Prefab homes for every budget

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There is no secret by now that life is more expensive even compared to last year. The costs of daily expenses including rents and energy costs hikes and it is more difficult to make a predictable budget.

People who decide to buy a new home face all kinds of problems when deciding on a budget. Even though we think of buying an existing house that needs changes and repairing or thinking of building a new house from scratch, there will always be additional costs and unpredictable problems that arise in the process.

Currently, one major drawback is the cost of construction materials that is constantly changing as the worldwide political context looks more gloomy and countries go further into a recession[1]. At the same time, construction sites are expensive and demand a lot of time. People are in need of a predictable budget that can help them own the house of their dream quicker.

In contrast to traditional-built houses where the budget is always changing as new and unexpected problems appear on the construction site, prefabricated houses offer a more foreseeable budget. You know from the start how much money you need to build a prefab home. Beside this, because prefab homes don’t depend on local builder’s technologies or capacities, there is a much bigger range of house choices for every budget.

What makes a prefab home more budget-friendly

By considering buying and building a prefabricated home it is easier to have a budget and actually stick to it. Unlike traditional on-site built houses, prefab homes involve using an off-site manufacturing technique or prefabrication method to either manufacture the main building components (like walls, roof or floor) or the entire house.

A very important part of the budget when considering a prefabricated house is the transportation costs. As the elements that need transportation are usually large, especially if the whole house is assembled in the factory, these costs will be an important part of the budget, but the good news is that they are already taken into account.

No matter what type of prefab house you choose, most of it, if not the whole house, will be manufactured off-site using well-known end to end standardised methods that ensure less construction waste and a better use of resources. The best part is that the actual time spent on the building site is shorter, so a prefab house is also a quicker way to build a house. In addition to this, the weather, a big “enemy” of building sites, is not a problem in the case of prefab houses, as the actual on-site assembling process isn’t dependent on it.

Beside assuring a predictable budget, prefab houses are actually cheaper than the on-site built version, making them more attractive to a large category of people that consider building their own house.

Even so, with all the predictability offered by a prefab house of course there will always be some additional costs that you haven’t even thought of. The advantage is that these additional costs are more reduced than in the case of traditional-built houses because of the prefabrication methods used and the factory-like medium where the elements of the house are manufactured.

From tiny houses and cabins to modular and panel-built houses and even log houses, there are many types of prefabricated homes suitable for every budget. Further we will take a short peak at what you can find on the market.

Prefab homes under 50k

You can choose from a multitude of comfortable prefab houses under 50k, such as cabins and tiny homes. Some of them are even road towable – the perfect choice for the ones that enjoy the freedom of always being on an adventure.

The dimension of the houses vary from 15 to 30 square metres, depending on how many people it can accommodate. Each corner of these houses is carefully planned and the inside space is more spacious than it may seem. Every house is equipped with at least one bathroom and a kitchen of various dimensions with space for all the appliances needed. The number of spaces for sleeping can vary between 2 to 4 or even 5 and they are usually included in a very clever way so there is space for everyone.

All houses are environmentally friendly and energy efficient and the living costs are more affordable. Each towable house can be equipped with off-grid options such as a solar installation and internal water tank, offering the liberty to live anywhere. Beside this, because the houses are road towable there is no need for on-site building time, as they are fully prefabricated and assembled in a factory-like environment.

Prefab homes under 100k

If your budget is for prefab homes under 100k, the possibilities are larger. There is a wide range of houses with almost up to 100 square metres that include multiple bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, and a living area.

Such an example is the EestiHouse H93, a modular house that is already fully finished so it needs no intervention by the owner. Besides having environmentally friendly materials, this house is energy efficient and can be suitable even for the harsh Scandinavian winters.

It can be used all year round and the best part is that it can be installed in two days, as the whole house is prefab. The house can be installed on post/pile foundation, so it doesn’t require an expensive concrete foundation which could increase the cost of the house.

Image courtesy of Eestihouse: model Eestihouse H93

Prefab homes under 150k

With prefabricated houses, as the budget increases for prefab homes under 150k it doesn’t necessarily mean that the dimension of the house does too. For example, at a higher price you can benefit from higher quality materials and some additional equipment that can transform the house into a fully passive house.

The Cabin Bay is a very interesting choice as it offers multiple possibilities for extra features that make the difference and transform the house into a home. There is a possibility for already installed and fully functioning built-in appliances or smart house features.

You can even choose to add the off-grid package and save resources and become more independent of the conventional energy and water supply. With the energy package including PV system and power stores you can cover up to 60% of your energy needs, reducing your monthly living expenses.

Image courtesy of Cabin One: model Cabin Bay

Prefab homes under 200k

In the price category of prefab homes under 200k you can find luxurious and spacious houses at an affordable price, in contrast to the on-site traditional built version of them. Most of the homes are modular houses where the main elements of the construction are prefabricated in a factory and then assembled on site.

For some of them there isn’t even necessary to build a foundation, as they will be delivered on a concrete foundation that is equipped with utility connection points, making the budget even more predictable.

In this price category are even included houses with over 100 square metres. They include up to 4 bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, kitchen and a spacious living room suitable for the whole family. You also have the possibility to choose from multiple interior and exterior sustainable finishing options.

For example, The Barn House is a carbon neutral modular house that can be 100% powered by electric power from renewable energy. The lifetime carbon footprint produced by this house is up to 90% lower than comparable traditional builds and all building materials are sustainably sourced. This is very suitable for forward-thinking buyers looking to reduce their impact on the finite resources in the world.

Image courtesy of Youngman Lovell: model The Barn House

For a bigger budget, you can choose the log houses which are prefabricated houses made from natural wood with a characteristic aesthetic, suitable for the cold mountain areas.

References
[1]Recession: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-62504789

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