Remember, we told you in November 2020 about Elizabeth Faure and her A-shaped house, which was built for less than 35,000 euros. With the successive interventions and the pandemic, new homes are increasing. And this A-shaped house built by Elizabeth is also the story of a lovely encounter with Morgana who admired this woman as a little girl.
And whoever grew up never left them! To respond to the many inquiries about A Houses, Elizabeth and Morgane are starting an online tutorial project today. These tutorials are for anyone who wants to build their home in A. And they need you via a crowdfunding Ulule campaign available until May 20, 2021.
A little history of the houses in A.
The houses in A would come to us from Madeira Island and, more precisely, from the city of Santana. However, these typical houses are not tiny houses as they cannot be moved. These are real homes in their own right, built to last but with a much lower cost to build than a traditional home.
Most “A-Houses” are self-built, but plans and advice are difficult to find. They’re still very intimate, but they’re always evolving. Hence the idea of Morgane and Elizabeth to be able to offer simple and clear tutorials on how to build your house in A. But also how to get it out of the water, out of the air … In short, how to do it Build your own home with ideas, a few materials and a lot of will!
Morgane Launay’s interview
We were able to interview Morgane Launay, director of the film dedicated to Elizabeth and the founder of this somewhat crazy project. Here’s her story: The house in A is the house Elizabeth Faure built herself in 2013. There is also a documentary “Das Haus in A” directed by Morgane Launay, which tells of her adventure. And now, after the echo she’s met with many people, it’s an open access video tutorial project that explains the method Elizabeth used to build her house.
Photo credit: Morgane Launay & Elizabeth Faure
Q: Can you introduce yourself?
I’m Morgane Launay, the director of the film. I met Elizabeth at my parents’ bookstore when I was 9 and it was the beginning of a great friendship story. I went to her house with my father every Sunday and then loved her house, an old watchtower that she herself had renovated with a beautiful garden.
When she decided to leave and build her house, I was sad that I could no longer find this refuge, but I decided to start an adventure with her. At that time I left my job and Paris to settle in the tent on the premises.
We lived together for a year and when winter came we shared the back room of the house that she had first closed.
After that, I went to Bordeaux to get back to work and left myself the opportunity to go back and forth for the rest of the work. When the film was finished, I organized and accompanied the film on a tour in France of about thirty dates before making the film freely available on YouTube.
Q: Tell us about your project
The film and the Elizabeth project received pretty insane media coverage as of October 2020. It turned our daily lives in Elizabeth upside down and, as I manage all of the movie’s social networks, I spent all of my time responding to communications. And Elizabeth received many calls and visits.
We quickly realized that this wave would not stop and that a solution had to be found in order to respond together to these people who see this project as the hope of gaining access to their own homes.
Elizabeth Faure. Photo credit: Morgane Launay & Elizabeth Faure
We have one visiting day a week, so Elizabeth greets people in her house on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when we are not locked up. We have set up a Facebook group so that future builders can talk to each other. At the same time, I’m preparing a video tutorial project to explain how Elizabeth did it.
At the moment we have written about ten episodes of the administration because it’s a pretty hard part and the project has its peculiarities up to putting out the water and air in the house. To go into the details and give a detailed answer, we will surround ourselves with experts on the various topics (legal, administrative, ecological solutions, building permits, rain, waterproofing, etc.).
Q: How did you come up with this idea?
This is one way to respond to this huge demand for realizing an A House. We are both avid utopians, so we decided to make these videos freely available for everyone to access. Since all of this generates costs, we appeal to the benevolence of those who believe in the project through a crowdfunding platform, Ulule, to raise at least 20,000 euros to cover the costs associated with the project (travel, external technical services, equipment, modeling and Site reconstruction, administrative costs). Our real goal is 60,000 in order to be able to do the project in better conditions, make more videos and take into account the rest, especially making a paper manual.
Q: What message do you want to convey through your action?
The main engine is the transmission of hope. The idea that anything is possible to show that in a precarious situation and in a job that is not considered female, this older woman is struggling to set this example.
Photo credit: Morgane Launay & Elizabeth Faure
When we finished the film, we shared that she had built her house and that I had built myself. And on my scale at the time, I realized that this film was already a hit if it gave a person the strength to throw it and build a table on their own. That all those years of work served a purpose. Now it is a real achievement to see that hope and excitement in the eyes of so many people and to see that many EN A houses will see the light of day. It is wonderful.
Q: One last word to close?
What gives us even more strength in this long-term adventure is that we have gathered a team of volunteers around us who believe in those who surround us and give their time to share this ethic with as many people as possible.
So I would like to introduce them to you. There is Anne-Laure Giraudeau, the founder of the legal platform Loi et Moi. She accompanies us in all legal aspects of the project and has written a tutorial on legal issues with us.
A shock team!
There’s Carole Dussaucy who has her administrative support box for companies called the Methods Bureau. She manages the entire administrative side of the La Libella association, which supports this project. Diane Cornu, paper gardener who manages the Instagram page, helps us with the graphic design of the project and offers poppies in exchange for funding.
And finally, recently, Julien Malafosse came to us, he is fully on his house project in A and he moderated the discussions about the group so well that he is now an integral part of the team and Valentin Chalan from Webdesign 47 who is too has a house project and will repeat the website for us when we finish the campaign.
So we keep our fingers crossed that this project can extend to the bot. Together we go further! And if you want to send us a word, there is a form on the website for this purpose: La Maison en A.
An idea for the future!
We are convinced that this idea is very brilliant! Gathering in the same place tutorials explaining from A to Z the entire design of the houses in A can only seduce the greatest number. With the coming sunny days, prospective builders can cope with the task …