Do not let the term prefab home scare you, as modern prefab homes are fabulous and comfortable. Not only these homes offer the buyer energy efficient options, but they are also affordable than the traditional site-built homes.
It is true that the total cost of construction of a prefab home will differ based on its size, location, and amenities, but you can expect charges between 180 and 220 dollars per square feet. Usually, this amount includes the interior fixtures and amenities of the home.
There are different types of prefab homes based on design and construction. The different types of prefab homes as per the National Modular Housing Council (NMHC) include:
This type of prefab homes includes one or more modules. These modules are built in a factory setting, conforming to the state and local building codes and regulations. Each of the modules of the home comes fitted with the interior fittings like electrical, plumbing, doors, windows, closets, and stairs.
This means that there will be little work left to be completed on the building site. Moreover, construction time may range from three to four months depending on the size of the modular home.
These homes are built in panels (for instance a wall) and each panel is then transported to the construction site and then connected together into a home. Typically, these homes need more finishing work on site when compared to modular homes. The interior finishing works like painting, floor installation, as well as stair and cabinetry installation are completed on site.
These are the kit homes, like the dome homes or the log cabin homes. These homes are cut as per the design specifications in the factory, and then shipped as a home building kit to the construction site. Note that although some of the pre-cut homes might be panelized homes, not all panelized homes are precut homes.
One thing that separates pre-cut homes from the panelized homes is that pre-cut homes are usually designed and made for the buyer who wishes to construct the home on site on their own referring to the instructions that are provided in the owner’s manual.
Shipping Container Homes
These homes are made from industrial steel shipping containers. These homes are much popular in the media because of their creative and funky designs. Like the modular homes, shipping container homes can also be separated and stacked together to make homes, offices, and so on.