What is a modular home?

Modular homes explained

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Modular homes

In a nutshell, modular homes consist of prefabricated components that are built in a factory and transported to the site to be connected. These are pieced together to produce a unified home, without the stresses of a long conventional building process. Modular homes can be any size and don't have to be plain boxes either!

The building process

Modular homes are built in two stages, the first in a factory, and the second onsite. In the factory, the house is built in multiple parts and is largely complete before it’s transported. Once it is transported to the site, each of the separate parts are connected and installed as one cohesive unit. 

Some modular homes can be customised in the design stage by adding more sections - or modules - to add more functionality and size. While many conventional builds require extra architectural planning for this, modular homes are designed to be adapted. 

Prefabricated homes under construction

Are modular homes permanent?

Yes, once they’re installed, modular homes are built to last. Essentially, once they’re on-site, modular homes are just the same as conventional builds — there to stand the test of time.

Unlike mobile homes or tiny homes which are temporary fixtures, modular homes are permanent and robust.

How much do modular homes cost?

The cost of a modular home depends on the design, the size and number of modules, and the quality of materials. Modular homes are essentially prefabricated homes because they are largely built in a controlled factory environment. This means the build process is shorter, more streamlined and involves far fewer delays and therefore less expensive, which is why you'll often see modular homes at a more affordable price point than conventionally built homes.

On the whole, if the long, stressful and expensive conventional build process doesn't appeal to you, a modular home could be an ideal alternative.

Are the designs always boxy or disjointed?

This depends on the buyer’s preferences. If you want your home to look and feel like a normal house, there are a range of modular options available to suit that. Most modular designs can include different angles and shapes that create a homely, eye-catching impression, while some are plain rectangular structures. 

In most cases, once a modular house is installed, you won’t be able to tell it was built from separate pieces. For example, our Benmore design consists of 3 sections installed in a U-shape and it looks seamless, stylish and inviting.

What's the difference between modular and prefab homes?

All modular homes are prefabricated, but not all prefab homes are modular. So what’s the distinction? Well, by definition, all prefab homes are built in a factory and then transported to the site for installation. Some prefab homes can be built and delivered as a singular unit, requiring only a small amount of time to install it onsite. The only difference is that modular homes are built from multiple units that require assembly on site.

Find the best house plan for your home

Modular homes provide the ability to customise your new build home, which is an appealing quality to many buyers. Every buyer has unique priorities, so designing the house to perfectly cater to those needs is important. Prefab and modular house plans can be easily added to, extended and altered for this very reason. If you have specific preferences for your new house, the designer will be able to let you know which elements can be altered to suit your unique needs.

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