Portable prefab homes are quickly becoming the fashionable solution to dwindling city real estate and rising house prices. The Bert & May Group recently unveiled one such prefab project, called Big Box, at Decorex 2015 and we were delighted by its modular fabrications and eco-friendly luxury aesthetic. The 80-square-meter mobile eco-home is factory-built in just 14 weeks and can be assembled in just one day.
A portable home like the Big Box has the advantage of not being subject to the usual tight planning restrictions, thus allowing owners to live closer to nature. The Bert & May Group displayed the two-bedroom model of the Big Box at the London Design Festival 2015. The model boasts Crittall windows and doors, as well as double-glazed steel facades that combine modern aesthetics with high eco-friendly performance. The dwelling is part of the company’s bespoke modular home range.
Structurally insulated panels wrap around the building to keep inhabitants toasty warm, while reclaimed timber clad the exterior and interior for a warm and rustic look. The bathroom in the model on show at Decorex is covered with reclaimed black and white encaustic tiles complemented by a quirky ‘Brooklyn’ range of handcrafted lead-free brassware from Watermark. Bert and May collaborated with Reed Deer Architects to create a gorgeous kitchen that mixes rustic reclaimed timber surfaces with polished marble. Upcycled furniture and industrial-style light fixtures create an eclectic style in the open-plan living room and kitchen.
The home is filled with natural light through double-glazed operable openings. Large doors step out onto an outdoor patio surrounded by a small garden. A green roof planted with wildflowers top the building to encourage biodiversity and provide an additional layer of insulation. The home also offers add-on renewable packages, such as a 3.8KW SunEdison solar panel system that can produce an 8% return on investment from feed-in tariffs.
Images via Bert & May and Liz Eve for Inhabitat