DiRRep - Simple Build...
... something a little more permanent
A set of simple, illustrated instructions on how to unload, prepare the ground, erect the building and connect up the services, accompanies each kit. No reading or language skills are required. These highly visual instructions are laminated to protect against all inclement weather conditions.
Simply clear 12 No 600 mm x 600 mm areas of ground (1 spade included per container) at specified locations to receive 50 mm reinforced concrete slabs (included with kit) and drop these in place ready to receive foundation posts and ring beams
Proprietary stub posts (screw levelling points optional) enable foundation ring beam to be quickly and easily positioned and levelled up (1 level included per container) to receive floor panels
No Skills Necessary
Simply locate all components (ring beams, floor, wall and roof panels, trusses, kitchen cupboards, sink, toilet, washbasin and shower tray) in line with pre-drilled holes and secure with bolt and wing nut fasteners.
No Equipment Needed
Apart from the spade, screwdriver, plumb/level and stepladders provided in each container, no further equipment is required. Everything fits together with bolts, clips or screws.
Only 2 people are required to unpack the container (unless forklift used), prepare the ground and set in the foundation pads, set out and level the ring beams, drop on the floor panels (including pre-fitted kitchen and bathroom equipment), position and plumb the wall panels, lift on, screw & clip the gables and trusses, lay on the roof panels, overlap and glue the roof membrane, screw on the wall cupboards, plug in the electrical harness, and connect up the kitchen and bathroom wastes (glue, pipe-work, solvents, all included in the kit). The same 2 -3 people can accomplish all of this in between 10 and 16 hours.
All floor, external and internal wall and roof panels are filled with highly effective mineral wool or foam insulation to provide high levels of sound insulation and thermal insulation. With an outside temperature of 0 degrees Centigrade the heating requirement with 6 adults inside is estimated at 1 Kilowatt
If required, each unit can be spray sealed (1 can of spray sealant provided per kit) along seams, in floors, walls, ceiling and roof vents to reduce internal air changes to only 3 - 4 per hour. This can further reduce the need for heating / cooling.
Doors and windows are factory double-glazed with obscure polycarbonate using tight fitting closure sealing strips.
Electrical harnessing provides for alternate panels to have double power sockets and integral wiring ready for connection via push fit harness on erection of panels. Centre & wall light wall switches are similarly included.
Kitchen sink and base and wall units, plus shower room WC, basin and shower tray are flat packed for rapid on-site assembly, with cold and hot water pipe-work pre-assembled for relevant walls
External wall surfaces are factory coated with fire and waterproof colour treatment. Internal walls and ceiling are left untreated. These may be stained, clear varnished, painted, or papered by the occupiers to suit their own requirements.
A single layer of robust, un-tear-able, long life EDPM (synthetic rubber), with integral lapping / drip strip, is pre-cut ready to roll out and fit to the roof panels.
Door and Window finishes
All joinery items are left untreated for subsequent decoration by occupants to suit their local / regional / national tastes.
Linkable as Semi-Detached or Terraces
If land is scarce, units can be placed with external flank walls together by simply cutting off the truss ends and leaving off the eaves roof panels (these could then be used for internal division of the sleeping area, if required)
Simply coupling two units together lengthwise, or in ‘L’ formation, can extend units to accommodate larger families or groups of people.
The ‘DiRReP’s’ innovative design means that the units can be quickly and easily dismantled, packed, and relocated by simply reversing the erection process
In addition to the ability to extend each unit by adding on an extra unit, the structure of each DiRReP allows the low pitch roof to be removed, stored and an further set of floor and wall panels to be fitted before re-fitting the roof (or changing the appearance by substituting another roof)
Each DiRReP is designed to have a life of at least 20 years without receiving any maintenance to walls, roof or joinery, after erection.
However, since each ‘DiRReP’ is designed to meet demanding UK and European Building Regulation standards, they are easily upgradable for use as permanent and attractive buildings with much longer lifespans.
Cladding & Other Finishes
In addition to adding one or more additional floors, or extending the units length-wise or width-wise, a number of additional external treatments can be added to provide a solid appearance in whatever style or vernacular required by the occupiers, e.g. brick cladding, tile hanging, render, ‘Cape Cod’ style timber cladding, etc.
Options at extra cost
- An electric mini-cooker and electric refrigerator can be provided instead of bottle gas if required.
- A hand pump can be provided for fixing to the external rear wall to pump water from drums or other containers until mains water can be hooked up.
- Termite Treatment of all timber if required.
- Generators of varying sizes to suit number of units, plus district wiring and hook-up provisions
- Autonomous district sewage treatment plant to suit number of units.
- Full sets of CKD furniture and complete ‘Turn-Key’ household goods, according to climate and local preferences