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
- Small tools as indicated in the manual
- Windows and doors
- 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.
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.