23 Dec 2005

New benchmark house beats Govt cost guidelines

I have selected a new benchmark house for the 7th edition of The Housebuilder's Bible, which is due out in September 2006. It’s the smallest house I have yet worked with and in many ways it’s a back-to-basics structure, a four-square box with very little embellishment, finished to a pretty basic standard. It’s builder, Mike Capp, is working up some of the costings figures for me over the next few weeks but he assures me it cost between £60k and £70k to build.

I’ll be writing at length about this house in the next edition so I don’t want to go into too much detail here. But it makes an interesting case study in itself in the year that the government has sponsored a House for £60k competition. To qualify, the house needs to be at least 76.5m2. My benchmark house is 110m2 internal floor area. It appears, cost-wise, that it would cream it!

1 comment:

  1. Have you ever heard of Dick Proenneke? I have become totally fascinated since seeing a documentary about him on Public Television recently...
    I have lots of other links...total master craftsman who spent a summer building an amazing little cabin in the woods of Alaska using primitive tools and spent most of the next 30 years there.
    The craftsmanship is just amazing.