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Prefab Homes Are Now Pretty
If you are looking to insult a home, one simple way is to say it looks prefab. That is now starting to change with new technology. The prefabricated housing industry is now creating multi-story homes that are designed by custom architects using assembly line efficiency in factories. This change has really gained steam in the last five years. This new type of prefabricated homes (called modular homes) are even being treated as a custom stick built home by the insurance and mortgage companies.
By utilizing flexible designs from architects that use assembly line building methods, these modular homes are able to greatly reduce the cost of traditional stick-built homes. A finished modular home will even look like any traditional home. To achieve the same look as traditional homes they do cost more than mobile homes but still are much less expensive than traditional custom homes. This is helped by prefabricating the home in subsections called modules. These modules are constructed in climate controlled factories with lower labor costs and reduced product costs due to bulk buying.
Once the modules are completed in the factory they are then transported on ordinary flat bed trucks. These trucks then drive them to the building site where a giant overhead crane lifts these modules into place. Once the prefabrication of the modules is completed and they are transported, often it takes only one day on-site for the house to be assembled. This considerably saves time. Modular home owners can expect a timeline of two to three months from start to completion.
The reason why modular homes have become more attractive is that they do not appear to be a cookie cutter home. Modular homes are offered in a variety of different designs created by architects who normally design traditional custom homes. Furthermore each design can be customized with different paneling, trim, paint color and much more.
This growing industry has had to deal with a limiting factor of modular homes. Their feasibility greatly diminishes if they need to be transported more than 500 miles away from the factory. To counter this limitation many modular home manufacturers have created a network of factories to provide blanket coverage of the United States.
By overcoming this limitation and providing cost savings that range from 20% to 30% depending on location, modular homes have been embraced by the new home owners. This industry has experienced double digit growth for the last ten years and forecasts predict that to continue.
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