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Affordable house kits for a fast self-build

From bespoke to bare bones, DIY house kits can be both high-spec and affordable

Promotional Feature By Hugh Metcalf |

Whether you call them lodges, granny annexes, static caravans or mobile homes, affordable house kits are a great self-build solution for those on a tight budget. But what do you need to know before taking the plunge?

One of the major obstacles of static caravans or mobile homes is negotiating the labyrinth of building regulations. The legal minefield is not for the faint-hearted, and many projects have foundered on exactly this.

Fortunately, companies such as Urban Marque take the headache out of this process by supplying affordable timber-frame house kits that meet all of the requirements for the UK Caravan Act and Building Regulations. Their experts in planning law can guide you through the boxes and help you put ticks in all of them with the minimum of difficulty.

affordable timber-frame kit house from Urban Marque

Photo: Urban Marque

What are the benefits of a timber-frame kit?

Timber-framed builds have numerous benefits over masonry builds, the main one being speed. While a masonry build must be erected on site, a timber-framed build can be designed and manufactured off-site, then put together in situ.

This has a knock-on effect on costs, as lead times are reduced and production costs decrease – thus making these kit houses affordable. The adaptability of timber is another boon, as you can buy an affordable off-the-peg home, or specify your own bespoke elements to get the building you want. Urban Marque is happy to work with you and your own choice of architect or builder – all structural calculations and design drawings are supplied for easy assembly – or you can choose to use their own expert erecting services.

self build affordable house kit arriving on a truck

Photo: Urban Marque

Are self-build kit houses affordable?

Use the right supplier – one who will be in sync with you throughout the whole process – and DIY house kits are the perfect way to get a great self-build on a budget. With no planning required, you won’t be entering into an open-ended project but one that will have you relaxing in your dream luxury mobile home in no time at all.

Bare bones kits are available from £17,963 delivered, and are zero rated for VAT, meaning the price you see is the price you pay.

affordable kit house interior with wood-burning stove and open-plan kitchen diner

Photo: Urban Marque

To find out more, visit the Urban Marque website or email [email protected]. Got a sketch of your ideal affordable house kit self-build? Send it in for a quick quote, quoting GD/BB.