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London's best new house extensions revealed in Don't Move, Improve! 2018 shortlist

A timber-lined loft renovation, a seven-square-metre extension and a triangular room feature among the 30 projects shortlisted in a competition to find London's best home extensions.

Don't Move, Improve! is an annual contest organised by New London Architecture (NLA), to champion "emerging trends, imaginative design and original problem-solving" in home renovation and extension projects.

A kitchen that celebrates exposed materials, a corten-clad roof extension and a series of hobby rooms for a retired couple also made the shortlist for the annual award, which is now in its eighth year.

Other projects recognised include a ramped Victorian workshop, a garden library and a refurbished water tower.

Dezeen is media partner for the event, which is organised in association with RIBA LondonClippings and Architect's Republic.

Any house extension or improvement project completed in within the last two years, in any one of London's 33 boroughs, was eligible for the contest.

Judges included Dezeen editor Amy Frearson, NLA chairman Peter Murray, architect Carl Turner, Ash Sakula co-founder Cany Ash and Levitt Bernstein architect Zohra Chiheb.

The overall winners will be revealed at a reception at The Building Centre in London on 25 January 2018. An exhibition of 120 submitted designs will be unveiled at the same time.

The winner of last year's awards was a garden room containing a sunken Japanese-style bath.

An extension featuring a lookout post clad in wooden shingles and a garden studio dedicated to rug making took second and third place.

Here's the full Don't Move, Improve! 2018 shortlist:

Maynard Road by WIDGER architecture

61aMR, Walthamstow, by Widger Architecture

Amhurst Road, Hackney Downs, by Poulsom Middlehurst

Arbour House, Peckham, by Nimtim Architects

Bayston road by Al-Jawad Pike

Bayston Road, Stoke Newington, by Al-Jawad Pike

Black Ridge House, Walthamstow, by Neil Dusheiko Architects

Burnt House, Maida Vale, by Hayhurst and Co

Columbia Road, Hoxton, The DHaus Company LTD

Corduroy House, Hackney Downs, by Manalo & White

DA Residence, Walthamstow, by deDRAFT

Dewsbury Road by O'Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects

Dewsbury Road, Neasden, by O'Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects

Egg by Jonathan Tuckey Design

Egg House, Knightsbridge, by Jonathan Tuckey Design

Lantern House and Studio, Fulham, by Simon Gill Architects

Greville Road Studio, Kilburn, by Syte Architects

Hide House, Barnes, by Laura Dewe Mathews Architects

Manor Road, Stamford Hill, by Paul Archer Design

My House, Peckham, by MW Architects

Pitch Perfect, Peckham, by Nimtim Architects

Pop-Up Ute, Chalk Farm, by Friend and Company Architects

Rachel's House, Haggerston, by Paul Archer Design

Reading Room, Belsize Park, by Studio Carver

Roman Road Gallery, Bethnal Green, by Threefold Architects

SE5: Garden Library, Camberwell, by Turner Architects

Slope House, Nunhead, by Poulsom Middlehurst

Sun Rain Rooms, Finsbury, by Tonkin Liu

Taper House, Barnes, by Mustard Architects

The Copper Lookout, Holloway, by Beasley Dickson Architects

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The Etch House, Honor Oak, by Fraher Architects

The Triangle, Clapton, by Yellow Cloud Studio

The Water Tank, Keeling House, Haggerston, by Brian Heron Architects

Valetta House by Office S&M

Valetta House, East Acton, by Office S&M