Prefab or a prefabricated house is a huge deviation from the traditional construction of houses. Prefabricated house are those which have parts being manufactured in a controlled environment in a factory then the parts are shipped to a site to be assembled.

One of the most common types of prefab is the panelized home. They are manufactured in a factory by panels or walls, and then assembled to the site. However, there are multiple constructions to be done after the assembly such as flooring, cabinets, stairs, etc.

living in a prefabricated house

The modular home on the other hand is manufactured my modules and attached end-to-end or stacked depending on the desired designs. Just imagine the concept similar in stacking shipping containers only the materials are rather homey and not as heavy.

A manufactured home or a mobile home is also prefabricated house. These are basically homes built on chassis of the vehicle. While a few are opting for the wheels to be removed, a lot are opting for the wheels for mobilization.

Here are the pros and cons of living in a prefabricated house:

Prefabricated House Pros

  • Affordability primarily due to fewer man hours needed to complete the house.
  • Eliminates the cost of construction delays as the parts of the house are manufactured in a controlled environment or in a factory.
  • Lesser building process as some modules are already constructed off-site.
  • Sustainability as many of the houses is in-fact earthquake, fire, and calamity resistant.
  • A strict inspection to the quality of the manufactured part of the house is imposed thus ensuring their best qualities.

Prefabricated House Cons

  • You are only buying the house. You need to pay separately for the land you want it installed if you do not own a parcel yet.
  • Not many are still opting for a prefabricated house thus it can be a challenge to market your prefab house if you want to sell it.
  • Prefab costs less but the down payment may be huge compared to traditional houses.
  • If the factory is far from the on-site construction, you may spend more on the tracking of the materials.
  • There can be a limit on the selection ton what the company offers as the modules are manufactured in a factory.

Check Bahay Makabayan’s recent work here Modular Houses Work and learn more about Philippine modular homes and its benefits.