Modular homes are rising in popularity in Ireland, and for good reason too. Here, Rory Breen tells you everything you need to know about the modular home.
You have probably come across the term, ‘modular home’. In the rapidly changing housing market and with the rise of new technologies like 3D printing, future homeowners are rethinking what defines a home, while builders are rapidly changing their approach to the ways homes are built. Another one of these technologies is the modular home.
No, a modular home is not a mobile home or recreational vehicle. In short, a modular home is a house that is built off-site from the expected location of the building and that is delivered to that location after it has been completed or ‘pre-fabricated’.
Modular homes are constructed in an indoor factory setting. However, these are not ‘factory-line’ homes. Builders and customers get the ability to create bespoke homes quickly with the help of this modular construction model.
Once homes have been completed, they are usually transported to their new location, where the builders assemble and finish the home.
Sometimes called factory-built, system-built or prefab homes, the modular building process is changing construction for the better around the world, providing a fast, cost-effective and efficient way to build a home.
One of the first talking points when discussing a modular home is how quickly the process can be completed. Compared to some of the other construction methods you may find around the world, a modular home can be completed 50 per cent faster.
Creating the perfect home can take years, and at times months, while a modular home can be finished in just a matter of weeks. With no need to worry about unpredictable weather or estate problems, these are some of the fastest homes you will own.
Building offsite removes 80 per cent of construction activity minimising the impact of any local disruptions to construction. When the homes are ready they are brought to the location in flat-packed panels. Think of it like a half-assembled lego kit.
Due to the streamlined process used to create modular homes, builders are able to ensure that the materials used on your home are environmentally safe and sustainably-sourced. On the construction side, the indoor modular process allows for construction waste to be properly managed.
The more freedom customers have in the building process, the easier it is for manufacturers to source eco-friendly and durable materials. Even more so, homes can be designed to minimise their environmental impact on the surrounding area.
Tie in bespoke experiences, modular construction allows you to add on and take away almost anything you deem necessary or unnecessary on the house.
As seen in some of the modular construction companies around the world, clients are eager to use modular construction to create multi-purposed homes.
Modular homeowners build whatever their hearts desire creating homes that double as offices, work studios, music studios, classrooms, and even schools. You are not just limited to a living space in modular construction.
Modular homes are cheaper than your traditional home. As mentioned before, modular homes are cost-effective, quick, and are able to be built off-site. All these factors contribute to a lower price for those interested in this unique living experience.
Most inspections and costly third party checks will be completed offsite in the modular factory. Nevertheless, it is good to mention that the more you build and tailor the home, the more expensive it will be for you.
When everything is finally completed, things like electricity, plumbing, and even ductwork are not included in your starting price. If you are looking to get a modular home, it is crucial you take the time to properly include these costs in the bottom line.
RM Breen & Associates are full-service Consultant Engineers providing high-quality, Mechanical, Electrical and Sustainable Engineering services to architects, owners and developers.