What Are Flat Pack Homes?

Constructing a flat pack home has its advantages for self build, from a shorter build time to easy customisation. Find out more in our guide!

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A ‘flat-pack home’ is a house constructed out of pre-cut components, these components are manufactured in a factory and put together on-site. Constructing a house like this comes with a wealth of advantages. Including a shorter build time and easy customisation, saving time, money and manpower. It could be the perfect way to realise your self build vision.

In addition to the time and cost benefits self-builders can also enjoy a higher level of accuracy, with all the pieces cut by automated processes and the chance of error hugely reduced.

What are flat pack homes made from?

Flat pack homes are usually made as a timber frame system or SIPs (structurally insulated panels). These are then clad to achieve the desired style which could be anything from traditional brickwork, stone, wood or a modern metal look.

Can you customise flat pack homes?

People usually assume that flat pack style homes are 'off the shelf' from a selection in a catalogue. However, many providers offer a completely bespoke design service, which means you can design a house that’s entirely your own.

While some companies only offer ‘off the shelf’ flat pack homes from a catalogue, at Potton, you can customise your flat pack home so that it is completely bespoke. This gives you the freedom to create a unique design to fit your budget, plot and lifestyle. Some of our customers like to take inspiration from designs we have constructed previously, other prefer to begin with a blank page and develop their design from scratch.

What are the benefits of flat pack houses?

There are many reasons why people choose the flat pack home route:

  • They are built offsite in a factory environment, where they are engineered and manufactured, and delivered to site in large sections ready to be assembled
  • As they are pre-fabricated to the exact measurements and design, the superstructure is quick to erect with less on-site labour.
  • Because components are made to measure, you’ll also have to deal with less on-site waste

When choosing a flat pack house, look for a build system that works towards delivering an energy efficient home.

What is the cost of a flat pack house?

As you might expect, the price of a ‘flat pack house’ really depends on what kind of house you want to build. As a general rule, the larger it is, the higher the cost. The same would be true with any other construction method.

To help you calculate an approximate build cost there are a number of online build cost generators you can access, however each site has its own specific criteria. At Potton we can help guide you on the cost to build a Potton home.

Some factors which can impact the cost are:

  • Complexity of design
  • Location of build
  • Materials used
  • Whether you self-manage the project or employ a specialist project manager
  • Quality of finish

To find out more about our build costs book an appointment with one of our self build consultants.

At Potton, we can design your new home and help you gain planning permission. We also supply and erect the superstructure with the option to add our weathertight package.

Architectural Design Service

Already have an architect’s design for your new home? We can still construct your timber build system. Giving you all the benefits of a Potton self build home.

Architectural Design
Architectural Design