Designers from our Reading and Bristol offices have scooped the NaCSBA ‘Starter Home on a Shoestring’ competition, announced today at the Grand Designs Live exhibition by celebrity property guru's Mike Holmes and Charlie Luxton.
Our product ‘Modulhus’ otherwise known as Snug, 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.
Alex Dutton, Design Associate, Barton Willmore said:
“We are absolutely delighted to have won this great competition. The key aim of our design is to make it easier for people to benefit from a self-build home. It gives people the opportunity to be involved in the design and build and gain skills in construction. It's low-energy, totally flexible but most importantly it offers an affordable and achievable solution to home ownership with a cost for the smallest home of under £50k.
"By combining pre-fabrication and self-build elements together, our ‘Snug’ home offers a product that is affordable and appealing to many (young and old), especially those on low to average incomes. The process is also time efficient, enabling new homes/communities to be built swiftly. It is therefore a viable solution to help alleviate the current housing crisis and one of which I think could and should become integrated into new mainstream housing.
“Going forward we are working on the detailed designs of ‘Snug’ as we speak and Ecomotive hope to have a home on site in Bristol at the beginning of next year.”
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.
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 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.