A facade with decorative brick cladding

Choosing exterior wall cladding for your house build or renovation

Cladding can be used for aesthetics, weatherproofing, cost reduction or improved sustainability. It can be an additional layer or the only weatherproof layer for an exterior wall, either retrofitted or part of a new house build. Architects generally like cladding as it’s an opportunity to be more creative, with a massive variety of materials, textures and colours available.

Get advice at an early stage about your local planning authority in case they have restrictions or requirements that you should follow regarding the aesthetic of your house. Your architect, or the planning authorities' website, may give sufficient guidance to provide you with clarity.

 

Cladding as an additional layer

Exterior wall cladding may be used to cover part or all of the exterior wall to protect the wall or achieve a new aesthetic. Cladding can be used to add texture and colour to reduce the visual monotony of the existing brick, pebbledash, or lime plaster facade. Cladding is often used in retrofit as part of an external wall insulation (EWI) system to reduce heat loss through the wall.

This would typically comprise an insulation layer with the cladding fixed over it, with a waterproof membrane between the two depending on the insulation and cladding materials.

Cladding may be explicitly used to add weather protection to the existing exterior, for example, adding a layer of slate tiles to an exterior wall that faces the prevailing wind and rain to reduce the weathering of, and dampness in, the wall.

 

Cladding as your weatherproof layer

You may not have overthought your weatherproof coating because, in most housebuilding, the brick, stone, or concrete walls form the structure and may be rendered with cement or lime or left visible. Timber construction, except for log cabins with solid log walls, naturally leads us to think about the wall build-up. The timbers will hold up the roof, leaving us to ponder what we need to close, insulate and weatherproof our house.

The cladding has been used for millennia in some areas in the form of wood shingles or slate to protect earth walls from driving wind and rain, for example, in coastal west Wales or the Scottish Isles. 20th-century commercial and industrial buildings extensively used metal, asbestos, plastic and other sheet materials to form the exterior layer of a wall. Those then became increasingly available and popular in house design from the 70s until now.

New synthetic cladding materials, and old materials processed in new ways, increase aesthetic variety and opportunities to reduce construction costs and environmental impact. For example, wooden shingles have become more prevalent in recent years, with new production techniques lowering costs and variability.

 

What types of cladding are there?

Wood cladding

has various ways in which wood can be used as a cladding material, including vertical planks, horizontal shiplap and wooden shingles. They can give a wide range of different effects because of their shape and orientation, the wood's choice and treatment and the pieces' width or configuration.

 

Timber cladding options

Treated timber planks can be placed side by side on the exterior wall with an expansion gap in between and a waterproof membrane underneath to prevent rain from moving into the house. Alternatively, planks can be overlapped, like fallen dominoes, or placed in two layers, with the first layer placed with gaps that are then covered by the timber planks forming the second layer. The kiln-dried and treated timber is more stable, less likely to shrink or twist, and less at risk of infestation. Wood can be protected using natural oils such as linseed, or the surface can be burned before installation to create a visual effect whilst protecting the timber.

Close up of timber cladding slats on exterior renovation
Close up of timber cladding slats on exterior renovation

Horizontal shiplap can be formed using machine-cut kiln-dried planks, or for a more rustic look, the visible edge can be left uncut, even with bark on. Again, the planks last longer if treated, though there are plenty of examples where shiplap has lasted for centuries. An advantage of a more rustic shiplap is that more gaps allow for good airflow through and behind, which is essential to avoid rot.

Shingles are becoming more popular, driven by the demand for sustainable and traditional aesthetics. They can also be used on roofs as tiles but also serve well on walls to keep off The rain and the coldest wind. As shingles are small pieces, they are much more labour-intensive to install than planks. Shingles tend to warp and twist more than planks, becoming brittle or displaced over time, allowing ingress of rain or wildlife. On the plus side, they’re easy to replace.

 

Other natural materials for cladding

Stone cladding is now widespread, though you may not have noticed it because, of course, the house looks like it’s made of stone, or at least like it has one or two stone walls. The house structure is made of breeze blocks or timber frames, with stone cladding as its weatherproofing. Stone is a classic aesthetic, often matched to local stone, or that may be actively required by planning authorities, for example, in Bath, UK. It’s prevalent in the mainstream, which makes it easy to find and to find installers also. It’s durable and far more lightweight than building the structure with solid stone.

