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A couple of years ago, the average cost of a new home in the States was just little over $300k. However, building a custom home can allow you to make a lot of choices that only make your price tag heftier and your building time longer. So, if you want something that is a bit more affordable and faster to build, why not opt for modular or prefabricated homes? They are cheaper, very quick to build and have amazing eco-friendly and sustainable properties. Take a look at all the benefits of modular homes and their self-sufficiency.
An average permit for a modular home costs $76.80 per square foot, while its value usually raises up to $94.34 for a site-built home, so you’ll get a better price right from the beginning!
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Better for remote locations
In case you live in a remote region, it can be quite difficult to find a contractor who is willing to travel to your site and bring their crew and tools there every day. But, with modular homes, you can completely eliminate this issue. Prefab homes are built in one location and delivered with only some assembly needed!
Short construction time
If time is your priority, then modular homes are made just for you. They take very little time to build and have minimal weather delays (building takes place mostly indoors). Sometimes, by the time contractors finish the site and start the building of a traditional home, modular homes are already built! Experts state that most prefab homes take about 5 months to finish, often as little as 2 months!
Lower electricity bills
Many homeowners today wish to reduce their energy consumption and waste and there’s no better way to do so than with self-sufficient modular homes. These homes can reduce the amount of energy that gets consumed by more than 70%! This means your electricity bill can get three-quarters smaller! This is because self-sufficient prefab homes get powered by the sun and are almost completely off the grid. When you combine solar panels with efficient batteries, you can store excess energy, use it later or even sell it to your local supplier! Additionally, modular homes usually have great insulation which also reduces the energy bill. For instance, homeowners who opt for cost-effective composite panels as their cladding can boost insulation, improve acoustics and reduce noise inside the house and give their home a beautiful, modern aesthetics!
Read more: Reduce your energy bills
Lower water bills
Water efficiency is just as important as energy-saving. That’s why self-sufficient modular homes use solar water heaters that use very little electricity to warm up and can provide an average home with a lot of hot water (usually up to 70% of all hot water demand in the household). Eco-friendly modular homes also reduce energy loss by grouping areas that need water (bathroom and kitchen). This means shorter pipes and minimal heat loss.
One of the greatest advantages of modular homes over site-built ones is its waste control. Modular homes are built almost entirely in factories according to very precise measurements and there’s usually zero excess material left after the home is finished! This prefabrication of home elements can reduce waste by more than a half! They also keep landfills empty, since approximately 40% of all waste on dumps comes from construction.
Self-sufficient modular homes tend to use a lot of recycled materials and the latest technologies in the construction of their floors, walls and roofs. Timber that comes from certified tree farms, recycled materials in insulation (Structural Insulating Panel System is one of the best eco-friendly solutions) and sustainable materials are all present in modular homes. For instance, fast-growing bamboo and sustainable cork for flooring are great ways to boost eco-friendliness at home.
Modular homes have to withstand a long and bumpy ride to their destination, which means they have to be made of durable materials. No building can come out of this journey undamaged unless it has extra reinforcement in the frame and other stability precautions. That’s why modular homes usually have a long lifespan and require less renovation than traditional buildings.
Sustainable modular homes are usually built according to very high eco-friendliness standards and are much greener and healthier for humans and the environment than traditional homes. One of the biggest health concerns in site-built homes is Volatile Organic Compounds that are often found in cement, paints, plywood, adhesives, floors and refrigerator units. However, modular home manufacturers avoid the use of VOCs in their construction. They opt for zero-VOC paints, lacquers and plastics and use low-VOC adhesives. Some self-sufficient prefab homes also have a possibility of green roof installment for even greater benefits for both people and the ecosystem.
In the past, modular homes had a bad reputation, but today they demonstrate only the best in sustainability, eco-friendliness, energy- and water-saving and zero-emission materials. That’s why some experts state that the future of self-sufficient home-building is certainly modular!