Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Self-built house voted greenest in Britain is sold for $1.7m profit

From the New Zealand Herald:

When Aaron and Raphaella Curtis decided to build their own eco-home next to an unseemly half-demolished viaduct, their friends thought they were verging on insane.

But now, just three years later, the couple are selling the country's greenest self-built home for a profit of 625,000 pounds ($1.7m).

The house, which won an award last year for being the most environmentally friendly self-built home in the UK, has just sold for 865,000 pounds ($2.3m).
Built on a small piece of scrubland worth just 60,000 pounds, others had failed to see any potential in the site.

The conversion of the brownfield site was one of the key reasons that the Curtis' eco-home stood out from the other green contenders in last year's sustainability award by the Royal Institute of British Architects