A photograph of two Husk buildings

The concept of husk is to redefine and redesign, to reuse and revitalise. We want to take something of apparently little value and create something special, something else. Architecture with a social need.

We want to make a husk a home.

01 What is Husk?

What's the problem?

  • Generate little revenue

    The existing garages are often underused and generate little revenue, especially when compared to the cost of maintaining them.

  • Maintenance headache

    The roofs to the garages are generally old and require regular maintenance.

  • Areas of antisocial behaviour

    The existing garages attract antisocial behaviour as they have little passive surveillance.

  • Storage only

    The garages are generally used as lock ups for storage with cars rarely stored inside.

  • In close proximity to existing housing

    The garage sites are usually situated close to existing housing and are face to face blocks

  • Undevelopable sites

    The sites cannot currently be developed using standard methods of housing due to privacy distances, unviability, size etc.

A garage before it has been converted

What's the solution?

  • Thinking differently

    Working with what’s there and using it as a positive rather than knocking down the garages and leaving unusable space.

  • The key to unlocking garage sites

    This patent pending method creates desirable new homes from rather than having to knock the garages down.

  • A range of house types

    HUSK have developed a range of house types to fit different numbers of garages.

  • Main contractor

    HUSK offers a turnkey solution from design, planning to fabrication and groundworks.

  • Constructed off site

    The new homes are created off site in controlled factory conditions, this also speeds up the construction process.

The inside layout of a HUSK. Two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and dinning area

Retaining the shell - single-skin brickwork and concrete floors designed to support an SUV - [husk] will gut a terrace of garages into a single space, restructure it to fully comply with all industry standards and requirements.

Take the roof off and lower in a contemporary design bungalow - built to spec off site - into the void. We can do one bedroom or two, fully-serviced kitchen and bathroom, plus living and dining space, garden and driveway. You won’t even know it was a garage.

It’s quick, clean and cost effective. It overcomes an array of planning issues. ‘Fits into the existing urban grain’, they say. It’s already connected, commutable and commendable.

The final HUSK exterior. Two large windows, slanted roof, single-skin brickwork and a garden

Retaining the shell - single-skin brickwork and concrete floors designed to support an SUV - [husk] will gut a terrace of garages into a single space, restructure it to fully comply with all industry standards and requirements.

Take the roof off and lower in a contemporary design bungalow - built to spec off site - into the void. We can do one bedroom or two, fully-serviced kitchen and bathroom, plus living and dining space, garden and driveway. You won’t even know it was a garage.

It’s quick, clean and cost effective. It overcomes an array of planning issues. ‘Fits into the existing urban grain’, they say. It’s already connected, commutable and commendable.

A garage before it has been converted The final HUSK exterior

02 The Benefits

Our innovative concept can unlock and lock up the housing market. Retaining the shell - single-skin brickwork and concrete floors designed to support a car - [husk] will gut a terrace of garages into a single space, restructure it to fully comply with all industry standards and requirements. Take the roof off and lower in a contemporary design bungalow - built to spec off site - into the void.

Re use of undevelopable brownfield sites

Through the use of this innovative method, brownfield sites that are undevelopable using traditional housing methods are unlocked, developed and re-used.

Resolving a maintenance and antisocial behaviour problem

Converting the garages into bungalows solves the issue of antisocial behaviour often attracted by the unmonitored spaces.

Cost effective affordable housing provision

[husk] is a cost-effective provision of affordable housing when compared with traditional methods of constructing bungalows.

Sites currently owned

These are sites that are currently owned by local authorities and Registered housing providers. There is no need to search for often difficult to find new sites, these are sites that have not been considered before now.

Use of existing concrete slab

Where possible we will utilise the existing slab on which to sit the new bungalow. This minimises the groundwork preparation required.

Fits into existing Urban Grain

The [husk] homes sit neatly into and enhance the existing urban grain.

Able to keep existing overlooking distances

The innovative concept allows the homes to be situated closer than standard privacy distances forming secure and safe environments for the elderly.

High quality design lifts the area

The high quality design offers regeneration of the often tired existing housing estates.

Satisfies a number of LA policies

Re use of brownfield sites, provision of affordable housing and regeneration of existing housing estates are just a few of the ways in which the new bungalows meet the criteria of the NPPF.

Sites are well provided with existing services

As the garage sites are located within established housing areas and they are usually close to existing services.

Cost effective way of increasing housing stock

As the new bungalows are situated in areas of existing owned housing stock they provide an excellent and cost effective way of increasing housing stock without affecting the existing infrastructure of housing maintenance.

Fast build time = quick turn around on Profit

The use of off site fabrication speeds up the build process allowing faster occupation and rental return.

Shows innovative thinking

The patent pending innovative idea is supported strongly by the Homes and communities’ agency.

03 Unit Types

Unit Type GARAGES AREA (M2) BEDS / PPL HQ LV4 2008 LIFETIME HOMES NDSS DOC. M (CAT 3)
Alpha 3 40 - 45 1B / 2P Yes Yes
Beta 4 48 - 58 2B / 3P Yes Yes
Gamma 5 61 - 70 2B / 3P Yes Yes Yes
Delta 4 48 - 55 1B / 2P Yes Yes Yes Yes
Zeta 5 70 2B / 3P Yes Yes Yes Yes