Why are people choosing prefab homes over traditional houses?

by Genius Homes

Many New Zealand homes are cold, damp and mouldy. 47% of homes lack adequate insulation, 44% of owner-occupied homes show dampness and mould whereas 56% of rental properties have mould and damp present.

This is all according to the largest survey of its kind, conducted by the Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ), which has been conducted every 5 years since 1994. The 2015 report looked into the state of houses in 5 key areas; damp & mould, insulation, ventilation, heating habits and heating appliances.

If you're in the market to buy a house why would you take the risk in taking on a house that may have a damp problem, cost thousand to upgrade the ventilation and hundreds more to have properly insulated?

This uncertainty, and the mounting costs with bringing a home up to standard, is the reason many New Zealanders are building, rather than buying. Couple that with generous home start grants and the ability to pull funds out of your KiwiSaver (both depending on conditions) and the temptation to build grows very quickly.

But many face a daunting task ahead. With little or no building experience themselves costs can quickly escalate as architects, project managers, builders and tradies pile onto the budget. All of that before the right kitchen tapware has been found. It's not just the first home builder that has become disenfranchised with building. Weather delays, late arrivals (materials and labour) can escalate costs very quickly, and there's always the worry that you'll end up with a builder that doesn't even finish the job.

It's because of those reasons, and more, that New Zealanders are looking to prefabricated homes when building.

Prefabricated houses are built inside a warehouse so there are no weather delays and the costs, and timeframes, can be tightly controlled. Customers are still able to see their house being built if they wish but the stress of having land and roads bear the brunt of trucks and tradies is gone.

With a build time of only around 20 weeks vs the 'how long is a piece of string' for a traditional home prefabricated homes are also ideal for those in a bit of a rush. Not only is this perfect for people looking to have a bit more of a fixed move in date in mind but can be great for rental properties, staff accommodation or holiday units ahead of the peak season.

Just because it's prefabricated doesn't mean its design is pre-planned. Yes, you can buy an existing floorplan, but designs are also customisable if you'd like to develop a brand new creation. Gone are the days where prefabricated meant boxy, cold and a lackluster design - the 3-bedroom Cardrona design below is a prime example of a modern, architecturally-inspired prefab home.

3 Bed prefab homeForget what you thought about prefabricated homes and request a site visit with one of our friendly team members by clicking below. They travel throughout the South Island and will come to you to discuss the prefab home building process and for no-obligation site inspection. Alternatively, download our latest product brochure to have a look at the range of Genius Homes modern prefab designs today. 

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