There is a growing demand in the United States for prefabricated flat panel homes. The DIY home building kits that are already big business in Europe and the UK are catching on in the states like wildfire for homebuyers that are purchasing them.
If you’re not familiar with the concept, a Do-it-yourself (DIY) kit is a prefabricated kit you can buy that allows you to purchase and assemble a house on your own. These homes are completely or partially built away from the owner’s actual building site.
A flat panel home, as it name implies, means that the house is manufactured in panels or sections allowing for the ease of shipping the parts to be built at the site of your choosing.
The DIY home kits offer some appealing features compared to buying an existing home, especially being able to have one in place on your building site in a very short time. The average traditional home can take three months to a year to construct and be ready to move in, depending on the complexity of the home. That’s not an ideal solution for many potential homebuyers, especially if they just want a small home.
What’s amazing about some of the better DIYs out there is that you can build a home on your own in a fraction of the time that it would take to build a home of equal size. Some can even be assembled in less than a week’s time.
Unity is a good example of a company that sells a DIY that you can assemble in a very short time. The company has been around forty years and offers several different models of DIY flat panel homes.
However, the most interesting ones for the homebuyer that want a home quick and cheap are the Xyla model cottage-style houses that Unity offers. These single-story concrete-everything models can be assembled in a little over three days. Think about it, you can have a house of your own-albeit a small one-in just over three days!
The Xyla starter models range in size from a two bedroom, one-bath model that is about 1028 Sq. Ft. to a three bedroom, three-bath model that is about 1591 Sq. Ft. The flat panels of the home are transported to your site by truck, and then assembled around a pre-dug concrete foundation with a small crane.
Unity saves a lot of construction time by installing the building’s siding off site. They use a decorative trim to give it an appealing uniform look instead of a façade of panels strung together that is common in many homes you see these days. The Xyla’s panels are put together on a rustic timber frame that crests in the center. The panels are then put together around the foundation.
Another feature of the Xyla flat panel home that makes it special is its upgradability. You can start out small and then upgrade to a bigger house by adding on flat panel modules. This gives a lot of pricing options that aren’t available with many static, traditional homes that are on the market.
Also, the longer you live in the Unity home the better your cost savings are because the DIYs require very little energy to maintain and run. When you get a home from them you are enveloped in a tight and heavily insulated envelope that nearly puts renewable energy options to shame.
There you have it-an energy-efficient house you can build in a short amount of time. It’s really hard to beat a 3-day lead time for a place that is extremely livable like the DIY flat panel kit in this article. You can also upgrade the inside of your completed DIY home using some helpful and creative home decoration tips from a professional (or yourself) to make it that cozy dream house you’ve always wanted.
Patrick O’Reilly is a freelance writer who builds homes on the side using DIY home building kits. He also offers several home decoration tips for his many clients that now reside inside their finished DIY comfortably and stylishly. He also lives inside an awesome flat-pack home in the Appalachians with his dog, Daisy. Patrick plans to build a DIY pet gate and doghouse for Daisy to go with his DIY home, so she can enjoy time outside more.