25 Jul 2022

Are You Considering a Prefabricated Home?

When most people think of prefabricated homes, they imagine the modular homes that were popular in the 1970s and ‘80s - small, boxy structures with very little personality. However, modern-day prefabricated homes aren’t anything like those outdated models.

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Today’s prefabricated homes come in a variety of styles, both bespoke and off the shelf, and homeowners can choose from an endless array of finishes and features to suit the project brief. In this feature, KOTO explores the benefits of opting for a prefab home and explains why homeowners don’t have to compromise on style when making this choice.

Arguably one of the most important benefits of building a prefabricated home is that modular homes have several sustainability credentials versus traditional, brick-built homes that aren’t as environmentally friendly. Prefabricated homes can be built using sustainable materials and methods, such as timber construction at an offsite factory location, reducing material wastage. With the construction industry being a high contributor to air pollution, constructing eco-friendly homes is vital in the push towards net zero.

Prefabricated homes are also typically much more energy efficient than traditional homes. They can be designed with high-performance envelopes that limit the energy required for services such as heating, cooling and lighting. Many prefabricated homes are built using electric-based systems, which enables heavy use of renewables for onsite generation whilst also allowing mains electricity to be integrated over time as it gradually becomes de-carbonised.

Prefab homes are built in a controlled environment, which means that builders can test services and use higher-quality insulation whilst sealing all of the cracks and crevices that can cause draughts. As a result, prefab homes tend to be much more airtight than traditional homes, and they are often much more cost effective. Furthermore, many prefab homes are equipped with solar panels and other green features that can help homeowners save even more money on their energy bills, which is particularly prevalent in the current global energy crisis.

Under close supervision from a specialised team, prefabricated homes are built using advanced manufacturing principles, proper tools, processes and equipment, team training, automated production systems and a thorough quality control programme.

We are experiencing that in the current climate, high-quality and sustainable modular is becoming more cost competitive to onsite and traditional builds and increasingly viable from a financial perspective.

Another benefit of choosing a prefab home is that they are typically much faster to build than traditional homes. Because all of the components are built in a factory, there is no need for onsite construction. Subsequently, building work is less impacted by weather delays in windy and rainy climates. This ultimately means that prefab homes can be assembled in a matter of weeks, rather than the months or even years that it can take to build a traditional home. This is especially advantageous for families who need to move quickly or who want to avoid the hassle of living in a mid- to long-term construction zone.

What’s more, modular buildings tend to be more flexible than traditional homes. Conventional builds can be tricky to extend, but prefab homes can be easily increased and decreased in size by adding or removing connecting modules. The nature of the design means they can be easily reconfigured and even relocated to a different setting if required. At the end of the project lifetime, the structure can be disassembled and recycled.

Finally, prefab homes can be just as stylish as traditionally-built homes. Homeowners can work with architects who specialise in bespoke modular design to create an innovative luxury concept specific to the project brief, budget and site location. Those interested in prefabricated design can choose from a variety of floor plans and finishes, and you can customise your home to suit your individual taste, from the interior design to the garden landscaping.

There are many opportunities to personalise your bespoke prefabricated home, allowing the design to be fully tailored to your needs. Amenities, such as kitchens and bathroom facilities, are designed and installed before the prefabricated home landing on site. Built-in furniture and storage can be planned during the design stages and installed by highly-experienced craftsmen. With such a broad range of options available, finding a prefab home that perfectly suits your style can be an entirely smooth process.

If you are considering building a new home, don’t discount the possibility of choosing a prefabricated model. You might be surprised at how much beauty and uniqueness can be achieved via this sustainable construction method.

With so many advantages, it’s easy to see why prefabricated homes are growing in popularity in today’s housing market. The speed at which prefab homes are often built makes them a sound option for anyone looking for a shorter build time. And for anyone who is environmentally conscious, prefabricated homes help to reduce your carbon footprint.

Credits.
Architecture: Koto Design
Interior design and furniture supply: Koto Living
Interior photography: Edvinas Bruzas
Exterior photography: Olco Studios

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