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What are Prefabricated Homes and how do they benefit the environment?

Prefabricated homes or modular homes are customized builds that are built in off-site factories. Given the alarming rate of increase in California’s housing market, the dream of owning your own house is no longer becoming an achievable reality. Prefabricated homes are easier to construct, in most cases, these homes can be 10-25% cheaper than building a house from the ground up. Purchasing a prefabricated home allows you to enjoy the benefits of building your own home without having to address a team of engineers, architects, and construction workers. Depending on the manufacturer there are various ways that you can customize your build.

The dwelling is fabricated in small units known as modules that are assembled using modern technology and assembly line systems on a factory site. From there the units are delivered in separate pieces and installed onto a pre-set foundation and assembled with cranes in accordance with a plan set. This process makes it possible for homes to be constructed twice as fast and are less likely to encounter construction delays due to bad weather conditions.

As much as 30% of all building materials delivered to a typical construction site can end up as waste.

Traditional construction projects produce up to 56 million tons of waste every year. Prefabricated Modular Homes come pre-built, reducing the amount of building debris left on the construction site. What makes these structures truly remarkable is their ability to be disassembled and reused. Excess material can be recycled and repurposed by adding it to a different module back inside the factory. Designed with the ability to be disassembled and reassembled, prefabricated homes are revolutionizing the housing market and redefining the definition of sustainable construction.

Modular homes are affordable and sustainable; it’s no secret that nontraditional housing is on the rise. There is a prefab home option to fit any lifestyle, among all the builders available you will certainly find one that will meet your needs. It is important to note that not all prefabricated homes are built the same, make sure to choose a company that offers high-quality materials that will be sure to last. A few of the best-prefabricated home manufacturers in Sonoma County are; Hybrid Prefab Homes, Clayton Homes, Sonoma Manufactured Homes, and Hybrid Core Homes.


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