It seems like something out of the imagination – building a home by sections in an off-site location, transporting those pieces to their final location, and fitting them together like Lego blocks into a finished product. With a mix of innovation and technology, that concept is reality and it is called modular construction.
Though prevalent in Europe, the modular construction method is relatively new to Canada. Its popularity is growing, though, because it improves on conventional construction processes in many ways and adheres to the same building codes as site-built construction.
What do you need to know about modular built homes? Here are five things to get you started.
- Better cost management: 90 per cent of the construction process for a modular built home takes place in an indoor, controlled environment. This virtually eliminates the common causes for cost overruns that frustrate in traditional construction – delays or damage due to weather and material losses from theft.
- Reduced construction timeframe: This is perhaps the most valuable benefit of modular construction for consumers. Using an off-site, controlled environment means that your home can be move-in ready up to 50 per cent faster than a conventional build because foundational work occurs at the same time as construction. When it comes time to work on site, installation and finishing takes mere days and weeks respectively, meaning less noise, dust, and traffic. Your neighbours will like you that much more!
- Great aesthetic potential: ‘Modular’ does not mean ‘basic’ or ‘boring’. It is a method of construction, not an indication of the quality of your home. In fact, modular construction can cover a full range of needs, from simple, affordable living to modern, luxury properties. With variable sizes and finishings, there are endless possibilities and the final product is virtually indistinguishable from conventional construction methods.
- Build anywhere: Building with modules means that units can be transported to remote locations and configured to accommodate a range of terrains. With an off-site build by skilled professionals in a controlled environment, it also means construction isn’t jeopardized or delayed due to labour shortages that can plague site-builds in remote areas.
- Higher environmental standards: Modular construction is an inherently greener and safer approach, generating less waste material and creating less site disturbance. More work completed in the indoor, controlled environment means a smaller footprint when it comes to the activities needed on the final site.
Karoleena is one of a select few modular home builders in North America to partner as a HOLMES Approved Homes builder. That means we build to Mike Holmes’ standards, which incorporate industry-leading products to help protect the home and homeowner.
At Karoleena, we provide an exceptional experience in modular design and innovation, building luxury dream homes that are move-in ready in as little as six months.
How do we do it? We manufacture our homes using modular construction technology at our factory-controlled facility in Kamloops, British Columbia, then deliver them through our in-house transportation division and install them on-site.
To learn more, visit Karoleena.com