West Midlands self-build scoops national awards

A self-builder based in Kinver, Staffordshire has wowed judges and received national awards for her oak-framed green home project.

Patsy Parr was awarded both the Readers’ Choice and Spirit of Self Build at the Homebuilding & Renovating Awards 2021, run by The Daily Telegraph, for her innovative development.

The 28-year-old initiated the project to transform a workshop, which was abandoned and hidden away on a sloped area of land surrounded by around 50 trees with protected status, into an affordable and eco-friendly first home. The house was constructed in only 22 weeks to a strict budget and amidst the global pandemic.

Architects in Ruthin, Kinver and other parts of the UK are often commissioned by developers and property owners to help incorporate eco-friendly features into home designs. A low carbon footprint is now a desirable element for developments, as is a greater energy efficiency rating, which is delivered by many green energy solutions.

According to Stourbridge News, judges of the competition described the project, known as ‘Little Gem’, as inspirational, commenting:

“Patsy’s project really showcases how being brave, owning your budget and persevering can lead to you living your dream, even if you are faced with a pandemic. The story, and the owner, behind this project certainly capture the spirit of self-build.”

Parr commented that the first home’s construction was an achievement, and that she was proud of the recognition she had received. Built using oak, the home boasts an innovative system involving water mist suppression, which cost £191,000 to install on site.

Posted by Mark
December 20, 2021
New Buildings

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