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Prefabricated Structures: An Economical Alternative

prefabPrefabricated structures are becoming a more and more popular alternative to conventional construction. Much of the reason for this is their economy, in terms of the materials that are used in prefab, the time and labor saving methods that are employed in their use, as well as because prefabricated construction allows you to incorporate energy and water saving measures very easily into a structure. These three aspects of prefabricated construction makes it a way to create buildings of every kind, even prefabricated luxury homes, that is more attractive than ever.

Traditionally, designers of prefab homes and buildings tend to rethink materials usage and feel perfectly entitled to use materials not normally found in conventional construction. The use of plastics and other man-made materials in creative new ways is quite common, and architects are often able to use them in ways that look just as appealing  structures that are limited to materials derived from natural sources such as wood, stone and steel.

A huge benefit of modular-type construction is the way in which major structural components are all assembled in a factory-type setting. Mass production has a way of creating enormous savings in the amount of man-hours it takes to build something, whether it’s an automobile, a television or a house. Efficiencies such as these are absolutely evident on the bottom line when the customer is considering his purchase. Therefore, the challenge becomes to create a design that is just as appealing as more conventional buildings but just happens to use these techniques of mass production in the creation of the walls, flooring and roof of the structure. Incorporation of these methods is viewed by many architects as a professional challenge, and impressive results often ensue.

Just as customers for prefab construction are sensitive to the materials that go into the construction of their buildings, they often prefer to have features built-in that allowed them to save energy and water more easily. These are additional design challenges to which architects have risen, as evidenced by new designs that actually enable one to live off the grid, using solar or wind power for electricity and well as rain catchment or other methods for water conservation.

No longer are prefabricated structures solely the domain of cheap, unexciting buildings whose only redeeming quality is that they are bare-bones construction that almost anyone can afford. Today, one can expect to find a wide range of appealing designs where creativity employed far outweighs the lack of traditional, more expensive building materials and methods.