or not to
Pre-manufactured self-building explained
By Oliver Grimshaw, head of UK sales at Hanse Haus GmbH
Package homes, despite their
escalating popularity across
the globe, are still shrouded in
mystery, clinging to their postwar,
boring box-home stereotype.
However, a lot has changed since
the 1950’s and self-build package homes are
getting hotter than ever and becoming the go-to
choice for design-savvy self-builders. But the
ultimate question remains: to package or not to
Here’s our breakdown of some key advantages
to pre-manufactured construction.
Blink and you’ll miss it. Without doubt, package
homes are the fastest method of building a
home. Everything – walls, roofs, windows and
doors – is constructed off-site in a state-of-theart
factory before it is delivered, leaving just
the record speed assembly by an efficient and
experienced team of specialists, which typically
takes two to three days. Fast-forward a couple
of months and you will be handed the keys to
your completed home.
Quick construction combined with specialist
teams will free up a lot of your time too, making
the build-process as stress-free as possible.
Instead of dedicating every spare moment to
watching over the work carried out on-site,
simply hand over as much of the responsibilities
to the professionals as you like, sit back and
watch your home come to life.
With every element of a package home preconstructed
in perfect factory conditions,
struggles associated with traditional brick and
block on-site construction in our notorious
British weather no longer have to be considered.
Within a factory setting, homes can be built at
greater speed to higher engineering standards
than would be possible on-site.
A pre-manufactured home is crafted with
precision and designed to be extremely airtight.
Due to this, finished homes will commonly have
an energy requirement that is a quarter or less
than that of a fully-compliant, UK home built
with traditional methods. Panels, which make
up the roof and walls, are heavily insulated
to deliver extremely high levels of thermal
performance. With all this in mind, package
homes perform to a much higher standard than
a conventional home, making them a sustainable
investment for the environmentally-conscious
and those building for the future.
As every last detail is accounted for in the
planning stages, the cost for a package build is
entirely fixed before the home is delivered. As
a result, nasty surprises, such as unforeseen
spikes in cost or snags in construction will
not cause any mid-build financial headaches.
In essence, building a home under controlled
conditions off-site and to exact and pre-defined
specifications results in everyone being both
delivered and built on time and on budget.
You also have ultimate control over the
design. Although your package supplier wlll
have ‘catalogue’ variants, in-house architects
will be on hand to help you to design a home
based on your specific style and needs. On
top of this, due to the package supplier’s rich
experience with numerous other projects,
in-house teams will have an in-depth
understanding of what works and what doesn’t,
meaning the project in itself is less stressful and
runs smoothly from start to finish.
Things to consider
It’s true that pre-manufactured homes can be
up to 15% more expensive than those built using
traditional methods. It’s also true that, in many
cases the uplift in initial cost is balanced by cost
savings experienced within efficiency of the build
programme itself, as well as further down the line
in dramatically reduced running and maintenance
costs and the potential increases in resale values
associated with future-proof homes.
Package homes are undoubtedly beginning
to shed their post-war image and offer real
promise for sustainable, low-energy building
both now and into the future. If you are hoping
to build a home, it pays to keep an open mind
to the various alternative build methods and
their potential benefits. In the case of package
building, the advantages are well-documented
and do make the solution an attractive option
for future self-builders.
For more information on Hanse Haus please visit
www.hanse-haus.co.uk or call 0800 302 9220
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