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Ty Unnos translates into English as "House Over Night" and this is exactly what happened in Wales in the early 17th century when houses were built overnight.

It was believed, that if a house could be built on common land in one night, without the ownership of the land being challenged over a 12 month period, that the freehold of the land belonged to that person who constructed the property on it.

The house had to be constructed in a day starting at sunset, with smoke coming from the chimney by sunrise and a fire burning in the hearth. Other variations on this tradition suggest that the squatter could then extend the land around the property by the distance they could throw an axe from the four corners of the house, this would demark the property’s boundary.

Although Ty Unnos had no status in the English Common Law of the time, there is some tradition of legal discussion about the point at which land occupied by squatters without title could be regarded as a legitimate possession. This legendary belief may bear some relation to genuine folk customs and actual practices by squatters encroaching on common or wasteland.

Ty Unnos were traditionally constructed from clay and timber, with a metal or thatched roof. As building methods progressed Ty Unnos construction began to incorporate stone and further robust materials.

Today, Ty Unnos Modular looks to maintain many of the original principals by forming the construction from Welsh Sitka Spruce timber, swiftly delivered for fast occupation of the property.