Self-Sustainable, Modern Prefab Homes

Baufritz fuses sustainable traditional living forms with the 21st century

We had the pleasure to visit Baufritz´s new Showhouse, Heimat 4.0 situated in the beautiful region of Allgäu, Southern Germany. Heimat 4.0 is designed to the highest of standards combining modern living with traditional core values. The name ‘Heimat’ roughly translating to ‘feeling at home’. 

Heimat 4.0 - The new Showhouse by Baufritz

Heimat 4.0 – As well as timber frame, Baufritz uses 100% natural materials wherever possible

Having a tour around the house it’s hard to believe this 95% self-sustainable, spacious, well designed home is prefabricated. Offering the big advantage of flexibility, being built off site and then installed within a matter of weeks on-site.  The interior of the house has been designed with great attention to detail, using mainly sustainable materials and high-quality modular furniture.

Heimat 4.0 - The new Showhouse by Baufritz

Heimat 4.0 - The new Showhouse by Baufritz

Heimat 4.0 - The new Showhouse by Baufritz

Heimat 4.0 - The new Showhouse by Baufritz

The house is ideal for larger families or multigenerational living and provides the basis for an independent and self-sustainable lifestyle, either in an urban or rural environment. Its flexible design allows residents to interpret the 174m² to their own particular needs. Through construction on a sloped building plot, the basement becomes a light-filled, fully integrated living space of approximately 40 m², thus making it the perfect living quarters for family members or visitors. Taking pride in manufacturing houses only from natural, environmentally safe, reusable materials, Heimat 4.0 uses non-toxic, certified and organic building materials throughout.

Heimat 4.0 - The new Showhouse by Baufritz

On the ground floor, elements of traditional living are revived. The open plan kitchen-dining-living space can be used for everything from cooking and meeting with friends to doing homework. The scullery hosts enough space for a washing machine and dryer with added storage facilities. The living and dining area is subtly divided with a traditional ceramic stove. A secluded alcove with a sofa set into the wall and a built in library provide a place to retreat and rest. A home office and a guest toilet complete the ground floor, while the direct access to the terrace and garden makes for a great light drenched living area.

Heimat 4.0 - The new Showhouse by Baufritz

The first floor boasts four bedrooms including three children’s rooms, two of them with space saving split-level sleeping galleries and a third with a cuddly bed niche along with an exciting play area. The three bedrooms share a children’s bathroom. Parents can retreat to the spacious master bedroom with build in furniture, own dressing room and ensuite bathroom.

Heimat 4.0 - The new Showhouse by Baufritz

Heimat 4.0 - The new Showhouse by Baufritz

Heimat 4.0 - The new Showhouse by Baufritz

Heimat 4.0 - The new Showhouse by Baufritz

Heimat 4.0 - The new Showhouse by Baufritz

The self-contained apartment on the lower ground floor has a separate entrance. It offers privacy or the possibility of taking part in family life as much or as little as desired. It is a well-designed interior space furnished by partner company “Grüne Erde”. Alternatively the bright basement works well as a spacious workshop and becomes a fully integrated addition of the main building. It is a place to indulge in hobbies such as woodworking, displaying a memorabilia collection or setting up model trains. As an option the house can be built on a slab foundation without basement. In this case, the scullery becomes the plant room. In front of the Showhouse an integrated wood bench, known as “Bänkle” expresses function and modern farmhouse flair. Heimat 4.0 has a barn for small animals, integrated raised beds for growing flowers or vegetables and the Annexe. Accessible via the terrace of the main house, the Annexe is equipped with running water, integrated sink, countertop and table. The wood-burning oven is fantastic for making bread and pizza, which gives subtle hints of self-sustainable life, reinforced by the adjacent barn.

Heimat 4.0 - The new Showhouse by Baufritz

Heimat 4.0 - The new Showhouse by Baufritz

Heimat 4.0 - The new Showhouse by Baufritz

Heimat 4.0 has been constructed to exceed standards of energy efficiency. Baufritz has partnered with German pellet heating system specialist ÖkoFEN, to use only the latest developments in pellet boiler technology. The integrated Stirling engine, a photovoltaic system and battery storage generates green energy. Also installed is a non-central ventilation system, highly energy-efficient AAA walls, under floor heating and triple biological thermal insulation, all of which fulfills the criteria of a KfW 40 energy-saving house.

Heimat 4.0 - The new Showhouse by Baufritz

Heimat 4.0 - The new Showhouse by Baufritz

Equipped with the latest KNX Bus system, capable of managing and controlling all of its elements and installations, Heimat 4.0 is an economical smart home. It gives its users the ability to freely adjust any settings according to their individual preferences. Effective X-and-E electro smog protection technology delivers the highest Electromagnetic protection.

Baufritz´s UK CEO Oliver Rehm explains: “Heimat 4.0 shows our passion for, and expertise in, sustainable, prefabricated design, evident in a combination of practical, simple and deliverable design features that make this a house of exceptional quality whilst at the same time bringing together the most comprehensive range of energy-saving features in a thoughtful assembly of light-filled spaces, suited to 21st century living.”

 Baufritz Factory

Baufritz Factory, Allgäu, Southern Germany

Baufritz have been building homes in Germany for over 100 years and using the current prefab process on their site since the 1980’s. This factory today has facilities to build 3-4 homes on-site each week.

Baufritz homes - installed within a matter of 3-4 weeks on-site.

The Process: Baufritz homes – installed within a matter of weeks on-site.

The Process: Baufritz homes - installed within a matter of 3-4 months on-site.


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