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On Tuesday our first Offsite engineered house arrived, I really wasn't convinced about the whole idea but my brother took took the project on, dealt with the excruciating planning application, sourced a quality german supplier and all that was left to our team was groundworks & concrete slab. Tuesday was D-day, the first lorry was due to arrive followed by 4 others throughout the week.
I called in Tuesday after work to have a look and was totally blown away, It is incredible, the ground floor was built and floors were going in, by Friday the house was structurally built. 3 guys from the factory and a crane driver have built the superstructure without a hitch
If its of interest to anyone in the group i can post progress pictures, its a 15week build. we are now looking at how viable this construction method is for mixed use schemes and even extensions. So much hassle and time has been taken out of the project, admittedly theres a price premium but the german efficiency, speed and organisation frees us up to carry on with our refurbs. We are even considering handing over PM duties to Beau, our newest recruit
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Thank you for posting this Phil. Very interesting!Who is the manufacturer? Curious if it is a British company?That house looks very attractive from the outside as well. Please keep us posted, as I would very much like to see the end result.
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That's fantastic! But it leaves me with several questions / learning points.
1. How would this accommodate an extension or layout changes, such as the old "knocking out of a wall to make open plan", loft conversion etc in the future?
2. What's the expected lifespan of the finished house?
3. Can it be readily financed with a mortgage at standard terms?
The manufacturer & assembly crew are from Hans Haus. There are a few British Manufacturers but Mark went to visit the factory and was really impressed & so went with them.
1/ Every inch of shell is utilised, this building replaces a dormer bungalow, in a row of similar properties. Planners were very difficult to negotiate with and really wanted a bungalow to replace it, a lot of discussions led to this design, several bedrooms have vaulted ceilings so very minimal loft space energy. Any extensions in the future although unlikely to get planning could be either a SIPS build or possibly conventional brick. In effect its a SIPS house, the EPC should be amazing.
2/ It will last at least as long as the brick built bungalow it replaced, germans have been building like this since the 1930's, admitted not with such good insulation & many of those are still standing.
3/ Yes it can be readily financed. There are a couple of hundred German manufacturers producing houses like this, the best known being HUF Haus who are regularly on Grand Designs, usually going way over budget so hopefully that wont happen here, Beau will see to that.
Looks like a great project, would appreciate at a later stage you could give us a summary of costs vs end market value.
This type of build really interests me as it's something I would like to do one day if I can find the right piece of land and get planning.
good stuff phil
we are thinking along the lines of doing extensions with this type of construction rather than traditional build
Brill! Thanks for sharing Phil!