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November 2017

Want to build a new home in record time

Published: Wednesday 29 November 2017

By Adrian Bishop

Want to build a sustainable new home in record time? Now it can be done in a matter of hours with a new foldable, flatpack house that costs under £25,000.

The versatile M.A.DI. (Modulo Abitativo Dispiegabile) range of homes comes from Italian architect Renato Vidal and is manufactured in Italy by Area Legno.

M.A.DI. homes, which feature galvanized steel frames and cross-laminated timber, are not only sustainable, but strong enough to withstand earthquakes. The walls are insulated with rockwool and polyurethane foam is used to waterproof the homes. Window frames are PVC or aluminium.

They come in several sizes from the 27 square metre (290 square feet) tiny model at £24,800 to an 84 square metre (904 square feet) single family home for £54,900. Delivery to the UK costs an extra £2,000.

Each affordable 'A'-frame home features a dining room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom/s and can be folded, transported and then built in around six hours by three people.

Domenico Antonucci from Area Legno commented, "Thanks to the home's steel profile and steel hinges we can open and close this module with ease.

"When the module is closed and folded for transportation the packed height measures 1.5 metres (4.9 feet), and then when it is opened on site, it has a height of 6.5 metres (21.3 feet)."

Roof pitches, interior flooring, internal and exterior walls come on mounting boards for quick and easy assembly. The home is anchored with an innovative screw pile system or can be built on reinforced concrete.

​“M.A.DI. is one of the most revolutionary housing solutions on the market today. It grows, it changes and moves. It creates cosy and safe places highly customizable according to your needs,” the architect says.

“It combines the key characteristics of a comfortable house: innovation and technology, healthy spaces surrounded by warm and eco-friendly wood. A construction with zero environmental impact that reflects the wishes of these times, where everything is changing and moving constantly.”

Images courtesy of M.A.DI.
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