Monkey Puzzle Developments’

Alison Mills explores House Beautiful Online Shopping’s ‘the flat-pack home revolution, and changing times for home improvements’.


Alison Mills, founder of Monkey Puzzle Developments, has aligned her support for HBOS (House Beautiful Online Shopping, or simply House Beautiful) – the home improvement company, looking to make big waves in the property field – as well as backing ‘kit homes’.


People have searched for years for expert and accessible information on how to build, maintain and furnish a dream, beautiful home. Monkey Puzzle Developments – a turnkey property investment solution company based in the Cotswolds – has aligned itself, for that reason, with House Beautiful’s output and the housing evolution of pre-fabricated houses.


House Beautiful works closely with property development companies to source the best ideas for home improvement in the field. The company prides itself on delivering stylish inspiration and practical ideas to people who love their home and who want to maximize their living space.


“I love their work, as it ties-in nicely with the work Monkey Puzzle Developments aims to do,” says Alison Mills.

“We have found that people are constantly searching for ways to improve their property’s eco-friendliness, functionality and appearance. We are finding that Kit Homes are also becoming a revolutionary movement in the market,” she adds.

Kit Homes are like flat-pack homes; a structure that comprises prefabricated mechanisms, usually assembled by a contractor. House Beautiful calls them cutting-edge and the stylish alternative to customary home building techniques.

“These installations have frequently featured at the UK’s Ideal Home Exhibition. They stand as a modern example of flexible and practical homes in the 21st Century,” Alison Mills adds.

German-based-firm Huf Haus has made it their mission to bring sophisticated kit homes to the market: designed with precision, with top quality products. This firm, along with Futureform and UK-based Multi-Generation Home, has created a modern conveyor-belt to bring these kits to market quickly and cost-effectively. Starting in the factory, the components are tailored and polished before being hauled as large, giant panels and constructed by skilled builders. Not only are corporate jet service sector taking notice but the wider market itself.

“Subject to popular belief,” says Alison Mills, “these ‘flat-pack’ homes are a world away from being poor quality or somewhat make shift. Pre-fabricated homes could be the future solution to creating your beautiful, perfect home…before it has even been built.”

House Beautiful highlights that most building specialists will arrange professional design briefings in order for an individual to voice their exact specifications. This way, your home can be fitted with all your requirements; with insulation installed and even with the walls fully assembled. “Bespoke housing could be the future” says the Monkey Puzzle Developments boss. “And, according to the National Self Build and Renovation Centre, they needn’t cost the earth.”

The price depends upon your requirements. As a guide, general prices begin at around £1,300 per square metre. “This means that for an average sized home, people can pay less than £100,000.

“Obviously they will need to factor-in the cost of planning permission and land, but this is a very decent starting price for creating your own beautiful home,” says the Monkey Puzzle Developments Head.

Alison Mills says that her company would consider the future prospect of using such methods to fund innovative housing development projects for the 21st Century. “I think the unique selling point here, is that people can really build a bespoke home. That’s a very appealing and attractive prospect in a market that is competitive and where buyers often outweigh supply.”

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