Why prefabricated homes?
Prefab homes are an
alternative to the traditional housing structure. These houses are meant to be inexpensive, easy to customise and modern.
Prefabricated houses are also easier to build and requires far less
time to construct when compared to old fashioned architecture. These
houses are either constructed from re-purposed shipping containers or
modular pieces that are manufactured at a factory and erected on
Although these modular
homes are not a new invention throughout the world, they add a
stylish and sophisticated take on construction. However, as the cost
of development and property continues to increase in Hong Kong, this
contemporary home style is gaining popularity. These structures are
ideal for the single family household.
How are prefabs constructed?
Most prefabricated homes are constructed from the inside out. The
phases of manufacturing take only a few days and inspections follow
1. The construction begins with the floors and a wooden frame is placed
under the floor and attached to the wall panels.
2. These panels are put together with bolts and nail and then
insulated, spaces are cut out for the windows before the panels are
3. After the skeleton of the structure is fitted, the intricate housing
features can be included and installed, such as the plumbing,
electrical wiring and ceiling.
4. Thereafter, the roof is constructed at the factory and attached onto
the house at the site.
5. The final step of the construction means completing the finishing
touches, such as the exterior and interior finishes which includes
the fitting the cabinets and furnishings and painting the walls.
Since prefab homes are constructed mostly from wood, glass and steel,
they are not as durable when compared to the traditional brick and
mortar house. If your property is located in an area that is prone to
natural disasters such as earthquakes, fires and even floods and gale
force windows, then you may want to consider a stronger home design.
However, since these structures are so cost effective, you can easily
rebuild a prefab home again.
If you’re looking for a more durable prefab house, there are cement
options available too, but these will take longer to construct than wooden houses. Remember to look for the prefab that will suit
your property, in terms of the type of soil or landscape. The
construction can be completed in a few weeks, a month or a few
months, depending on the size of the house and materials chosen.
Choose a prefab house that suits the needs of your household, whether
it be more than one bathroom, multiple bedrooms and even a spacious
kitchen. These houses can be customised to fit the budget and family
The legal issues and implications of prefabs
Permits are required in Hong Kong for a construction of project of a
certain size, especially in areas that are prone to landslides.
Since, these structures are not as durable as the traditional housing
option, it’s necessary to gain a permit from the local government
or council before beginning with your construction. Constructing a
prefab house without permission means your run the risk of your house
being dismantled by the authorities, and possibly paying a fine for
the lack of permit. Contact the local council for more information on
Pros & cons of prefabs
Some of the pros are the affordability and efficient construction
time. These homes are also eco-friendly, using minimal energy and water in their construction.
Prefabricated houses are built mainly from recycled materials, making
them more environmentally friendly. These homes are so easy to
construct, they are even DIY options. As a result of their
contemporary and modern design, there are a variety of options and
styles to suit any personality. These houses can be customised from
layout to colour scheme and design.
The cons include the quality factor, which means that the house may
seem rather inexpensive, but it’s because lower quality fittings
and fixtures were included in the structure, wearing out faster than
the higher quality options. The personalised option is more expensive
than the standard.
Maintenance & costs
The maintenance of a prefab home is similar to the maintenance of
traditional brick houses. Inspect and organise maintenance for
electricity and sewerage every five years to ensure the house is in
an ideal condition. Wooden buildings however, require a treatment
annually depending on the climate and should be adequately sealed or
varnished before purchasing. The same goes for a cement house in
terms of waterproofing. The costs of maintenance are related to the
service provided, but it’s important to insure your property
against damage resulting from a natural disaster.
Which type of professionals are able to help you?
If you’re dead set on a manufactured home for your modern family,
then homify has an extensive list of professionals from architects to interior designers to help you with your perfect
home. When it comes to designing a modern home from the beginning
with a layout and floor plan to suit your space, then the homify tips
and tricks are easy to incorporate. If it’s a modular design you’re
looking for or you would like to add some pizzazz to that existing
house, then browse through the site for information to help enhance