A version of this is brick slip cladding. Bricks are traditionally made from clay or earth and fired at high temperatures. Though brick slips will contain chemical additives to make them more durable, they may also be brick-effect slips made of uPVC. The principal is the same, though, in that the building appears to be made of brick when it just forms the outer weatherproof layer. Brick slips are often used in external wall insulation where the building was originally brick to retain the original look.

A facade with decorative brick cladding
A facade with decorative brick cladding

Slate tiles may be used as an additional weatherproof layer where there is a high incidence of strong wind and rain, for example, in coastal areas, mainly where there is a traditional aesthetic and local availability—other cladding materials to consider.

Vinyl, aka uPVC, cladding is synthetic and comes in many colours and textures, mimicking natural materials such as wood or slate or making bold, unapologetic statements. Vinyl is typically durable, and modern systems improve airflow where required, reduce the amount of material, and increase the recycled content.

Aluminium composite and zinc are bold and contemporary, composed of large sheets of each material. Whilst these materials are energy intensive, they are also very durable, require little maintenance, and are easily recycled at the end of life, so little material value is lost. Specialists always install these, but they are a speedy way to make the building weatherproof, assuming they arrive on schedule from the manufacturer.

Commercial buildings use all sorts of other materials. If you’re creative, you may be able to use wastage from commercial building sites or other material upcycling to create original cladding with the technical and aesthetic characteristics that you’re looking for.

Aluminium cladding example by prefa
Aluminium cladding example by prefa

Before you choose your cladding, do these things.

Look closely at the houses near where you are building your house because trends in surrounding houses often represent available local materials or planning requirements. By looking closely at nearby homes, you may notice whether cladding has been used and what materials are typical.

If possible, visit cladding manufacturers before purchasing to feel the cladding with your hands, see how it’s made, see how the finished product can vary, and select the specific pieces for your project. This is particularly important with wood as it can warp, twist and bend in storage, but any materials may look quite different online to how they appear when they arrive on site. uPVC may be suitable for your project, but if you are selecting something that imitates a natural material, you should see and feel it before ordering it to reduce the risk of a sinking feeling when the synthetic feel of your shiny new house dawns on you after installation.

Who will install your cladding? If you plan to install it yourself, select a system that is easier to implement well or learn as you go. For example, overhanging larch shiplap is less complex and forgiving than positioning and nailing shingles.

Cladding greatly affects how you feel about your home in terms of its aesthetic, cost, maintenance and environmental impact, so enjoy exploring and choosing the right thing for your project.


Prefabricated houses in building under construction

What’s the difference between modular homes and manufactured homes?

Modular homes are transported from the factory to site in pieces, and manufactured homes are transported whole or in two halves. Modular and manufactured homes benefit from the advantages of factory production relating to the reduced site time required and the more controlled construction environment.

In the factory environment, it’s easier to manage materials and personnel which improves safety and efficiency. This leads to cost savings as long as the factory is sufficiently busy to operate efficiently. Meanwhile, houses built entirely on-site face the challenges of weather affecting exposed materials and working conditions, much more working from height, the potential for challenging ground conditions and managing resulting mud and hygiene on site, and the daily management of deliveries and waste collection from site.

Both are typically constructed of timber which is lightweight and robust. In the past modular, or prefabricated houses have been built using concrete panels, and more eco-friendly modern alternatives include pre-fabricated straw bale cassettes.

We’ll take you through the characteristics and advantages of both modular and manufactured homes.

What is a modular home?

Modular homes, which are sometimes referred to as prefabricated homes, are transported to site as a collection of modules that are then assembled onto foundations using a crane. Modules must be sufficiently robust to withstand transportation and maneuvering through factory and assembly processes, and therefore modular homes are generally built more robust than traditional houses.

What is a manufactured home?

Manufactured homes are entirely constructed in the factory, and are then transported whole to site on a lorry. This naturally limits the size of manufactured houses to whatever can be transported by lorry. They are built on a chassis, which means they usually need minimal or no foundations. In the US, a manufactured home is defined as a house that is entirely built in a factory to US Department of Housing and Urban Development standards that were passed in 1976.

Prefabricated houses in building under construction
Building with concrete floor, construction materials and two mobile cabins with panel siding and glass doors

Regulations and Finance:

As modular homes are subject to the same building regulations as any site-built house, they are much easier to finance, and remortgage and they appreciate in value as traditional houses do. In addition, the modules will undergo internal inspection before they leave the factory, so the build quality is usually very good.

