Prefabricated, or “prefab” homes are built in panels (panelized homes) or modules (modular homes). These homes are constructed using building elements manufactured under controlled factory conditions. There are a number of advantages in considering prefab construction, such as:
Controlled manufacturing environment
Substantial reduction of waste
Fast-tracked construction timeframe and delivery
Cost savings on labour and materials
These homes can be constructed with “Structural Insulated Panels” (SIPs) that are typically created by foam insulation pressed between two outer structural panels of plywood or oriented strand board.
Homes can also be built using standard frame construction. Transportable sections of panelized homes, often with windows and doors in place, are built in factories and then shipped flat on trucks to the building site, where the home is pieced together. Panelization conserves lumber and construction time and reduces clean-up costs and waste.
Modular homes typically include one or more “modules”, which are built in factories. The units are then shipped by transport truck to the build site where they are connected to a pre-poured building foundation or other approved foundation type. As with all homes, prefab, modular or site-built, all must comply with local building codes.
Modular homes can be customized to meet any homeowner requirement.
The fact that they are pre-fabricated does not limit design options. You can choose the style and key details, in advance, and personally design your house to the last detail.
This means that all your preferences about flooring,
interior design, cabinetry, tiles, plumbing, electricity, various finishes will be taken into account and you will have a unique home. Of course, the more complex the design, the more costly it will be. The good thing is that you can conform design and budget.