HIVEHAUS® is an innovative new concept in modular living space – inspired by nature- influenced by modernism and constructed using unconventional building techniques.
Designed to be compact but comfortable HIVEHAUS® was originally conceived by Barry Jackson as a highly versatile garden room that could be easily expanded to suit the needs of the individual without the need (in most cases) for planning permission. HIVEHAUS® has been designed to be affordable – sustainable – flexible – easily expanded and portable as well as most importantly – extremely economical to run.
Although created from identically proportioned hexagonal living cells – each one made up of a standard set of uniform components – HIVEHAUS® is anything but regular – individual components can be combined in an infinite variety of ways to produce a uniquely bespoke product at a price-point to suit any budget.
Additional optional extras are also available to further customise HIVEHAUS® – from hexagonal decks and removable slatted privacy screens to green roofs, .solar panels and composting toilets making HIVEHAUS® a serious option as a totally off grid living solution.
For more information on specifications – optional extras and the many innovative features which make HIVEHAUS® a truly unique product – please download our PDF brochure here.
Viewings of the HIVEHAUS® prototype show house in Lancashire are by appointment only. We are very happy to arrange viewings at weekends, please call 07866 243079 to make an appointment.
Showhouse address –
Beech Tree Farm Cottage
Long Heys Lane
Please be aware the show house is situated along a rough farm track, which may cause an issue for vehicles with low suspension height.
Not currently but we do have plans to make HIVEHAUS® available outside the UK later in 2014.
We’re currently investigating the best way to manufacture and transport our buildings to overseas countries with the minimum environmental impact.
There is no typical HIVEHAUS® module – as the concept allows for various combinations of panels to be used in any of the six sides of each hexagonal module, every module is therefore tailored to suit the individual requirements of each customer. This unique concept allows each customer the opportunity to configure modules to fit their individual budgets. We will be adding a 3D ‘Hive’ configuration tool to this website shortly which will enable users to design, configure and specify their own HIVEHAUS® while giving a running total of the overall cost.
If you intend to use HIVEHAUS® for any purpose that is ancillary to the main dwelling then it could fall under “permitted development” that means they will not require a Full Planning Application. A useful guide on the need for planning permission can be found here. If you intend to use any building as a permanent home you will most likely need planning permission, in this situation we would always advise that you talk to your local planning authority or an independent planning professional.
Highly insulated SIPs wall panels combined with a choice of high quality double or triple glazed aluminium composite or PVCU windows ensure that HIVEHAUS® can be used comfortable all year round.
The HIVEHAUS® module has been designed to be compact but ultimately comfortable when used as a specific live/work space. Each module is 2.5 m high plus leg extension, the base measures 4m from corner to corner 3.5 m from side to side, each external side is 2m wide and internal floor area per module is 9.3 sq m. A minimum plot 4m x 4m is required to site one module and Internal ceiling height is 2135 mm raising to 2500 mm inside the sky dome.
Not at the moment HIVEHAUS® will initially be installed by approved installers around the UK that have undergone training and assessment. We would like to offer a DIY installation option in the future but this will also be subject to a training and Health & Safety assessment.
HIVEHAUS® can be erected in as little as two days depending on the number of modules to be erected, access to the site and site conditions.
As HIVEHAUS® is supported by seven adjustable feet per module traditional concrete foundations are not generally required. Minimal foundations such as gravel retention pads/ concrete pads or ground screws are all that is usually required, which method is used will be determined by site conditions.
HIVEHAUS® can easily connect to an existing electrical and water supply and drain into existing sewers, eco-digester system or a septic tank. It is possible to make HIVEHAUS® completely independent and off-grid however additional cost will be incurred to design and incorporate renewable energy systems that will be specific to the site and number of HIVEHAUS® modules required.
We only recommend electricity for our power, modules can be connected solely to the national grid or in conjunction with renewable energy such as solar PV, we recommend the use of air-source heat pumps for cost effective heating and a highly efficient carbon neutral wood burning stove as an extra heat source. All or lighting is via low energy LED fittings and can be controlled remotely for convenience and flexibility. Hot water can be provided via instant electric water heaters or Air to water heat pumps depending on requirements.
Each HIVEHAUS® module is constructed from high quality low maintenance components and therefore has the same life expectancy of any other timber framed structure, the beauty of the HIVEHAUS® modular system is that if any panel or component is damaged it can be replaced easily at relatively low cost compared to traditional brick buildings.
There are a number of plot finding websites available on the Internet, if you don’t already own a plot, you may find these websites useful:
Channel 4 Homes – general advice on how to find a plot of land
Need-a-Plot – The Self Build Portal
Plot Search – Subscription service from Buildstore
Plotfinder – Homebuilding & Renovating magazine
Perfect Plot – A family run land retailer
Rightmove – Select “land” in the “Property type” list.
HIVEHAUS® featured in episode 2 series 2 of George Clarkes amazing spaces. Watch the video to see what Architect and presenter George Clarke thought of the HIVEHAUS®
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