Hybrid Modular Construction Explained
Question: What is hybrid modular construction?
Hybrid modular construction is a mix of factory made modules – with all the advantages of consistency of quality and standardization – along with the aesthetic finish of conventional build.
Question: Why is hybrid modular construction good for the self-build market?
Once the skeleton has been erected with the panels in place, you have a weather proof structure to start simple fit out tasks. The panels have all the openings pre-cut for your windows and doors. The difficult structural tasks have been done for you in the skeleton. You can create a home using patience and less money. Every home is a great design regardless of size, style or cost.
Question: What are the modules made from?
The modules are made from galvanised steel frames. There is a bottom tray and a top tray which are connected by four corner pillars. The bottom tray has a cement fibre board floor and the top tray a ceiling grid. Both have a solid insulation slab pre-fitted.
Question: Is there wall insulation?
There are two galvanised steel sandwiched insulation wall thicknesses. The 80mm panel can be used for internal walls as well as external while the 120mm is external only. The panels have the openings pre-cut to the sizes required. Panels can be pre-drilled for services. The panels are 1.1 metres wide.
Question: How wide can a room be without a support pillar?
Eleven metres internal by as many modules required.
Question: How high can the ceiling be?
Our standard maximum will be 2.8 metres, but special order pillars can be provided.
Question: Why no deep foundation trench?
The weight of the structure is spread over the whole floor plan via the frames. A reinforced raft is all that is required. Outer brickwork will be taken into account by the structural engineer.
Question: How does the structure stay together?
When the raft is cast, galvanised steel ties are pre-positioned prior to the concrete pour, which match the eyelets on the modules. A locking plate is held down in the eyelet with a nut. The modules are held together with a locking bracket.
Question: Where do the services enter and exit?
On the plan prior to the raft pour, the service points will have been identified. A shuttered area within the raft is kept clear for access under the module. Once completed, it is concrete back filled.
Question: Can I have vaulted ceilings?
No not as standard, only within a module width to a maximum of 2.4 metres.
Question: Are roof trusses fitted?
Yes if required, either treated timber or galvanised steel. If you wish to fit your own, just the attachment points will be fitted on the frame.
Question: How easy is it to do some of the work myself?
We have aimed to make some of the build assembly suitable for the competent DIY practitioner. No specialised tools are required. A quality battery drill driver, jigsaw, trestle, spirit level, stabilised ladder and tin clips will get a lot of the fit out done (floors, walls, ceiling). Please note we do not suggest working alone.
Question: Is there a guide on what to do and in what order?
Yes with every home, we will produce a guide specific to your build.