Architect’s modular nHouse aims to offer quality and speed at an affordable price

4 April 2017

The designer of a prefabricated modular housing system that can be assembled on site in three days claims the system offers an important contribution to solving Britain’s housing crisis.

The nHouse – the ‘n’ stands for new – was launched at MIPIM in Cannes last month and is said to offer a means to deliver volume housebuilding at speed but with increased quality in the final product, with the homes provided for around d £190,000.

Created by architect Richard Hywel Evans, the nHouse is said to be a spacious, “affordable” and contemporary two-storey, three-bedroom home with more windows, higher ceilings and extra embedded technology than any of its rivals. The system utilises CLT for the walls, roof, ceiling, and even the stairs.

The nHouse is mass produced using the latest offsite construction techniques. The house is built in four separate completed parts in the nHouse factory. This means the kitchens, bathrooms and even the plasterwork is all finished before the house makes its way to site.

Homes built using the nHouse system can be set up as a detached, semi-detached or terraced property. Furthermore, once it has been delivered to its location, its so-called Quad Click Technology (patent pending) means the property can be completed and ready for occupation in just three days.

“Often I see these standard houses being produced which are mostly built on a budget with an eye on the bottom line, rather than focussing on the happiness of the end occupier. A home isn’t just a machine for living in, it’s somewhere that captures your heart and shapes your life, so it needs to be special,” said Hywel Evans.

“I designed the nHouse as I wanted to put design first and see if we can build a home that makes people happy and yet still allows the building industry to make a sufficient profit. By utilising the latest technology and materials, we have built a home with space, light and design in mind. The nHouse could help provide more homes by significantly speeding up the building process and providing cost effective homes that people genuinely want to live in.”