The £100000 flat packed house that can be built in just 10 minutes –

British engineers have developed an incredible ?100,000 flat-packed house[1] that can be unfolded in ten minutes. The adaptable unit can then be packed up with all its furnishings and transported on a lorry just as quickly. The creators of Ten Fold hope to revolutionise the UK property market by mass producing the stackable homes.

Inventor David Martyn, 58, said its built-in folding partitions and storage space allow it to be used as a home, classrooms, business spaces, pop-up shops, hospital operating theatres and emergency shelters for refugees[2] . Furnishing such as sofas, beds, chairs, and tables can be tucked away in storage spaces and the whole unit is folded away and relocated in a truck without any specialist tools. Mr Martyn and his team of four engineers have spent seven years and ?4m developing and patenting their designs.

Inside the flat packed house The Ten Folds can also be fitted with solar panels and attachable units

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The father-of-four from Wallingford, Oxon., said: “It is households and instant extra bedrooms, it’s mobile operating theatres – none of which have been possible until now.

“The idea is that this technology could easily make a ?100,000 home affordable. “It could make the option for someone to own a building who doesn’t own the land. “It will allow the young to get a building without owning the land, it changes the dynamics of the market which does need to change because it is a transportable property asset.

“There’s never been one before and this is a real solid building that doesn’t have to stay in the same place.”

Furnishing such as sofas, beds, chairs, and tables can be tucked away in storage spaces Mr Martyn and his team spent seven years and ?4m developing their designs

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The Ten Folds can also be fitted with solar panels and attachable units connecting them to the national electrical grid. “It’s totally like any normal house, the only issue is that these units can be devised so they can be plugged into traditional infrastructure,” said Mr Martyn. “This is about speed, size and ease and there’s nothing else that does it.”

Mr Martyn, an architect, who said his children pay extortionate rents in London, said he was inspired to build transportable flat-packed homes after watching a lorry go past him. Explaining his idea to use levers to allow a house to fold in on itself, he said: “It was eventually during that reflective process that I worked out that you could link bits of the buildings together so that the things that went up were balanced with the bits that went down with no power. “In some cases there are jacks that do this but you don’t need cranes, builders or equipment and that makes it agile in a different way.

“This is reducing the cost of building – it’s basically factory built houses. “You can have a house that you drive along and that you open up and you live in, or a shop that serves and opens and already has its mechanisms. “It can been as on and off grid in principle as it needs to be.”

Mr Martyn said ‘it is about speed, size and ease and there’s nothing else that does it’ A video of their design has gone viral on social media

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He said his team have had six prototypes built and spent millions patenting his designs across the world.

A video of their design has gone viral on social media and the team now hopes to control the price of the homes by licensing manufacturers to mass-produce the homes. Mr Martyn said: “We’ve just had a project come in for 3,000 houses in South Africa… we’ve got people literally all over the world now. “What we want is to get people to build theses for themselves and for the people in need.

“We can help by licensing the clever engineering that gives the opportunity (for affordable housing) to the people. “We have developed this clever technology and we are going to be licensing the right of using that. “I hate to use the word cutting out the middle man but the actual cost of building a house isn’t anything like what you’re charged for it, it’s a really complex scenario but our theory is to offer the access to the technology so we can recover our funds and do good.”

The team have patents in England, Europe, China, Canada

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He added: “The applications range form what the videos that have been showing off to offices, shops, you can do them big, you would have people waiting to do class showrooms, corporate flagships… it could be a partly mobile housing stock to cope with fluctuations in demand and in need whether it would be class rooms or houses for people (refugees) who just arrived.”

He said of his young team of engineers: “If they want to have a house they can do nothing but work and it’s only because of the way the UK property market works. “This project can resolve that but you can save Africa as well – you’ve got in the Middle East, they have an affection to being in the desert and this allows them to be there for a short period of time but bring their techno-tents back into the city – this is a really really big change we are talking about.” He added: “I’m desperate that what we have created does real good and not every body likes to hear people say that but that’s genuinely our position.

“We would probably charge some kind of percentage out of it and there would be some altruistic variations on that no doubt as well. “We’ve been working on this for the past seven years privately funded by people who want to do good works. “There are people out there who have chosen to support this endeavour – they are philanthropists.

“We are on about ?4m.

We have four engineers and patents in England, Europe, China, Canada – probably the patent work is not far from half the total money.


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