Self Build on a Shoestring Competition

Unveiling the winner of the 2017 Self Build on a Shoestring competition

The National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) has been running the annual ‘Self Build on a Shoestring’ Ideas Competition for five years. This year entrants were challenged to design a self-build ‘granny annexe’ that could be easily constructed for less than £40,000. They also had to show how 30 of the buildings could be arranged to form an innovative, low-cost retirement community.

This year the judges of the competition included TV presenters Piers Taylor, Charlie Luxton and George Clarke.

During Grand Designs Live Birmingham the presentation of the unveiling of this year's winner will be hosted by Competition Organiser and former NaCSBA Chair Ted Stevens OBE. In addition to explaining the clever features of the six shortlisted entrants to this year’s competition, Ted will also showcase some of the previous winners. These include brilliant designs for a simple three bed home that can be built for less than £50,000, and examples of some very innovative ‘community led self build’ projects – where groups of people come together to construct their homes even more cost effectively. If you want to know how to build a home incredibly cheaply it make sure you attend.

Kevin McCloud will then present the £5,000 cheque to this year’s overall winner at the end of the session.