Twelve years ago, David and Greta Iredale’s innovative project Huf Haus was first unveiled on Channel 4 ‘ s Grand Designs, illustrating the many benefits of the prefabricated design.
Since then, the notoriety and popularity of home-made kits has increased in the UK, with many self-builders realising the benefits of this fast construction. Prefabricated products include different levels of construction depending on the design and delivery time, before they are installed on your package in a few days.
And instead of offering a range of standard options, many manufacturers customize existing designs to your favorite style and layout, or offer a bespoke solution.
The combination of clear prices, environmental benefits and efficient construction processes makes it easy to see the attractiveness of a home set. It offers self-builders the opportunity to create a single home at a fixed cost.
Picture: Richard Powers. The Baufritz house sits in a sheltered area of north London and combines a traditional facade with a modernist inspired rear height. The five-bedroom home was built to replace an old, inefficient lot and was waterproof within three days. It is equipped with photovoltaic systems, rainwater recovery, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery and triple glazing. (01223 235 632; baufritz.co.uk)
To create a prefab (especially if you work with a non-UK company), the most common solution is to use your own internal design team.
Look for the types of properties every company in the UK has designed and built to see if their work meets your goals. You can also use an independent architect to develop a project before contacting the manufacturer of your choice.
It should be noted, however, that a team of internal designers has valuable experience and extensive technical knowledge in the design of prefabricated houses.
Knowledge of the dimensions of the standard wall panels and windows that the company typically works with will, for example, help ensure the most profitable construction possible.
Picture: Richard Powers. The Cotswolds estate, based on a traditional agricultural barn, was designed by an independent local architect and built by Hanse House (0800 302 9220; hanse-haus.co.uk). The house, made at the company’s German factory, was built in less than five days and features a combination of treated pine facades and corten steel, as well as a zinc roof. It cost £1 445 per sq m.
Prefabricated houses are usually built from a wooden frame or a wooden enclosed panel system (similar to the structural insulation panels or SIP), where wall and roof panels are made on site, filled with high insulation levels and, with Exterior cladding and interior wall finishing.
You can choose from different building packages that can be adapted to your needs and offer you as much or as little commitment as you like.
You can only opt for the delivery and installation of the building’s frame or fuselage, right down to a turnkey solution where the house is designed, built and fully equipped.
“The majority of our customers opt for the complete solution because most people want a unique project, of high quality and as simple as possible ,” said Oliver Rehm, managing director of Baufritz in the UK.