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The benefits of prefab homes

Off site-manufacture is a buzz word in the housing world – but is it suitable for self-builders looking to create one-off homes?

Prefabricated homes are hugely popular in Germany, Australia and the United States, but so far they’ve only managed to corner a relatively small part of the UK housing market – despite presenting the big developers with an opportunity to benefit from speedy construction and economies of scale. The government has clocked this and has been pushing for greater uptake in a bid to help solve the housing crisis, but the fact is that until recently the main group investing in offsite-manufactured homes has been (you guessed it) self-builders. And some of us don’t even realise we’ve technically gone prefab.

Meisterstueck- Haus completed the structural design and premanufactured shell for this 200m2 contemporary selfbuild. The main house was erected in two weeks, while the internal fit-out took 14 weeks
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The September edition of Build It magazine will help you get your self-build, renovation or extension project off on the right foot. It’s packed with inspiration and advice, including: • Britain's best self-builds and renovations (page 19) • A contemporary, low-maintenance home (page 30) • Prefab homes: The future of self-build? (page 70) • Why underfloor heating makes sense for renovations (page 73) • How to create the perfect kitchen-diner extension (page 94) • How to get value for money (page 106) … and more!