Modular construction is an increasingly popular way to build homes. From the outside, these modular homes look like conventional houses, but they are actually built in a controlled environment, typically using the same materials that would be used if the house were being built on-site from scratch. Inside, though, modular homes have much in common with mobile homes and camping trailers, particularly when it comes to bathroom and kitchen design.
It all starts with design
People designing and building custom homes like The Heritage have access to many advantages that come with working from scratch. For example, designers can create living spaces tailored to their clients’ needs without sacrificing style or luxury. Architects also have complete freedom to choose floor plans, light fixtures and materials for their clients. But modular construction offers home buyers more than just personalized spaces. It opens up opportunities for affordable construction that is streamlined and affordable—all while helping communities modernize in ways that preserve historic architecture and culture. It all starts with design: People designing and building custom homes like The Heritage have access to many advantages that come with working from scratch. For example, designers can create living spaces tailored to their clients’ needs without sacrificing style or luxury.
Imagine it’s 1959 and you’re looking to build your dream home. At that time there were two options: you could hire an architect to draw up plans and wait months for them to be approved by local planning authorities, or you could head down to your local DIY store and build your own kit-home from scratch. Today there is a third option—modular construction. While architects still play their part in deciding what goes where, modern modular homes are constructed offsite by skilled teams of carpenters who specialize in making houses just as beautiful as those crafted on site with traditional building techniques. What does modular mean? Modular construction involves designing a house as one unit, then dividing it into sections that can be transported to its final destination before being assembled. It has been used for centuries in different parts of the world including Europe and Japan but only recently has become popular in North America. Modules are built offsite using standardized components which means they can be mass produced more quickly than traditionally built homes. This reduces costs while increasing quality control and reducing potential waste during production.
Modular construction is an efficient way to build or remodel. Instead of constructing walls on site, workers create what are called panels in a factory-like setting. The panels are then moved to your home and assembled into place. This cuts down on both time and money. Workers don’t have to commute long distances every day to complete their work because they’re able to build their sections within their own work zone with equipment right there available for them. In addition, modular homes tend to cost less per square foot than stick-built homes which take weeks or months longer to complete and leave workers commuting back and forth each day (and paying more in gas).
Cont’d… How modular?
Modular construction is one of those movements that has taken time to catch on. Although many house builders have made forays into modular construction (also known as factory-built or pre-fabricated homes), most companies still believe that non-modular construction gives them an edge over their competitors. And while it’s true that they can build new homes faster than ever before with today’s technology and techniques, they’re missing out on something huge: modular manufacturing allows you to bypass labor costs altogether and capitalize on long-term efficiency and quality control. Consider these two simple examples
It’s worth it.
Overall, modular homes offer better energy efficiency. The improved air circulation and lower humidity levels not only reduce mold and mildew growth but also make it easier to keep your home cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather. Compared to site-built homes, they’re less susceptible to things like pests (and so don’t require pest-control treatments), are built more quickly (which can save on labor costs), and have fewer problems with settling foundations. And as you know if you’ve ever owned a car or had work done on your house, new means of production usually mean higher quality. In fact, modular homes must meet all current building codes—something that’s often not true for site-built homes. In addition, when compared to traditional stick-frame construction, modules are stronger because they’re constructed from solid materials rather than thin boards; even though most are made from wood products (with engineered lumber being used for strength), their overall weight is significantly lighter than that of a typical stick frame home. That’s good news for both builders and homeowners: Modules are easier to transport and set up onsite than stick frame structures; in addition, homeowners will enjoy reduced maintenance needs because modules last longer than traditional stick frame houses do.