The use of modular homes is becoming rampant, and I am sure if you can tell the difference between a Modular Home and a Conventional home, you’ll notice a few in your neighborhood. However, identifying the difference between these two is almost impossible by mere observation. They are identical in virtually every way, except in their method of construction.
Construction of a conventional home or a traditional stick-built home takes place on the original building site. Assembling of the materials takes place one by one, raising from the ground to completion level. Bad weather can put a halt to construction. And in some cases, building materials can sit outside for a long time, and in the case of metal can corrode from moisture.
A modular home is also known as prefabricated home, as the name implies, are homes assembled or fabricated before taking to the original building site. As earlier stated, the difference between a modular home and a conventional home is in the building. Below are a few facts about a modular home:
The assembling of a modular home is in sections at a factory site.
The installation of the prefabricated sections involves towing these sections to the original building location.
Additionally, the lifespan of a modular home is as long as that of a conventional home. Although this depends on how well the design is. Therefore, for a long-lasting, cost-effective modular home, seek structural engineering and design services from the right structural engineering firm.
Indulging in the modular home trend is beneficial for so many reasons, some of which are;
The fact that the assembling of building materials takes place in a factory site is very beneficial. This is so because storing of building material is made easy by eliminating the worry of mold or yeast infection, contaminants, and corrosion that can come with storing building materials onsite. However, this is the case for conventional or traditional stick-built homes.
For a modular home, the construction of each room is separate. This results in fast building completion by making it possible to build numerous home parts or rooms at once. However, this is not the case with traditional stick-built homes. For the most part, traditional home construction is on one-after-the-other bases, from ground level to completion.
If you involve a structural engineering firm that practices division of labor, the firm can assign its members to pour foundations at the building site, build basements of other utilities, while the home construction is going on at the factory site. Past experiences with stick-built homes show that an average stick-built home takes close to 30 weeks for completion. A modular takes about 10 to 20 weeks for factory assembling and 7 to 14days for onsite assembling.
Structural engineering companies offering CAD (Computer-Aided Design) services are a perfect fit for modular homes; this is because all modular homes design involves the use of Revit and CAD programs. In this case, all modular homes are built to conform with building codes and at the same time making room for efficient home designs.
Modular homes are stronger and more durable than conventional homes; this is because designing a modular home takes into consideration the stresses it undergoes during transportation to the original building site.
A modular home has an inherent green design property. Although the installation of green elements is possible in a conventional home, its construction process is, however, not green. On the other hand, the construction process of a modular building is green, in the sense that its construction is in a quality-controlled environment.
The effective utilization of labor, minimal waste of material, and proper disposal of waste material are all properties of a green building that a modular home possesses.
Another benefit of a modular home is its cost-effectiveness. Although the cost of a modular home does not result in a large saving from a conventional home, modular homes boast a high saving value on materials and labor.
Additionally, the detailed pre-planning necessary for a modular home makes it possible to have a fixed cost. Although the construction process of a prefabricated home is different from that of a conventional home, it contains the same elements as a conventional home. The installation of necessary utilities takes place during onsite assembling. Adding an exterior matching your aesthetic preference can be as you want, and your interior styling can be whatever you want. A modular home’s design can be from an existing conventional home or according to the home owner’s specification.
There are a couple of downfalls of a modular home to be vigilant for. if you are expanding on an exceptionally tight part or there are loads of electrical cables close by, the cranes necessary to lift modules into spot might be limited for those zones. You may likewise discover neighborhood-explicit confinements, for example, brick-constructed homes only. Making a block veneer for a particular home would discredit the cost-effective benefit of modular homes, making a stick-built home the more affordable choice. In any case, a modular home is the right decision for your next building venture. If you need adaptability and affordability, a modular home is your choice.