Homes have been around as long as humans have walked this Earth, and gradually, over many centuries, we arrived at steel and concrete structures that are strong and durable. Timber has long been a favourite house building material, and with the right preparation and care, a timber home can last for many years. Bricks and mortar took over in the early 20th century, and since then, most homes are built using a combination of materials, with composites making a big impression.
The Prefabricated Home
These were called “prefabs” in their heyday, which was the 1950s and 60s, when the economic boom saw the need for a high volume of housing in certain areas, and with a limited budget and resources, the prefabricated home was designed out of need. Early prefabs consisted of 5 main sections, four walls and a roof, and the entire structure could be assembled on site within minutes, or in some cases, loaded off a truck and straight onto the prepared concrete base. There were hundreds of thousands of prefab homes erected over a period of 20 years, and once they had served their purpose, they were easily dismantled and removed.
The Modular Home
This unique creation has evolved from the early prefab design, and using modern composite materials, the unit can handle anything that the Australian climate can muster up, and with top quality fitting, the unit is manufactured in the factory, which means a much better quality of finish. The unit would be transported to the site and then erected on the base provided, and as soon as the utilities are hooked up, it is ready to move in. If, for example a family were thinking of adding some extra living space, there are affordable kit homes in Perth that would surely be ideal for your needs.
Eco Friendly Homes
A modular home would be a shining example of energy efficiency, with the exterior walls and roof offering great thermal and sound insulation, and one can also install solar panels, which can supply both hot water and electricity. Modular home development has reached the stage where it is no longer viewed as a method of extending, and many people have demolished their old home and replaced it with a 4 bedroom modular unit.
Imagine living in a home that required zero maintenance? Well, if you buy a modern modular home, that is effectively what you have. No repainting, or replacing missing roof tiles, and all the exterior surfaces are guaranteed to withstand the harsh Australian climate for many years. Although a modular home is not cheap, there are very little construction costs, as the structure is assembled in the factory, and providing a suitable base has been prepared, the modular unit can be gently lowered into place, and once the utilities are connected up, the new dwelling id ready to move in.
A modular home offers so much more than a traditional bricks and mortar extension, and with so many designs to choose from, you are sure to find the ideal solution at a reasonable price.