In Canada, building a modular (or “prefab”) home means hosting a housewarming party early. Unlike traditional on-site construction projects, modular homes are prefabricated in a factory. As a result, the building timeline isn’t affected by weather-related delays.
Modular homes are affordable, customizable, environmentally friendly, and energy-efficient. Even though this construction method has been around since the 1970s, in Canada, it became especially popular in the last couple of decades. Between 2009 and 2020, the number of certified manufacturers rose from 85 to 147.
If you are thinking about building a modular home, this quick guide can help you understand what to expect.
When you decide to create a modular home, you need to come up with a preliminary design. You don’t need to be a professional designer to do it. However, you should have an approximate idea of how many bedrooms and bathrooms should be inside your dream home.
Once you have a rough sketch of the house, you can estimate its size and approximate price. Even though the cost of a prefab home depends on various factors, you can expect to pay around $150 — $200 per square foot.
While a DIY design seems to be a good choice, it’s easy to miss numerous nuances that only professional designers can discover. To achieve top results with your new modular home, it’s imperative to run your sketches and ideas by an expert.
Designers can suggest workable solutions to ensure the integrity of your home while improving its functionality. Stress the importance of limiting the designer’s work to your initial preferences and budget. Otherwise, you may end up with a much larger and more expensive design.
Before you delegate the home building process to a modular home manufacturer, you need to take care of the preparations. This work includes:
When you get estimates for a modular home, none of the above work is included. Make sure to plan your budget accordingly. The time it takes to complete the preparation phase depends on you. It can take from several weeks to several months.
Additionally, consider the work to be done after installation:
When it comes to modular home budget planning, unexpected issues may arise. Always make sure to leave 5% to 10% of your budget for such occurrences.
To order your home, you need to find the right manufacturer. Things to consider when choosing a modular home provider are:
Once you choose a provider, order your home, and sign a contract, the engineering design phase will begin.
Depending on the size and complexity of the house, the design can take between 4 and 10 weeks. Once it’s ready, manufacturers can start the production process, which is rarely longer than several days.
Once the modules or elements are ready, the company will start shipping them to your location. The transportation will be arranged in stages to accommodate the gradual installation process.
Transportation costs may not be included in the initial estimate of home construction. A buyer may also be responsible for arranging a crane. It’s imperative to discuss the transportation and installation process with the provider separately.
Once the home is installed, you can arrange all the necessary hookups like electricity, plumbing, communications, and so forth.
If you are looking for fast, green, and cost-efficient home construction, modular homes can be an excellent choice. People who prefer brand new and highly customized homes with a reasonable price tag often prefer modular buildings.
Modular home manufacturing is more predictable than traditional on-site construction. That’s why it’s much easier to get an accurate breakdown of costs and timelines before the project starts.
Q: How long does it take to build a modular home?
A: It takes 4 to 10 weeks to build a home in a factory and then 1 to 4 weeks to install it. The preparation phase may take anywhere from a few weeks to several months.
Q: How much does a modular home cost?
A: The average price of a modular home is about $150 — $200 per square foot. However, it doesn’t include preparations, communication hook-ups, technical installations, interior finishing, and transportation. In the end, the actual manufacturing price is only about half of what you could be paying for the entire project.
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