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Energy-efficient flat-pack home Kiss House goes up in just a few days

The Kiss House is an intriguing new flat-pack design that its British creators say can be put together in as little as three days.

But there’s much more to it than that.

Created by building design specialist Mike Jacob and award-winning architect Adrian James, the just-launched Kiss House meets Passivhaus standards thanks to its extreme energy efficiency, and actually looks really rather cool.

The Kiss house offers buyers two-, three-, and four-bedroom options. Although you can configure the layout how you like — you can even order it as an empty shell — the recommended design comprises an open-plan first floor with individual bedrooms and washrooms on the upper floor, according to New Atlas.

Large, triple-glazed windows let in plenty of natural light, while the comfy and carefully designed interior guarantees constant temperatures, excellent air quality with natural circulation, and very low running costs. The frame of the building comprises solid timber from sustainable sources and offers strength and durability for a lifetime of living.

Cladding options to suit your Kiss House’s environment — or simply your own personal taste — include masonry (bricks), metal (zinc, copper, or stainless steel), timber (larch, cedar, chestnut, or others on request), and classic rendering. All options besides masonry come with a vast range of color choices, too.

The Kiss House launched in the United Kingdom earlier this month, and its creators are open to inquiries from customers overseas. The cost of this unique design is put at around 2,000 pounds (about $2,550) per square meter, though this can vary widely depending on the layout, appliances, and fittings chosen by the customer. At that price, the three-bedroom option would cost 160,000 pounds (about $205,000 in the United States). Also, the company is planning to release prices for other countries in the coming weeks.

Flat-pack homes have been around for a few years now, with different designs meeting a range of needs. Cubicco, fro example, launched a $100,000 hurricane-proof flat-pack home in 2015 and before that Ikea entered the market with a design for around $85,000.

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