10 amazing modular homes

From a coastal Baufritz to a Huf Haus mega build, 10 modular homes to inspire your self-build

By Jenny Mcfarlane | 17 July 2019

Modular homes are not all created equal. Some arrive on site as fully-fitted units with bathrooms and kitchens in place, while others come flat-packed and are erected in just a few days. But one thing remains consistent: off-site construction continues to innovate without comprising on design.

Whichever system you choose, modular homes are evolving to offer products for every budget, from off-the-peg starter homes to bespoke custom-builds. Plus, the off-site construction industry can use a range of modern materials, such as cross-laminated timber and triple glazing.

Let’s take a look at 10 ideal modular home builds in the UK and how much they might cost you…

1. A panel home in Scotland

This five-bedroom modular home in North Connel, near Oban in Scotland, is a very modern take on the Highland longhouse. Designed by Scottish architect Dualchas in conjunction with Hebridean Homes, it is constructed from sound and insulation-efficient structurally insulated panels (SIPs).

The property was built for a retired couple who decided to relocate to the west coast. It offers an impressive amount of internal space, including an open-plan farmhouse kitchen and spacious living area with vaulted ceiling. To minimise wasteful corridor space, bedrooms have been placed at either end of the house.

The property, which benefits from passive solar gain, is clad in Siberian larch and took seven months to construct from start to finish.

A similar turnkey package would cost from £357,000.

A wood panel modular home in Oban, Scotland by Feinmann and Hebridean Homes

Photo: Hebridean Homes

2. A multi-purpose modular home in Norfolk

The owners of this contemporary house in Blakeney, Norfolk, wanted a place to both raise a family and use as a businesses base. The property includes an adjoining holiday-rental cabin, which is also modular, as well as a swimming pool.

The design was conceived with the input of architect Anthony Thistleton at Waugh Thistleton Architects at a build cost of less than £2,000 per square metre. This ideal modular home stands in 16 acres on the site of a 1950s house (which the couple bought and demolished) and enjoys panoramic views across Blakeney Harbour, in particular from the promontory ‘sea room’.

The property was designed to reflect the local Norfolk vernacular while making a design statement. It’s constructed from cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels, left exposed in places internally to add character and finished on the outside in napped flint and pre-weathered shiplap timber cladding.

A contemporary modular home in Blakeney, Norfolk, by Waugh Thistleton architects

Photo: Waugh Thistleton Architects

3. A portable property on the Isle of Wight

Imagine a second home that you could pick up and take with you wherever you liked. Modular homes allows for such flexibility: although they offer the benefits of permanent construction, they can be dismantled and transported.

Retreat Homes & Lodges, in conjunction with architectural practice BuckleyGreyYeoman, created this two-bedroom house on the Isle of Wight as a second home.

It was manufactured in one piece to the BS3632 mobile park home standard, but then split into two parts for transporting and completed with a bathroom and kitchen. It’s built on a timber frame and the cladding is ThermoWood, a biodegradable thermally modified timber with insulating properties.

Similar modular homes would cost from £120,000 to include manufacture, delivery, siting and decking.

A timber frame modular home that's portable by Retreat Homes & Lodges

Photo: Retreat Homes & Lodges