Are you looking for a holiday home, but need something that is regarded as mobile? Fed up with hard-to-heat and boring mobile designs? Take a look at our new log mobile home options, which are highly insulated and come in a range of sizes and layouts. Of course, we can fully customise layouts and designs as long as the unit still meets the overall structural and size requirements.
What size can a mobile home be?
To meet the legislation, there are restrictions on size. A mobile home can be no more than 6.8m (22 feet) wide and 20m (65 feet) long – which is a surprisingly large area! Internally, the overall height – floor to ceiling – must be no more than 3.048m (10ft). It must also be capable of being separated into no more than two parts for transportation. Thus it must also be technically transportable, although there is no requirement for it to actually be transported to site – it can be constructed in situ.
Does a mobile home need to be on wheels?
No. It is certainly possible to construct one of our mobile homes on a chassis with wheels, but as long as it can theoretically be lifted onto a vehicle, it can be built on plinths or even a more traditional foundation.
What is the VAT position regarding mobile homes?
If we build your mobile home for you, it is currently subject to a reduced rate of VAT (5%). If you want to purchase a kit from us and build it yourself then the standard rate of VAT applies to the kit. As it is not regarded as a dwelling you can’t reclaim VAT unfortunately.
Will I need planning permission?
A mobile home is not technically a dwelling for planning purposes. Depending where you are planning to site the mobile home, you may need to seek planning permission. If you’re looking to put a mobile home within the curtilage of your home – for example if you want to use it for guests to sleep in while they are visiting – you should not need planning approval, however a Lawful Development Certificate may be the best approach to consider. Then if you sell your house, a buyer has certainty that the mobile home is legal. If it is to be a holiday home, perhaps on a separate piece of land you own or have permission to stay on, then you will usually need full planning permission. It is always best to check with your local planning authority.
I want to build this myself, so what is included in a log mobile kit?
For a kit, we provide pre-cut and machined planed logs which make up the external walls of the mobile, as well as a system of internal wall beams and log cladding / plasterboard for the internal walls. The kit includes the floor structure, flooring, roof purlins, rafters and sarking boards, as well as double glazed windows, internal and external doors. You’ll need to purchase insulation material for the floor, walls and ceiling, and get it wired, plumbed, and fitted out. We’d recommend using a microporous paint on the outside, such as Teknos. Internally the log cladding can be left natural but a stain or water-based varnish would make ongoing cleaning easier. If you’ve chosen plasterboard then of course you can decorate in the usual way with paint or wallpaper. High quality decking can be included if ordered with the kit.