Bert's Box - 1 Bedroom
External dimensions: 4.2m wide x 14.8 x 3.4m high
Internal dimensions: 3.6m wide x 14m long x 2.4m high
Floor space: 46 sq m / 525 sq ft
Bert's Box - 1 bedroom from £150,000 (or contact us for leasing options)
All of our Boxes come with a standard structural guarantees.
We do exactly that. We consider your design and create spaces to suit individual needs and that’s what sets Bert’s Boxes apart. Exteriors are clad with Bert & May’s characterful reclaimed timber, whilst the interiors feature our very own handmade encaustic tiles, reclaimed timber floors, underfloor heating throughout and are topped off with an exclusive Bert & May/Red Deer kitchen. The space has been carefully designed to ensure that storage and heating solutions are seamlessly incorporated, whilst the doors and windows have been specially selected to allow for maximum light, airflow and style.
Our 4-step process makes it easy & simple:
1) Pick your Box
We recognise that some customers will require a site visit from one of our technical team to discuss the services, infrastructure & connectivity to the box.
2) Pick your materials
The quality of our materials is what makes our Boxes so unique. Select your cladding, flooring, kitchen & paints from the full range of materials from www.BertandMay.com
3) Place your deposit
We require a 50% deposit to begin the manufacture of your Box. We will agree a delivery date with you before any monies are exchanged.
4) Take delivery
Your Box will be constructed and delivered to your chosen delivery address. We aim for delivery 12 - 14 weeks from the placing of an order.
Please contact sales@bert&may.com or call us on 0203 744 0776 to create your Box.
Bert & May are specialists in unique and original materials. Our 1-bed Box is designed from a range of unique reclaimed tiles and wood sourced by Bert & May, including Alalpardo black and white encaustic tiles and weathered barn oak. We have a generous range of paints to suit all projects and design-visions.
Bert's Boxes boast the latest in insulation systems, as well as green living roofs planted with wild flowers to encourage biodiversity, absorb rainwater; promotong warmth in the winter and cooling in the summer. They also look great.
Bert & May work with specialist consultants Enhabit, who can recommend a wide variety of renewables packages to maximise the energy saving and generating potential of your site.
The Green Solution
This package includes a 2 kWp solar photovoltaic system from SunEdison’s high performing Silvantis range of panels, with an industry-leading Solar Edge inverter and a single panel solar thermal system from Viridian. The panels of each of these systems are aesthetically pleasing (all black) and will integrate into any location. The SunEdison photovoltaic system will generate up to a quarter of the Boxes’ electricity and hot water consumption (depending on usage) using carbon-friendly solar energy without compromise on aesthetics or load. The systems each qualify for the Government subsidies, which should, in addition to the carbon savings, which you make, provide an index-linked return on investment of up to 8% per annum.
The Greener Solution
This package includes a 3.8 kWp solar photovoltaic system from SunEdison’s high performing Silvantis range of panels, with an industry-leading Solar Edge inverter and a single panel solar thermal system from Viridian. The panels of each of these systems are aesthetically pleasing (all black) and will integrate into any location. The SunEdison photovoltaic system will generate up to a half of the Boxes’ electricity and hot water consumption (depending on usage) using carbon-friendly solar energy without compromise on aesthetics or load. The system also includes a battery that stores the clean energy, which has been generated but not used. Uniquely, this will allow the occupants to use the electricity at night, even when there’s no light, self-containing the Box even more. The systems each qualify for the Government subsidies, which should, in addition to the carbon savings that you make, will provide an index-linked return on investment of up to 8% per annum.
We can even provide you with on-going carbon saving data.
IN COLLABORATION WITH LOU DAVIES OF BOX 9 DESIGN
Box 9 Design Ltd was founded in 2007 by Lou Davies following a 10 year career as a director at a top west London practice. Lou runs the studio, offering a highly dedicated and personal service to a select few clients. Box 9 aim to collaborate with innovative and creative makers and designers from across the globe to form unique teams inspired to deliver beautiful things. Projects range from handcrafted products and furniture, to award-winning restaurants and private homes.
Upon completion of building works, each Box is wired and fitted for plumbing and electrics. Further, they are decorated and should you wish, even furnished.
Bert's Boxes have the structural integrity of a conventional building. By completing them in the factory, the time needed on-site is usually reduced to mere hours - possibly a day or so depending on the conditions. In terms of ease and sightliness our turn-key solution has obvious advantages: no coordinating and managing subcontractors, hardly any noise or mess, and no waste like that created by a traditional building site.
Our Boxes require minimal groundwork and foundations. With these prepared we will deliver to your site, arranging transport and craneage for you. Once the box is on site it is simply unwrapped and craned into position, with our installation team there to oversee siting, connection and commissioning.
Whether you are looking for a woodland lodge, a spare room in the garden or a floating home we can work with you to realise your vision.
Please contact us on 020 3673 3673 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Our dedicated Spaces team will be happy to assist you.
All of the Bert & May's Boxes fall within the legal definition of a “mobile home”. This can represent a significant planning advantage if you do not wish to apply for planning consent.
The laws relating to touring caravans also apply to mobile homes and static caravans: a type that can be significantly larger and suitable for year-round residential accommodation.
A mobile home is regarded in law as an article of movable personal property known as a ‘chattel’ and there is no public law preventing one being kept in someone’s garden, but there are laws that regulate the ‘use’ of land.
Can I Place my Box in the Garden?
The siting of a caravan within the garden of a property does not require express consent provided a ‘material change of use’ has not occurred. Gardens are used for the enjoyment of the main dwelling house. If a caravan is parked in a drive or sited in a garden and used by members of the household in connection to the enjoyment of the house or as extra accommodation for visiting guests, provided the occupants continue to use the facilities of the house, then the siting of the caravan has not changed the ‘use’ of the land. However, if for example a caravan is sited in a garden and used as business premises, separately rented or used as a primary independent dwelling, with no relation to the main house, the local planning Authority could decide that an unauthorized ‘material change of use’ has occurred, for which planning permission will be required.
Mobile Homes and Caravans can be sited and used in a garden without the need for express planning consent. If the use is not considered part of, or incidental to, the house, then a ‘material change of use’ may have occurred. If the caravan is not considered to conform to the definition of a caravan then ‘building operations’ may have been carried out. In either case, planning permission will be required.
Berts Boxes may all be classified as a “ mobile home” but the following factors must be considered.
The Caravan must be in the ‘Curtilage’ of a dwelling house. This is the drive or garden, not an adjoining paddock or farmland, for example.
The use must accompany the house, used by a family member or guest accommodation for example and not rented as a private residence or a separate dwelling or business premises.
The actual structure must conform to the legal definition of a ‘caravan’ based on its size, mobility and construction method. The maximum size of a caravan is limited to 20 x 6.8m.
A mobile home can be used in a garden without planning but you will need to justify how the use of the caravan supports the use of the house and how it will not become a separate or independent dwelling.
Every planning situation is different and the advice and strategies contained herein may not be suitable for your situation. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy in the content of this work, this guide is intended only to give guidance; it is not an authoritative statement of the law.
You should seek the services of a competent professional before entering into any contractual obligations or financial commitments. Neither the author nor the publisher shall be held liable or responsible to any person or entity for loss occasioned to any person acting or refraining from action as a result of the material in this publication.