When you are ready to make the leap and become a homeowner, choosing the type of home construction you want to have is the first step. For example, you can have the house be traditional custom built home, a manufactured home, or a modular or prefabricated home.
As with any choices, you are smart to weigh all of the advantages and disadvantages. It’s important that you make a list to prioritize the must-have items are when deciding.
For example, with a custom stick-built home, if you want unique elements it requires that you find the best contractor at the right price for your budget. This type of home is very durable, but also rather expensive.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, a manufactured or mobile home is much less expensive but its value depreciates quickly, partially due to their classification as personal property as opposed to real property. The quality of the building materials with mobile home construction is another factor.
A modular home is somewhat of a happy medium compared to the other two options mentioned. They are built to a higher standard but are still a turn-key alternative:
Fast construction is one of the big advantages of prefab homes. Because the parts of a prefab home come pre-made, all you have to do is assemble them and hook up the home to the needed utilities. Hence the name “modular.” The prefab goes up much faster because it arrives partially constructed. That means fewer days with laborers on site and less vulnerability to weather delays and illnesses that can extend the construction process by days and weeks. Still, there’s more to consider than just the construction time. Site preparation, including obtaining permits, can be a lengthy process.
A huge advantage of modular homes is that they are 100% built off-site. This makes them more energy efficient and sustainable, with all the extra materials recycled in-house.
With a stick-built home, the various contractors are in and out of the location on a regular basis. Since prefabricated homes are built in one location, all of the work is done in-house, so it saves time and leaves less of a carbon footprint.
This video shows the benefits of prefabricated a home:
One thing the business owner mentions is that his homes are built to a higher standard compared to traditional custom homes, but I don’t feel that is necessarily true. The main difference would be that prefab homes are inspected at regular intervals throughout the manufacturing process, so quality control is guaranteed.
Along with the financial savings, the regulated process via the manufacturer is a big part of why there’s an advantage with modular homes:
Since prefabricated construction occurs in a controlled manufacturing environment and follows specified standards, the sub-assemblies of the structure will be built to a uniform quality. Construction site-built structures are dependent upon varying skill levels and the schedules
of independent contractors. These all contribute to the craftsmanship and overall quality of given structure. With prefabrication, each sub-assembly is built by an experienced crew in a weather-resistant factory, with multiple quality checks throughout the entire process. Some components of the building are constructed using precise machine equipment to ensure conformity to building code.
The cost of a custom built home vs a prefab home varies depending on how much work you’re willing to do yourself compared to how much you outsource to contractors. Without a certain level of knowledge in home building, you are best to contact a Denver home contractor to get their advice.