According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost of having a new house built in the U.S. was $305,372 in 2016. Clearly, this cost can vary A LOT depending on what choices you make, and there are A LOT of choices when you decide to build a custom home. More often than not, many people go far over their initial estimated cost as the process drags on. If you’re looking for a less expensive, easier to design, and more sustainable home, then a prefab modular home could be exactly what you’ve been dreaming of.
Although there are very spendy options out there in the prefab world, we found eighteen that should all be less expensive than the U.S. national average. And that’s just the beginning of the long list of benefits that come with deciding to go the prefab route. Learn more about the benefits of prefabs and check out these inexpensive sustainable homes almost anyone can afford so you can start researching your new (and smarter!) dream abode.
A prefab, or prefabricated home, is built offsite in a factory and then shipped to a building site in pieces to be assembled on the home lot. Prefab homes are more than just affordable — they come with a plethora of benefits for their owners and the earth!
It’s easier to gauge how much material is required for a prebuilt home since the same formula is followed for each model. This means that prefab builds result in far less material waste than traditional builds. And since materials are stored in a factory instead of on-site, they’re less likely to be stolen, vandalized, or damaged.
Not every house could stand up to the long journey of being shipped to another site. Prefab homes require extra materials to reinforce the house frame for delivery, so they’re inherently much more durable than traditionally-built homes.