Self build kit homes: a buyer’s guide

The incredible speed of construction is just one of the benefits of this method

By Dominic Bradbury | 18 January 2019

Self-build kit homes, otherwise known as prefabricated kit homes or ‘prefabs’, are an attractive self-build option, with bespoke designs and fast build times. If you’re thinking of taking the plunge, here’s everything you need to know about prefab self builds…

In 2004, David and Greta Iredale’s innovative Huf Haus project was first featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs, showcasing the many benefits of the prefab method of house building.

Since then, the awareness and popularity of self-build kit homes in the UK has been on the up, with many self-builders realising the advantages of this speedy construction method. Prefabs involve varying degrees of off-site construction – depending on the build method and supplier – before being erected on your plot in what can be a matter of days.

A guide to prefabricated kit homes

This two-storey eco house in Greenwich, London, by Facit Homes cost £500,000 to build. Photo: Richard Powers

And rather than offering a range of standard options, many manufacturers will adapt existing designs to suit your preferred style and layout, or offer a completely bespoke solution.

The combination of clear pricing, eco-friendly benefits and efficient build processes makes it easy to see the appeal of a kit home; it offers self-builders the chance to create a unique home for a fixed cost.

Read on for the Grand Designs guide to self-build kit homes…