Prefab Modern Housing Designs

August 1st, 2010

In the past, the stereotype of prefab housing as largely homogenous was merited. Prefab modern housing, however, because of demand, has become a much more diverse affair. There are house designs that can suit anyone’s needs, from traditional ranch homes to very elegant, multi-story single-family homes. Any of the options, due to the efficiency of the construction process and the fact that framing can be done in incredibly short amounts of time, give this type of housing specific advantages over building to suit. The expenses associated with home building can be very much reduced.

The larger prefab modern housing designs offer options suitable for large families, or for those who simply want a bit more space out of their residence. Larger prefab houses have many of the same advantages of their smaller cousins. These homes may be large, but the prefabricated elements ensure that they’re efficient, as well. This efficiency is the result of the designs being tested for many years. The framing is constructed by master carpenters, which ensures that it’s always done correctly and that the maximum benefit is gained by the homeowner in terms of economy and efficiency.

With smaller prefab modern housing designs, the efficiency is not the only benefit. For most homeowners, building to suit is far too expensive for anything but a very modest home. With prefabricated elements, the cost is greatly reduced. This allows those who aren’t in possession of a great deal of funds to get the home they want without going far into debt. Environmentally-friendly housing is typically very expensive, but prefabricated housing also makes this an affordable goal for most any homeowner. There are numerous designs among smaller homes available, as there are for larger homes. Cabins and cottages are also available among the designs.

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Prefab Housing and Sustainable Building

August 1st, 2010

Prefabricated housing is one of the more “green” options available to those who are concerned about the environment. Where sustainable building is concerned, aside from energy efficiency, waste is one of the primary concerns. For those who want to make sure their new home is as environmentally-friendly as it can be, prefab housing is actually one of the better ways to go about avoiding generating large amounts of waste during the building process. The reason that this is the case is easy to understand, though it may not be obvious from the start.

Prefab housing is made from materials that are supplied in the exact quantities. While this is a major way that costs are controlled for the company, it has the additional benefit of being more environmentally-sound than building from scratch. In the latter case, there are oftentimes overages in materials, a lot of waste built into the design and, because the project is being done from scratch, it’s unavoidable that some errors in logistics are made. This means that there is inevitably a difference between the amount of materials needed and the amount of materials that are actually ordered.

Prefab housing is built by master carpenters and other professionals who are supplied with the exact amount of materials for the job. The designs of each of the parts of the home are also made more efficient simply because they are refined and redesigned as time goes on, resulting in ever more efficient results and even less material waste. Because they’re constructed in a controlled environment, there is no loss of materials to weather or other environmental damage, which makes the entire process better for the company and, of course, better for those who worry about the environmental impact of their house.

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Prefab House Prices vs. Build to Suit Prices

August 1st, 2010

If you’ve ever dealt with a contractor, you know they work in estimates. These estimates, of course, almost always run over when the job is actually taken. This isn’t because of dishonesty. Most of the time, it’s impossible to budget an estimate exactly because of the many variables involved in construction. Where homes that are built to the owner’s specifications are concerned, these variables are numerous. Prefab house prices, by comparison, are much more affordable and the prices are very stable. The reasons for this start at the factory and extend all the way to the eventual erecting of the home.

Where homes that are built from original designs are concerned, the variables start with the plans themselves. Not all plans are well thought out and, in some cases, there are flaws in them that don’t become apparent until the actual construction process. When this happens, cost overruns are inevitable. Not only this, but the exact quantities of materials needed is always something of an unknown. While contractors may make solid estimates, some materials will be lost to the weather and others will simply prove to be faulty in one regard or another.

Prefab house prices are set from the start. When you deal with a contractor, you only have the estimated price of the home to work from. This means that, until the entire home is finished, you cannot be certain of the price. Because of this, building from original plans is oftentimes unworkable for those who are considering their first home. For those who want another option, going with prefabricated homes oftentimes provides a very good choice that is far more affordable than the other options on the market. This means that a custom home is a realistic and affordable option for most anyone.

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Prefab House Kits and First Homes

August 1st, 2010

For first-time homeowners, there is no greater concern than money. In many cases, this concern means that homeowners get less than they wanted or that they make compromises they wouldn’t have accepted when they first started searching for homes. Prefab house kits are a viable option for remedying both of these issues. The affordability issues are dealt with via the efficient construction of the home and the compromises don’t have to be made where quality and comfort are concerned. The construction process itself is quite easy with these kits.

