The economic constraints and environmental concerns have led to more and more people to choose alternative housing solutions such as prefabricated homes.
There are still some preconceptions regarding modular homes. They are seen as fragile or unaesthetic (or at least, more limited in terms of design). However, this conception couldn’t be further from the truth, especially now that there is a myriad of companies focusing on this type of construction and exploring more attractive designs with excellent quality.

Right now, we will focus on concrete modular homes. This name is because the homes are formed by modular components which are factory built on an assembly line. After its remote construction, the modules are taken to the field and assembled. This makes the process much faster and cheaper.
Wood and steel are also materials used in the construction of modular homes, being that the first one is especially popular for its versatility and the cozy feeling that it transmits.

Let’s learn more about concrete modular homes.

concrete modular homes construction
concrete modular homes construction

First of all, it’s important to understand the concept of modular homes. These houses are prefabricated and divided in different sections: the modules. The modules are factory built remotely, and then taken to the construction site where they will be assembled. The modules, almost resembling a Lego build, can be placed side by side or vertically. This allows you to generate various configurations and to easily expand the house in the future. Expecting a child and need a new room? Just add a module, and contrarily to traditional houses you will not need boring, time consuming and invasive works. In the end, it’s a disassembled house, interconnected, functional and very resistant.

Modular homes require a permit, like the others. That’s why before you start the project you should head to your local city hall to take care of all the bureaucratic process, clarify any issues you may have and eventually obtain the building permits you require.

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Concrete modular homes

Concrete is a material that transmits a huge feeling of safety, so it’s natural that when we look at the advantages of building a modular home using this material, that the first argument used is that it will firmly withstand the most extreme meteorological conditions (and others). If we consider this advantage alongside all of the others, we are facing a housing solution that is extremely appealing and recommendable, that in a way blends the best of both worlds: the fact that it is prefabricated, and for this reason cheaper, more ecological  and of fast build, and the fact that it is built with concrete modules, a resistant material that is solid as well as durable.

The prefabricated concrete panels are subjected to, as well as the others, a demanding safety and quality control. When built, they are transported to their destined land where they are assembled with a crane. The finishes are made in the final assembly place.

When you hire a company to build your concrete modular home, you should analyze its previous projects and get some information about the finishes and the electrical and water installation (is it at your charge or the company’s?). when it comes to finishes, it is worth mentioning that concrete manufactured homes are more elastic than the ones in wood or steel. If you, for example, want to personalize your kitchen with a backsplash wall with hydraulic tile you can do it.

Building a concrete modular home doesn’t extend the project time. In about 12 weeks, the modular homes are ready.

Why chose concrete?

In the first place because it’s durable. Concrete can last up to 100 years and is extremely resistant to earthquakes, hurricanes and fires. Besides that, it provides a good soundproofing, unlike steel (if it’s thin) or wood (if not treated to do so). When regarding safety, it is also a good choice, since in contrast to houses made of wood or steel panels it is not easy to break in a concrete house. Esthetically speaking, concrete modular homes are the ones that are more similar to the traditional constructions, which can soothe some concerns and questions. Most of the time it’s hard to tell them apart.

What are the advantages of modular homes?

Are you thinking of building a modular home? Then you should consider the advantages and disadvantages.

Here are the main advantages: 

Fast Construction: One of the main reasons that makes people postpone building their house is the time it takes and the trouble that the process causes. Because they are factory built and assembled in site, modular homes are finished quickly and are not dependent of the meteorological conditions. Besides that, while the parts are being fabricated, the professionals can prepare the land for its posterior assemble.

Ecological: When producing the house parts, the exact necessary material for each one is calculated, hence avoiding any unnecessary waste. Besides that, when a traditional house is built a lot of trash is generated in the work site, which doesn’t happen in this case because is a less invasive construction. It is also worth mentioning that these modern builds include equipment that lowers the energetic consumption (solar panels, rainwater harvesting systems, etc.) and are made with materials that can be recycled afterwards.

Flexibility: Modular homes can easily be expanded to the sides and up, and the modules can be positioned in a different way. They are extremely flexible and suit the interests of the owners as time goes on and circumstances change.

Cheaper: The reasons mentioned above and the need for less labor make the costs associated to the construction of modular homes generally lower

Quality: These houses have to follow the local rules and codes of construction and the module quality is inspected by independent entities. The modules have to be transported, and therefore, need to be resistant to withstand the journey and then be assembled. Typically, modular homes have an excellent thermal insulation and energetic performance.