Experience our show home
We understand that, when making such an investment, it’s important to know exactly what to expect, which is why we have built a stunning, two bedroom, timber frame show home. Regardless of the build type and model you choose, it’s a good example of the build quality you can expect from us.
- 15 x 6.8m
- Two bedrooms
- Passive timber frame construction
- Super insulated
- High performance windows and doors
- MVHR system and passive solar gain
- U-value of only 0.11
- Exceeds UK building regs
- Open plan living space
- Bi-fold doors
- Under-floor heating
- Log burner
- Planning free
- Vertical larch cladding on exterior
- Plasterboard interior
- Viewing by appointment only
The ultimate in energy efficiency and performance
Passive house technology makes this a super insulated energy efficient home, with tiny heating bills, minimal carbon footprint, lots of natural light and superior levels of comfort compared to normal homes – just like the models shown in our Passive range.
The walls, roof, and floor are uprated from standard residential specification to incorporate additional layers of insulation, and the windows and doors are all argon-filled, triple-glazed. This achieves the incredible levels of insulation and U-values required – only 0.11 overall for our show home. By 2020, all new buildings in Europe shall be constructed to this passive house standard.
Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR)
The show home is fitted with a MVHR system that provides a constant supply of fresh air, and warmth when required, at a fraction of the energy consumed by a typical house with traditional heating and air-conditioning systems.
The system extracts warm, stale air from areas such as kitchens and bathrooms, while also drawing in fresh supply air from outside. The heat from the stale air is recovered via a heat exchanger and used to pre-warm the fresh air (when heating is required). The fresh air is then delivered through ductwork into the living areas of the home. The system re-uses up to 95% of the heat that would otherwise have been lost, and operates almost silently.
With the help of passive solar gain, the MVHR system maintains a comfortable interior temperature – from the coldest day of winter to the hottest day of summer. Indoor air quality is improved by reducing dust and allergen levels. And the heating bill for the show home is estimated to be less than £100 per year!
If your new building is going in the grounds of your main house, it can be deemed as a ‘mobile home’ (with our build spec to full residential standard, not the flimsy, substandard BS3632 specification associated with holiday parks), built up to 20 x 6.8m, single-storey, without needing planning approval – exactly what we've done with our show home.
By applying to the council for a Lawful Development Certificate it is possible to install a new space with living accommodation that is significantly larger than most buildings capable of obtaining traditional planning approval as annexes (if planning permission is granted at all). More information can be found in the Planning section.
If this could apply to you, take a look at the applicable models in our Planning Free Mobile Home range – add new living space without needing planning approval and increase the value and use of your property.
One of the advantages of timber frame construction is that it is a very quick process, especially compared to a traditional bricks and mortar approach. Everything is precision engineered in controlled factory conditions before being flat packed in specialist kit form for delivery to site, so there are no delays due to bad weather, etc.
The floor, walls and roof come in a series of panels with insulation built in. They come together really quickly, so on site build time and disruption is very minimal. Our timelapse video of the show home being build really highlights the speed and efficiency. With foundations complete, the structure goes up and is watertight in just four days. This makes for a really exciting build, and you could see your new space transform before your very eyes.
If you love our show home so much that you’d like the same model for yourself, here are some price guides for this 15 x 6.8m model:
Passive timber frame: £130,000
Exactly as our show home has been built – for ultimate energy efficiency and performance.
Super insulated with argon filled triple-glazing to achieve the lowest U-values.
Standard timber frame: £105,000
Scaled back to a standard residential specification to meet or exceed building regulations.
Still a very efficient, modern home with double-glazed windows and doors.
Standard timber frame without bi-fold doors and skylights: £95,000
This shows what a more conventional design would cost.
For anyone not requiring passive standards or bi-fold doors and skylights.
The above is based on us supplying and erecting this building onto a pre-prepared base. It means that you’d have a complete structure (including external windows and doors, internal walls and doors, and roof covering) ready for kitchens, bathroom/s, electrics and plumbing to be fitted.
Other costs to consider are:
- Groundworks (drainage and bringing the services to your building)
- Plaster boarding and decorating
- Heating system
- Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR), if passive timber frame
- Architectural drawings (if required)
- Planning application (if required)
- Building regulations submission (if required)
- Final choice of roofing material
We price our range of buildings this way because it can be more economical for our customers to arrange the internal fit out themselves, using local tradesmen. However, we can offer a full turn-key solution, managing all (or some) of the above (kitchens and bathrooms would then be zero VAT rated, if for private use), if you prefer – costs subject to site surveys and specifications.
All prices quoted are subject to VAT at the appropriate rate, and final specifications. New buildings with living accommodation in the UK are zero-rated, which means there is no VAT to pay on our residential models if for private use.
Our show home is located in Bockhampton near Dorchester, Dorset, and is available for viewing by appointment only, so please get in touch if you'd like to see it.