Entries tagged as 'UK'
FKDA Architects designs and builds micro-homes in the UK.
They currently offer two models they call "sheds":
model: Big Shed
size: 24 m² (258 sf)
price: €35,000 - €50,000 ($48,716 - $69,595)
model: Little Shed
size: 13m² (140 sf)
price: €20,000 - €35,000 ($27,838 - $48,716)
According to their site:
They are also working on a Zero Carbon modular house they are calling eco-home. We will post more information when it becomes available.
Viridis Homes in the UK offers 4 modular models:
According to their site:
Hat tip: Manchester Confidential Property on May 6, 2009.
DigsDigs recently featured a cedar shingled house in North Elmham, UK.
model: Cedar House
designer: Hudson Architects
manufacturer: Framework Construction Design Management Ltd
price: $369,264 (£245,000)
Check out the post for more pictures, and see the Cedar House video (1:26) on the architect's website.
Last month, The Daily Telegraph in the UK compiled a list of prefab products, describing them as
Included on the list:
Read the full article for pictures and further details.
Title: Prefab property: Pod squad
Author: Kiera Buckley-Jones and David Nicholls
Section: Property / Features
Length: 743 words
Date: October 10, 2008
We don't usually cover non-residential prefabs, but a quick blurb published in the The Times (UK) caught my eye last month:
Manchester's Evening News provided a little more info and the above video:
title: School comes flat packed
publication: The Manchester Evening News
length: 600 words
publication date: May 30, 2008
Inhabitat's Prefab Friday reported on a London prefab:
Jetson Green covered an award for the Abōd:
Arch Daily took a look at a home in Ecuador that uses a unique prefabricated concrete block system.
G Living examined student housing made of containers.
Materialicio.us reported on the nomad home:
Another modular, truckable prefab, this time from Austria, by architect Gerold Peham. Sizes range from 44m2 [473 sf] to 88m2 [947 sf].
Materialicio.us also covered abōd:
Abōd™ was created by BSB Design to provide affordable housing for families in Africa. Easily mass-produced and deliverable by truck, ship or plane, the “home in a box” includes the entire 120sf structure (unassembled) that fits into a box 4’ x 12’ x 2’...
Treehugger shared the RuralZED prefab from the UK:
We were very excited when Sami first showed us ruralZED, the UK's first commercially viable, affordable and ready to purchase zero-carbon home; now there is more information on the RuralZED website.
Inhabitat's Prefab Friday featured two different homes this week. They also covered RuralZED:
...they claim [it] is Britain’s most affordable green prefab home and is also able to meet its strictest energy standards. Oh, and did we mention that it is a flatpack?And looked at the iPAD:
We’ve been waiting and hoping for more from New Zealand architect Andre Hodgskin who first wowed us with BACHKIT™, a gorgeous holiday home of prefab pavilions designed in 2000.
You see a vacant east London building lot paved over with asphalt and used as a car park. Tim [Pyne] sees the site of a rack-'em, stack-'em prefab temporary designer boutique hotel.
Jetson Green says:
I love the possibilities and ideas ... it's cool and innovative. The m-hotel is designed as a series of steel-framed slot boxes that slide into the frame (which makes for easy dismantling in the future).
Also from Tim Pyne: The m-house.
author: Peter Graff
publication: Reuters UK
length: 330 words
publication date: February 29, 2008
We reported last year on retailer IKEA's prefab homes. More from The Guardian:
Britain's first "Ikealand" opened its metal-panelled pine doors yesterday in an experiment designed to spread the company's off-the-shelf principle from wardrobes and sofas to entire houses.
Seen as a way for them to get onto the property ladder, these houses will sell for $260,000 for a two bedroom townhouse. Assembled in a factory nearby, they get to the site ready to be bolted together and take about 16 weeks from start to completion.
I did a little research on prices in the area; these look competitive.
author: Martin Wainwright
publication: The Guardian (UK)
length: 400 words
publication date: January 31, 2008
...over 1000 sqft of beautifully designed and detailed contemporary house or office. It is entirely manufactured under controlled factory conditions, which guarantees both quality of build and delivery time. m-house arrives in two pieces, each 3m (10' approx) wide, which are then joined together on site, which takes about a day. It comes completely fitted-out and ready for you to move into immediately, and delivery is 12 weeks after order.
designer: Tim Pyne
price: ~$290,000 (~$290/sf)
size: 1,000 sf
how: 2 modules
I was drawn to this article because the above picture is awesome. From the UK Telegraph:
"Some homeowners are turning [modular] for one-off projects such as extending their traditionally built existing houses. Fed up with slapdash builders who stretch out their "workmanship" over the best part of a year only to disappear at the first mention of snagging, more homeowners are opting for the peace of mind of factory-made components. And they are by no means sacrificing the style factor to do so.The full article ends with a great rundown of pros and cons, comparing kit extensions to traditional built additions.
Richard and Claire Gregory, barristers from Nottingham, already lived in a smart contemporary house that had been hailed in 1995, when it was built, as one of the 100 most architecturally interesting in Britain.
The imminent arrival of a second child made more space a necessity — but how to avoid a year of builder intrusion, and the constant stress and hassle of dust and noise?
'The time saved by modular construction was the determining factor. It took just 10 weeks on site, rather than the more typical nine months or so,' says Richard....
'Modular building is much more acceptable than it was 10 years ago,' says First Penthouse co-founder Hakan Olsson.
'Planning for roof extensions can be a bit of a problem, but the neighbours are usually happy as they don't tend even to notice the preparation work. And speed is a great benefit for the client. We can crane in whole kitchens down to the cutlery in the drawer.'"
Publication: UK Telegraph
Length: 1,000 words
Date: September 30, 2007
Glossary: Snagging is a term used in the construction industry in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Snagging is the production of a list of quality defects at the end of a build process/phase/stage (a "Snag List" or "Snagging List"; aka "Punch List" in the US). (per Wikipedia)