Prefabricated buildings, or prefab buildings, are similar to traditional buildings with the exception that most of the construction of the building parts is done inside a factory, according to specific designs. After the design and production of the building parts, they are taken to a building site where the building is completed.
Modern, custom, multi-story, factory-built buildings with concrete and steel floors, brick exteriors, sheetrock interiors, windows, lighting, computer hook-ups, electrical service, plumbing, heating, air conditioning and restrooms can include everything you need and can be constructed in half the time of a site-built building.
Pros of prefabricated buildings
According to Modular Today, a consumer review for modular buildings, the cost for construction on a conventional building site can range from $150 to $250 per square foot, while the cost for prefabricated buildings ranges from $90 to $130 per square foot. Prefabricated homes also allow the owner to subsidize the cost of the house through the provision of labor by hiring a contractor and some friends to chip in, so as to bring the price of the whole package down.
Speed and Variety
Prefabricated buildings can be built in less time than it takes to build conventional buildings due to the fact that prefabricated buildings are built on assembly lines, with few interruptions, and then assembled on the construction site. Prefabricated buildings also offer a lot of designs and varieties and can be customized to suit the taste of the owner.
Prefabricated homes are more environmentally friendly because they are mostly constructed inside a controlled factory setting, where it is much easier to build to precise specifications, with the exact materials, keeping waste to a minimum. Some architects of prefabricated homes now specifically use materials made from recycled products.
Cons of prefabricated buildings
Even though some prefabricated buildings can be customized, not all of them have this feature. Customizing a prefabricated building means that you are choosing something outside of the designs that are available in the assembly-line and this may come with higher costs, depending on the construction company. There is also a limit to the kind of dramatic designs that can be added to the shape or look of prefabricated buildings. Another disadvantage of prefabricated buildings is transportation. Since the parts of a prefabricated building are manufactured in a factory and shipped to the construction site, this means that the farther away the construction site is, the more expensive it will be to ship the building, adding to the total costs.
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