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HIGH POINT Space and light were key


drivers for the design


Mrs Young: “Moving in a day early –that was pretty cool! And the first three days, when they were putting the pieces [of the building] together was so brilliant”


Their houses just have a real sense of calm, which I think comes from the materials


was demolished. They made various final decisions on materials at a visit to Baufritz’s head office later on that summer, and by October, they were ready for the build to begin. It was at this point that the pace picked up and the kit building method really began to show what it was capable of.


The house arrived in the form of timber panels on the back of lorries, ready to be assembled by the team. Just three days later, the four-storey house (it includes a basement and attic space) was up and watertight. “Getting the timber frame onsite and put up was amazing,” recalls Mrs Young. “There were no problems at all.”


september/october 2018


The external walls were installed one at a time, floor by floor, starting with the partial basement. Each side of the house was dropped in to place, then the back and front walls are slotted in. “It’s like a jigsaw,” Mrs Young says. “It’s all tongue and groove and the panels all just slot into each other. When you watch it and it all comes together, it’s just so clever.” Once the external walls were in place, the


internal walls for that floor were installed, before the ceiling/floor was laid down and the process began again on the next floor. Each external wall comes with any doors and windows already installed – which Mrs Young remembers being fascinated to discover. “When they dropped down the piece with the front door in, the door already had the key in,” she explains. “So when they had to start putting in the internal walls, they just turned the key and walked into the house!” The project was managed by a third party recommended by Baufritz, but the couple


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