In late 2013, an inspiring conversation with a friend who had been researching container homes led us to start investigating how we could help more people build their own home at an affordable price.
And so the SNUG was born. Our design won early acclaim by being selected among six finalists in NaCSBA’s ‘self build on a shoestring’ design competition in 2014, tackling the challenge to design an urban community of 20 self or custom build homes.
We received funding from the Regional Growth Fund to support us in developing our design and building a prototype. We were also a strategic partner for Bristol European Green Capital 2015, which gave us an incredible opportunity to create conversations across the city about how we can bring affordable and environmentally friendly self build homes into the mainstream.
In 2016 we redesigned the SNUG with the help of architects Barton Willmore and won NaCSBA’s Self Build on a Shoestring competition and Best Product Idea at the South West Edge Awards.
In 2017-18 we worked on further revisions to the structural design and materials palette in order to maximise the environmental sustainability of our product. In late 2018 we were offered a site for production and training by Bristol City Council and we are now progressing with plans to build and test our prototype home in early 2019.