Prospective homebuyers are turning to the growing market in modular homes, attracted by its budget friendliness and ease of customization. For anyone considering that route, there are several popular options in the market. Each provides a different level of assembly difficulty, but all can be managed with the help of an experienced professional home builder.
Pre-cut homes are sold in kits that include all parts needed for assembly. They are popular for log cabin designs and are an excellent option for people who want a more hands-on experience with building a home. Buyers may choose from existing designs or may be able to create their own. From ordering to moving in, it takes about 4-5 months to complete a pre-cut home.
Modular homes are complete structures that are shipped in parts and then assembled on-site. A modular home usually has everything installed, including flooring, plumbing, and electrical wiring. Everything just needs to be connected and activated. A modular home can be assembled in 3-4 months with professional assistance.
Shipping containers are a relatively recent addition to the prefabricated home market and have not yet gained the popularity of other options. True to the name, shipping container homes are constructed from one or more used steel shipping containers. They can be stacked and arranged according to the homebuyer’s needs. Shipping container homes typically need complete refurbishing to add plumbing, electricity, and stairs.
Panelized homes are similar to modular homes in that they are shipped a piece at a time and then assembled on-site. The main difference is that panelized homes are delivered in much smaller pieces, usually one panel or wall at a time. As a result, finishing elements of the house must be added later. Construction of a panelized home takes 4-5 months.
Consumers have many options for diving into the prefabricated homes trend. Working with an experienced developer will help narrow down the choices and determine the best style of home to meet one’s needs.