In contrast, manufactured houses may not be subject to building regulations. This varies from country to country, and varies according to the nature of your specific manufactured house. A manufactured house is generally considered to be a permanent building that will be brought from the factory and installed on site where it will stay. Therefore, it would still need planning permission, even if building regulations are avoided, effectively replaced by the process of in factory CE certification. Either way, you should have the conversation with your local planning department BEFORE you commit money to house construction.

*For clarity, planning permission is the permission required to erect or place any structure on a plot of land in line with the local planning strategy and considering impact on neighbors and the local environment, whereas building regulations are the technical documents that set the parameters to which a building must be constructed- including minimum standards of insulation, and other specifications that ensure reasonable longevity and robustness, function, safety and health for occupants.

Where a manufactured house avoids building regulations, they are much harder to finance, even if they are permanently installed in one location. This may seem ironic as the build quality is factory managed and signed off, but they are still outside the construction norm, and have historical association with houses that are built for summer use on holiday parks only. Some home buyers are glad to avoid the building regulations process and enjoy the reduce cost, but only if they have innovative financing or sufficient capital to purchase the house off the shelf. For the same reasons that affect their mortgageablitiy, manufactured houses tend to depreciate in value, in contrast to modular houses that would appreciate like any other traditional house construction.

Pricing:

A modular house may be affordable compared to traditional site-built houses, but a manufactured house would be about 50% of the cost for a similar specification. Manufactured housing is undergoing something of a resurgence as house prices rise, and land purchasing becomes more competitive. As manufactured houses don’t have to comply with building regulations and are also potentially mobile, a rising market now offers high specification models that can lead to huge savings in build costs, as long as the home buyer has the capital available to make the purchase outright.

Manufactured houses are naturally small houses, so they are naturally cheap to run and maintain. The popularity of the tiny house movement has also sparked interest in compact living, to reduce carbon emissions, price, and living costs.

Mobility:

Manufactured houses are easier to move, though in practice they are often installed in one place where they stay for their entire lifespan. Modular houses definitely can’t be moved, though there are some innovative design concepts around modular houses in which modular units can be easily added, or taken off a house in response to changing household needs.

Sustainability:

Modular homes naturally lend themselves to high-quality, precision construction including high-quality insulation detailing, because it is done in a very controlled environment where it is easier to implement and inspect. Many modular homes have insulation fitted in the factory, and this means that they generally perform very well in terms of energy efficiency and avoiding cold spots, which are common in traditional construction where awkward details lead to gaps or slumps in insulation. This all means that you are likely to spend less on heating a modular home even if built to the same specification as a site-built home and that more importantly, you will reduce your carbon footprint.

Manufactured homes have limited space, so minimal insulation thickness is typical, and the use of thin high-performance materials such as multifoil is common, which are then vulnerable to becoming punctured as services and finishes are installed. Manufactured homes, can have external wall insulation fitted later, or improvements to windows and doors, but the mobile and space-restricted nature of the house, together with its place at the budget end of the housing market, and in the holiday house sector, means that many manufactured homes may be well built, but to a low specification when it comes to insulation, and therefore expensive and carbon-intensive to heat.

In both cases, factory-based construction leads to more efficient material use as stock is used across projects, and waste products like sawdust and offcuts are more easily gathered and repurposed in the clean controlled factory, to make animal bedding, wood pellets or MDF.

 

Should I buy a modular or manufactured home?

Modular homes are simply an efficient and more sustainable way of building a standard home. It may be cheaper than a site-built house, and you’ll likely benefit from a higher quality build, and reduced site time, which means a quicker all round process, with the modules being built at the same time as the foundations on site.

Manufactured homes are suitable as a low-cost and sometimes relatively portable option, particularly if the homeowners enjoy tiny house living. A manufactured house may be the perfect option to fit on a small plot, or even occupy space on someone else's plot. They are well suited as temporary living space whilst construction of the main house is underway, to be sold off later, or repurposed as space for home office, guests, or extra living space.

Modular and manufactured houses lend themselves to very different situations and homebuyer needs, but they are both cost-efficient options and well worth considering as you research the possibilities for your next house build.


Estonian log cabin

Find your perfect and modern log cabin kit in Europe

Modern log cabin kit homes are more popular now than ever before, with the cosy old image of a log cabin meeting modern design and house prefabrication techniques. Manufacturers in various countries use glulam (Glued laminated timber) and other innovations to precision engineer beautiful and affordable kit homes in a controlled factory environment.

