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Just like there are different types of homes depending on size, function, and structure, there are various ways to construct them as well. One classification based on the building method is prefab.
The traditional ways of constructing houses are brick and block, timber frame, and steel frame. The similarities between the three begin with the first step of the building process, from the internal structure, using blockwork walls or a sturdy frame clad with stone. Only after then are the other parts added, such as the flooring, walls, roofs, and interior. However, prefab houses are constructed differently, and here’s how and why you should consider them for your next home.
What Makes A Home Prefab?
As previously mentioned, the traditional building method starts with the frame and proceeds with the process piece by piece. The construction is also done on-site, with the foundation set in place. However, prefab homes are the opposite. Instead of building your house on the actual lot, the manufacturing process starts inside a factory. Once the different parts or modules of the home are done, these are either installed and delivered or delivered and installed. This is how the famous Elon Musk got his new tiny house.
Custom Homes VS. Prefab Homes
When buying a home or commissioning a contractor, some clients want their ideas for their home to be followed rather than getting a predesigned one. These houses that are personalized based on their owner’s wishes are called custom homes. There is no limit to the dimensions, structure, and type of house it may be, as it refers to any and all customized dwellings.
Following that definition, there could be custom prefab homes. In fact, most contractors allow customization so their clients can get their dream homes. However, not all custom homes are necessarily prefab homes. A house can be customized yet still be constructed on-site and piece by piece.
Is Prefab More Sustainable Than Traditional Homes?
By definition, prefab homes are made inside factories. As they are not built on-site, the construction process requires about 60% fewer materials for framing. The location also makes it immune to environmental factors, like rain and strong winds, that could potentially damage or break the materials. In cases of such accidents, the affected construction materials will be discarded, contributing to more waste.
Although prefab homes may produce less waste, excesses are still inevitable during construction. However, most factories tend to reuse their generated waste to lessen their carbon footprint and save money. Therefore, prefab homes will likely have their construction wastes reused, adding to their overall sustainability.
Another characteristic of a prefab home that makes it sustainable is its energy efficiency options. You can choose sustainable materials or have the house built to use less energy, such as by utilizing solar panels. You can also request that the seams be tighter to contain the temperature inside the home. That way, you will spend energy on cooling or heating more wisely. Unlike traditional homes, building it piece by piece may not guarantee the seams.
Prefab Home Advantages
Besides being more sustainable, prefab homes offer more advantages, with their low-cost requirements being among the most expected. While these types of houses are not necessarily cheap, they typically cost about 10% to 20% less than the average traditional kinds. You will also not have to pay separately for the materials and labor, as the manufacturing company will be in charge of that. Also, if you are looking for tiny prefab homes for sale, the costs may go even lower because they are smaller and requires fewer construction materials.
Another advantage of average or tiny prefab homes is that they take less time to build. Special tools and equipment are used in factories, and many people are tasked to work on them. In contrast to hiring people to construct your house, the more you contract, the more you’ll have to pay, so you will have to limit their number. The construction also does not need to be halted in cases of undesirable weather conditions. Therefore, prefab homes are recommended if you are looking for a faster way to have your dream house constructed.
What Kinds Of Prefab Homes Can You Buy?
When it comes to prefab homes, there are four common types: manufactured or mobile, modular, panelized, and precut. While all starts with having the parts constructed inside the factory, their installation methods significantly differ. Manufactured or mobile homes are assembled before being delivered on the site with the house in one piece. Meanwhile, modular homes are the opposite in the way that the modules are delivered separately, and the installation is done on-site.
Finally, depending on the client’s demands, the kind of prefab home may not fit the typical methods mentioned. For instance, shipping containers may be used instead of having different modules of the house and assembling them together. These are then stacked, put together, and designed to fit their purpose. In some cases, clients may even require a combination of the various kinds mentioned depending on which works best for them.
As for how to start canvassing, set off by looking up “prebuilt prefab homes” if you want an existing design or “custom prefab homes near me” if you have a dream house in mind. In some cases, you can choose what kind to buy, whether it be manufactured or mobile, modular, precut, shipping container, or combination. However, some factories may only allow one type, depending on their facilities and your area’s regulations. If you have inquiries about prefab homes or are considering having one, contact Small House Solutions for a consultation or transaction.
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