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Prefabs’ have come a long way from flimsy, quick fix housing and are now offering self-builders a hyper-efficient way to build their future proof dream homes.

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hans haus house in field

Image: Hanse Haus

German engineering is synonymous with quality, reliability and expert craftsmanship. Think BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche; they’re all prized for their advanced technology and construction, achieved in part by their focus on first-rate education, but also their thirst for perfection, pride and excellence.

German houses are engineered with this ethos. Engineers and craftsmen strive to create a home that is sustainable, energy efficient and technologically advanced, which not only saves on running costs, but also protects your health - and the planet.

The British however, are the trendsetters. They’re known worldwide in the creative industries, in fashion, architecture and media. The marriage of British design elegance with the reliability of German engineering therefore, is a match made in heaven. Here’s why:

Quality - Guaranteed

white house with large windows

Image: Hanse Haus

The Germans apply common sense to houses with a simple rule of thumb; houses are like people. In order to stay warm in cold weather they need a warm coat, and a waterproof hat and boots to keep occupants dry. Using this straightforward analogy or ‘fabric first approach’, high-standard building materials and precision fabrication come together to create a super-efficient, highly-insulated, airtight shell. By doing so, the interior environment is temperate, clean and healthy. This guarantees a home that stays warm and draught-free in winter and cool in the summer.

With the development of quality-driven offsite-construction housing in Germany and The Nordics, for the first time, the export market for such homes can be enjoyed Europe-wide.

Every element of a German pre-manufactured home is created in perfect factory conditions, dramatically reducing British weather-related struggles associated with traditional brick and block on-site construction. Within a factory setting, homes are built at greater speed and to higher engineering standards - every detail is crafted with pinpoint precision.

All of this comes together into a home which to heat, requires a quarter (or less) of the energy requirement than a typical British build.

Creative and Comfortable

insulated eco friendly living room with wooden flooring grey sofas

Image: Hanse Haus

Much has changed since the 1950s. Offsite manufactured, self-build homes are now recognised as today’s ‘Grand Designs’. Meanwhile German, offsite construction companies are enjoying combining British design, known for its elegance, with German engineering and practical expertise. We’re witnessing ever more advanced homes which showcase British innovation with specialist, tried & tested, German construction. So they’re not just a joy to look at, but also functional, comfortable, reliable and cost-effective to run.


hans haus house

Image: Hanse Haus

For years, German homes have been engineered for harsh winters and warm summers to contend with, they’ve perfected a home that is naturally insulating and works for you. In measurable performance terms, a new German home is said to be 15 to 20 years ahead than new UK stock.

German offsite house manufacturer Hanse Haus was one of the earliest entrants to the UK house export market in 2007, and having now absorbed UK talent into its teams of designers and technicians, and having now built 130 UK homes, is capable of delivering British design combined with German engineering. Planners may not know the difference between a German and British house from the outside, but inhabitants can certainly feel one in their comfort, physical health and fuel bills.

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