Prefab house kits are constructed in a controlled environment. In the factory where they’re built, there is virtually no waste of materials. While this does serve the company’s interests, obviously, it also serves yours. One of the most significant hazards with new construction comes in the form of budget overruns due to materials that aren’t ordered in the right quantities and from the loss of materials that are exposed to the elements during holdups in construction. The prefabricated houses are built, from start to finish, with materials that are never compromised by damage and that are always available in the right quantities.

Most anyone with solid carpentry skills can perform the raising of prefab house kits. The hard part of the framing carpentry is done in the factory, freeing up the homeowner to enjoy the process of erecting their new home without having to worry about the quality of the plans or the materials used. The parts of the home fit together flawlessly, which allows for a more energy-efficient home. This makes the homes even more affordable, of course, and you can choose how to heat and cool a prefabricated home without any restrictions, making it a better deal still where the long term is concerned.

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Prefab Green Housing Options

August 1st, 2010

Prefab green housing is one of the most affordable ways to go about constructing an environmentally-sound home. These homes arrive with the framing elements–walls, floor joists and so forth–already assembled. This means that it’s possible to have them transported anywhere a truck can go, on or off the grid, and to get your home set up in minimal time. The framing portion of the construction goes by very fast, enabling the remainder to be done within a sheltered environment.

The shelter advantage stretches to the facility where the houses are constructed, as well. Prefab green housing is put together in a controlled environment. This means that no materials are wasted due to weather damage. It also means that, because the plans are well-established and their method of construction is a procedure, there is no waste from having materials ordered in too great a quantity. Some of the firms who design and build these houses also use wood from sustainable crops, rather than using exotic or old-growth wood and all of the environmental damage those materials entail. For those who care about the environment, this has obvious advantages.

Prefab green housing also has one more distinct advantage: efficiency. Because the designs that these homes are built from are established ones that have proven workable over and over again, they’re also constantly improved and fit together in the most important ways. The tight fit of all the walls and windows mean that very little heat is lost to gaps and spaces. These homes come with passages for ductwork and other important home systems included, which eliminates another potential source of inefficient design and construction. All of this together makes these very green choices all around, as well as increasingly popular choices with homeowners.

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Is a Pre Fab House a Good Option?

August 1st, 2010

A pre fab house is one of the many options available to new homeowners. Among the entire range of options are building to suit, buying a standing home and constructing your own home from scratch. The latter option, of course, is only realistic for those with high-level carpentry skills. Buying a standing home is only suitable for those who aren’t looking for new housing, of course, and there is always the gamble that problems will manifest with the home soon after the purchase that could not have been caught by an inspector or an appraiser.

A pre fab house can be bought in a much wider variety of designs than was the case even a decade ago. Because people are looking for efficient, affordable ways to get into a new house, this option is increasingly popular. That popularity translates to more designs being developed and, thus, a wider range of options for those who want something that they can call their own without reinventing the wheel at every step of the construction process. In the case of a pre fab house, the construction process is a very efficient one.

Prefabricated houses are made in workspaces that are sheltered from the elements. This means that the raw materials that make up the house aren’t subjected to the elements and that there aren’t unknown variables at play with the quality of those materials. When a house is built in this way, it also means that the structure is designed in a way that comes from years of experience and that all the parts fit together exactly as intended, every time. This reliability is one of the most compelling of a host of reasons to consider going prefabricated with a new home.

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How is Prebuilt Housing Constructed?

August 1st, 2010

When the prebuilt parts of your home arrive on the truck, they’ll have already taken quite a journey. Prebuilt housing is put together like no other type of housing on the market. The process is remarkably efficient and, because the elements are designed to fit together with no modifications by the user, they can be erected by anyone with basic carpentry skills. A prebuilt home starts with a plan that has been designed, modified, revised and perfected to the point that there is a great deal of consistency from the start.

In the factory where prebuilt housing is constructed, master carpenters do the hard work of putting the elements together. The materials are ordered in the exact quantities needed. This is possible because the designs have been used more than once, so the exact amount of lumber and other materials needed for each wall, floor or any other window are already known. The elimination of the waste that usually accompanies the building process is a significant cost-saving element in the construction of these homes.

