Designers from the Reading office have been shortlisted to the final five in the NaCSBA ‘Starter Home on a Shoestring’ competition. The entry ‘Modulhus’ provides a product that allows people to up-skill and take ownership of their future home. It makes things as simple as possible by providing a structural shell constructed from pre-fabricated modules which can then be self-finished internally and externally to suit individual requirements.
The design, which was created in partnership with Ecomotive, a social enterprise that works to create more sustainable and affordable homes, consists of standard modules, built from low impact materials that could be arranged in a variety of ways to create an ecological standalone home, a terrace or even a low-rise block of flats.
Alex Dutton, Design Associate, Barton Willmore said:
‘The idea is to empower people to up-skill and get involved in both the design and construction of their home. The community based factory production makes it easier for people to build their own home by providing pre-fabricated modules and on-site training to finish the modules in a controlled environment before on-site installation.’
The national competition is organised annually by the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) and this year it challenged architects and designers to come up with innovative ways of building a low cost ‘Starter Home’. As the government announce their plans to build 200,000 Starter Homes between now and 2020, self or custom build homes can provide a real solution to hitting that target and reducing the housing crisis.
Jackson Moulding, Ecomotive said:
‘It’s great to see that self and custom build homes are climbing further up the political agenda and people are beginning to open their minds to different forms of housing. We want to give people greater choice and control over the quality and cost of their home.’
The winner will be announced at the Grand Designs Live exhibition at the NEC on Thursday 20 October.
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