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Flat Pack Homes Next Big Thing!

As the country's housing crisis worsens, one company may have found a solution - a D.I.Y flatpack you can download from the internet to build your own two-storey home.

The designers behind the project say the aim is to allow anyone to design, download and 'print' affordable, weatherproof houses and their components which can then be assembled with 'minimal skill or training'.

The house, which does not need bolts, is built using screws, staples, wedges and plugs - and even the mallets used to put it together are 'printed' and cut alongside the pieces for the house.

Consisting of blueprints and designs available to download for free from the internet, would be builders can then get all of the pieces that make up the house manufactured using 3D printing.

A 68-square-metre prototype currently on show in north London took a team of 20 volunteers just eight days to build, but designers say a small team could assemble a single-storey house in just one day.

WikiHouse co-designer and project manager Alastair Parvin said constructing the house is achievable for the average 'Ikea-savvy' person, and added that the housing crisis was a large source of inspiration behind the design.

Figures recently released estimate 42,000 new homes are needed in London every year in order to meet demand.

The WikiHouse v4.0 has been built as a collaboration between ARUP engineers, the Building Centre and designers Studio 00.

WikiHouse was launched at the end of October.


Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire asks is this the next big thing?


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