Why does island housing design matter? Homes are often twice as expensive to construct on islands – and thanks to long-standing shortages and the blight of tied housing on islands owned by private estates and even state-funded quangos, good island homes can be as rare as hen’s teeth. But although housing is usually the single biggest problem facing island communities -- weather, piers, schools, ferries and jobs all attract more public debate. Perhaps that’s because Scotland's sky-high land prices have long made fixing the affordable housing problem a non-starter in many places. But with half a million acres in community-owned hands across the Scottish islands these days, there’s finally the chance of progress. Low or no-cost land is more widely available – and Our Island Home should produce a winning design for a quality but affordable two-bedroom house. This is a great, practical project and I’m delighted to see Scots taking a leaf out of the Norwegian book by allowing “self-build” effort to count towards the £100k total.
Submission date – Friday 22 November 2013 – 5pm
The winning design for Our Island Home will be announced at the Rural Housing Scotland conference on 28th February 2014 and it’s expected building will start later next year. All questions and queries to: Jodi MacLeod, Project Officer, Our Island Home, An Roth Community Enterprise Centre, Craignure , Isle of Mull PA65 6AY, 01680812903/07586760123, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Derek Logie, Rural Housing Scotland, Haddington House, 28 Sidegate , Haddington , East Lothian , EH41 4BU 01620248002 /07824318337 email@example.com , www.ruralhousingscotland.org