How to Design and Build Your Dream Fab House with CNC

Thinking about the perfect fab house design and construction? With CNC building supplies, design, and production capabilities, you can turn your dream fab home into a reality. 

How long does it take to build a house? Four months? Six? Maybe even a year? CNC (Computerised-numerical control) offers wide-ranging applications, from designing and building furniture to campervan interiors and manufacturing musical instruments.

But did you know CNC capabilities can design and build an entire house? Whether you’re an investor with a plot of land or an individual looking into fab houses, read on to discover the incredible possibilities of CNC technology.CNC Furniture Design Examples

What is a Fab House?

Fab houses, otherwise known as “factory-built houses”, “pop-up houses”, “prefab houses” or “fabricated houses” are modular open-source homes made from CNC-cut parts. With CNC technology, fab houses offer prospective property owners an affordable, fast, and simple-to-construct home that can be designed, manufactured, and erected in a matter of days.

Here is an example of a fab house as seen on Channel 4’s very own ‘Grand Designs’:

The Benefits of Owning a CNC Fab House

Fab houses come with a whole host of benefits, including:

  1. Cost – Compared to traditional houses, fab homes are much cheaper to buy and build.
  2. Customisation – Fab houses can be personalised and tailor-made to your exact needs and preferences.
  3. Speed – You can build a fab house in a matter of weeks compared to traditional homes, which can take months or years.
  4. Position – You have more freedom of choice for your fab house location and position.
  5. Sustainable – Fab homes are typically much more environmentally friendly.

At significantly less expense and more freedom of design and location, you can enjoy living in a home of your imagination while being good to the environment.

CNC House Design: 7 Steps for Building Your Fab House

If you’re keen on investing in your own fab home, here are the seven stages to expect from CNC building supplies to design and construction.

  1. Determine Your Space

Minimalism is not to everyone’s tastes. So, if you require extra space, a fab house can still work for you. Just because you’re going the fab house route doesn’t mean you must cut corners on space. Literally! So, determining your space is the essential first step. It helps to establish the number of rooms and floors you need, with preferable sizes for each. If you’re a young couple who’s looking to start a family while moving into your fab house for life, then the future is well worth considering at this initial stage.

  1. Design Your Home

After carefully considering and establishing the size of space with all the necessary mathematical meters squared calculated and defined in a blueprint, now the fun can begin. Designing your new home! By utilising CNC for your construction method, you will use CAD (Computer aided design) software during the design phase. With this specialist software, you can plan and develop every aspect of your fab home with precision and freedom of imagination.

  1. Cut Your Material

There is a vast range of materials you can cut with a CNC router for your fab house construction. Cedar, cypress, redwood, and oak are excellent exterior options for your home, as they are all strong, dense, and weather-resistant. If you’re opting for a cladding design across your exterior, Western Red Cedar provides a beautiful yet robust wooden material. But regardless of type, you can sleep soundly knowing you’ve invested in a regenerative material as a sustainable option for your fab house.

  1. Form Your Foundation

Preparing the ground for construction is essential for the foundation of your home. As the old tale goes, we all know what happened to the man who built his house on sand. Getting your foundations correctly in place will prevent future structural issues. It’s vital at this stage to lay a platform that evenly distributes the weight of your CNC fab home. Begin by levelling the ground and marking the dimensions before digging necessary areas and trenches for your foundations. You will also need a ground sheet on top of a smooth level of sand after digging and removing earth within your dimensions.

  1. Basement Pieces and Insulation

With your foundation in place, we can begin building from the bottom up, starting with the basement. Carefully align your basement pieces before adding the insulation. Ensure your insulation is level and equal across all your pieces before putting your flooring sheet down.

  1. Build the Structure

You will likely need to hire the services of experienced builders and joiners to help erect and connect your structure, depending on the size of your fab home. Once integral pillars are positioned and set, you can begin lining walls and insulating.

  1. Finishing Touches

With the overall structure in place and the insulation complete, it’s a matter of decorating before filling the space with furniture. We also have countless blogs on furniture design ideas, all made possible through the power of CNC.

How Much Are Fab Houses?

In the UK, the average cost for a fab house sits somewhere between £1,500 to £2,500 per square metre. With 30-45 m2 as house size averages across the UK, Italy, Spain, Sweden, France, and Greece, you can look at an average fab house costing somewhere between £45,000 – £112,500.

Start Designing Your Dream Fab House Today

At Midlands CNC, we can provide you with the skills, experience, and resources to turn your dream CNC fab house vision into a reality. From design to conceptualisation to production and assembly, we can help during every step of the process. For more information on our CNC house services, please get in touch.



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