Given the high cost of ownership, many British people are opting for a flat pack house as an alternative. Flat pack homes/prefab homes are growing in popularity, so, if you’re looking at a flat pack home for yourself, what are the current flat pack home prices (prefab home prices)?
The term “flat pack homes” does not really do these exciting, modern-looking houses made stylish by clean lines and recyclable building material justice.
Many people also mistake flat pack homes with the prefab homes that were built for returning heroes and their families in the aftermath of the second world war. (Please remember though that most of those prefab homes are still standing and are beloved to those people living in them).
While many flat pack homes are off-the-shelf, flat pack homes are not themselves one-size-fits-all. There are many different flat pack home companies out there and they’ll allow you to pick and choose not only the outside appearance of the house but the internal layout too. Flat pack homes are a moveable feast that you can tailor exactly to your needs.
With both types of flat pack homes, you can save a fortune in architects’ fees which brings them much closer to the budgets of people interesting in living in one.
But if you want the full luxury of a purpose built flat pack home, they can also work to (modified) architect drawings too. (Architect fees can be around 10-15% of the cost of a flat pack home project so be absolutely sure you need one before you employ one).
It’s interesting that, of all the things we own, houses generally gain in value instead of losing value. That’s why you often see houses that cost £400,000 that would only cost £150,000 to rebuild. That £250,000 is a big premium to pay for something that might be decades or even centuries owned.
What if you could just buy the land, get planning permission, and pay a fraction of that £250,000 to build your dream home.
Before you get started on your flat pack home project, what do you need?
- Land – where your flat pack home will be built
- Planning permission – costing up to around £375, you get this from your local council
- Funding – you’ll need the money to buy the land and the money for your flat-pack home and every cost associated with your flat-pack home
- Stamp duty – when the house is complete, you will need to provide a value of the home to HMRC. When complete, you may need to pay stamp duty within 30 days.
Householdquotes.co.uk can put you in touch with 3-4 local experts who can provide experience, insight, and imagination to your flat pack home project. Just fill in the form below – talk to those trusted constructors about what you want and they’ll cost everything up for you. And remember, our service is completely free and you’re under no obligation to buy from any of the companies we put in touch with you.
Flat pack homes prices
For most of the companies that put together flat-pack homes, they’ll want to both supply and put up your flat home. Once they’ve finished consulting with you, they’ll produce the modular elements of your flat pack home in their factory, deliver it to site, and then install it themselves or use a specified and trusted third part contractor.
This is a better option if you want someone else to take care of it because you have to go to work, you’re away from site for long periods, or you simply don’t fancy the job of handling the build process.
Other companies are just happy to supply you the modular elements of your home direct and leave the rest to you. You can either act as your own project manager or appoint a professional to do it for you.
If you speak with one of our independent installers, they’ll be working with the flat pack home manufacturers that are happy to supply with no installation. When you’re visited by one of our up-to-4 independent installers, the chances are that they’ll either bring around a catalogue of styles or a portable computer or tablet that allows you to see the options available.
Remember too that, because this is a new home, you’ll be able to reclaim the VAT on the building materials you use. You’ll need a form 431NB to do that – click here to download a copy from HMRC’s website.
There are three main types of building material used in flat pack home construction –
- Timber – ideal if you want a traditional-looking home with all the modern conveniences. Timber performs well on insulation and no load-bearing walls are needed. Takes a few days to build from delivery. Normally costs between £75 and £115 per square metre for the building’s shell.
- Structural insulated panels – called SIPS in the trade and priced at £95+ per square metre when supplied and erected, this highly-insulating building material is sturdy and long-lasting.
- Oak frame – the most expensive at £195 and above per square metre, this uses post and beam construction technology – essentially thick oak frame timber are cut to create the building’s internal frame which is often then left exposed for a stylish yet classic-looking finish. Prices start at around £195 for each square metre on a supply only basis.
You can also build your house from brick (with a method called brick-and-block) but this is a more standard method of building so it’s not covered in this article.
Prefab homes prices including installation
Once you have your quote for your security system, the next question will be how much to fit a burglar alarm?
