CCYP to Launch House Design Contest

Contest to design Cape Cod-specific housing types...

CCYP and the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS®, Inc. are launching the CCYP House Design Contest for original home designs specific to the needs of young professionals on Cape Cod. The goal of the contest is to create a new buildable housing prototype that’s affordable, desirable and unique to our region. The winning designs will be available to builders across the Cape with credit given to the winning party or firm. This contest provides an opportunity for architects and designers to showcase their skills and to make a difference in the region. In addition, all submissions will be displayed at the CCYP Back to Business Bash in September. The winning designs will be announced at the CCYP Annual Meeting in November.

All design submissions will be reviewed by a panel of CCYP judges looking for the best balance of affordability, utility, adaptability, durability and suitability for the target market of young professionals, working families, and year round residents. The design contest emphasizes creating innovative solutions that will increase affordability for young professionals and help the Cape develop a stock of sustainable housing for area young professionals. Submissions must meet the required design and submission criteria. There are three prize categories based on quantity of bedrooms:

  • One bedroom (Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU): An ADU is a legal and regulatory term for a secondary living quarters with its own kitchen, living area and separate entrance that shares the building lot of a larger, primary house. The ADU can also be built as a stand-alone unit on previously developed property. Most common ADU types include, guest cottages, in-law suite, garage apartments or carriage houses.
  • Two bedroom
  • Three bedroom

The first place winner of each category will receive a $5,000 prize. Submission to more than one category is encouraged.

"Housing affordability is an issue nationwide right now, but the problem is acute here on Cape Cod. Local regulations, lack of supply, and high land prices are driving up the cost of housing on Cape Cod. This means we need to get creative in how we think about the concept of home.” said Ryan Castle, CEO of Cape & Islands Association of REALTORS®, Inc. “In most areas around the country, first-time home buyers purchase new construction, but the vast majority of new construction on Cape Cod is out of the reach of first time buyers. We want participants in this contest to think of ways to create housing that's affordable and that contributes to sustainable homeownership. Participants should be rethinking layouts, materials and other concepts to make the house more affordable to the young professionals we so desperately seek on the Cape.”

According to Matt Cole, President and CEO of Cape Associates, “Critical to our workforce and community fabric is the need for additional housing. This contest represents an opportunity to have a dialog about housing and to bring fresh, new ideas for the housing of tomorrow to market." Cape Associates is the presenting sponsor of the CCYP House Design Contest.  

Anyone interested in submitting a design should complete the Interest Form found at by July 15, 2017.  Design submissions are due by September 15, 2017.  

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