Buildings, whether they are for residential or commercial purposes, do not just appear out of nowhere; they have to be constructed from the ground up. This process typically takes months, or even years, depending on the scale of the building and how much work is needed. It used to be that buildings could only be painstakingly made from raw materials, but thanks to innovations in construction technology, it is now possible to quickly put together a home or an office using prefabricated materials.
An article on the EarthTechling website published last July 14, 2014 traces the development of modular homes throughout history. The technology for these types of prefabricated houses was developed as early as 1837, but only recently has it been finding popularity after years of being on and off architects’ radars. It is thanks to things such as stronger construction cranes and people becoming more aware of how building anything affects the environment that prefabricated building kits are poised to be a major trend.
Prefabricated buildings have their distinct advantages over regular projects made from the ground up. Naturally, they are faster to complete because most of the building has already been put together, only requiring basic steps in order to put together the finished parts. They are also less costly versus onsite constructions due to their speedy completion. Additionally, they are also greener than onsite projects because they take up a smaller carbon footprint—less hardware and vehicle pollution is involved in the building of a prefabricated modular home. Prefab buildings also generate less waste than onsite projects, and are often made from recycled materials; they are the perfect homes or offices for the most environmental-conscious.
Those who have reservations about prefabricated homes due to their generic, run-of-the-mill designs should not worry too much. Manufacturers such as American Building Innovation allow for small customizations that can make the chosen prefab house truly unique for the homeowner. Ingenious shifting and repositioning of elements such as flexible prefabricated walls allows homeowners to slightly alter the design of their modular homes to suit their specific needs. By being modular, prefabricated materials can be put together in many different ways.
(Source: A “MOD” HISTORY – MODULAR CONSTRUCTION MAKES A MARK, earthtechling.com, Jul. 14, 2014)