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Home is where the mud is!

A HOUSE costing just pounds 300 has gone on sale in Birmingham city centre.

But before first-time buyers rush out to make an offer, there is a snag.

When it rains, the house will turn into a mass of mud.

For the des-res is made of soil - meaning it is the only house in existence in Birmingham with a zero-carbon footprint.

The Mud House is outside the Albert Street car park, in Digbeth, and is part of the Festival of Xtreme Building.

It is made of locally-gathered soil which was compressed into bricks.

The roof tiles are made from recycled rubber tyres and a grass roof completes the edifice.

Festival curator Dave Pollard said: "Our pounds 300 house raises questions about how we can turn waste into energy."

The festival aims to promote the pounds 6 billion regeneration of Eastside and has created a temporary "parallel city" of unusual buildings.

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