The Box That Bert Built

The urge to sell up and live in a pre-fab mobile home at the bottom of the garden is huge right now. Why? because I’ve been inside The Box.

Bert’s Big Box measures 4.2 m wide x 20m long x 3m high (including terrace)

Bert’s Big Box measures 4.2 m wide x 20m long x 3m high (including terrace)

Make no mistake, The 2 Bedroom Big Box by material maestros Bert & May is no ordinary pre-fab. It’s just fab.

I need Kevin McCloud to voice over here, because describing this place requires phrases like "seamlessly slips into the environment" and “sustainable living at its finest”. In fact, come to think of it, Kevin might find himself looking for a new job pretty soon. It’s only a matter of time before the next batch of Grand Designers wake up and smell the reclaimed weathered barn oak cladding. I mean, why would you go through the pain and bankruptcy involved in designing and building your own luxury home when in just 14 weeks you could have one of these? - and the chances are it will look way cooler anyway.

Steel windows and doors by Mat Therm 

Steel windows and doors by Mat Therm 

Open plan living, light filled spaces, crittall windows, encaustic tiled floors, brass fittings, wood burning stoves, state of the art technology; Bert’s Box - which was officially launched at Decorex International at London’s Syon Park this week - is a Pandora’s Box of interior and exterior loveliness. 

Exclusive to Bert and May Spaces: Water monopoly sanitary ware and Watermark collection Brooklyn Gunmetal or aged brassware fittings.

Exclusive to Bert and May Spaces: Water monopoly sanitary ware and Watermark collection Brooklyn Gunmetal or aged brassware fittings.

Created in collaboration with award winning architects Box9, the 1 and 2 bedroomed living spaces are technically mobile homes, which means they do not require planning permission and can be designed and created to your bespoke requirements in just 14 weeks. Theoretically that means you could order one today and be in it in time to welcome in the New Year.

I know what you’re thinking, how much? Price wise they start from £150,000 and the premium option notches that bill up to £225,000 to include such luxuries as 49” Sony TV, Mirage music system, Amina invisible ceiling speakers, Nest learning thermostat.. I could go on.

Whilst wondering wide-eyed through the high end exhibition stands at Decorex International, I realised how easy it would be to spend £225,000.

I could have blown it on a handmade, bespoke fitted carpet designed to my exact colour and size requirements. I could have designed my own 12 foot decorative hand blown glass chandelier. I could have ticked every single box on my things-I-won’t-ever-need-but-might-be-nice-to-have-anyway designer kitchen.

Or I could have bought an eco-friendly, drop dead gorgeous, architect designed family home, full of all my favourite house candy. 

Underfloor heating keeps the rooms cosy

Underfloor heating keeps the rooms cosy

Click here to be wowed and amazed at just how good the good life could be www.bertandmayspaces.com 

If property porn is your thing then I’ve included this next sentence just for your personal pleasure. Bert’s box is the ultimate turn-key, stress-free solution for anyone wishing to increase their living space, add value to their property or increase their yield on their land. Turned on? OMG I can’t help myself. Bert’s Box is a fusion of functionality and aesthetics … a thoughtfully designed eco space… a marriage of simplicity and luxury. Ladies and Gentlemen, Bert’s Box is fit.