Prefabricated homes are quickly gaining all the rage due to the number of advantages it has over traditional home-building methods. They’re cheaper, take less time to put up, and have less wastage. But building a prefab home is just like building a traditional home in that there needs to be some planning involved before it gets built.
Here are some things to bear in mind when planning for a prefabricated home:
Decide on a budget.
Although prefabricated homes are considerably less expensive than traditionally built houses, they still do cost money. Deciding how much you want to spend will determine what your house will look like. Apart from the costs involved in the building of the house itself, there are other things that you will have to spend for. Things like government permits and connections to utilities and services are also things that you will have to take into consideration too.
There might be some instances where your builder might also let you know that the foundations need to be reinforced, or that you might end up with some broken fixtures or implements. So make sure that when you create a budget, you also include a safety net to help you cover unforeseen costs.
Plan your home layout.
Although prefab homes can be modular, meaning that you can make changes at the last possible minute, there are certain things that you really have to decide on as early as possible.
When building a prefabricated home, consider the floor plan. Would you like to have an open concept or have dedicated rooms for common areas? How many bedrooms and bathrooms will you include in your home?
You will also have to decide on the placement of fixtures and appliances in your layout. This is because although these types of homes can be modular, prefabricated homes are built (sometimes en masse) in production factories. Knowing which areas of the wall, floor, or ceiling to hook up the plumbing and the wiring have to be finalized so the factory can build it without a hitch.
Build for your lifestyle.
Building a prefabricated house means you can request for certain parts of your house to be a bit bigger or smaller or however way you want it to look like. If you’re a person who is big on cooking or you and your family like to host dinner parties, you may want to have a kitchen or dining area that is big enough to accommodate all the guests and kitchen appliances you will be using for your lifestyle. Or if you’re someone who prefers to work from home, make sure to create a space that you can use to complete your tasks, and since it’s a prefabricated unit, you can even request your builder to make sure that the space is ready to house a computer, printer, and other office supplies.
Choose the right builder.
Planning ahead also means finding the right builder who will work with you, your plans, and of course your budget to create your dream prefabricated home. Although you can consult the internet and your social network for resources, tips, and ideas on building a home, bear in mind that everyone has different needs and circumstances; their advice may not work for what you have been planning.
Find a builder that has experience, not just with building houses from a technical standpoint, but also with the aesthetic you are going for and the price point you are willing to go for. Stillwater Dwellings has a lot of experience with creating prefabricated homes and can work with just about any budget imaginable, due to their method of providing upfront figures for building your home.
October 30, 2018