Now you have your home in mind, what would it cost to install?
Please bear in mind that before you actually start erecting your home, the foundations and the groundwork must be in place. If you’re working with a company that does supply-and-install only, it’s always worth asking them if they can recommend someone. If you’re working with an independent contractor being supplied by a flat pack home manufacturer which doesn’t insist on installing it themselves, your contractor may be able to point you in the right direction.
Once your foundations are laid, depending on the complexity and the size of your property, you’re be looking at an installed price of between £900 per square metre for a reasonably-sized and specified flat pakc home right up to £3,500 for a state-of-the-art upgraded flat pack home.
With prices varying this much, it’s more important than ever to shop around for the right professional to work with.
Excited? There are not many people who get the chance to build their own property from the ground-up – from the conceptual phase to actually moving in. Get 3-4 quotes from flat pack home experts local to you by filling in the form above – there’s no charge to our service at any time and you’re under no obligation to buy from anyone we put you in touch with.
Flat pack homes FAQ
Why would someone want a flat pack home?
Who hasn’t dreamed at one point of their perfect home designed to fit around their lifestyle and their family’s lifestyle? Flat pack homes allow you to do that and if you’ve got the right plot of land with the correct planning permission, it can cost £10,000s less to build your own home in the neighbourhood you want to be in than buying an existing home.
What are the disadvantages of a flat pack home?
Once you’ve built your home, you can’t really extend it any further or alter its internal layout. You’ll have to stick with the decisions you made at the planning stage.
It can be difficult to persuade a bank or building society to lend you money to pursue this project. In addition, some of the charges associated with hooking up your house to the gas, electricity, and water networks can be very high (see below for details).
How much control do I really have over my flat pack home?
More than most people realise. You can choose just how big you want your home and the rooms in it to be – how many bedrooms, how many bathrooms, how many on-suites, how many reception areas, and so on. You can choose what the exterior of the building looks like.
What about the interior? You can ask your installer to part-finish the inside so that it’s like a blank canvass once construction is complete. You can then add all the fixtures and fittings you want in the locations and to the styles you want – a truly personalised kitchen and bathroom, for example.
Will I need planning permission for a flat pack home?
Yes. This is something you’ll need to plan out way in advance. If you’re buying land with the specific purpose of putting up your flat pack home on it, it’s best to get planning permission even before you buy the land.
You may find it very difficult to get planning permission for a flat pack home in a conservation area although different councils have different approaches to solving the housing crisis and many are sympathetic to those wanting to build their own home.
Some supply-and-install companies and some independent contractors are happy to work with you and your local council to gain planning approval. There is normally an additional fee for this service.
How do I connect the mains and water to my flat pack home?
Yes. To do that, you’ll need to contact your local water board, electricity company, and gas company.
Different operators supply different parts of the country. Click here to discover who supplies electricity in your region and click here to see who supplies gas in your region (guides produced by OFGEM).
Before I get a flat pack home, what should I ask my builder?
Because this is such a big project, there’s a lot of questions that you should ask before you go ahead with your builder. The top ones we would recommend are –
- Can you help me select a suitable plot of land?
- How can you assist me with getting planning permission?
- My build might be quite complex. Is there an architect you trust that you can put me in touch with?
- Can you help me with my VAT reclaim because this is a new home?
- Do you make all the arrangements with the water and power companies to wire my home to their systems?
- Can I visit one or two of the homes you’ve already put up?
- I want my house to have the best energy efficiency rating – what can you do to help?
- Can you help me register my new home with the correct authorities?
Should my flat pack home builder belong to any professional body or have any particular qualifications?
The main flat home supply-and-install builders based in the UK are IKEA, Baufritz, Kingston Timber Frame, WeberHaus, Huf Haus, Scandi-Hus, Haus UK, and Potton.
You can also source supply only flat-pack building materials from UK, German and Scandinavian suppliers to be delivered direct to site or to your UK contractor. You are more likely to receive a substantial discount on price paid for the materials by working through an installer like the ones we can put you in touch with via this site.