What is a shell home?

What is a shell home?

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A  shell home is a great middle ground between building a whole house yourself from start to finish, and buying an already finished house that may not be designed for how you need and want to live. But what exactly is a shell home and what’s included?


Details will vary depending on the project and development, but the following is a general guide as to what you can expect in a shell home.


A shell is defined as a secure, watertight and insulated structure finished externally not internally. It will generally require the purchaser to do non-structural work on the inside of the house to make the home habitable.


It will include landscaping which faces the street at ground and lower ground.


It will not include:

  • Wall, ceiling or finishes to floors or stairs
  • Plasterboard
  • Skirtings, window boards and other trims
  • Permanent balustrading
  • Mechanical, Plumbing, Gas, Ventilation or Electrical Services installations except for a single soil stack, rigid MVHR ducts which pass through steel joists and conduits through the waterproofing layer.
  • Bathrooms or kitchens
  • Non-structural internal partitions
  • Fire curtains or sprinklers or alarms
  • Internal doors and ironmongery
  • External landscaping which doesn’t face the street on the ground or lower ground level
  • Floor finishes to roof terraces
  • Incoming telephone, cable or broadband supplies.
  • Permanent incoming supplies for electrical, gas and water utility services.


Damp proof course

Structure frame

Temporary balustrading

Windows installed

Roof on


Street-facing landscaping