Factory-made homes are increasing in popularity.
The UK government recently confirmed its intention to make such homes easier to finance so that the supply of available housing would go up accordingly. Like any other form of housing, prefab homes have their benefits and drawbacks (mostly benefits), all of which are explored below.
Pros and benefits of prefab houses
- Foremost among prefab homes benefits is their affordability. Of the 1.5 million 20 to 39-year olds in London, only 12.5% of them can afford their own homes. The average flat in the capital is £350,000 while homes typically go for £480,000. Modular homes are a more affordable intermediate housing option.
- Unlike their postwar counterparts, modular homes are more sophisticated and sustainable that traditionally-built properties. Urban Splash chairman Tom Bloxham, whose company specialises in modular buildings, said that their quality is higher and the production line process bypasses weather and personnel-related delays. Pocket Living chief executive Marc Vlessing said that one of the biggest prefab homes benefits is that building times can be shortened by at least one-third.
- Modular buildings are also compatible with smaller, central sites in larger UK cities. Mr. Vlessing pointed out that Pocket Living is working on two apartment blocks in Lambeth, a huge project that would be almost guaranteed to upset local residents if traditional build methods were used. With the modular approach the work can be completed comparatively quickly with little noise or disruption.