At some point, we all have to deal with the reality of a new home being built in our neighborhood. When the hammering starts at seven in the morning, it can seem like the construction process takes forever; on the other hand, other new houses seem to just appear overnight. Well, sometimes they actually do.Houses that are constructed on site are called “stick built” in contrast to modular homes. The latter are mass produced in a factory setting. This may sound suspiciously like a mobile home, but it’s not; modular homes are vastly superior to mobile homes, and in some aspects they even stand head and shoulders (well, roof and eaves) above stick-built houses.
The factory setting provides much more supervision and quality control than a remote worksite. This ensures full compliance with building codes, and it also guarantees that each and every building meets the construction company’s own standards of quality. Additionally, the factory setting is climate-controlled; this means that workers remain more comfortable and are able to focus on the job. This also has the added benefit of protecting materials during construction. Stick-built homes, on the other hand, are exposed to the ravages of mother nature at every step of the construction process.
Modular home construction takes a page out of Henry Ford’s playbook by using an assembly line method. At its peak, the Ford Motor Company was producing automobiles at the rate of one every 93 minutes—yes, that’s an entire car built, start to finish, in an hour and a half. Now, it takes substantially longer than that to build an entire house, but the principle is the same. The use of an efficient assembly line means that your new modular home will be ready for habitation much more quickly than the stick-built variety.
Modular homes are built to the same standards as stick-built houses; they have to stand up against everything that Mother Nature can reasonably throw at them, from tornadoes to earthquakes to rains of frogs. But a stick built will never, ever have to endure the rigor of moving from place to place. A modular home, on the other hand, is defined by the fact that it will have to hold up under the stress of travel. As a result, they are built to be strong enough for the journey, and once they’re in place, are sturdier and more durable than stick-built houses.
Excess building materials, especially odd bits and pieces, are often wasted in on-site construction; the cost of moving them to another worksite outweighs the benefits of putting them to use in another project. Yet again, modular homes’ mass production process comes to the rescue. Because the other work site is right there on same the factory floor, no useable material gets thrown out. This eliminates waste and also shaves down the cost of the finished house itself.The integrity of modular homes’ construction, which we’ve already discussed, also makes the homes themselves more energy efficient. Because these homes are more solidly built, they have fewer gaps and unsealed seams. With less air escaping, heating and cooling are much more efficient, which keeps the homeowner’s electricity bill lower.
Much like car dealerships, manufacturers will often offer financing to their customers. Unlike car dealerships, the home buyer can sometimes get a much better interest rate from the manufacturer than from a third-party financer. This isn’t always the case, so it’s important to shop around for the best deal, but this extra option is an additional perk you get with modular homes.If you’re looking for an efficient, sturdy, speedy housing solution, a modular home might just be for you. While you won’t get the depth of customizability you’d get form a stick-built home, modular homes are becoming increasingly diverse in style and do offer some flexibility in their floor plans. If you’re in the market for a new home, you owe it to yourself to review your modular solutions.