When driving down the road, you may see a home being built with a design you love. What may surprise you is that it is not being created using the timber framed method of construction. Instead, the home is being formed of sections attached to one other. This construction style is considered as beautiful as the stick home, but with modular homes, there is less construction on site. Here are some pros and cons about the prefabricated, or modular style of home.[Read more…]
Whether you’re considering a custom-built home or looking for ways to enjoy an affordable, energy-efficient home, it’s time you considered modular homes. While some modular home designs have a reputation for being low value or unappealing designs, you may be surprised to learn about the benefits you can enjoy with a modular.[Read more…]
3 Benefits of Prefab Homes
Property experts have begun to realize the options modular buildings provide for residential developments that can be cheaper and more efficient than traditional stick-built homes. Many mistakenly assume that a mobile home is the same thing as a modular, but the two are very different. Modulars are made in a factory, but they pass very strict code requirements, with regard to the IRC, state, and local guidelines. Because of their longevity, modular homes appreciate in time just as would a site build structure.[Read more…]
When you think of building a home from the ground up, you probably imagine the construction site as the place where the home is eventually going to be. Not all homes are created this way, though. Both manufactured and modular homes are built off-site. The factory setting allows better temperature and element control and can make your construction process a lot simpler. If you are trying to decide between a modular and manufactured home, there are some things that you need to know.[Read more…]
If you have been looking at building a new home, but aren’t finding what you need within your price point, consider looking at modular homes. These homes have almost endless options that can be customized to size and needs, making them a great alternative to building.[Read more…]
Don’t be fooled into thinking that mobile homes and modular houses are the same thing. A modular home is simply a house that uses state-of-the-art technology to produce homes in factories and manufacturing plants. Here is what you need to know about modular homes.[Read more…]
In the not-so-distant past, many builders viewed modular homes as a threat to their business. These homes were completed in sections in controlled factory environments and then delivered to a site for assembly.[Read more…]
From trendy tiny wooden cottages to mansions built from shipping containers, modular homes have a new look and have earned themselves a brand-new rep. The days of being associated purely with temporary and lower-income housing are long gone. In fact, the lower cost per square foot is precisely how many homeowners have been able to build modular mansions.
Faster Build Time
Most modular home builders give a turnaround time of a few weeks to about three months. In comparison, a traditional home can take up to six months to be completed. Weather delays and running out of money are often common delay factors that may tack on an extra few months to completion time. Because modular homes are built indoors and typically have premade options, these two factors rarely pose a problem.
For these and other reasons, modular houses are a lot less expensive than traditional homes. Even when assembly is required, this often does not include the need for professional assistance or any hardcore construction and building equipment. Because of this, contemporary modular homes have become increasingly popular among retirees and debt-ridden college graduates. However, they are just as popular among architects who want to create unique spaces that are easy to expand.
More Luxurious Additions
When homeowners go modular, they are able to reinvest some of the money the save in luxury features for their home. Some increasingly common additions include full spa baths, granite counter tops, floor to ceiling windows, smart home tech and even pools built from containers. This has led to a booming industry where contractors turn to creativity and high-value offerings to compete effectively.
Unfortunately, many banks and local governing bodies are still skeptical of or even against modular homes. However, with the increasing popularity of tiny cottages and container homes, this is slowly changing. To increase the odds of securing financial and zoning buy-in, it is important to work with professional builders to ensure the home is up to code.
Many people have a set view of modular homes in their minds. They may assume these homes are flimsy or poorly constructed, but the opposite is more likely to be true. There are several advantages to purchasing a modular home. You not only get a home that is built to last but can save time and money in the process.
Building each module of a home in a climate-controlled environment allows contractors to improve the strength of construction. Because they don’t have to contend with fluctuating weather, they often exceed the codes laid out in local zoning ordinances. These homes are also designed and planned using a computer-aided design that identifies any problem areas before the actual hands-on construction begins. Gone are the days when second-rate materials are the standard for this industry. You can expect the same high quality you get with traditional construction. This process tends to improve the strength of your home’s structure.
When contractors don’t have to take the possibility of inclement weather into account, they can finish building your home much more quickly. Modular homes are built before they reach the site, so issues like rain and flooding don’t have to be factored in, for the most part. The different parts of your home are moved to its site. Then the crew pieces it together and adds the finishing touches. They work with technicians to make sure all utilities are connected properly. Because most of the work is done before it reaches its final destination, the on-site work can take days rather than weeks or months.
Using less time cuts the amount you have to pay in labor costs. Another factor that saves money is that so many of the potential problems are resolved before construction ever begins. Efficient use of materials and labor can lead to savings as much as 25% of a traditional construction project.
Innovations in design and execution have improved the way modular homes are built. This is an option worth considering if you are wanting to build your next home.
Looking to start amassing wealth through home ownership, but having trouble finding a house for sale that meets your needs? Increasingly, today’s prospective homebuyers are forgoing the traditional home search in favor of custom-designing their own modular homes. Unlike mobile homes, which are typically portable and pre-designed, prefabricated homes are completely customizable to fit your needs, and they can also become permanent structures on your intended home site.
An Affordable Alternative to Traditional Construction
If designing your dream home from the ground up is out of reach due to financial reasons, a modular house may allow you to design a home that has everything you want without blowing your entire budget. Typically, you can choose a prefabricated modular base package and then customize it in accordance with your needs. However, unlike traditional home construction, which takes place at your build site, pre-engineered homes largely undergo construction offsite, which slashes erection time as well as all associated costs.
As modular homes continue to grow in popularity so do the number of customization options available to homebuyers. Because many of these homes offer new construction, they are often more sustainable in terms of design than their traditional counterparts. In addition offering sustainable, energy-efficient spaces that lower your lifetime energy costs, pre-engineered homes often offer the best, most environmentally friendly light fixtures, plumbing elements and so on.
Near-Endless Design Opportunities
While pre-engineered homes offer a wealth of benefits, many homebuyers opt for them simply because these homes allow them the freedom to create living spaces that fully meet their respective needs. For example, some modern homebuyers are increasingly looking for spaces that combine residential areas with other useful areas, such as shops or garages. A prefabricated home can typically accommodate such needs, and it can also align with your aesthetic preferences in terms of color, materials and the like.
When neither traditional or mobile homes offer all of your must-haves, you may find that modular homes fill the gap.