stripping Affordable housing back to the bare essentials
We're a group of working Londoners with a creative solution to our affordable housing needs. The average cost of a home in London is £458,000 - that's priced us out of the market. At the same time we're uninspired by off-the-shelf affordable housing where you pay a premium for finishes and fittings that you don’t necessarily want or need.
Our solution is to strip it back to the bare essentials - saving design and build costs by creating a community of 'naked' houses. It's then down to the people who'll live there to create the homes they want.
We think this will create far more vibrant homes, better suited to people's needs. And we hope the process itself will build a real sense of community.
Naked House boils down to three things:
- Keep it affordable – by stripping it back to the bare essentials we'll keep costs down. As a group we'll benefit from economies of scale and we're not for profit, so no fat fees will disappear to developers. The resale costs will be kept low to ensure the naked houses always remain affordable.
- Do it ourselves– As a group we'll work with architects to get the basic structures right – that includes ensuring high environmental standards. But the rest is up to the people who'll live there. We can choose what to spend money on, when to do it and how much we do ourselves. We hope this bottom up process will create far more vibrant neighbourhood, better suited to people's needs and better able to adapt over time.
- Build a community – We'll collectively plan shared space inside and out. We hope the process itself – of people investing in buildings not to turn a profit but to create their own homes and of moving in and watching the community grow - will create a collective sense of place.