Prefab Homes Are The Future Of Housing Units

Adrian Twumasi
4 min readJan 26, 2021

Everything you need to know about it

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Advancing technology has created a 360 degree shift in perspectives pertaining to all spheres of life. So it is hardly surprising that housing and construction industry have also materialized revolutionary practices in building of homes.

Prefab homes are one of the latest kind of housing that have not just gained attention in present times but have historical roots back in the 16th century when the Great Mughal emperor Akbar used movable structures to create fortresses. In a poem by Wave from Roman de Rou 1160:

“They took out of the ship beams of wood and dragged them to the ground. Then the Count (Earl) who brought them, (the beams) already pierced and planed, carved and trimmed, the pegs (raw-plugs/dowels) already trimmed and transported in barrels, erected a castle, had a moat dug around it and thus had constructed a big fortress during the night.”

If this way of creating homes has been around throughout the centuries, then the question is, will it stay for another few centuries? Let’s measure the pros and cons of prefab homes to make an informed decision regarding this.

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Before jumping to the future of the prefab housing we question what they actually are? Unlike common belief of these houses being common mobile homes, these houses don’t have to be built on the construction site. They are factory built and finished, and the construction site is the place for assembly.

1. Energy Efficiency

Since everything is factory built, there is less waste in the form of construction materials. Now because materials are stored in the factory it also means leftovers are more likely to be kept and reused. Materials are also less likely to get stolen, vandalized, or damaged.

Additionally, because everything is factory made, it is also precision engineered, which contributes to their greater durability and having tighter seams.

2. Time

Traditional houses take months, even years on building from scratch. Too much time and resources are required to complete a house. In this regard prefab homes require very little time and are created in one go.

Fast construction of prefab homes is based on the ready-made parts that just need combining. Gone are the days when you have disturbing days at site, where too many laborers don’t get your point and your house construction being subjected to weather delays and further obstacles, both natural and man made. These can be avoided once you choose to have a prefabricated home.

You also save a lot of money on subcontractors (such as plumbers, electricians, painters and so on) who come along separately to do their designated jobs. When the panels are built i the factory, the labor can be more effectively managed and save you a lot of hustle.

3. Price

Moreover, there is always the point of costs. In times when the economy is struggling worldwide and multiple economic crisis seem inevitable, prefab homes are beyond affordable.

If we only look at it in monetary terms, it seems like the best choice, since housing and real estate prices have skyrocketed in the past few decades. In addition to this, prefab homes also reduces your heating bills, making your standard of living affordable and a money saver too.

Where these reasons make prefab homes an ideal kind of housing in the 21st century, there is also a downside to building them. But we can still see that they are a better choice. First let’s look at the downside.

Cons

1. Extra Cost

Costing and time can be troublesome for some people as the cost begins with buying the land site where the prefab house needs to be set up. This means buying the perfect land with the addition of multiple permits, soil testing costs and unforgettable land inspections.

There are others such as transportation for shipment of the components to the site and cost of the crane to install the home.

All these can add up to be very expensive and time taking for some people. Customization costs, electricity, sewer and water, the necessities can also add on your expected number.

In addition to this, if you are giving high upfront payment and dealing with loans and installments, you are again exposed to high costing. But it can be dealt with by working in accordance to your budget and asking the best professional consultants for the suitable kind of choices pertaining to that budget.

You need to choose the appropriate company to hand over your home building project so that you can have a peace.

By trusting such a company, you can move forward worrying about only the payment while all other things are catered by the company and the daunting task of a house construction becomes mildly easy.

Final Takeaway

Conclusively if we analyze the data we have gathered so far, it is great to say that, prefab housing is the future of the housing industry and is here to stay if only one knows how to handle the construction according to one's budget.

It can stay for as long as another groundbreaking housing technique emerges, which can take decades to replace this affordable and intelligent practice.

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