Most people think of a modular in terms of a home. You know, the rectangular shaped homes that appear similar to a double-wide mobile home. The difference from a mobile home and a modular home is:
A mobile home is built in a factory on a permanently attached chassis before being transported to site. They are not considered a permanent home as their chassis is built with wheels, so they can be moved or towed.
With a modular home, the finished products are covered and transported to their new locations, where they are assembled by a builder. They are considered more permanent as they are usually set on a cement foundation.
Another difference is that modular construction doesn’t require a rectangular shape. You can design a modular components to fit any shape or size you want. This allows some flexibility with commercial properties, allowing you to scale your business to your dynamic needs.
This post from Contractor Talk provides reinforcement on this concept:
Is Offsite Modular Construction Right for Your Next Project? : Contractor Talk
The difference is in the details, though. While prefab homes are usually mass-produced using lightweight (and sometimes cost-cutting) materials, the portions you assemble will be made from higher-quality materials. Most will be made using the same standard of workmanship you use in on-site construction.
Modular construction projects use either individual prefab rooms or individual wall panels that are joined together on the job site. Other specialty modules are available as well, such as electrical or plumbing systems that attach more easily to the end product once everything’s set up. Regardless of what you use, the end goal is to create a solid structure that meets your (and the client’s) specifications.
This video reviews how the featured modular construction company can help a commercial project minimize disruptions to the facility by not having work such as drywall and painting done onsite. It also highlights how the modular addition can be written off as capital equipment when it comes to taxes:
When you are looking into commercial offsite modular construction, the cost is usually the bottom line. However, sustainability and adaptability have to be considered when adding on to a current location. Comparing the price tag of options can be confusing, so the following post gives some guidelines when figuring your budget:
2017 Average Commercial Modular Construction Prices: How Much Does Commercial Modular Construction Cost?
The price of modular commercial construction depends on the size of the building, the quality of materials and the complexity of the process. Generally, prices range from $35 to $100 per square foot. That brings the total building cost to anywhere from $35,000 to $200,000.
Portable classrooms and offices fall on the lower end of that scale. On the high end, expect a sophisticated building with high-quality materials. Keep in mind, however, that prices tend to vary based upon the region of the country. Modular commercial buildings on the east and west coasts are more expensive than in the south and Midwest.
If the cost is more than what you can afford to spend, there are leasing or renting options. The prices for any of the options differ depending on the U.S. location, as the coastal areas tend to be higher and than in the Midwest and South.