By noon on 1 December 2008 the reception at Tees Valley Regeneration looked like Santas grotto. Models and boards lined the walls, sat on the sofas, tables and reception desk. We laughed nervously. Over 100 practices wanted to Make me a Home. There were big homes, little homes, brightly coloured homes, eco homes and perhaps even your dream home. The judges met a few days later to discuss, debate and decipher each individual entry and by nightfall the final 6 were chosen.