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British engineers have developed an incredible £100,000 flat-packed house

The adaptable unit can then be packed up with all its furnishings and transported on a lorry just as quickly.

The creators of Ten Fold hope to revolutionise the UK property market by mass producing the stackable homes.

Inventor David Martyn, 58, said its built-in folding partitions and storage space allow it to be used as a home, classrooms, business spaces, pop-up shops, hospital operating theatres and emergency shelters for refugees.

Furnishing such as sofas, beds, chairs, and tables can be tucked away in storage spaces and the whole unit is folded away and relocated in a truck without any specialist tools.

Mr Martyn and his team of four engineers have spent seven years and £4m developing and patenting their designs.

The father-of-four from Wallingford, Oxon., said: “It is households and instant extra bedrooms, it’s mobile operating theatres – none of which have been possible until now.

“The idea is that this technology could easily make a £100,000 home affordable. 


The home can be unfolded in just 10 minutes

“It could make the option for someone to own a building who doesn’t own the land.

“It will allow the young to get a building without owning the land, it changes the dynamics of the market which does need to change because it is a transportable property asset.

It changes the dynamics of the market

David Martyn

“There’s never been one before and this is a real solid building that doesn’t have to stay in the same place.”

The Ten Folds can also be fitted with solar panels and attachable units connecting them to the national electrical grid.

“It’s totally like any normal house, the only issue is that these units can be devised so they can be plugged into traditional infrastructure,” said Mr Martyn.

“This is about speed, size and ease and there’s nothing else that does it.”


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