10 things you did not know about prefabricated houses
More and more people are betting on this type of construction but you still do not know very well why. If you are wondering if a prefabricated house is tailored to your needs or just curious to know, here is the list of the 10 things you need to know at least to decide:
1. Prefabricated houses are not a new concept. Although today they are more fashionable than ever, the reality is that prefabricated houses emerged back in 1908 in the United States, when the Sears department store chain began to sell their houses in kit that sent the buyers by mail along with the plans for its construction. Once at the destination, the different pieces were assembled with the help of a local builder or by the owner himself, if he was bold and crafty enough.
2. There are two types of prefabricated houses: the modular ones and the kit houses. The modular homes are built mostly in factory and are transported to the land fully equipped with doors, windows and all finished interior finishes. Once the work of foundation and union of modules is done, only light and water installations are made and the house is ready to live. For prefabricated houses in kit, the pieces are sent to the unmounted terrain and this is where the assembly tasks and finishing tasks are carried out by the different professionals.
3. The manufacturing materials are the same as those used in traditional construction. The material to be used It will vary depending on the dimensions of the house, the climatology of the land and the construction budget. Wood is a light, cheap and sustainable material but it limits the size of the building. The concrete is very durable and allows large constructions, providing greater thermal and acoustic insulation. Finally, metal (mainly steel) is very resistant, light and malleable, which allows it to adapt to any design.
4. Prefabricated houses can be customized. The times are over when choosing a prefabricated house was to renounce a house with style and personality. Nowadays, and depending on the construction company, you can have as much decision-making power over the final design and finishing as you would have with a traditional construction.
5. Prefabricated houses are quicker to build than traditional houses. As a general rule, a prefabricated house is built in half the time of a standard house of equivalent size and characteristics. The power to combine foundation work with assembly work, absence of weather agents that add delays, greater control and better management of work teams are the keys to this difference. In addition, the delivery times become more predictable and you can enjoy your prefabricated house in the planned time. A relief!
6. A prefabricated house usually costs less than a traditional one. The price difference is usually around 30%. This difference is due to several reasons: the construction is carried out in an efficient and controlled environment with the necessary machinery and equipment always available, the displacements of professionals are avoided, the purchase of material is done on a large scale and waste management is avoided on a plot
7. And also the costs are usually predictable. The fact that the construction is carried out at the factory makes it necessary for all decisions to be made before starting construction, with consequent cost savings and allowing construction companies to give virtually closed budgets. For example, the Spanish company Casas InHaus offers final prices and not budgets. Ideal for those who do not want frights!
8 Building a prefabricated house is more ecological than building it on the ground directly. Prefabricated houses tend to be more respectful of the environment on many levels. When built in the factory, the impact on the land and its environment during this phase is minimized, less waste is generated and personnel and machinery displacements are saved. In addition, some manufacturers go further, using recyclable or recycled materials and / or including systems that use energy from renewable sources to heat water or air conditioning.
9. The quality of a prefabricated house is identical or superior to that of a conventional house. Factory construction follows strict quality controls during the entire process and also eliminates the risk of materials deteriorating due to weather conditions. In addition, the materials are cut and assembled with millimeter precision and the modules are created with sufficient robustness to be transported to the destination being structurally unbeatable.
10. Expanding a prefabricated house is easier than modifying a house built on land. If you are one of those who prefer to start with something small and then add more space with another floor, another room, etc ..., a prefabricated house can be a great option since they are usually designed to be modified but it is always important to discuss it in advance with the builder to help us choose the most appropriate design.
With this information we are sure that now if you are in a position to assess if a prefabricated house is made for you, would you be encouraged?