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What is a WikiHouse?

What is a WikiHouse?

What is a WikiHouse?

WikiHouse is an open-source modular building system intended to make the construction of homes and small buildings accessible to more people.

The system makes it easy to design and assemble buildings. By simplifying some of the construction processes that are involved in a build, it can also make it most cost-effective.

How much does a WikiHouse cost?

A rough guide to the costs involved in building a WikiHouse is provided on their website. Other costs that will need to be considered include:

  • Health and safety equipment
  • Tarpaulin
  • Small tools as indicated in the manual
  • Foundations
  • Windows and doors
  • Cladding
  • Construction teams depending on your confidence in DIY
  • Cost of sign-off by a structural engineer
  • Any additional design elements

How long does a Wikihouse last?

If a WikiHouse is constructed according to specifications and signed off by building regulations, there’s no reason why it wouldn’t have the same longevity as any other structure.

An important factor in building a structurally sound WikiHouse is not to get the timber panels wet in the building stage. It is advised to have tarpaulin to hand and to plan your build over a dry spell.

Who should be involved in the construction of a Wikihouse?

WikiHouses are designed for anyone to be able to put together. It is suggested to have someone with DIY experience or a builder on site if you’re not naturally confident in building.

To get approval from building regulations, you will need suitable calculations from a structural engineer.

How quickly can I put up a WikiHouse?

Depending on the size of your build, the chassis of a WikiHouse can be put up in around 2-4 days. From start to finish, WikiHouse designers estimate that your property should be ready to move into after 12 weeks.

How do I choose the right structural engineer for my WikiHouse project?

As highlighted previously, a WikiHouse will need to have sign-off from a structural engineer before it can be signed off by building regulations.

Ben Whitfield, Technical Director of AWA, has been involved in supporting the wider development of the WikiHouse project. In recent years, adaptations to the design have been made to streamline the approval process for structural engineers.

AWA are one of a small number of structural engineering companies in the UK that have experience working with WikiHouses. We offer design services and can attend site to confirm the building is structurally sound.

Choosing a structural engineer who has experience working with WikiHouses is important. Not only will it make your design or sign-off process quicker but it will also give you peace of mind that your building is structurally sound.

To read about our work supporting the technical development of WikiHouses, see our latest blog.

Why choose AWA Engineers

AWA is a structural engineering and civil engineering consultancy established in 1987, with a hard-won but deserved reputation for delivering excellence in our profession.

Our philosophy is simple: we put people first. This has resulted in a high number of repeat clients and an impressive track record of successful award-winning projects. We are proud to be professional, and approachable; we believe this makes us the ideal partner for your project.

AWA has chartered engineers in our offices located in Romsey, Hampshire and Bath, Somerset. We deliver services to clients across the South, South East and South West.

Our team includes both chartered structural engineers and chartered civil engineers committed to continuous professional development ensuring you benefit from up to date industry expertise, whatever your project entails.

Contact us today

To find out more about how AWA can help with your project, get in touch today. Call 01794 524447 (Romsey) or 01225 251498 (Bath)  to speak to a member of our team. Alternatively, email mail@awaengineers.com and one of the team will be in touch.

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