in South London, England by Asif Hameed

High-end finishes and a superb design left this loft conversion completely unrecognisable in the best of ways. 

The suite now boasts a bedroom and a spacious bathroom, creating an ambience of relaxation and serenity. 

Skylights allow natural light to brighten up the space, while adding to the charm on a starry night. Minimalist in approach, design is most certainly in the detail of this conversion, proving that simplicity can be luxurious when completed to a high quality.


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