Prefab Homes: The Next Big Thing
Prefabricated homes are nothing new. In fact, they have come a long way since the early 1900s, and the days when these are thought as “trailers” are already gone.
The prefabrication of homes off-site has become one of the most promising developments in recent years. Many developers all over the world have begun to embrace this process with the goal of revolutionizing housing. From simple trailers and cottages, prefab homes have been taking the designer route and are quickly being known as “The Next Big Thing.”
Some innovative developers like Revolution have gone as far as democratizing high design and architecture by introducing prefabricated, designed spaces in exclusive collaboration with industry leading creatives like Zaha Hadid, Kengo Kuma, Lenny Kravitz and more. These architecturally-innovated pre-crafted properties include functional pavilions to modular homes that cater specifically to the sophisticated taste of the elite.
It will not be a surprise to see designer prefab homes as the next real estate status symbol soon. Aside from the prestige, designer prefab homes offer many other advantages from outstanding quality to aesthetics.
Uniqueness and Exclusivity
One misconception about prefab homes is that they offer a very limited range of choices in terms of design. This is far from the truth. Prefab homes can be custom-made as well to satisfy the unique needs of homeowners. The key is in partnering with the right design team that can help bring your vision to reality.
These days, there are prefab developments that offer limited edition, collectible and unique pre-crafted properties created in collaboration with designers who brand each home according to his or her personal concept of spatial form and social function. This results to a diverse collection of homes unlike any other.
Prefab homes are primed for modifications too. Should you eventually decide to add a new wing, room or floor, doing so with a prefab home will be easier compared to remodeling the usual stick build. In fact, a flexible plan can already be created for you by your prefab designer if you discuss your future modification plans prior to finalizing a design.
Most prefab homes are built at least partially inside a climate controlled facility that protects all materials from harsh weather conditions. The controlled environment also provides better lighting conditions that help workers attain better control of their work no matter the time of day.
Additionally, since prefab homes are built inside a factory, they also benefit from the use of high-quality tools that are far superior than most tools used in a typical construction site. Utilization of new technologies likewise provide precision assembly.
Prefabrication offers advantages in terms of build time as well. The normal build time for a traditional site-build home may take at least a year or more whereas prefab homes can be completed in only a few months. The time difference comes from many areas starting from the fact that construction can already begin in the factory while the building permit is still being processed, something not possible with stick builds. Certain tasks can likewise be done simultaneously saving more time from the build.
Improved construction time can likewise be attributed to better technology and equipment, better lighting, better staff productivity and improved production efficiency. The ability to build the house in a location at close proximity to suppliers also contributes greatly to the time difference.
One of the most appealing features of prefab homes is their sustainability. Aside from reducing build time, the increased efficiencies likewise help reduce waste, making the property more environmentally-friendly. Additionally, prefab factories are also able to reuse extra materials in their future projects. Some even use recycled and renewable materials that help conserve energy. Further, the construction site and its surrounding areas likewise suffer far less disruption compared to a traditional building.
Traditional prefab homes are a thing of the past. The new designer versions are not only fast, easy-to-build, green, high-quality structures, but look exceptionally stylish too. Designer prefab homes are changing the way we see and build houses. Clearly, they are the next best thing in real estate.
Article by Arch. Nathaniel Moneva, uap