Unaffordable building materials: Are prefabs better option?

Unaffordable building materials: Are prefabs better option?
By Dupe Olaoye-Osinkolu
PREFAB 1The current skyrocketing prices of building materials is bothering Nigeria’s prospective home owners and property marketers. Funds set aside by many for the construction of standard homes can no longer take their projects halfway. Thoughts of cheaper alternatives therefore is premised on doing away with much granite and cement. Prefabricated construction thus comes to mind.
PREFAB 2Prefab buildings as commonly called are manufactured vital components of a house, assembled together after purchases. They are faster and easier to construct, but their being a preferred choice for low income earners would PREFAB 5depend on cost implication, pocket-friendliness.
In developing countries, especially those passing through recession, governments can easily provide accommodation for the masses through prefabs arrangement. Should governments fail to realize the need for mass provision of homes for the poor and low income earners, smart property contractors and marketers can explore the age-long prefabs construction business.
Architects are incorporating modern designs into the prefabricated houses of today.PREFAB 7 Prefab housing should no longer be compared to a mobile home in terms of appearance, but to that of a complex modernist design. There has also been an increase in the use of “green” materials in the construction of these prefab houses. Consumers can easily select between different environmentally friendly finishes and wall systems. Since these homes are built in parts, it is easy for a home owner to add additional rooms or even solar panels to the roofs. Many prefab houses can be customized to the client’s specific location and climate, making prefab homes much more flexible and modern than before.PREFAB 8
Constructing manufactured homes typically involves connecting plumbing and electrical lines across the sections, and sealing the sections together. Manufactured homes can be single, double or triple-wide, depending on individual prefence. Many manufactured home companies manufacture a variety of different designs, and many of the floorplans are available online. Manufactured homes can be built onto a permanent foundation, and if designed correctly, can be difficult to distinguish from a stick-built home to the untrained eye. Manufactured homes are typically purchased from a retail sales company, initially assembled by a local contracting company, and follow-up repairs performed by the manufactured home company under warranty.
A manufactured home, once assembled, goes through a ‘settling-in’ period, where the home will settle into its location. During this period, some drywall cracking may appear, and any incorrectly installed appliances, wiring or plumbing should be repaired, hopefully under warranty. If not covered under warranty, the costs will be borne by the consumer. For this reason, it is important that the consumer ensure that a reputable and honest contractor is used for the initial set-up. If any repairs are not completed by the initial set-up crew, the manufacturer will send repair crews to repair anything covered by the warranty. The secondary repair team must be scheduled, and may not be available immediately for most repairs. Just because a manufactured home has been assembled does not mean it is immediately habitable; appropriate ventilation, plumbing, and electrical systems must be installed by a set-up crew, otherwise, the buyer must wait for the manufacturer repair team or do it themselves. (Additional notes from Wikipedia)

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2 Responses

  1. Dipo Kehinde says:

    Good story.

  2. Oluwaseun says:

    These prefab houses look classy and more beautiful than most cement and granite houses

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