Efficiencies come in many forms when building a bespoke home, but it is perhaps keeping things local and incorporating the use of materials manufactured in a controlled environment that helps most to reduce the cost of building. It’s also about using smart design and working around a material’s set properties rather than against them.
“Using prefabricated materials is much easier to do with large scale multi-dwelling projects because material properties can be designed around,” architectural designer Adam Taylor says. “But we are seeing this concept translating into architecturally designed homes too and I think it’s something that the wider market is heading towards as a result of the cost of building.”
Using modulated systems for aspects of a bespoke home is something that can easily be achieved, but only if it is done in the early stages of the design. These types of materials not only eliminate wastage by doing away with off cuts that end up in landfill, they can also significantly reduce time on site, and often, eliminate the need for various trades at the same time.
“The issue is, designing around materials can be prohibitive in complex architectural builds, but there is always a way to incorporate some of these aspects into a design if it is well thought out,” Adam says.
“That could mean using insulation that is a set size so that batten layout can be configured, while the lighting design is also worked out an early stage, so on site the insulation fits exactly between the ceiling battens allowing for quick installation on site. If you are able to deal with things like this early on, there is no wastage and the on site installation is quick, which can reduce the cost of the overall project.”