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£41,000 house scoops cut-price self-build comp

A low-cost steel house has scooped the first prize in the high-profile ‘self-build-on-a-shoestring’ competition

The winning scheme, designed by Ed Green an associate at Cardiff-based Pentan Partnership, is based on an off-the-shelf agricultural barn.

The 100m² scheme is estimated to cost just £41,000.

The victorious home in the National Self Build Association-backed contest saw off 39 other entries including concepts by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, Sheffield-based upstart Paul Testa Architecture, Thread Architects and Sustainable BY design.

Green said: ‘The simplicity of the BARNHAUS, and the fact that it’s really, really buildable for a very modest budget are what make it special.

‘The result is a much larger home than normal and a very spatially rich internal volume. I think the design proves that everyone can have a home that they really love for just £41,000. And if this design could be replicated and made available widely I think there are tens of thousands of families in the UK who would want to build one.’

The ideas competition which called for designs for a self-build home to house a family of four for £50,000, was judged by Grand Designs’ Kevin McCloud, the Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson, self-builder Geoff Stow, architectural designer Charlie Luxton and chair of the National Self-Build Association Ted Stevens.

Stevens said: ‘We’ve been overwhelmed by the calibre of ideas and innovations suggested by entrants. All of the submissions were accompanied by a detailed cost report, so it proves that it really is possible to get a great looking family house built for under £50,000 – if you are prepared to be innovative and do some of the construction work yourself.’

Finalist Thread Architects' designs for the self-build on a shoestring competition

Finalist Thread Architects’ designs for the self-build on a shoestring competition

Previous story (AJ 12.08.13)

Can you design a £50,000 self-build home?

A high profile competition is calling for designs for a self-build home that can house a family of four for £50,000

The ‘self-build on a shoestring’ competition has been launched by the National Self Build Association (NASBA).

It will be judged by Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud, Bristol mayor George Ferguson, architectural designer Charlie Luxton, NASBA chair Ted Stevens and director of the Association of Energy Conscious Building (AECB) Geoff Stow.

McCloud said: ‘Self-build doesn’t just happen on television. Every year about ten thousand of us commission a new home for ourselves or even build it with our bare hands.

‘We’re looking for designs for simple-to-build kit homes that can be adapted to suit any need and reconfigured and skinned to fit anywhere.’

NASBA chair Ted Stevens added: ‘The potential market for the winning design could be enormous. A recent Ipsos MORI poll suggested there were 6 million people currently investigating the feasibility of undertaking a self-build project, and 1m of these are already searching for or trying to acquire a plot of land.

‘In the 1970s and 1980s, the UK devised some extremely innovative, low-cost self build homes, and hundreds of very affordable, simple-to-build homes were constructed. More recently there has been huge media interest in a very simple low-cost two/three bedroom house constructed in Ireland for just £20,000.

‘We believe there is a huge appetite in Britain, especially from young families on modest incomes, to build a truly affordable home for themselves. And we are confident we will get some wonderfully innovative designs - from both amateurs and professionals alike.’

Alongside an A2 board showing their designs, entrants are required to submit a cost report.

The winning designs will receive a share of the £5,000 prize fund.

The completion deadline is Friday 20 September. The winning entries will be announced at Grand Designs Live on 5 October 2013.

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