Usually, when people think of prefabricated housing, they immediately picture a mobile home or trailer. Manufactured, or mobile homes, have to be constructed to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) standards. This means that design options are very restricted because the homes are required to have a non-removable steel chassis.
A prefab home, on the other hand, are complied of sections or units that are built in a factory and then shipped to the building site. This type of construction reduces labor costs since it is an assembly and not a from scratch build. In fact, a prefabricated modular home can save as much as 15% to 30% over a traditional build.They also are built much faster, which means you get to live in your new home quicker. Not as many sub-contractors are needed, this also lowers cost (and stress!).
Prefab homes can also be more environmentally friendly. There is less waste when sections are built in a factory to exact design specifications. Higher insulation values make the homes more efficient to heat or cool. It is also easier to incorporate design elements like solar panels or grey water reclamation systems.
Gone are the days of little boxes that were all alike. Nowadays, prefab homes can be any size the owner desires and even have amenities like a basement or multiple stories. You can choose from stock plans or create your own. The design of your prefabricated home is limited only by your imagination. So when you are ready to build your dream home, seriously consider a prefabricated design.