Prefab homes are being touted as the saviour of the UK's housing crisis, but would you shack up in this tiny 26 sq m apartment?
It’s common knowledge that the UK’s housing supply is in crisis, and a company better known as a car and home insurer believes it has a solution, in the form of prefab homes.
Legal & General has opened a new ‘modular’ factory for the production of ‘flatpack’ houses. Working with RHP housing association, it’s developed a revolutionary prefab home model that can be installed in a single working day. The timber-framed homes are made in modules at a factory in Leeds and bolted together on site.
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They come complete with a built-in kitchen, bathroom, doors, fitted carpets, and even furniture if requested. The downside? They’re tiny, at just 26 sq m. Could you live in such a small space?
Let’s take a look around the prototype…
The interiors have been cleverly designed to optimise space, with a kitchen running down one side leaving space for a sofa and even a dining table in the living area.
The bedroom has room for a small double bed, and has a large window to allow plenty of light in.
A one-bed apartment will reportedly take one week for the factory to build. there’s also a two-bed option that will take two weeks – far quicker than the time it takes to build your average home.
Legal & General claims that the factory-line process will use less energy than usual building methods, and the homes will also use less energy to run that a standard home, making them more environmentally-friendly.
The first production run began last week in Richmond, where housing association RHP became the first in the country to purchase hundreds of one-bedroom apartment from L&G. They plan to rent them out for £600-£700 per month, which is far cheaper than the average rent for the area – £1,097 according to Zoopla.
Last week, L&G also announced a new two-storey, two-bedroom ‘turn-key’ prefab home that it hopes to deliver next year. This model will be much larger, at 82 sq m. Take a tour around a prototype of the revolutionary home:
What do you think? Could this be the solution to Britain’s housing crisis?
All aboard! This lovingly restored barge is a wonderful piece of UK maritime history
Xylonite, a sailing barge that was used in the making of the new Hollywood blockbuster ‘Dunkirk’, has been put on the market for £425,000. Christopher Nolan chose to include the boat in his latest movie because of her pre-war exterior, which the owners have carefully restored.
Although the 91-year-old boat was not involved in the real Operation Dynamo in 1940, she has a long history as a cargo boat. The vessel worked the shores of the east coast of Britain for 51 years before coming out of the trade service in 1977.
She has been privately owed since then, and the current owners have spent time lovingly and painstakingly restoring her. The boat’s original features have been retained inside and out, with the addition of contemporary fixtures and fittings.
The 86ft boat has four bedrooms and a spacious living/dining area. There’s plenty of room for entertaining, or just hanging out with the family. It’s on the market with Riverhomes estate agents,
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The décor has a traditional English pub vibe, with hardwood floors and panelled walls. A Chesterfield sofa and a dark wooden table and benches, complement this look wonderfully.
The kitchen has a wooden worktop and all the modern appliances needed to create a comfortable and liveable home.
The bathroom is suitably nautical, and the freestanding bath ups the level of luxury.
Those with sea legs will be pleased to hear that the boat can go out in open water using sail or motor. But if you’re less water-confident, you can at least enjoy the barge’s current mooring spot at Limehouse Basin Marina in London, between Canary Wharf and The City.
Image credits: Riverhomes
The Minimalux Collection is a sleek new homeware range, featuring everything from bedding to soft furnishings and lighting
Primark is well-known as the place to head to on the high street for designer-inspired fashion bargains, but maybe less so for its homeware? All that may be about to change thanks to the new Minimalux Collection of home accessories, soft furnishings and lighting.
The price points are low as you’d expect with Primark, but the style stakes are the highest we’ve seen from this high street giant.
Dress sofas and armchairs with very little cost thanks to the range of textured soft furnishings. A simple throw draped in the right way or a tactile cushion can totally transform a sofa, creating an inviting place to snuggle up. The colours are kept simple with aqua blue, pastel pink and soft peachy metallics, all great shades for cool summer vibes.
Super Soft Throws, from £4; Faux fur cushions, £7 each; Textured cushions, from £3 each; White Marble Vase, £3; Marble Jar Candle, £5
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? This copper beauty is only £5 and you can’t say fairer than that really can you? The quirky metallic design looks like a modern take on the starburst mirror, with the surrounding loops feeling reminiscent of bursting sun beams. Hung from a simple chain it would make a statement in any room.
Copper Wire Mirror, £5
Refresh a teenagers bedroom on a budget with the help of this chic geometric bedding set. Soft Geometrics are big trend news this summer, making this design a sure winner for a children’s room. The soft throws in pink and grey are the perfect accessories to compliment the look, adding another layer of texture to beautifully dress a bed.
Standing Clipper Desk Lamp, £8; Geometric Print cushion, £7; Soft Throws, £9 each; Geometric bedding, from £10
You can never have too much storage for any and every room in the home. The marble-effect fabric gives an otherwise plain white storage basket a designer edge, making these stylish baskets the perfect storage solution for a bedroom or bathroom. They are pretty enough to have on display, as opposed to being hidden away.
Woven Basket, £8 set of 2
Give a home office a modern makeover with a little help from the stationery buys and accessories. One of our favourite picks is the Copper Memo board (seen above) with the fashionable marble print background and mini pegs on strings to attach important memos, reminder or photos. Functional yet fabulous accessories are a great way to add personality to an office space.
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This uber stylish desk lamp is another firm favourite on our shopping wish list! It’s a modern take on the task lamp, with a geometric design shade encasing a cool exposed filament bulb. The Copper hexagon design is also available in a lamp shade pendant that you simply attach around your existing light fitting, making it an easy no-fuss solution to updating a ceiling light – and that’s only £8 too!
Standing Copper Desk Lamp, £8
The collection is in stores now (hopefully online very soon too) and will continue to be available until September, or while stocks last.