What is a modular home?
“Prefabricated homes, also known as prefab homes or modular homes, are dwellings that are pre-engineered and fabricated, off-site, in a manufacturing facility.”
Prefab homes are built in climate controlled facilities with exacting standards and quality control, which can then be easily shipped and assembled on a home owner’s land. Current modern prefab home designs include architectural details inspired by postmodernism and futurist architecture.
Prefab homes date back to 1837, such as the Manning house that was built by a London carpenter and then shipped to Australia for final finishing on site.
Prefabricated houses were used during and after the world wars to accomodate military, hospital victims and displaced residents. Prefab or modular homes were an efficient and durable solution to the housing shortage. Still today these homes can be found standing across the UK and parts of Europe.
Prefabs and the modernist movement
Architects are incorporating modern designs into the prefabricated house of today.
Prefab housing should no longer be compared to a mobile home in terms of appearance, but to that of a complex modernist design. There has also been an increase in the use of “green” materials in the construction of prefab houses.
Consumers can easily select between different environmentally friendly finishes and quality building materials. With the advantage of these homes being built in parts, it is easy for a home owner to add additional design details like extra rooms or solar panels to the roof.
Many prefab houses can be customized to the client’s specific location and climate, making prefab homes much more flexible and modern than before.
“There is a zeitgeist in architectural circles and the spirit of the age favors the small carbon footprint of prefab.” (source)
There are many benefits to living in a prefab home including steel framework, green eco friendly building materials and stunning design options.
Benefits of building modular homes and prefab homes or prefab cabins
Prefab home builders can offer accurate home building time frames which are significantly faster than traditional home building practices, which means you will be living in your dream home earlier than you expect. Karoleena typcially gaurantees your prefab house to take 6 months or less to build and that’s it!
Cost to build a prefab home
Prefab homes and modern modular construction stay on budget. With a quick completion time and fixed prices, you are sure to reduce the common stress levels that are normally associated with building a high end home.
Traditional home building processes tend to run over budget because of damages and theft of materials, lack of skilled/reliable trades, product cost increases over time from initial estimates and substantial weather delays (especially in a northern climate, EH?).
Karoleena is the leading modern home builder in Western Canada. Karoleena builds modern houses, cabins and cottages for people in Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Whistler, Squamish, Vancouver and Vancouver Island, BC, Alberta.
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