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.

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Beyond the Double-Wide: High-End Modular Homes

Today’s modular homes are a far cry from the cheaply-made, double-wide trailers that preceded them. Modern modular construction is capable of producing durable luxury homes that are just as comfortable and attractive as site-built homes. They also offer benefits for construction firms.

modular constructionQuality Homes Built Faster

Less material and equipment are needed to construct a modular home compared to a site-built one. That means you’ll face fewer problems with logistics issues such as planning access routes, arranging materials delivery, and storing and securing your supplies.

Because it’s performed in controlled, factory-like construction facilities, modular home construction carries less risk of error. The automation and specialized labor used result in greater precision, more consistent quality, and faster production. The sections of the home arrive on site ready for assembly, so you’re less likely to lose time to construction mishaps.

Modular homes can be erected 30 to 50 percent faster than site-built homes. With these faster assembly times, weather is less of a concern, so your construction firm can work for more months out of the year.

Greater Cost Savings

Much of the expense of traditional construction comes from the cost of paying skilled workers to perform a wide variety of jobs. With a modular home, fewer skilled workers are required on the job site because the sections of the home are already complete and only need to be fit together.

Setting a modular home on a foundation involves fewer jobs that are likely to cause injury. The quality control processes used during manufacturing help ensure the sections are as free from hazards as possible. On the job site, workers have relatively few exposed wires, chemicals, power tools, and heights to deal with. This keeps your workers safe and cuts down on workers’ compensation claims.

Modular construction also reduces waste. Excess materials from one home can be kept at the manufacturing site and reused in another home. Because there’s less dust and debris created while setting the home, cleanup is faster, which saves you even more on labor costs.

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