The Build Sequence
The Arkhome concept has been designed to help meet a national/international need for quick, available low-cost accommodation – both in safe and high-risk locations.
It is unlike conventional built housing but is assembled on-site, with "off the shelf" components which have been factory prepared for every customer, according to their individual requirements. For a total understanding, in detail, this Summary should be read in detail, in conjunction with:
- Outline description
- Drawings SK1A, SK2A & SK3A
- Aluminium frame details for the independent structural frame
- Various computer generated 3D images
- Hand-drawn working drawings
- Hand-drawn / coloured visualisations
Initially, there will be four modules made available:
- Module 1 3660 x 3050 mm (small module)
- Module 2 4800 x 3050 mm (larger module)
- Module 3 1830 x 3050 mm (service module, kitchenette / shower)
- Module 4 2440 x 3050 mm (living extension / sleep general etc.)
Note: All guide dimensions only
Modules 3 & 4 are optional to purchase, initially or at a later date to suit the owner/occupier.
The customer decides on the site location and verifies subsoil conditions, he prepares the required base supports of paving-grade concrete slabs or similar, all laser levelled, arranged according to chosen layout. Note: Prototype uses the 'Jackpad' system.
Set out series aluminium lattice beams – all dry cleated together. Assemble the independent /aluminium framework according to provided instruction and advice upon the selected base supports (8 for prototype). 4 Min anchor straps fixed ends of perimeter beams.
Aluminium frame consists of:
- Base perimeter beams
- Corners simply mitred and connected
- Tee section (to form the head channel)
- Intermediate Tee sections between panels, with a flat aluminium closing plate, grub screwed into tee
- Various other sections to complete the structure
All of the above has been calculated by a Structural Engineer and all the framework is dry-fixed – bolted/screws.
Designed infill panels are constructed to form a sandwich with hardwood structural grade 19mm plywood bonded to str. Grade softwood frame enclosing high grade insulating material.
All components are designed to very close tolerances.
There will be 2 standard panel sizes employed i.e.: 2440 x 1220 mm and 2440 x 610mm. Overall thickness 110 mm.
Only the full-size panel can accommodate a window pre-inserted, and which can be located anywhere to suit the occupier.
All the panels are inserted/located into the str. Aluminium framework with compressible/waterproof seals to give an effective weather seal/soundproofing. All the panels are fixed back only from the inside to ensure maximum security/safety.
All other panels in the system are made on a similar principle with the possibility of edge reinforcement on the flooring panels. The supporting aluminium frame will be dry cleated connected and pre-drilled for detailed screw-fixing into timber.
Each module will be designed to sustain storm-force (up to 75 mph) weather, snow loading and flooding, when only combined with the floatation kit (optional purchase).
First stage floatation is provided by an inbuilt buoyancy layer.
Due to the nature of the product and the fact it is new, it must be understood that some revision/fine-tuning will obviously occur during development and prototype phases.
Roy Turner, Architect / Inventor August 2017