What is a shell home?
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
- 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.
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