What is the fastest and most hassle free way of building a house? How to be within a very tight budget and yet to have a dream home for yourself? The answer to both the questions is – go for a prefabricated house.
Prefabricated house, also called a manufactured home, is not exactly a new invention. The importance of building quick and affordable dwellings for a large number of people in the post war era, necessitated the birth of manufactured homes. The trend opened up a new avenue to resolve the increasing housing problems worldwide.
Prefabricated abodes are not a stranger to Malaysia either. From the heart of the big cities like Kuala Lumpur to the scenic landscape of Kedah, prefab houses can be seen everywhere. Sometimes prefab structures are installed as an extension to the existing building or as a studio, home office or garden shed within the same premises. If you want to build a cost effective vacation home which you are only going to use once or twice a year then you can build a prefab holiday retreat as well.
The biggest reason behind opting for prefab homes is their cost effectiveness. These are very easy to install and can be erected on a site in matter of days. Minor modifications are also possible with these types of structures. Modular nature of these structures ensures easy maintenance and repairing in the sections of a building.
A large number of the prefabricated structures are made of steel or are supported by a steel frame. They are very durable and with proper maintenance can last for generations. They are treated and insulated to withstand the elements of nature. These additional steps ensure a comfortable living for the owners of the house.
If you are looking forward to an energy efficient and eco friendly home you can opt for designs that have provisions for the same. It is widely available and, be it a hilly region or plain land, can be built on any kind of terrain.
There are subtle differences prefab homes and modular homes. Prefab is a very broad term and includes even such houses that have only a portion built under factory conditions. Modular homes, on the other hand, are entirely built in a factory and assembled on site.
Contrary to popular belief, modular homes can be made to replicate a wide range of design styles. So if you want to, you can easily build a Texan ranch or a French maison right on the beachside of Kuala Terengganu.
You can also dismantle and move your modular home to a different place if you plan to shift to a different location on some future date.
Manufactured homes are considered quick and easy solutions to traditional structures. But you must remember that certain steps of building your own home like buying a plot, performing a site survey, soil quality testing, landscaping and interior design do not come included in the package. Insist on having a durable and sustainable structure. Your house should be capable of withstanding the elements of nature, including heavy rainfall and flooding. While opting for such manufactured structures like container homes, make sure they are UV-treated and capable of providing cool comfort during very hot summer months.