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DIY Homes

Do you want to own your own home, or add more space in your current home but the costs of construction is hindering you from achieving this dream?

Building a home is a dream for many, yet it remains elusive mainly due to the general high cost of buying a home or of construction material. Thankfully, the construction industry is being revolutionised by a new do it yourself (DIY) homes concept which does not require the same capital intensity common with traditional construction methods. If you are pondering building a home but construction expenses and time are worrying or stalling progress, you should consider a prefabricated home.

With the prohibitive costs of traditional construction, this new building concept which is cheaper, has taken the global construction industry by storm and is enabling many people realise the dream of owning a home. Prefabricated structures are also referred to as prefab or modular. It gives one the freedom of building, modifying or repairing, without the direct aid of construction experts because the construction material is manufactured in a factory off-site according to required standards, building coding and specifications and then shipped for assembly.

Affordability is the main attraction for DIY homes; the construction material, building process and customisation and design expenses are significantly lower. The cost advantage comes in the following ways:

  • * Prefabs construction is faster; depending with how complex your design, a prefab home takes three to four months to fabricate, assemble and move in to, as compared to traditional construction which can take about nine months to a year to complete. Once the materials leave the factory, you will only take about four days to assemble the house with additional site work like paving, gardening and landscaping, electrical works taking a few weeks.
  • * Design and customisation of your home is relatively easy and less expensive as compared to traditional methods where change of design, especially if construction has taken off means another heft expense.
  • * Fewer construction crew is required meaning that you will spend less on labour, and being a fast process the crew hired will take a short time on site.
  • * Material sourcing is central since you will be paying the prefabricator which lowers costs as compared to sourcing individual material from different suppliers.
  • * Minimal or no wastage of building material either in usage or sourcing; this results in lower costs and much less waste dumped.

Sustainability and durability is another feature that is attractive about prefab structures:

  • * Prefabs are quite durable; in a damage assessment study after a hurricane in the US state of Florida, by FEMA, minimal structural damage in prefab housing developments was reported; the module-to-module is said to have provided an inherently rigid structure which withstood the hurricane much better than traditional structures.
  • * Remodelling the home is quite easy; making additions to the structure like adding another room or extending your kitchen, or any other kinds of remodelling is easily accommodated- nothing d precludes the reconfiguration a DIY home simply because it is prefab.
  • * Price; prefabs generally maintain their value or rise over time, just like traditional homes.
  • * Quality control; since the material is manufacture in a factory setting, process controls ensure that testing is properly conducted before the home arrives at site.
  • * Environmentally friendly; less waste means less damage to the environment since trips to landfills are eliminated or drastically reduced, and even more so because material is manufactured in a factory setting thus sparing the environment.
  • * Energy efficiency; factory manufactured material offer tighter joints than traditional houses thus allowing minimal air escape from one room to another or to outside. This offers natural air conditioning because the heat is maintained- you will not have to use air conditioners at all or will reduce your use of it.

All things considered, a prefabricated home is a quick building process that is quite affordable when compared to building a traditional home. However, before you start making an order, it is important to talk to experts in the field of construction for more insights and advice on how to go about acquiring a DIY home. Find out what home ownership requirements are in your area; what kind of licenses are required, what it the building code, what is the cost of land etc. so that you can enjoy the sustainability of these homes. More importantly, research the prefabricator before you settle for them; you should know their pedigree in the business, ask for previous works and probably seek reviews on what they have done so that you make a well informed decision.