A cardboard house: myth or reality?


Photo Credit: Wikkelhouse

Have you ever heard of the cardboard house? No, this is not the scene of a fairy tale, but a reality. The cardboard house is indeed a much stronger solution than one might think, ideal for small budgets and quick to build. Ecological, it is a very interesting alternative which begins to make its place in the field of new construction. Zoom on this surprising house, but very real!

The cardboard house: a solid, resistant and well-insulated construction

Forget your assumptions on the cardboard. It’s a much stronger material than you might think. The principle of cardboard as a construction material was developed in Alsace, the first department to create this unique manufacturing process from recycled cardboard. To insulate well, the cardboard comes in the form of three plates 2 cm thick and equipped with a honeycomb structure glued together, which traps air and gives the material its insulating properties. In addition, the cardboard is covered with a membrane made from recycled plastic which allows it to be more waterproof, to resist climatic hazards without difficulty and to gain in resistance. With this technique, cardboard becomes a material capable of withstanding rains, winds, snow and sun.

Thermal insulation is one thing, but cardboard is also a material made sound-insulating thanks to this same manufacturing process. The noise is indeed greatly damped. In addition, cardboard is very resistant to fire, like other construction materials.

To compose a cardboard house, it is necessary to build a wooden structure that will strengthen the maintenance of the entire dwelling. The walls, floors and ceilings can then be covered with any coating, which leaves the possibility of masking the cardboard to make it a completely classic house.

Like wooden houses, the cardboard house is very quick to build since it is prefabricated in the factory and assembled on site. Its kit design allows assembly in an average of 7 days.

The cardboard house is an eco-responsible solution thanks to its design from recycled cardboard and recycled plastic. In addition, you should know that the cardboard allows a house construction with thinner walls than in the context of a block, concrete, brick or wood dwelling. Thus, the happy owner has more living space for the same floor space.

The cardboard house: the low-budget solution

The cardboard house is making a place, still shy, but real, among recent construction solutions. Indeed, with the search for ever more natural and ecological methods and materials, this alternative has everything to seduce.

It is true that opting for a cardboard house is a solution both favorable for the environment and which makes it possible to save money. Indeed, for those who have tried it, the costs of a cardboard construction are about 30 to 35% less expensive than for the same construction with traditional materials.

This attractive price is explained by the fact that cardboard as a construction material costs less than others, with an average of 1,200 to 1,400 euros per square meter. But its price is not the only positive point, since its implementation is also less expensive, because the cardboard houses are prefabricated in the factory and assembled on site, which greatly limits the costs in terms of labor. Thanks to this low cost, households on a low budget can more easily access homeownership.

The principle has developed so well that it is now known through the famous Wikklehouse, or house of paper in Dutch. This house made of 90% cardboard is an economical and eco-responsible solution offered by the Dutch company Fiction Factory. Sold in several European countries, this house, whose furniture and decoration are mostly made of cardboard, is modularly designed and can be extended or combined as desired. Its success is no longer to be proven, because it is emulated throughout Europe thanks to its originality and its low price, which makes it possible to own a home of at least 44 m² for around 50,000 euros. Its minimalist and very contemporary design is ideal for an eco-responsible project that is included in the environment. On the other hand, its lifespan is estimated at around a hundred years, which still leaves good decades for its owners to take advantage of it!

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