IBLA are delighted to have won the 2017 'Self-build on a Shoestring' ideas competition. The competition is organised annually by the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) and this year it challenged architects, designers and others to come up with creative ways of constructing a modest ‘granny flat’ that can be built for £40,000 or less. The brief also asked designers to show how 30 of the homes could be arranged to create an innovative retirement community. This year the competition saw entries from the across the UK, and international submissions from Denmark, Australia, the USA, China and Vietnam.
Our entry, 'The Apple Yard', arranged all the homes around the edge of the site, overlooking the central gardens and orchard. Each open plan home has a pyramid shaped roof and one wall that’s fully glazed, overlooking a private garden area.