Conceptualized along the lines of the traditional Hearth Homes of northern Europe of the earlier times, the Timber Hearth homes of modern day have been designed to combine technology and the growing need for DIY housing options.
The traditional Hearth Homes were built around the hearth (the fireplace) of the home. Due to availability of simple plumbing and heating facilities, all rooms of the house would be structured around the hearth that would puncture the floors and roofs of every room on every floor of the house.
Over time, with pipes running around the walls, the centralized heating and plumbing design was replaced, and the structure and architecture of homes changed. But this concept is now making a comeback with more and more people looking to build their own homes, and prefabricated homes rapidly gaining momentum.
The new Timber Hearth home come with a solid, factory built and structured core of the house, where all electrical and plumbing connections are pre-installed. The core is plugged into the grid on site, and allows the new home owner to build rooms and living spaces around the core as per his requirement. The manufacturers state the core has been designed in such a way that it does not require any special skills to build the rest of the house – its partitions and its walls. Further the inner walls and partitions can be moved around to accommodate the changing needs of a growing family, and can also support floor rise in the coming years.
Project Lead: Lara Lesmes & Fredrik Hellberg, Space Popular