With over 60% of homes in Germany delivered through self build, compared to just 7-8% in the UK, it’s no surprise that there’s a rich vein of German-inspired design available to potential self builders. And, with many of the major package build companies hailing from Germany, more builders than ever can draw on the expertise of companies from one of the largest self building countries in Europe.
Here are a few examples that have drawn inspiration from Germany and completed stunning self builds in the UK and Ireland.
This home in Guernsey, built by German package build company Hanse Haus, replaced an existing three-bed bungalow and was built to exacting energy-efficiency standards. The total build time was just five months, with the prefabricated frame erected in eight days, despite the challenging site access.
Merula Frankel built this pre-fabricated timber frame home in the grounds of her previous house after employing the services of turnkey provider Baufritz. In order to respect its Conservation Area setting, this package build takes on a barn-style form with pitched roof and use of larch cladding to break up the white render.
Once Baufritz arrived on site with the house, the building was watertight in four days. “January we broke ground, the concrete slab went down in March, the house arrived on 9 April and in September Baufritz handed over the keys — I moved in, in November; it was as simple as that,” says Merula.
Stunning Countryside Self Build
This German-style build, courtesy of WeberHaus, takes maximum advantage of the stunning views of the countryside. The rear elevation is primarily glass, with large sliding doors leading onto spacious balconies above a terrace that boasts a hot tub and swimming pool. Solar PV and solar thermal mean that the hot water and electricity are solar powered and this is teamed with a mechanical ventilation with heat recovery system.
German Package Build in Ireland
This three-floored house (including one below ground level) is situated just outside of Dublin. The homeowners worked closely with package company WeberHaus in the design and chose triple-glazed aluminium and timber windows on every floor of the house for dramatically improved temperature regulation. The large expanse of glazing also means that the interior is flooded with natural light. Inside the house is aesthetically inviting with minimalist fittings, creating a beautiful ‘Scandi-chic’ vibe.
The Nicholls’ home is considered the first carbon-positive house built in the UK — the home locks away more CO2 than was emitted during its construction and manufacture. It was also the first Baufritz house built in the UK. The entire house shell was craned into place and erected in two and a half days, despite adverse weather conditions with 35mph winds, sleet and hail storms. The 305m² house has a self-contained basement, a sun lounge and an inviting terrace area overlooking the sea.
The design of this Suffolk home is unquestionably European in style, evoking the feel of a German chalet thanks to its A-frame design and dramatic overhanging roof with covered balcony and glazed gables. In keeping with the chalet style, the home features a spruce-clad exterior with aluminium-clad timber doors and windows.
German-Style Build on Sloping Site in Cornwall
The sloping plot of this Cornish build has made for an interesting design. While the back of the house looks like a standard two storey build, the front opens up into three storeys, with A stunning beech and chrome staircase connecting all three floors with a galleried landing on the top floor. The homeowners visited the Hanse Haus factory to get a feel for the project beforehand. The groundworks, which included moving 50 tonnes of rock due to the sloping site, as well as relocating the water main, and laying the concrete slab took about six weeks. After that, erection of the shell took just three days.
Contemporary Self-build in Conservation Area
Treehouse by Baufritz is a three bedroom detached house, replacing two outdated garages on a site within Cambridge City conservation area. The two storey rectangular form is a sympathetic response to its urban setting sitting unobtrusively alongside sixteen adjoining properties. The frame was constructed on a difficult site utilising modern and innovative methods, using offsite prefabricated closed wall and roof panels, which were erected in just a few days, minimising disruption to neighbours and site wastage.