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Prefab and Modular Housing Trends, Prices, Construction, and Design – Changes Over the Past 25 Years in the Modular and Manufactured Home Industry

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April 19, 2021 Tiny Homes

When you hear the words “modular home, prefab home, mobile home, or manufactured home,” what comes to mind?

There’s a good chance the image that comes to you is of a boxy, simple, perhaps even unattractive mobile home of the past.

But that’s not the image of today’s modular and manufactured homes.

In the last 25 years, there have been significant positive changes in the modular and manufactured home industry. They’re better looking, constructed, and designed than ever before.

It’s not just that the construction process that has improved:

Home construction prices have gotten better for the product that you receive. A prefab home is built with quality craftsmanship in a controlled factory setting. This takes a lot of the likelihood of something going wrong out of the building process equation.

The cost of a modular home or a double-wide manufactured home makes them affordable and a great option if you want to spend money on a piece of property to go with the home.

There are many more options for larger homes and more square footage, making them the perfect home for a growing family.

If you’re looking to simplify and consolidate, manufactured homes are now available with a wide variety of tiny home options.

Pratt Homes in Tyler, Texas, has been in business since 1996 and has worked directly within the evolving modular home market.

Here are some examples of changes over the past 25 years in the modular and manufactured home industry, prefab and modular housing trends, prices, construction, and design.

Modular and manufactured homes are no longer only square, box-like constructions.

They’ve been improved upon and enhanced by experts in the building and design world. Architects, factory owners, and builders have collaborated to make manufactured homes unique and with a veritably endless choice of designs.

Design your modular home in the style you’ve always dreamed of. Craftsman designs aren’t limited to traditional home construction.

Compared to building a traditional home, a modular home takes significantly less time. This has many benefits—money, for one thing.

The longer a project goes, the more it costs.

During the building process, building materials can become damaged by the sun, rain, or insects.

Manufactured homes are built quickly, efficiently, and safely in a factory setting.

Your prefab house’s building materials don’t run the risk of being damaged before the house is even constructed.  They’re safe indoors until they’re being built into your new home.

Additionally, a faster building time means you can inhabit the home you designed even sooner.

Modular home construction can take as little as half the time of building a traditional house.

With less time being spent on building, you’re also saving on labor costs. Construction can be expensive when it comes to labor, and any project delays add to that.

There are significant environmental advantages to building a modular home.

If you’re someone who wants to live an environmentally conscious life, what better place to start than your home?

Modular home design has made great strides when it comes to being more sustainable. From design add-ons to construction material, there are many ways you can design your home to be more eco-friendly.

Eco-friendly house designs can also lead to significantly more savings when it comes to your utilities. So it’s a win/win!

A Pratt Home is a prime example of amenities offered at a lower cost without compromising on quality.

Our well-built, quality modular homes will match a traditional, stick-built home regarding how they maintain their value over time. This means your modular home is no less of a worthwhile home investment than a stick-built house.

Additionally, you can get the same loans for a modular or tiny home as for a traditional home.

If you’re wanting something different, look into tiny homes. Design a home to fit your needs with more efficiency and less cost and maintenance.

Here are a few examples of some features Pratt Modular homes offer:

  • Deep stainless double sinks with Delta Faucets
  • Thermal Zone III (Maximum insulation rating)
  • 42” overhead cabinets with European hinges and adjustable shelves
  • 55-gallon water heater

Judging by their rise in popularity over the last 25 years, it’s safe to say that modular and manufactured homes will become even more popular in the future.

Their durability, affordability, and quality are proof in themselves.

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