“Flat-pack home” or “kit home” are both terms to describe houses built in a factory or manufacturing facility. The house isn’t built in a factory per se, but the parts that make up the finished construction are created there.
The “flat-pack home” is then transported to the site in its constituent pieces and erected on-site. This process reduces labour time and, therefore, the build costs for the self-builder.
It also ensures that the parts that the house is made up of are manufactured to exact measurements. The factory setting where the parts are made means that there are fewer variables to cause inaccuracies in the build.
Why It’s Not ‘One Size Fits All’
Often, people assume that such 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 far from the case, with many providers offering a complete bespoke design service.
With Potton, no two houses are the same. While it used to be true that we offered only four house styles, now, in 2018, most of our homes are completely bespoke, designed to suit our customers’ lifestyles, plot and build budget.
The “flat-pack” element is in the process, rather than the extreme limitations of a catalogue-bought house. It simply means that once we have designed your home, we then build the elements that will make up your house in a factory.
This is a modern, efficient and cost-saving approach. It relies on fewer factors having to be coordinated for timing. It does not limit you in what you can and can’t build, and you are able to implement truly bespoke and high-quality designs using this method.