Prefabricated homes: Design ideas, inspiration & pictures

Realizing the dream of owning a home in Malaysia can be difficult and expensive. It is undeniable that the real estate market in our country doesn’t present the most affordable prices, especially when we think of big cities like Kuala Lumpur.

But the good news is that having your own home is still possible. Today, with all the new technologies and speed of prefabricated homes, it is much easier to choose affordable and low-budget options that comfortably suit your budget.

This is all because prefab houses take about 1 to 3 months to be ready, depending on weather conditions, the land and type of materials it is build of.

What are the materials of a prefabricated house and what is its durability?

Many believe that the materials in which modular houses are built of are quite limited. But it all depends on the company that you choose. If you choose a company with a high reputation and experience in the field, the chances are high that you can choose from bog selection of materials and style which suit your personal taste just perfectly.

Most common and available material of prefabricated homes are concrete and wood molds, as this is the fastest way of constructing a house comparing to traditional method of building.

In the production of a modular house, concrete slabs are produced and cut to fit the size of the property. The steel beams are stuck in the ground to ensure the necessary strength, and then the concrete blocks are being placed like a lego game. Lastly, the roof completes the process.

In terms of durability, steel is the safest bet when it comes to choosing the material. You shouldn’t forget to take the location of the house into account, after all an area with constant storms and rains ends up requiring stronger structure, that won’t suffer from dilatations, movements, contraction or even twisting at its base.

How much does it cost and what is the minimum size?

Of course the price varies greatly from region to region, the size of the house, the materials chosen and other details, but a modular home is generally cheaper than a masonry house. Because they do not need a highly skilled workforce and are not made of traditional material, prefabricated houses can have their costs reduced by up to half the value of an ordinary home. A prefabricated home depending on the material and style of the product will cost between 250 ringgit and 1300 ringgit per square meter. Another good thing about this type of housing is that there’s no minimum standard size and it’s possible to build a very small home even under 40m² . that's something which doesn't happen when it comes to traditional houses as it simply doesn't worth to build a building is such sizes.

What's inside a prefabricated home?

Since the modular home is nothing more than a fully assembled building, this means that the interior is virtually finished, and carries the characteristics of the buyer's choice. Most of the time the material inside the house follows the same exterior logic - but this is not a rule. Now a days it is now possible to install thermal insulation, fire protection or even build an entirely steel house. However, keep in mind that some details can not be totally modified, such as the height and width of doors, windows and walls - these dimensions will be defined by the construction company that you ordered the prefabricated home from.

How does assembly of a prefabricated home work?

You should usually order the prefabricated home from one company but the assembly usually is being performed by another company. The delicate aspect here is that the construction company is not responsible for any damage to the transport or assembly of the house. Therefore, it is worth investigating the entire judicial situation of both chosen companies.

What are the advantages of having a prefabricated wooden house?

If you are looking for a wooden house, you should definitely consider the prefabricated option. In addition to saving about 30% in construction and finishing time (about 90 days), this type of home is just perfect for the tropical climate. The noble material is cosy and very refreshing for the summer, as well as being totally nature-friendly. A wooden house always functions as a time out from the chaos of the big city and we can not deny that its beauty is classic. In case you are afraid of termites, no need to worry, good news is that with advanced technology and science there are many solutions available to keep your mind at ease.