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Our eco-home design is a finalist in Self Build on a Shoestring 2016!

Our SNUG home design has reached the finals of NaCSBA’s Self Build on a Shoestring competition 2016!

Ecomotive and Barton Willmore architects submitted an eye-catching and economical design for this year’s competition, which challenged people to come up with innovative ways of building a modest ‘Starter Home’ that could be built for £50,000 or less. 

The entry – dubbed ‘Modulhus’ – was for a 2-bed modular eco-home which can be part-finished by the buyer to save on costs and to allow them to spec out the layout and finish themselves. It consists of a number of standard modules that can be arranged in a variety of ways to create a standalone home, a terrace or even a low-rise block of flats.

The home can either be built off-site in a factory (which also doubles up as a community training hub for aspiring self-builders) or alternatively a temporary construction facility can be set up on site if space allows.

NaSCBA Chair Michael Holmes said this was “a well thought through solution that generates almost endless possibilities for self builders.”

The overall winner will be revealed and presented with their £5,000 prize by Charlie Luxton at the Grand Designs Live exhibition at the NEC on Thursday 20th October. The judges include some of the UK’s best known self build celebrities – Kevin McCloud, Charlie Luxton, George Clarke and Gerardine and Wayne Hemingway. RIBA self build champion Luke Tozer is also one of the judges along with Lord Gary Porter, the former leader of the Local Government Association.