Timber is a natural and low-carbon construction material compared to concrete and steel. However though the way in which it is sourced and treated has a significant effect on its environmental impact. Houses can be built quite affordably using softwood and glulam, rather than hardwoods such as oak, or roundwood structures.

The prefabrication of frames, wall sections, or whole houses in a factory, generally makes the construction process safer, more efficient and more controllable. Cost reductions result from the ability to manage material and labor flow more effectively and reduce material wastage. You might think that transportation would be a limiting factor, but prefabrication companies simply design their houses to be transported in the optimum size or number of components for their installers to put together on the customer's foundations.

We want to show you some of the best that we have found available in Europe.

 

Estonian Log Cabins

Estonian log cabin

Estonian advertise a design for every possible use of a log cabin from saunas to stables, and their range of houses goes from the 20sqm Sofia mini-house to the 285sqm Priit Island log house mansion. They offer bespoke designs and conservation work. They can supply the house as (i) a bare log shell, (ii) a weathertight log shell, or (iii) a turn-key fully fitted house, anywhere in Europe. They invite you to send your sketch to their designers, or even just a photo or two of log cabins that you’ve seen to give them an idea of what you want.

They are one of the few companies offering milled 200mm roundwood logs, which are naturally strong, requiring minimal processing, and are more evocative of a traditional log cabin. Estonian also offer designs using square log profiles and glulam log profiles, all of which are manufactured in their production facility in Vastse-Kuuste, Estonia.

 

Finnladmelli

At their factory in Alajärvi, Finland, Finladmelli produce luxurious, pioneering, proudly Finnish laminate log houses “the only way Finns know how: as agreed, just on time”. They use the sawdust in the factory to heat their factory premises and they’re keen to point out that sustainability runs through every aspect of the business, all the way back to the quality of Finnish forestry management.

These houses are truly slick and absolutely beautiful, with the smallest coming in at 43sqm and the largest at 212sqm. They only come as turn-key products, the complete solution, with room to adapt their models to fit your dreams. There’s no doubt that this is a premium product, but if you have the budget Finlandmelli will give you a stunning home to just step into and enjoy.

Finnlog

Yet another log house company based in….. Estonia! Finnlog was established in 2003, but now has subsidiaries in five other countries, yes, including Finland. In fact the name derives from the timber they use which is from Finnish forestry.

They highlight environmental responsibility and the natural beauty of log houses, and they also build schools and hotels. They promote the architectural style of modern log buildings, with most of their buildings having a very simple and efficient appearance to them.

 

Honka

Honka are a friendly giant in the industry, a family business founded in 1958, having now built 85,000 houses in over 50 countries. They are based in Karstula in Central Finland, and they use timbers specifically from the northern forests as they grow stronger in freezing temperatures.

They are overtly committed to sustainability and inspired by the wood that they process into beautiful kit homes. Honka have an enormous range of modern and traditional log houses, as well as garden rooms and other smaller log cabins. If you want absolute pedigree and reassurance for a turn-key project you can’t go far wrong Honka.

 

Archiline Wooden Houses

A range of houses, and even hotels are available in round logs and glulam from Archiline who are based in Belarus, using Belarussian timber. They deliver log houses all over the world, with examples including Lebanon, UAE and Australia.

One of their two storey 58sqm houses is available as fully finished for 25,000 Euros. This may make it a particularly attractive choice to those on a tight budget, or who require delivery further afield than other log house companies will venture.

 

Aito Log House

Another northern manufacturer, Aito are based in Lapland with the Finnish arctic circle. They use laminated squared logs and cross laminated log, otherwise known as non-settling log, to produce very modern and luxurious designs. They focus on sustainability and technology, for example using sawdust to produce low heat to dry out their timbers using a highly controlled kiln system to ensure even drying. Non-settling log is an in-house innovation to make production, and erection more efficient, whilst reducing any settling, and therefore reducing the effect of settling on plaster or other finishes.

Their standard designs range from 64sqm to 656sqm, and they have quite a few designs at the luxury end of that range. Aito deliver their kit with drawings to almost anywhere in the world, and they have a history of projects in China. They recommend the client engages Aito technical assistance or the Aitos build team in order to erect the house accurately and efficiently, though some self builders might fancy their chances, knowing that accurate production is a keystone of Aitos brand.

 

Palmatin

This is Estonian company has built over 4000 homes in 25 years, exporting their kits mostly to other European countries, though they’ve sent houses to Panama, Japan and the US. They have a wide range of products including round wood, glulam, post and beam, pre-cut and pre-fabricated houses. Pre-cut refers to preparing and marking timbers to form interior elements to make construction on site quicker, which makes this a good option for the confident and ambitious self-builder.

