Prefab homes have changed dramatically since the ones Sears used to sell through their catalog. The new generation of architects and home buyers has sparked a movement in the prefab industry based on spirit and imagination.
As a result, a variety of modern modular homes that challenge all previous ideas of prefab homes has been born. Those uninteresting boxes have been transformed into gorgeous and affordable homes that can be customized to the level of uniqueness you want.
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The term "Prefab House" can mean a variety of different building styles. In general, prefabs are built in one location and shipped to a building site to be assembled. Types of prefab homes include, modular, panelized or precut, and manufactured or mobile.
Each of these homes is made in a factory so the measurements are very accurate thus ensuring each house is sealed tightly to save energy and save the homeowner a lot of money every year. The majority of modern prefab houses meet or exceed the U.S. government's Energy Star standard. What this means is they use at least 20% less energy than regular new homes.
Modern customers demand aesthetic creativity and customization. This has been fueled by advances in prefab building technology. Recognizing this phenomenon companies are exploring such designs as; solarized floating homes, cliffhanger homes, sloping hillside homes, suspended homes, prefab igloos, and pod houses.
When it comes to owner input in the actual assembly of a prefab house panelized or precut is the most DYI'er friendly.