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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.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Great scheme and great idea. It brings publicity to the judges the self build association and the winning designer. But if I had £50 for every potential self builder who called and said we like your work and will come back to you when we have found a site - never to hear from them again - I would be able to commission my own self build. The problem is not with the architecture - its with the procurement of land which is in the hands of the big national developers. A sea change is required in the way land is made available through the planning system by local authorities.

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