Are you thinking of taking on the challenge of building your own home? There are essentially two main options if you are looking to build a home. The first option is the traditional way of constructing a home from the ground up. Secondly, you can order a prefabricated or modular house to be assembled on site. As with any other purchase, it is important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each option of building a home. In this article, we will take a closer look at both the pros and cons of prefabricated homes.
What are prefabricated homes?
While the prefabricated home market is growing, most people still don’t know what these homes are. A prefabricated home is simply a house that is built in sections inside of a special home-building facility. The sections then get moved to a home site, where they’re assembled and prepared for the homeowner to move in. Although prefabricated homes are built in a special way, they must still meet local construction requirements. These requirements cover things like strength, durability, energy efficiency, and fire resistance.
The pros and cons of prefabricated homes
The pros of prefabricated homes
Many people are turning to the prefabricated home trend as it provides them with an opportunity to save money while still becoming homeowners. In general, prefabricated homes are much more affordable than traditional houses. After all, prefabricated homes use fewer materials, and the process of determining how much is needed is much more precise. As such, you don’t have to worry about paying for materials that don’t end up getting used. In addition, there are fewer labour costs since prefabricated houses don’t need as many people on-site to put them together.
Increased energy efficiency
By design prefabricated homes are made airtight and constructed to minimise energy loss as much as possible. This typically makes prefabricated homes more sustainable and better for the environment than traditional homes. If sustainability and being environmentally friendly are important to you, consider a prefabricated home.
If you have a tight timeline and want to get into your new home on time, prefab homes are usually the quickest type of new home construction available to homeowners. If you’ve ever built a house before you know that it’s almost impossible to get the thing built on schedule. Even if no major emergencies happen, things like the weather or slowed down deliveries can drag out your building time.
With traditional houses, it’s normal to have a lot of materials left over that often end up in a landfill somewhere. With prefabricated houses, there’s virtually no waste. This is because prefabricated homes are built in factories and any leftover material gets recycled and used to create another house.
The cons of prefabricated homes
Land and zoning
Not all cities are kind to prefabricated homes. Land covenants and zoning issues could limit where you place your home. Some cities have codes for the size of homes, while others might have codes that limit your building materials and finishes. Thoroughly research all city codes before you purchase a piece of land for your prefabricated home.
In some cases, you don’t have as many customisation options when designing a prefabricated home. You usually have a set number of options to choose from, and it can be hard to find exactly what you want without having to pay extra for something special.
Prefabricated homes can mean more work for you, the homeowner. Unlike traditional construction where the builder or contractor takes care of logistics, you might be in charge of more than you anticipated. Finding a piece of land, checking zoning, organising utility hook-ups and other details are the homeowner’s responsibility.