Adaptable housing…

How many times in your lifetime have you moved house? Why have you moved house? One of the most common reasons for people moving house is due to the lack of space. My parents on the other hand have never moved house and each time there was a shortage of space they adapted their house to the needs of the family.

So how can you adapt a house to your family’s needs without moving? Well one of the most common and cost effective ways that people adapt their homes is by adding a conservatory as this can create an extra room within the home which can be used as an extra living space or dining area. But these are not to everyone’s taste and can often get very cold in the winter and too warm in the summer.

Some people also build extensions to their home whether they go to the side, back or front and depending of the scale of their extensions this has the potential to add an extra couple of rooms. Many people however decide to go up and convert the attic space within the homes to add an extra bedroom or two.

But I get the feeling people don’t use the footprint that their current home stands on to its full potential and use the easy option of moving before even considering adapting their current home. I also believe new builds don’t often present the potential that the older homes do and therefore there is a gap in the market.

But there is an episode of Grand Designs from the recent series 7 that I feel may help tackle the issues of adaptable ‘forever homes.’ Alan Dawson from Cumbria owned a metal work company for 35 years and in order to save his company and give it a new lease of life whilst also following his own dream he created Adaptahaus. His own house which became the prototype to company was designed to conform to Level 4 code for sustainable homes. The whole house was built within his metal work factory a few miles away from the site and all components where completed here including wiring, finishes and plumbing. This pre-fabricated method reduced on site construction time to a minimum and enabled the build process to be as simple as possible.

But not only does the property use the highest ecological and prefabrication methods, the home is adaptable through time to meet the changing needs of the family. The way that Alan and the team have tackled this issue is by creating no structural internal walls within the property.  This means the family are able to move or remove walls to meet the needs of the family and extra bedrooms and living spaces can easily be created and changed. The services built within the walls have also been considered when designing the layouts so these can easily be changed where needed.

I think this is a great idea to adaptable houses as you won’t get the adding expense of building extensions etc…

To read more on Adaptahaus, please click HERE

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