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# 255985 9-Sep-2019 16:08
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Regarding "WikiHouse" I saw a NZ mentioned company Space Craft Systems in ChristChurch (never used. no affiliation. practice due diligence.)

WikiHouse enables users to download Creative Commons-licensed building plans from its online library, customize them using SketchUp, and then use them to create jigsaw puzzle-like pieces out of plywood with a CNC router.

Construction of WikiHouse structures requires no special parts because the cut pieces of wood snap together with wedge and peg connections inspired by classical Korean architecture.

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  # 2313710 9-Sep-2019 16:31
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From their FAQ page

What type of foundations does it use?

WikiHouse Blackbird can work with any foundation type, provided they are constructed with sufficient accuracy or can be adjusted. It can also work on sloping sites. You will need a structural engineer to design the foundations for your site (we may be able to help you find one). It is a strongly advisable to have foundations and service connection points installed in advance.

How long will the structure last?

The materials are guaranteed for 60 years, which is the minimum design life for new homes, but if kept dry and safe from insect attack, there is no reason why a WikiHouse structure should not last much longer than this. Timber frame houses are extremely robust and can even last for centuries.

Does it meet building regulations?

Yes, certainly in the UK. Most building control officers will treat WikiHouse like any other timber frame structure. However they will require a structural engineer to sign-off the design. Please note that regulations vary from country to country.

Is WikiHouse cheaper than other methods?

The cost always depends on your design, specification and how much work you do for yourself. We believe in making costs transparent so you can make informed decisions. In most areas, overall cost will be similar to other building methods, but the building will be faster and easier to build, more customisable, more sustainable and higher performance. The cost will also be much more predictable, especially as the cost and risk of conventional construction is rising all the time.

Can I get a mortgage on a home built using WikiHouse?

Yes, although this adds an additional cost to your project, to pay for a Warranty (10 year defects liability insurance), which is what most mortgage lenders require.

Can I build it myself?

Yes, and it’s a lot of fun. But it’s important you do so in a competent, safe way, and comply with any relevant health & safety regulations and insurance obligations. By breaking the project down into discrete tasks, it becomes much easier to choose how much work you do for yourself or pay others to do.

Are you a building company?

No, however we have a growing network of approved designers, engineers, manufacturers and assembly companies who can help you realise your project. We also provide a range of additional services for design teams. Get in touch with us, let us know about your project and we’ll do our best to connect you with the support you need.

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  # 2314430 10-Sep-2019 18:16
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I was at Uni with one of the guys on the team for this and it's always intrigued me. It's unlikely to be a silver bullet to solve the rising costs of construction in NZ but certainly a great place to start for people who want a small sleepout/shed/whatever. 

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