They offer various options regarding insulation, by creating an internal and an exterior shell leaving sufficient space between the two to install the desired insulation. Their production is certified eco-friendly and the Purbond glue that they use in their glulam is also certified as eco-friendly and used in a way that reduces its use as far as possible.

 

Summary

Log houses are a fast growing and diverse market, ranging from some of the most affordable houses on the market, to some of the most premium. The aesthetics vary from traditional round wood appeal to slick modern engineered timbers, and you can buy an empty frame to roof and fitout yourself, or a turn-key solution ready for you to walk in to. Finland and Estonia dominate this industry for now, but watch out for upcoming manufacturers from other northern countries such as Belarus and Lithuania who compete at the budget end of the kit market.


A review of affordable green prefab homes

Prefab homes reduce construction waste, increase construction precision, and reduce construction costs. European manufacturers such as Vithaus, Coodo and Norges Hus provide remarkably low cost, energy-efficient, and ecofriendly factory-made homes, including the specification of low-impact foundations. Get inspired by the diverse and growing options on the market, and make it happen yourself!

 

KOSHAUS 106 by Vithaus
KOSHAUS 106 by Vithaus

Affordable prefab homes under 100K

No!, really?? Norges Hus advertise a beautiful timber prefabricated house at 48K Euros. Bear in mind that does not include foundations, but even so, you’ll agree it’s impressive. They’re not alone, and a diverse range of established and emerging companies offer prefab homes well under 100K Euros. Ecomotive in the UK, has developed the Snug Home concept, which is an affordable modular construction, with the aim that the owner or prospective community members can be involved in the construction, thereby further reducing the cost. Cocoon Modules, made in Greece, offers 20foot container homes, and 40foot container homes, both designed and delivered for under 100K with minimal requirements for foundations.

That is representative of the cost efficiency of prefabrication. Even the higher end of the market is cost-efficient compared to standard build methods. There is a rapidly growing demand for affordable housing solutions and housing that is space-efficient too. Prefabrication lends itself to both of these, and Design&Manufacture companies are finding that costs can be brought down as demand increases.

And it’s not just niche innovators. In Britain, the financial giant Legal&General has developed a modular house construction business supplying local councils with prefabricated homes on a large scale. Their presence in the social housing market contributes to the infrastructure, skills, and public perception that drive market opportunity so that more niche companies are able to offer low-cost prefabricated homes to individual customers, or to housing cooperatives and other groups.

 

Prefab Passive House cost

You’ve probably heard of Passivhaus, a strict standard of construction that achieves very low operational emissions and costs for your home. It requires particular consideration in the design and construction to ensure that it can be certified as a Passivhaus, and you’re probably wondering what that would cost you.

EcoSAM, in Bulgaria, is one of a few companies offering prefab passive house Europe, but with a range of construction options and the customer journey in mind, they don’t give away any pricing easily, which is typical of most manufacturers.

The lowest pricing ranges from 150K, not including foundations. Certification alone comes in at around 3K, and the tape required for sealing joints is notoriously costly. But, the aim is to minimize operational energy bills and emissions, whilst maximizing thermal comfort and ambiental control in the home.

Passivhaus buildings are generally constructed using highly processed materials that have high embodied emissions, and a high cost, such as triple glazing, foam insulation, tapes, and concrete slab foundations. Whilst prefabrication is cheaper and more efficient than most traditional methods, Passivhaus still carries a premium, at least in capital terms.

 

The future of affordable green prefab homes

House of the Future has an online shopping basket for you to put together your luxury ultra-low energy modular home with options including a sauna. You then click to order, and it can be delivered to Europe, Africa, and Asia currently. The most affordable comes in at around $500K presently, though the energy-saving may make this cost efficient if you can find the capital to purchase it. The interesting thing here is that the easy availability and process of this luxury product then filters down to more affordable versions and competitors in the coming years. The principles of prefabrication rolled out at scale lead to more affordable options in a matter of years as the processes in their infancy now, are maturing very fast indeed.

Engineering innovation continues to add value to prefabricated homes, for example in the way that they can be moved from one location to another or the size of the building can be increased as the family expands, or reduced as the household requires, with a module of the house sent off to university with a young student. These developments become more viable with the development of construction technology but also with the development of infrastructure to move and host modular buildings, the development of thinking in society as modular, pre-fabricated, and tiny buildings become recognized, normalized, and preferential.

