Is Modular Construction Right for Your New Home?
When designing and building your new home there are a myriad of options and decisions to be made. Within the range of different construction techniques available you would have heard of modular construction, but how can you tell if modular is suitable for your new home? First of all, if you are a little vague on the specific process of modular construction head to our post on How Does Modular Construction Work? to make sure you are aware exactly of what modular construction is.
Modular construction can bring a lot of benefits to your project, but it also comes with a unique set of constraints that must be managed. In determining whether modular construction is something that should be considered at the initiation of your project, you need to ask yourself a few questions.
Do you have strict time constraints for your project? If so, modular has the ability to reduce construction time compared with an in-situ build. Due to the nature of the off-site construction, modular allows work on the house and site works to be undertaken simultaneously. While a team is working on the modules in the factory, another team is busy preparing the site including earthworks and foundations for the modules to rest upon. Another benefit of the house being built in an off-site factory is the eradication of the impact inclement weather can have on the building timeframe, that is, construction will not be paused waiting for wet weather conditions to pass.
Do you have a tight budget? While modular construction in and of itself is not necessarily cheaper than traditional in-situ builds, it is through the nature of the process that provides an opportunity for cost savings. If you are living in an existing house on your current site, you are able to remain within your home for a significant amount of time while your modules are being constructed in the factory. You will only have to vacate the site for a short period of time when demolition and site works are being undertaken and the modules are craned in, compared to potentially spending 12-18 months renting during the process of a traditional on-site build. This means that you will be able to minimise the amount of time out of home, and save on months of rent which adds up to a significant amount of money.
If you could benefit from these advantages of modular construction, you need to assess this option from the inception of your project. Not all designs suit modular, so this is not an option you can just consider at the end of your design process. If you are contemplating modular construction this will be explored during the initial design stages to see if it is compatible with your design and site requirements. For instance, your site needs to be accessible via crane, if this is not possible then that immediately rules out modular construction as a viable option. For more information on additional benefits, or additional constraints get in touch with us for a chat!
Has this piqued your curiosity on modular construction? Are you interested in what a modular house looks like? Have a look at our Hamilton Hill modular house here: http://ecohabit.com.au/project/ecohabit-modular-house/