A three-unit Hivehaus, on sale for £55,000 with options to extend the honeycomb design, could be an alternative way on to the property ladder. An interesting concept for those unable to afford to buy a home in the usual way, but it may not be the answer to solving the housing shortage.
The Hivehaus was invented as a low-cost, flexible and easy way to expand your home. It can be built in about 5 days using off the shelf materials without the need for foundations, at it sits on its own wooden frame floor.
It was designed as a "man-shed" but could be used as a granny annexe, holiday unit and for young couples as start-up homes. The problem would be finding somewhere to locate your new flexi home and temporary accommodation in your parent's garden may not be all that attractive. Plus you might need to enter into a licence arrangement (with a licence fee payable) if you locate your Hivehaus on somone else's land.
At £55,000 for a 3-room unit it is certainly more affordable, but it's unlikely you'd get a mortgage over a temporary unit that could be moved in a few days. An interesting concept though, and I look forward to seeing it in action!
The result, some three years later, is the Hivehaus, hexagonal rooms each of 100 square feet attached together to form a personalised building. It can be erected in four to five days by three builders, has no foundations, and can be used as a study, garden room, gym and possibly even transportable housing. Describing the design as “anti-builder and anti-architect”, Jackson said the identical structures use standard off-the-shelf materials. A three-unit Hivehaus costs about £55,000, offering an alternative way to get people on to the property ladder.