Affordable green prefab homes are a rapidly developing market so you have an opportunity to get a bargain enabling the prototype of an emerging company’s vision showcase. They are still seen as futuristic, but as public housing departments, social landlords, and individual households alike look for affordable green solutions, they are bound to form an increasingly significant role in house construction for the foreseeable future on every continent.


5 questions to ask before purchasing a prefabricated home

Prefabricated homes are becoming increasingly popular, owing to the many advantages over conventional building techniques. But how can you be sure a prefabricated house is long-lasting? Here are some pointers for assessing the sustainability of a prefabricated home.

What are the benefits of prefabricated homes?

Prefabricated homes offer many benefits over traditional construction methods. They are often more affordable, faster to construct, and more sustainable.

One of the biggest benefits of prefabricated homes is that they are often more affordable than traditional homes. This is because the factory-made components are assembled on-site, which eliminates the need for costly on-site construction.

Prefabricated homes are also generally faster to construct than traditional homes. This is because the components are manufactured in a controlled environment, which reduces the risk of weather delays.

Finally, prefabricated homes are often more sustainable than traditional homes. This is because they often use less energy and water, and generate less waste.

What are the different types of prefabricated homes?

There are two main types of prefabricated homes: modular and manufactured. Modular homes are built in sections called modules, which are then transported to the construction site and assembled. Manufactured homes are built entirely in a factory and

How can you be sure that a prefabricated home is sustainable?

When evaluating the sustainability of a prefabricated home, you should consider both the environmental and social impacts of the construction process. Some factors to consider include:

  • The use of recycled materials in the construction process
  • The use of energy efficient technologies in the construction process
  • The distance the home will have to be transported

Are there any drawbacks to prefabricated homes?

One drawback is that prefabricated homes often use more energy than traditional homes in their construction. This is because the components need to be transported to the construction site, which requires energy.

Another drawback is that prefabricated homes can sometimes be less durable than traditional homes. This is because they are often made with lighter-weight materials, which can be damaged more easily.

How can you make sure that your prefabricated home is sustainable?

There are a few things you can do to make sure that your prefabricated home is sustainable:

  • Buy from a reputable company that specializes in sustainable prefabricated homes
  • Make sure that the company you buy from uses recycled materials and energy-efficient technologies in their construction process
  • Ask the company you buy from how far the home will have to be transported, and try to choose a home that is not too far away

Prefabricated homes offer many benefits over traditional construction methods, but there are some things you should consider before purchasing one. By following the tips above, you can be sure that your prefabricated home is truly sustainable.


Tini M

4 eco-friendly kit houses for families

Why choose a prefab house?

The kit house is built much faster than the traditional house. Some prefabricated houses are also very energy efficient. With very good thermal insulation.

Often made of wood, they act as a carbon sink. But a complete energy balance must take into account production, transport and use.

Are prefabricated houses suitable for families?

There are many different types of kit houses. The first impression is that modular houses are surely too small for a family. We have selected examples that prove the contrary.

Our selection criteria for this list:

There are countless models and manufacturers. For this list, we have limited ourselves to a small selection. Here are the criteria that guided them:

  • Materials: wooden frame.
    Only suppliers in Europe.
    Size 80 - 120 m2
    European builders only.

 

Glass House 70E

We chose one of the many models from the company Kontio. Based in Finland, the company has already delivered more than 50'000 buildings.

Glass House 70E

What we like:

  • A wide choice of possible configurations.
  • Some configurations include a sauna! Who wouldn't want a sauna.
  • The Scandinavian design.
  • The huge bay window.

However, there is no indication on the website about the energy consumption of the building (large windows).

See the model

Quadrin F90

Produced and designed in Switzerland by Uffer AG, the prefabricated houses are little gems.

a kit house for families

What we like:

  • The online configurator that tells you exactly how much you will pay.
  • The local wood production
  • The price includes part of the interior fittings (stove, kitchen).

However, the price of the model 80 starts at CHF 293'000. The F90 model presented on the website only has 2 bedrooms. But it is probably possible to modify.

See model

 

Tini Custom

Proposed by Spanish architects, the tini are tiny. But an XL model is possible with the configurator: 90m2 by assembling 3 modules.

Tini Custom

What we like:

  • The clean lines to the max
  • The material. OSB, basically "waste wood" that would not necessarily be used to advantage.
  • The modularity. It is possible to join 2 or more modules together.

See model

 

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