The prebuilt housing is then put on a truck and shipped to your lot. When you receive it, you’ll find everything you need to complete your home included. Because the entire design is so established, there are no surprises where having all the various elements that will make up the completed house are concerned. Details such as these make this type of housing more desirable all the time among homeowners. Where constructing your own house is usually an affair full of surprises, many of them unpleasant, prefab housing doesn’t have these disadvantages. This helps keep costs under control, from the construction at the factory to the final erecting of the house at your lot and for many years to come.

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Green Prefab Homes Offer Many Designs

August 1st, 2010

Green prefab homes come in numerous different designs. Given that many of them appeal to those who like a home that blends in with the environment, cabins and cottages are very popular for such buyers. These options include attractive homes that can be put together by the homeowner. All that’s required are basic carpentry skills and a lot to put the home on. The ductwork and wiring are already accounted for in the design, so there’s no need to make those modifications to the floor or the walls during the construction process.

The “green” part of green prefab homes isn’t only seen in the design, however. These homes are designed to eliminate waste. When the plans for these homes are made, energy efficiency is a primary consideration. The homes are constructed with tight tolerances and, because they’re put together by master carpenters, there is minimal risk of error in the construction. The various parts of the home are delivered on a truck and all fit into each other seamlessly. All that’s needed to complete the construction are the most basic tools and good carpentry skills. Each element is already prepared to be fastened together.

Green prefab homes come from factories that consider the impacts of their business. This means that lumber is taken from sustainable sources, not old-growth forests, and that waste is minimized. Sometimes, there’s a happy coincidence where environmental consciousness and smart business practices mesh. For prefabricated home companies, being green means making another type of green. The fewer materials they waste, the more profit they make on each home. Of course, this profit is also realized in the form of the sustainable buildings and practices that result when a company takes the time to consider how their business affects the Earth.

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Can I Get Attractive Homes Prefabricated?

August 1st, 2010

Prefabricated homes used to be a term that, unfortunately, referred to mostly one type of home. Over the years, however, the fact that constructing homes in controlled, factory environments is enormously efficient has led to the creation of many new designs. There is definitely more than one type of person that is interested in these homes. Prefabricated housing offers enough advantages, both financial and design-wise, that it was inevitable that the process would eventually be extended to a host of different designs with features suitable for a wide variety of buyers.

Not all people want homes prefabricated in designs that are suitable for city living. To that end, the better companies started making homes in designs for those who prefer a more rustic lifestyle. Cabins can be purchased prefabricated and make one of the most exciting types of homes. The traditional look of this housing is enhanced by the use of modern building materials and techniques, resulting in a home that is the best of both worlds. These make excellent vacation and second homes, as well, and the prices make them practical choices for those looking for such a residence.

Buying homes prefabricated doesn’t mean buying small. There are very large, two-story designs available, as well. These feature stately architecture that is also very efficient. For larger families, these are natural choices. The most traditional choice is the ranch home. This classic design has been much improved over the years and offers a mix of coziness and practicality that makes it very popular with new homeowners, or for those who want a home that’s constructed in a way that ensures quality. Any one of these designs can be purchased very affordably, increasing their appeal to a broad segment of homebuyers who encompass diverse tastes.

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Better Ways to Build Your Own House

August 1st, 2010

One of the primary challenges you’ll face if you decide to build your own house will be procuring materials. While this may seem like something anyone could do, professional contractors have specialists who handle these parts of the job. Logistics is not easy, nor is it intuitive. Making it work requires that you have an exact plan that you’re working from. It also requires that materials are delivered in time to be used, but not too quickly where they’re destroyed on the job site.

Prefabricated housing is one solution to this problem. If you decide to build your own house, you may find that this is a much better option than working from scratch. Building a house takes a long planning phase. Most experienced homebuilders, even when they are building custom designs, still use a lot of their prior experiences to make workable designs. Doing this on your own, unless you have years of experience, can be something more than frustrating, and it can get very expensive. Prefabricated houses have several advantages to them that defeat these issues.

When you make a decision to build your own house, you’re taking on a very large project, full of potential pitfalls. Prefabricated housing allows you to avoid many of those pitfalls and to get the house you want without any waste or excessive budget overages. This option is increasingly popular. Many prefab houses are available made out of materials that are environmentally-friendly and, because the designs are highly developed, energy efficiency can be brought to whole new levels with prefabricated homes. All of the parts are designed to go together and have been tested in advance and through prior experience, eliminating the sort of inefficiencies that make houses hard on energy, and your wallet.

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