The range of prefab homes continues to grow. They are built using an assembly line type of construction and mostly seen as a low-cost alternative to the standard bricks and mortar home. Here are a few of the different types of prefab homes:
The modular home is built in multiple parts in a factory environment and later transported to its permanent place of residence. Once it arrives at the building site, the individual parts are put together to create a structurally sound home. The individual modules are fully outfitted in the factory with things like stairs, closets, doors, electrical points, and plumbing. Everything is already in place for the parts to be assembled.
The construction period for the modular home from initial order to being able to move in is in the region of 3 to 4 months.
The panelized home is built in a lot more parts compared to the modular home. For instance, these homes are built one panel or wall at a time. Once the panels are prepared they are moved to the place of residence to complete the construction. Plus, the individual panels are not completely finished in the factory and will require extra work like installing flooring, stairs, cabinetry and painting on-site.
Even though the panelized home is built in a lot more parts than the modular homes, the total time before it is ready to use is similar at about 4 months. In general, the main structural panels take about one week to put up, and the interior fit out takes a further month or more.
The pre-cut home is much like a kit home like the dome homes or log cabin kits. The parts for the home are precisely cut in a factory and shipped to the build site for the construction to take place. Many of these kits are designed to be self build and practical for the enthusiastic do-it-yourselfer.
The kit is packed with all materials and step-by-step instructions to make it easier to put together. However, they can also be constructed with the help of a general contractor. The build time for the pre-cut home is in the region of 4 to 5 months.
The shipping container home is basically a refurbished steel shipping container that has been converted into a usable home. They are easily pieced together or stacked to create the quite creative and funky designs. They give a strong and sturdy build, but not yet as popular as other choices and have more building restrictions in place.