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Generally, the cost to build a prefab building can be anywhere between 10-20% cheaper compared with traditional construction methods.
Of course, costs are dependent upon numerous factors, such as building square footage, build location, local material and labour costs.
As a rough guide, for an 800-900 square foot build, you could be looking at a build cost of anything between fifty-six to ninety-nine thousand dollars.
Embarking upon a new build can be daunting, and unpredictable, with weather conditions, planning permissions and delivery issues all play their part in making your life that little bit more difficult.
The time it takes to construct a prefab home is generally much shorter than typical timber-frame constructions. To give you an idea, some 2000 square foot prefab builds have gone up in as quickly as 2 weeks.
Unlike a mobile home, prefab, or modular constructions need to be built upon foundations. For the build to take place, there must be a space left under the building for ventilation, electrical and plumbing connections.
If you’re building your guesthouse for rental in the hot season, your guests might appreciate a little air-con here and there.
As a general rule, any building where portions of its construction process have taken place in a factory off-site can be considered prefab (short for prefabricated).
The term modular relates to a building where large components have been created in a factory, transported to the site, then slotted together, much like adult LEGO.
Yes you can, providing you have the right permission. Prefab buildings and brick-and-mortar buildings are treated equally, so building a prefab home will need to go through the same laborious planning permission processes, just like a regular build.