Flatpack home can be used interchangeably with ‘kit home’ – both just describe houses built in a manufacturing facility. Okay, so the entire house isn’t built in a factory – we’d need a much bigger lorry to transport it if that was the case – but the parts that will make up the finished construction are created there.
The flatpack home is then transported to site in its constituent pieces and erected there. This process reduces labour time and, therefore, the build costs. It also ensures that the parts of the house are manufactured to exact measurements, and the quality-controlled factory environment means there are fewer variables to cause inaccuracies in the build.
So are They 'One Size Fits All'?
This is the problem with what people think when they hear the term ‘flatpack’. Potton houses are built using prefabricated parts, but these parts are cut specifically to the requirements of the house that you are building. There is no ‘off the shelf’ catalogue of house types with predetermined floor plans. No two Potton houses are the same. Most of the homes we build are completely bespoke, designed to suit our customers’ lifestyle, plot, and build budget.
‘Flatpack’ only describes the process of construction, not a catalogue-bought house. It simply means that once we’ve designed your home, we then build its elements in a factory. This is a modern, efficient, and cost-saving approach. It relies on fewer factors like timing and, crucially in the unpredictable climes of the UK, weather. The process does not limit what you can and cannot build, so you can still implement truly bespoke, high-quality designs.
Benefits of Flatpack Houses
There are numerous reasons why people choose the flatpack home route. As they are manufactured within a factory environment, all parts are designed, measured, and cut with precision, meaning costly onsite mistakes are avoided
Speed of build
is another benefit, as flatpack houses are very quick to erect onsite. Compared to masonry builds, the build schedule is much shorter. The timber frame that forms the basis of the build is often fully erected within just a couple of weeks. This means less time is spent waiting for the building to become weathertight, so internal works can begin much sooner.
There are a variety of build systems
that we offer advice on, and each has its own unique properties. What they are share is their unrivalled thermal performance for wall thickness, and a rapid build time.