The “Best Shared Living Design” award looks to recognise those who convert property into HMO’s in a way that promotes good social interaction, and provides a great home for all residents while also creating a product that will last the test of time.

The Best Shared Living Design award lead judge: Julian Maurice

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation: Innovative ideas that make tenants lives easier or enhance their living experience 
  • Usefulness: A product is bought to be used, and there are two users in the case of investment property: the tenant and the landlord/owner. For the residents each space should be able to perform its function. A bedroom should be a place where you feel safe, can relax, feel comfortable, work, watch TV, read a book, listen to music. 
  • Long-lasting design: A property interior should be designed so that it doesn’t appear to be too fashionable, so it should never feel out of date. The design should last many years. An interior should also be able to withstand many years of tenancies without the need for expensive maintenance. 
  • Aesthetic Design: A property interior is used every day, it is a home for the occupants and should promote a sense of well-being. 
  • Well thought out design with attention paid to detail: Care and accuracy in design shows that you really care about your product and your customers.

QUESTIONS YOU WILL NEED TO ANSWER

Basic information required:

  • Applicant Name
  • Company Trading Name
  • Contact Email Address
  • Contact Number
  • Website
  • Social Media page if applicable

Company information required:

  • Description of the portfolio (region, number of units, target market, and how long you’ve been operating)

Award specific information required:

  • What innovative ideas have you incorporated into the design of your shared accommodation that you feel improves the lives of your residents and makes your product better than your competitors?
  • Bedrooms: What parts of your design do you feel make each space more user friendly? 
  • Living Room: What parts of your design do you feel make each space more user friendly? 
  • Kitchen: What parts of your design do you feel make each space more user friendly?
  • Bathrooms/en-suites: What parts of your design do you feel make each space more user friendly? 
  • What features and specifications do you feel make your property less prone to future maintenance issues so that it is more durable and therefore more profitable as the years pass. 
  • Share any design ideas that will make the aesthetic design more long-lasting. 
  • Can you show any design features that promote a well-being, a sense of calm, security and make the occupants feel at home. 
  • Can you share any design features that show that attention has been paid to the smaller, unspectacular details.