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What You Need to Know About Flat Pack Extensions and Pods

Have you ever looked into building an extension annexe or garden house and then found it’s too expensive to build?

It might be time to think again.

The new flat pack extensions or pods come with a budget-friendly price tag, and most designs will meet the requirements of your Local Authority’s current Permitted Development Policy, which keeps that pesky red tape to a minimum.

How long does it take to construct a typical flat pack extension or pod on-site?

A typical pod is constructed off-site and then delivered to your property.

So what do you need to do?

Get the foundations completed before delivery so that when the pod arrives, a crane can simply place it on the foundations.

How about flat pack extensions?

The construction for a flat pack extension is slightly different. The extension will come in several pieces which can then be put together on-site in as little as four or five working days.

What are the advantages of flat pack extensions and pods over a conventional build?

Looking for flexibility? A pod system gives you plenty.

Whether you want a large office or a small changing room, you choose the size, arrangement and design that works best for you and get it delivered to your property.

The only additional works on-site are the foundations and electrical works. This obviously gives a flat pack or pod extension a speed advantage over a conventional build.

As I write, I am designing a flat pack extension for a disabled adaptation to create a bedroom and two bathrooms. The extension (9 metres by 3.5 metres) will be bolted onto the side of the property.

I calculated that if this was constructed in the conventional way, the estimated cost would be between £80,000 and £90,000.

But the flat pack extension?

For just the shell, it comes in between £25,000 and £35,000.

That’s a potential saving of up to £65,000.

Are there problems with flat pack construction?

It’s a fact. There can be issues with a pod or flat pack extension.

  1. Appearance. Not everyone is a fan of prefab construction and this can be tricky if planning permission is required.
  2. Maintenance. Prefab constructions can be more difficult to keep in a good state of repair. They are designed with a fairly short life-span in mind – around 40 years.
  3. Potential to extend. Ironically, you can’t usually extend a flat pack extension if you realise you need more room after your original extension.

To build or not to build?

That said, the flat pack extension or pod is still a cost-effective and quick way to get more out of your property.

What’s more, this type of off-site construction is a relatively new industry which continues to innovate and develop. This means the aesthetics and lifespan of such buildings are improving all the time.

If you would like to find out more about using this form of construction, please get in touch and we would be happy to talk it through with you.

(Image courtesy of MPH Building Systems)

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