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Kevin McCloud to judge £5k starter homes ideas contest

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The National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) has launched a £5,000 ideas contest for a new generation of ‘cost-effective, green and beautiful’ starter homes

The competition – judged by Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud – seeks conceptual proposals for 65m² dwellings costing less than £50,000 each to construct.

Dubbed ‘Stater Home on a Shoestring’, the contest follows government plans to build 200,000 low-cost residential units for first time buyers under 40 between now and 2020. Starter homes – as defined by the government – must cost less than £250,000 including land or £450,000 in the capital.

According to the brief: ‘We believe it is possible to build a Starter Home for much less than this – for example through the use of low-cost ”modular” solutions, or by offering a home that the purchaser can finish off themselves.’

The document continued: ’Your design must be capable of being customised to suit the owners – so you will need to show a number of internal layouts and provide a menu of finish or specification options.

‘The Starter Home should work as a standalone or terraced property, and might also be stacked to deliver a modest block of maisonettes or flats.’

Submissions should include at least three different potentially layouts and a discretionary ‘self-finish’ option for buyers keen to install their own kitchen and bathroom.

Each unit – capable of occupying a fully-serviced building plot – must include a living and dining area, kitchen, bathroom, study area and one or two bedrooms.

Technical details covering costs, procurement, economies of scale, construction, materials, insulation, heating and manufacture will all be required.

Other judges include Amazing Spaces’ presenter George Clarke, television architect Charlie Luxton, Luke Tozer of Pitman Tozer Architects, and designers Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway.

The winning teams will share a £5,000 prize fund and see their designs exhibited alongside the shortlisted entries at the Grand Designs Live exhibition in London this October.

The deadline for submissions is 16 September.

How to apply

View the competition website for more information

Contact details

Custom Build on a Shoestring
c/o NaCSBA
National Self Build & Renovation Centre
Lydiard Fields
Great Western Way

Email: shoestring@nacsba.org.uk

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