8 Surprising facts about modular homes you should know before buying

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8 Surprising facts about modular homes you should know before buying

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Modular houses are pre-fabricated structures. They are fast becoming popular across the globe. They are cost effective and don’t need much time to be installed on site. If you are thinking of investing in a modular home soon, this article will help you enormously. In today’s article we will reveal some of the surprising facts of a modular home.

1. Configuration of a modular home

Modular homes can be configured in a range of different ways. You can stack one block above another and build your house on a tiny plot. Or, you may try a combination of vertical and horizontal configurations like this house in the image. Ultimately, your choices will be driven by your needs and budget.

2. Advantages of a modular house

The building blocks of the modular houses are built in quality controlled factory environment. So there is a greater chance of getting better quality materials and a durable structure. During the installation process, modular houses are inspected several times. These steps eliminate any chances of building a weak structure. Most of the modular houses are built from environment friendly recyclable materials. The positive effects of are already well known.

3. Disadvantages of a modular home

Not every place on the map has access to the basic materials of building a modular home. If you live in one such areas of the country, you may still build a house by procuring materials from the nearest city. But the cost of transportation would increase in such a case. Transportation costs may seriously hamper the process of building large modular houses.

Compared with a custom designed house, the resale value of a modular home is low. Even if you invest in a high quality building now, don’t expect much in return when selling off the structure in future.

4. Durability of a modular structure

High quality modular structures often last for more than 60 years. Make sure you maintain the house properly. Employ only skilled home builders for doing minor repairing work. Enjoy living in a modular residence for decades.

5. Materials and designs

Modern houses by NOEM Modern

The materials needed for a modular house are wood, engineered wood, steel, concrete and shipping containers. Designs vary a great deal as well. You may choose a structure and stylise the interiors in minimalist, modern or rustic styles.

6. Costs of modular houses

Is a house manufactured the modular way cheaper than traditional dwellings? If so, then by how much? This is a common question for everyone to have, but it’s not so easy to answer. Generally speaking, a modular structure costs 15% to 40% less than a traditional structure of similar style and living area.

7. Ventilation and insulation of a modular house

To invest in an energy efficient home, you may opt for a passive house. They will bring down energy consumption in the interior of the house and have a considerable effect on your utility bills. The cost of utility bills can be 70% lower than a conventional house. Passive house designs are more comfortable to live in.

8. Transportation of the modular structures

We briefly talked about the possibility of increased transportation costs. When remoteness of a place is not a factor, transportation of modular structures is simpler and more cost effective than transporting materials for a conventional building. The individual building blocks are shipped by road or cargo ships and assembled on the site of the building. 

Still craving more pre-fabricated house ideas? Go through this ideabook and see the stunning designs of some pre-fabricated homes.

Modern houses by Casas inHAUS Modern


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