Why Are Prefab Homes Becoming More Popular

Improved manufacturing techniques, better fabrication, varying design options and affordability have all led to prefabricated homes becoming more popular across the UK and Europe.

While prefab homes faced legacy issues post-WWII with slow adoption of technology and market sustainability issues in the early 2000s, many if not all of these problems have been overcome. [1]

Sustainable purpose-built homes that are affordable are what people desire. We all know of the housing crisis affecting many countries, supply-chain issues and raw material shortages that impact the construction industry.

Prefabrication is the answer to many of the issues affecting would-be homeowners, while also leaving a far smaller impact on the environment.

The growth in new innovative technology, firms offering log, modular and panel-built home options and improvements in design, mean prefab homes are becoming more popular and more affordable.

Let’s have a deep dive into why prefabricated homes are becoming more popular throughout the UK and Europe.

Why are prefab homes popular:

A variety of factory-built housing options:

An increased number of manufacturers means added competition and a variety of affordable housing options to choose from.

Prefab manufacturers may specialise in smaller models, with cabins such as ANNA stay while others focus on larger family homes such as Youngman Lovell.

Past stigmatisation of design flaws and aesthetic issues have been eradicated, allowing for healthy competition and therefore more options for homeowners to choose from.

Whether you are looking to develop a net zero home, or want to utilise a small plot of land, having a variety of options to choose from makes prefabrication a great solution for your project.

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Minimised local disruption

Modern methods of construction benefit both you and your neighbours. Traditional construction methods can take months or years to complete, produce large amounts of waste and involve road traffic issues.

Prefab homes can be assembled on-site in a matter of weeks, or even days, with a small crew and only a minimal amount of machinery.

Your home is in place quicker and residents are not disturbed.

This will greatly minimise any risk of local friction and has been another reason for the uptake of prefab homes.

Government initiatives

Governments are increasingly working with prefab manufacturers to produce and test the sustainability of modern construction methods. In the UK for instance, Home England has recently launched an initiative to accelerate the pace of house construction using modern methods of construction [2].

While providing housing, these initiatives also work to improve and develop alternative construction methods.

Such government indicators have made owning a prefabricated home more accessible and affordable, and have helped with the credibility of the industry.

Similar programs across the EU such as Urban Innovative Action (UIA) are also testing different housing methods to address shortages in urban areas. [3]

Such investments and trust by governments only help to bolster the popularity of prefabrication.

Increased rate of production

As the production of prefabricated homes is generally much quicker than traditional homes, people are increasingly choosing prefabrication over traditional construction methods.

Prefab construction projects can be completed in a matter of months whereas other construction methods might take years, from design to the final product.

Bespoke prefab homes are also possible, but the overall structure of prefabricated homes ensures most aspects are similar. This allows manufacturers to produce homes far quicker than custom-built homes.

This is ideal for governments hoping to reduce the housing crisis and for homeowners who want to live in their homes much sooner than a traditional home will allow.

Lower environmental impact

Many people are aiming to go greener in numerous ways. Recycling, the use of renewable energy and better construction methods all help to reduce our collective impact on the environment.

Prefabricated homes have a much smaller impact on the environment than homes built using traditional construction techniques.

Factory-built settings ensure minimal waste is produced.

Work areas are kept clean and construction materials are used strategically minimising waste and the environmental impact of your home build.

Many new homeowners wishing to minimise their impact on the environment are choosing prefab homes as their first choice.

More affordable living

Prefabricated homes, for the most part, are more affordable than homes built using traditional construction techniques. This makes financing easier to arrange, allows low-income families to join the housing market and makes prefabricated homes a much more popular option.

But what makes prefab homes more affordable?

Why are prefabricated homes more affordable?

Prefabricated homes provide a more affordable living space in two great ways. The first is in the design, manufacturing and building phase, where large savings are made.

The second is the savings you make by living in a more insulated and energy-efficient building. These two factors make prefab homes more affordable than traditional ones.

The building Process:

Most prefabricated homes designs come pre-planned. There are options between mix-and-match aspects or a pre-designed plan to choose from.

This greatly minimises the time spent arranging and planning out aspects of your home. You can find any size of house, from studios to 6-bedroom prefab homes depending on your needs and desires.

Allowing your manufacturer to work on pre-designed plans ensures development on factory floors can begin almost immediately.

Each part of your affordable home is arranged and assembled with minimum wastage.

Once the factory aspect is complete and your home’s foundation is in place, your home can be transported and assembled.

The savings made on labour, design and materials all reduce the overall price of your home, allowing you to join the property ladder earlier.

Energy savings:

As each aspect of your home is pre-planned it will be thoroughly insulated with many energy-saving features traditional homes simply will not have.

The improved design of prefab homes ensures they meet passive house standards and can meet Net Zero standards with a few alterations.

With the EU’s aim to move towards net zero by 2050, there has never been a better time to invest in a modular home. [4]

What is the future of prefab homes

You have probably heard it or seen it said more than once that prefabrication is the way of the future.

Improvements in technology, the manufacturing process and the widespread adoption of new construction technology will only aid prefab construction.

Producing homes at a faster rate and with a reduced impact on the environment is the goal of many governments and individuals.

The market has increased to allow for more competition and a wide variety of home choices.

While wholesale adoption by the government and the population may not take place overnight, as more people see the benefits of prefab homes, it is set to increase.

Lower energy costs, construction costs and quicker home assembly will allow you to have an affordable home in a matter of months rather than years.

There are a wide range of modular homes, panel-built homes and log houses to choose from in your search for the ideal home.

This is certain to expand and will only work to improve the popularity of prefab homes even more.

References
[1]Forbes.com: https://www.forbes.com/sites/nigelwilson/2018/11/13/affordable-housing-from-postwar-prefab-to-modern-modular-construction-part-2/?sh=7387a4d76084
[2]Gov.UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/groundbreaking-partnership-delivers-first-modular-homes-at-northstowe
[3]Uai-initiatives.eu: https://uia-initiative.eu/en/about-us/what-urban-innovative-actions
[4]Europa.EU: https://climate.ec.europa.eu/eu-action/climate-strategies-targets/2050-long-term-strategy_en

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