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The architectural Modernist movement of the early 20th century took advantage of new industrial materials such as reinforced concrete, rolled steel and large sized plates of glass. With that, the new possibilities in potentiality and construction methods became popular among elite architectural circles. Architects began using components “prefabricated” in industrial plants to create new buildings. Thus the costs and the environmental impact were reduced, and both the materials and expended energy, optimized.
Since the first kits presented by the American company Sears Roebuck in the early decades of the 20th century, this building concept has significantly evolved. Today it offers an exquisite combination of efficiency, design, elegance, speedy completion, applied engineering, modernity, adaptability, and sturdiness. In this context of innovation and technological development, one of the world’s leading construction companies in this sector is Huf Haus. With hundreds of buildings to their credit in Europe, Asia, and America, the German firm introduces new designs and technologies that have captivated homeowners around the planet.
One example is the luxurious Huf Haus in England —it measures about 370 square meters (4,000 square feet). The beautiful includes a garden and double garage. With a market price of about 2.5 million, the value of this luxury home is supported by its superior comforts and excellent design.The Huf Haus is inspired by the old German timber frame houses, which were built to last for centuries and remained as a family legacy, generation after generation. Maintaining the same concept of progressing, the company–founded in 1912–began developing, in the 1950s, technologies that would improve the quality of life of the inhabitants while caring for the environment.
Currently, their designs offer independent structures, mainly made of steel, with dividers and outer panels treated with the utmost in modern thermal and acoustic insulation to provide comfort levels superior to those in traditional constructions. The huge triple glass windows take center stage offering stunning views of the surrounding areas and taking advantage of natural light in every corner, even in bathrooms, dressing rooms and interior corridors.
Energy efficiency is vital to these homes, which boast rooms equipped with heat guard, optimized ventilation systems, intelligent heating and photovoltaic panels to generate energy—all integrated into the design of the house.
Another modern feature in this type of construction is the integral panel, which is in charge of configuration and services management. An HUF intelligent system handles the air conditioning, draperies, security systems and lights, allowing the owners to configure usage modes according to their needs.
Excluding the land, the cost of building these futuristic houses is approximately US$ 500 or US$ 600 per square foot. The company has a team of engineers, architects, landscape architects, interior designers and furniture manufacturers available for its clients, thus ensuring unique and custom designs. It also offers the advantage of urgency since the construction process takes an average period of only 14 months.
Beautiful, modern, sustainable, comfortable, elegant and stylish, these new prefabricated luxury homes have become the trend over the last decade in Europe. ■
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