A new concept in housing, the M-house conceived by exhibition designer Tim Pyne and designed to offer an affordable housing solution, will be launched at 100% Design in September.
The launch comes on the back of Government plans announced last week to invest in the construction of housing for key public sector workers forced out of the property market in the south-east of England by rising prices.
The M-house is legally defined as a caravan because it is equipped with wheels and doesn’t exceed certain dimensions, says Pyne, which makes it easier to site than conventional housing. The house can be positioned in countryside, brownfield sites, roofs and gardens and adapted to float.
The ‘double-wide’ version of the M-house consists of two 6m by 17.5m sections that are ‘zipped’ together. Windows and doors can be positioned according to the view and there is a palette of finishes for external walls.
Interior layout can also be customised, says Pyne, and includes a choice of finishes on walls and floors, although beech plywood is the default surface.
There are plans to produce 30 M-houses next year, retailing for around £100 000 each, says Pyne.
A report released earlier this year by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation says more than four million homes will need to be built in Britain over the next 20 years if Britain is to tackle rampant house price inflation.