The Growth of Modular Construction in Residential Housing

Increased automation, improved ecological sustainability, and a broader range of customization options have all contributed to the recent growth of modular construction. As more homeowners warm up to the benefits of this building method, your construction firm stands to benefit, too.

growth of modular constructionModular Building Has Come a Long Way

In modular construction, a complete building or an addition is constructed in a factory setting and delivered as one unit to the construction site. Off-site building methods like this have been used since the early 1900s, but the results were limited to uninspired cookie-cutter designs.

Thanks to recent innovations, today’s modular homes and additions are nearly as customizable as site-built homes. Your clients have countless options for floorplans, architectural features, and interior design. Additions can be made to blend seamlessly with the existing home both outside and in. Options for eco-friendly features have expanded, too, and include motion-sensing faucets, on-demand water heaters, and bamboo flooring.

Precisely because there are so many options, the process of building a modular home or addition starts off the same as for a site-built home. Construction firms offering modular building retain on-staff architects and interior designers to help clients realize their dreams.

Advantages for Your Firm and Your Clients

The advantages of building indoors is another factor in the growth of modular construction. With a site-built construction project, you’re under pressure to “dry in” the building shell while the weather is favorable. Because module construction isn’t subject to the whims of the weather, the drywall can be installed before the sheathing. This approach makes the whole building more airtight and energy-efficient.

Modular projects take 30 to 50 percent less time than on-site projects. The plumbing, tile and lighting fixtures are already there, so the module can be set in place the day it arrives. That means clients installing an addition won’t have to leave their home for as long as they would with traditional construction. You’ll complete more projects in less time and provide greater convenience to your clients.

For more information on the growth of modular construction, contact Construction Monitor today.

3 Benefits of Modular Construction

Modular construction is rapidly gaining popularity thanks to its ability to speed up the building process while also saving you money. Beyond these well-known benefits of modular construction, there are others you may not have considered.

modular constructionReduce Your Costs

The components of modular buildings are manufactured in a factory setting where the process can be streamlined for maximum efficiency. Workers have everything they need on hand, so they can perform their jobs faster. There’s less waste because excess material from one component can be reused for another. These factors make modular components less costly than similar structures built on site, saving you money overall.

Assembling modular building components requires less labor and equipment than constructing a traditional site-built structure. In particular, assembly requires less skilled labor, so the workers you do need will cost you less than a site-built construction project.

Because labor is one of the biggest and least predictable expenses in any construction project, reducing your dependence on skilled labor boosts your profits and makes budgeting easier.

Speed Up Your Construction Time

Completing a modular building takes up to 60 percent less time than completing a site-build structure. The design process is as much as 50 percent faster, in part due to less need for change orders.

The prefabricated components only need to be fit together, so weather conditions won’t cause construction delays. To further shorten your construction timeline, you can have the components completed at the factory while the building site is being prepared.

Improve Your Quality

During each step of manufacturing at the factory, modular building components undergo a quality control process. Any faults are corrected before the components leave the factory, greatly reducing the risk of problems with the completed building.

Flexibility is another of the valuable benefits of modular construction. Compared to site-built structures, modular buildings are relatively easy to take apart and move. They can be transported to another location and used for a different purpose, increasing the value the building owner receives from their investment.

To learn more about the benefits of modular construction, contact the construction leads experts at Construction Monitor.

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