What are flat pack homes?

11 July 2018 Potton News

Flat Pack Homes

Timber frame flat pack home by Potton

'Flat Pack Home' or 'Kit Home' are both terms to describe houses built offsite in a factory or manufacturing facility. The 'flat pack home' is then transported to site and erected quickly onsite, reducing labour time and therefore build costs for the self builder.

Why it's not 'one size fits all'

Often people assume that kit homes, or flat pack homes are 'off the shelf' and that you have to select from a catalogue of house types with preset floor plans and house layouts. This is not the case, with many flat pack homes providers offering a complete bespoke design service.

With Potton, no two houses are the same. Whilst it used to be true that we offered only 4 house styles, now, in 2018, most of our homes are completely bespoke, designed to suit our customers lifestyles, plot and build budget.

Benefits of Flat Pack Homes

There are numerous reasons that people choose the flat pack home route. As they are manufactured within a factory environment, they are designed, measured and cut with precision, meaning costly mistakes on-site are avoided.

Speed of build is another benefit, as flat pack houses are quick to erect on-site, with the timber frame of many houses being fully erected within just a couple of weeks.

My Flat Pack Home

Contemporary Flat Pack Mansion, Potton Self Build Home

Flat pack homes are growing in popularity, largely due to the increased awareness brought about by television shows such as 'My Flat Pack Home' and 'Flat Pack Mansions', in addition to featured on Grand Designs and other self-build and renovation programmes.

Flat Pack Homes Seen on TV

Potton self-builders David and Lesley Lennox featured on 'Flat Pack Mansions' on Channel 4 in 2017.  The programme looked at new prefab luxury mansions being built in super-quick time across the UK. Their contemporary new Potton home is set in an idyllic setting, looking out over the open fields of Hampshire.

Read the Lennox case study here

Cost of Flat Pack Homes

Flat pack home prices in the UK vary. At Potton, we can design your new home, help you obtain planning permission and supply and erect your new home, therefore the costs of our timber frame homes vary depending on the project. If you already have an Architects design for your new home then we can still construct the timber build system, giving you all the benefits of a Potton self build home. Visit our Potton Select page to find out more and submit your drawings for a quote.

To help you calculate an approximate build cost, we recommend that our customers work on a cost of £1300 per m2 as a general rule of thumb. Please note this would cover the total build cost price, not just that of the timber frame/flat pack home kit.

As you will see from the homes featured in our Gallery and Case Studies pages, our customers homes range from a build cost of under £200,000 to over £500,000 and everything in between. The cost of build is dependent on factors including, but not limited to:

  • complexity of design
  • location of build
  • materials used
  • whether you self-manage or employ a project manager
  • quality of finish

You can download our budget guide here which sets out the build costs of four of our popular show home deisgns which will provide a good indication of what size of home can be achieved on what budget.


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