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U-Build is a Revolutionary Self-build System

1. Design Your Own: Try out our software here

U-Build is a revolutionary self-build system for making beautiful spaces. This is an animation of our web based 'Design your Own tool' in action

2. Easy to Build: Delivered flat-pack, assembled by you, using hand tools

U-Build is a revolutionary self-build system for making beautiful spaces. This is an animation showing how to make the U-Build system

3. Makes Beautiful Spaces: As featured on Grand Designs

U-Build is a revolutionary self-build system for making beautiful spaces. This is a line drawing of 'Box House', as featured on Grand Designs TV show

What Can I Build?

Designed By Architects, Approved by Engineers, Built by You

U-Build was developed by award winning architects Studio Bark with structural engineering from Structure Workshop and testing from Cut and Construct. U-Build aims to transform the way people think about buildings and the way they are built, by simplifying the construction process and enabling anyone to participate.

U-Build was developed in London, UK. This is a picture showing U-Build in development, with members of the U-Build team and Studio Bark
U-Build is a self build system developed in London, UK. This is a picture of a structural load test carried out to test the system's strength. The Test rig was designed by Structure Workshop in collaboration with Studio Bark

“A talented and dedicated team of young, ambitious architects who had the rare ability to understand exactly what we wanted from a home… It was a pleasure to work with them and I would recommend them to anyone wanting something distinctive and beautiful whilst allowing an appreciation for all your modern life demands.” Grand Designs Client (Box House)

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Press & Awards

BBC: The housing designers solving urban living’s big problem

Dezeen: Mini Living

Dezeen: Flat Packed U-Build System

Dwell: Top 10 Prefabs of 2017

Inhabitat: Affordable micro-homes pop up in just one day

What is U-Build?

U-Build is a system of flat pack building blocks which are delivered to your door. With easy to follow instructions and a large range of sizes, you can build an infinite number of buildings, walls, storage or even furniture.

U-Build is a revolutionary self-build system for making beautiful spaces. This is a picture of the inside of a garden room created using U-Build
U-Build is a revolutionary self-build system for making beautiful spaces. This is a picture of an internal living pod built using U-Build

How does it work?

Using only a mallet and a drill, 1-2 people can easily assemble all of our boxes. Using standard connections (supplied), the boxes bolt together, creating a rigid frame for your new space. We supply membranes to protect the boxes if used outside, and it can be clad in a variety of materials. Our video above shows a simple pod being put together.

Why U-Build?

We think that buildings should be affordable and adaptable. Why pay to have a new wall built, then pay again to knock it down in the future when your needs change? U-Build allows you to take control of the whole build process: designing, creating and adapting your own spaces.

U-Build is a revolutionary self-build system for making beautiful spaces. This is a picture of the interior of Box House, as featured on the Grand Designs TV show,
U-Build is a revolutionary self-build system for making beautiful spaces. This is a picture of some western red cedar cladding on an innovate U-Build garden room

What is U-Build Made from?

U-Build takes a circular economy approach to building. The system uses a selection of durable non-toxic materials – choose cost effective OSB, robust Spruce, or refined Birch. The walls are insulated with natural sheep’s wool insulation, and can be clad in a variety of materials. See our gallery above for built examples.