Changing the Perception of Modular and Other Pre-Fab Homes
Take a look at these two beautiful homes. They’re both traditional two-story colonials with four bedrooms and a basement, but with one very notable difference! One is a traditionally built home and the other is a modular home! Which one is which? Hang on to find out!
“Pre-fab” is an umbrella category that includes modular homes, mobile (or manufactured) homes, and panelized homes. Factories complete about 70% of a modular home in a plant prior to delivery to the site where all the pieces are connected. With a panelized home, construction workers in a plant fabricate the walls, floors and roof sections of the house before they deliver them to the home site. With a manufactured home (formerly called a mobile home), workers construct the structure on a steel frames and transport it to the site. Manufactured homes are generally subject to different financing requirements than other homes.
While pre-fab homes may have gotten a bad rap in the past, perceptions about them are rapidly changing. Gone are the days of boxy, white, cookie-cutter pre-fab homes. Many customizations and options are now available for modular homes and they typically offer a much quicker turnaround time. In fact, some companies boast that they can deliver a custom modular home up to 75 percent faster than a traditionally built home.
So, back to our original question! Which house is traditionally built and which one is a pre-fab? The one on the left is modular, even though it has a complete basement with 9-foot ceilings!
Stay tuned next month to learn about the granddaddy of the pre-fab movement, Sears Kit Homes!