Bristol may be in the midst of a housing crisis – there are more than 10,000 people on the waiting list for a council home in the city – but nothing encourages creativity like necessity. We’ve looked before at some of the city’s fascinating solutions to the housing problem, from flat-pack homes to converted offices, but there are plenty more where they came from. Here are four more of our favourite unusual Bristol homes!
Last year, Bristol Community Land Trust worked alongside 12 families to build 12 new homes in Fishponds. The families not only helped with the design process, but also mucked in with the construction, all helping to fit each other’s kitchens and do each other’s tiling. Edurne Urzelai, who worked on the project and now lives in one of the houses, told Bristol Post, “It brought us all together, created bonds and not only have we built a house, we’ve also built a community.” The Trust has now put forward plans for another project to build 49 homes in Lockleaze.
Bristol-based entrepreneur and restaurant owner Jasper Thompson founded a non-profit enterprise called Help Bristol’s Homeless, which aims to make one-bedroom homes out of shipping containers. The enterprise is currently aiming to create 10 container homes in Bedminster, which will be used as temporary accommodation for homeless people who need somewhere to stay, and who also need a fixed address when applying for work. Each container, which takes just five days to convert, contains a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living space.
It’s not the first material you might think of for constructing a home, but earlier this year a house made of straw was constructed in Knowle West to prove just how sturdy straw can be. The property – made from compressed straw bales created by Bristol-based company ModCell – was constructed in under 10 weeks and costs £90,000 to buy. Even better, the straw bales are excellent for insulation and could dramatically reduce residents’ energy bills.
Not all innovative housing solutions require new builds. Bristol City Council and the University of the West of England are working together on plans for ‘intergenerational living’, which could see students and OAPs living together during term time. Under this arrangement, the OAPs would pay all the rent and bills, and in return the students would spend time with them each week, providing companionship and helping with chores.
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