Perhaps the drama of the great Canadian outdoors? You do? Well here it is, distinctive, from sustainable sources, and from Sheffield with love.
Mbarkk designs and builds handcrafted log homes to your own specification. Enduring and evocative of a simpler way of life, each home is built for comfort and convenience, and can be tailored to your individual requirements from a wide range of appealing packages.
Whatever scale your project, from an office, extra living space in the garden, to a leisure or commercial project or a bespoke new home, Mbarkk promise solutions from start to finish. The cost of the log homes includes the log home kit, transport to site, installation, double glazed windows internal and external doors, 150 mm insulation to floor and roof. Mbarkk offers a 5-year warranty, which can be extended to ten years. An average log home kit will cost from £40 per square foot, though any size of home or layout can be designed to meet your specification.
Dinner party conversations have long been awash with rumours that Ikea are to invade and dominate the UK kit home market in the same stylish affordable if a little contrary and inaccessible way that they have long dominated the flat pack furniture scene. While Ikea does indeed have its housing arm and has provided flat pack kit homes successfully in Scandinavia, the price of land in the UK might yet be a stumbling point for the stylist Swedes. If and when it does happen here, expect something cheerfully modern in pine, and built to the exact proportions to best suit the company’s range of furniture.
As good old Marks & Spencer’s formerly reliable fashion sense has seemed to falter, its eye for a good interior has never been better. This expanding interest in all things ‘home’ reaches its natural zenith in the “Lifestore” in Gateshead.
Intended to ‘revolutionise the home retail market’ Lifestore Will feature more than 12,000 products from cutlery to garden benches. Clearly picking up on some of the success of Ikea’s themed interiors sets, the 70,000sq ft megastore close to Gateshead’s MetroCentre will showcase themed ‘worlds’ dedicated to relaxation, play and the outdoors.
Centrepiece of the store will be a complete two-storey house designed by award-winning architect John Pawson.
The plans of the house are even available to buy at a cost of £1,000 with building costs estimated at over £300,000. With the cost of the land on top this could be a very stylish, but not altogether affordable for fans of modernist architecture.