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Modular Homes: The Future of Sustainable Living

Say goodbye to cookie-cutter homes and hello to stylish, sustainable living with modular homes. With large windows, sliding glass doors, and built-in green technologies, these factory-built homes offer the perfect blend of design and functionality.

Prefabricated homes, also known as factory-built or modular homes, are homes that are built off-site in a factory setting and then transported to the location where they will be lived in.

These homes have been around for decades, but in recent years, they have seen a resurgence in popularity due to advancements in technology and design.

What is a pre-fabricated home?

There are several different types of prefabricated homes, including manufactured homes, mobile homes, and modular homes.

Manufactured homes

Manufactured homes are built to federal HUD codes and are typically transported to the site on a permanent chassis. They are not allowed in all municipalities as they do not abide by the local building codes.

Mobile homes

Used as permanent homes, or for holiday or temporary accommodation, they are often left permanently or semi-permanently in one place, but can be moved, and may be required to move from time to time for legal reasons.

Mobile homes have strong trailer frames, axles, wheels, and tow-hitches.

Modular homes

Modular homes are built to the same building codes as traditional on-site homes and are typically transported in sections that are then assembled on-site. Modular homes are appraised and appreciate in value just like traditional counterparts.

One of the biggest misconceptions about prefabricated homes is that they are of poor quality. However, this is not the case at all.

In fact, many newer modular homes are designed to be sleek, modern, and sophisticated, and they hold their value just as well as traditional homes.

Benefits of factory built housing

Controlled environment

These homes are built in a controlled factory setting, which allows for better quality control and a more efficient building process.

Modular homes are also known for being much more sustainable and eco-friendly than traditional homes.

Use of technology = increased sustainability

Many  modular home factories are relying on new technology in the building process, using sustainable materials such as engineered wood, which is made from reclaimed wood fibers, and energy-efficient systems, such as solar panels, which can help to reduce the environmental impact of the home, making them an environmentally friendly option.

In many cases, modular homes are designed to achieve high-performance standards, such as LEED or Energy Star certification.

Many modular home builders offer the option of incorporating green technologies such as geothermal heating, rainwater harvesting and greywater systems, to help conserve resources and reduce the environmental impact of the home.

Less waste = cost efficiencies

The factory environment allows for a streamlined process resulting in less waste. Typically a quality factory built home generates about half a much waste during the construction process.

Faster building process

Generally speaking a traditionally built home takes 9-12 months or more to erect after building permits have been approved. By contrast, the factory process of a modular home can take 2-4 months. A huge advantage is that the site development work can be done simultaneously, cutting down the overall  building process time.

The modular home of today

Let’s talk design

When most people think of modular homes, they think of  poor quality cookie-cutter homes that lack in customization.

Today, that is far from the truth.

Modular homes today come in a wide range of styles, from traditional to modern, and can be customized to meet the specific needs and preferences of the homeowner.

They can be designed to look like traditional stick-built homes, with pitched roofs and dormers, or they can be designed to be ultra-modern, with clean lines and minimalist design. 

One of the key benefits of modular homes is that they can be designed with indoor-outdoor living in mind. This is achieved through the use of large windows and sliding glass doors that allow for plenty of natural light and easy access to outdoor spaces.

This type of design not only creates a sense of spaciousness and openness, but it also allows homeowners to seamlessly integrate indoor and outdoor living, making the most of their surroundings. By reducing the need for artificial lighting during the day, can help to lower energy consumption

Main players in the high design | sustainable space

Blu Homes

One example of a modern and sophisticated modular home is the Blu Homes Breezehouse. This home features a sleek and contemporary design, with large windows and an open floor plan that allows for plenty of natural light. It is also built with sustainable materials and energy-efficient systems, making it both beautiful and eco-friendly.

https://www.bluhomes.com/

Method homes

 Method Homes offers a  variety of design options including modern, contemporary, and traditional styles. They also offer a range of sizes from small studios to multi-bedroom homes, making them suitable for a wide range of buyers.

https://www.methodhomes.net/

Plant Prefab

 Plant Prefab is another modular builder, boasting the first prefabricated home factory in the nation dedicated to sustainable construction, materials, processes, and operations.

Plant manufactures custom and single/multifamily homes that are high-quality, healthy, and durable.

https://www.plantprefab.com/

Kubed Living

Kubed Living is an innovative full service modular company specializing in  shipping containers and modular structures. Its purpose is to promote sustainable and healthy living, through great design, carefully crafted interiors,  meticulous coordination and personalized service. Unlike its competitors Kubed Living is not a builder and instead partners with different factories across the country. This gives them the advantage of  having a nation-wide reach

https://www.kubedliving.com/

Conclusion

Prefabricated homes, including modular homes, are no longer the poorly built, cookie-cutter homes of the past. With advancements in technology and design, these homes can be just as beautiful, sophisticated, and high-quality as traditional homes. They offer a wide range of design options, are built in a controlled factory setting, and can be customized to meet the specific needs and preferences of the homeowner. Additionally, many modular homes are built using sustainable materials and energy-efficient systems, making them an environmentally friendly option for those looking for a new home

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