The Rise of PreFab Homes across the World

The largest worldwide trend in housing in the past decade has been the expansion of the prefabricated homes market. Although premade homes have been around for many years, the increasing demand for affordable and sustainable housing has been steadily rising. People are tired of being mortgage poor to support unrealistically sized and poorly constructed homes. A change is needed.

The tiny homes movement set people on a newer path of perception about the idea of what a home is. The imagination and scope of newer designs are focused usable living space and environmentally friendly designs. The trend is most popular in the U.S. but is quickly taking over the globe. With a larger North American market you will be able to find a variety of examples of innovative designs. Kits and builders are keeping busy world wide and you can find prefab houses being built on every continent.

The designs are variable depending on where you are looking to build. For example, the designs for U.S. housing may be very different than a design built for life in Australia. The climate and location are large factors in how a home is designed. Although you will likely find more options available in the U.S, the market in Australia is starting to pick up. The idea of simpler living through sustainable building and lifestyle is a trend without borders.

Prefabricated home design is not only attractive because of the cost savings, but also because of their environmental friendly construction. The rush to lower the size of your carbon footprint has made prefab construction a great option for anyone that wants to be cautious of their impact. Take a look at some of the benefits and disadvantages there are when you are building a modular home.

Benefits of Modular Design


Prefab home builders take pride in using only the best and strongest in recycled materials. Steel, recycled lumber and concrete are all used in the building process. It may not seem like much, but would you rather your home be made from killing over 300 trees or the shredding of six old cars. The savings is right in the materials. For many years, modular homes were considered lower value real estate but in the past years manufacturers have made many improvements in the process resulting in a solid product.

Speed of Construction

Because of the nature of the moduled construction. Most of the home assembly is built in smaller pieces indoors. This keeps the weather and its effects on building materials out of the equation. There is no risk of mold or mildew forming during construction and no unneeded spoiling of materials.

The smaller modular sections are pieced together like a puzzle. With the more manageable size there is no need to hire in large diesel construction cranes and machines for the build. The labor itself takes much less time saving you money and effort on your labor costs.


The costs for a modular home build can be significantly lower than a traditional build. With the manufacturers producing more than one home at a time, they have less overhead and construction costs. This is then funnelled down into the price. The quick construction will also keep the labour costs down quite a bit.

Disadvantages of Modular Design

Resale Value

Although the reputation of modular home systems has been improving and popularized over the past decade, there is still some hesitation in the public about getting your money’s worth out of a sale. Real estate agents have found that although they are often dealing with a quality property that happens to be of modular design, that these homes take more convincing to see action while on the market.


Each builder has many basic designs to choose from. Depending on your geographical location you may find designs that are more energy efficient and built for warmer weather like many Australian modular designs, or you may find the perfect design for the wet and cool weather in the Pacific Northeast of the U.S. With either design there will be limitations. With a classic built home, your contractor can likely design any features that you request. With a modular home the basic design is set and there is not a lot of room for customization.

Buying Your Land

With a modular home, you will need to purchase your home and land separately. For some this can be a surprising expense. Finding quality land can be a challenge. Any upgrades to the land like sewer or electrical systems that need to be added are also at your expense. You should also check to make sure that there are no building restrictions on your land. With the rising costs of land in the U.S. building a smaller less expensive home may be the best financial option for some.

Espana Gomez is an author of this blog. Recently she works as an interior design assistant in her town. She loves daydreaming about beautiful homes and interior decor.