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Modular design, build and construction – a more sustainable way of realising your dream home!

Updated: Oct 24, 2021

We all dream of the opportunity to design our own home but the cost of traditional build methods can be prohibitive!

Taking a fresh look at modular construction can be the key to unlock those dreams especially with the advances in materials available. The choice in both today’s build materials and design options to tailor your living space is a far more real than you might think!

As the demand for new homes only increases modular construction is becoming more and more popular. These demands have prompted bigger and better modular design and construction resulting in the UK’s largest modular project recently announced.

To understand more about today’s modular design and what can it offer. Let’s start by getting the word prefabricated out of your mind. The word ‘prefabricated’ are homes and buildings constructed post-war 1950s Britain that didn’t have today’s knowledge, technology, materials and techniques available.


Fast forward to 2021 - Modular construction here’s what you need to know:-


The wealth of technologies, materials and techniques modular design has everything it needs to deliver a fabulous home. From the manufacturing of each modular section to transporting your dream project to site and see it come to life before your very eyes. You will soon see that this choice of design and build is no different in construction and quality.



When and where is modular construction used?


Outside of personal residential projects, modular construction principles are commonly used in a range of sectors, including healthcare, commercial, hospitality and education.


Why should I consider modular design?


· Affordable & Ease of Construction

Modular design is more cost effective than traditional build projects especially at the construction stage. As each modular section is constructed at the manufacturing stage this reduces time and labour costs opening up the opportunity for more of our dreams to become a reality.


Sticking to your budget has also become much easier with modular design as each section is costed out prior to construction. And one of the biggest advantages with modular design is it reduces the risk of complications and delay issues that could push you over budget. The weather plays havoc with traditional builds and so does the delay in materials being delivered to site.


This cost-effective way of construction gives you the flexibility to your architectural process, interior design and landscaping options.





· Sustainability


Modular homes bring a more sustainable method of design, build and construction to the market.


With traditional builds it’s commonly known to have a ‘trial and error’ and estimation when it comes to selecting the correct types and amounts of materials. This can lead to excess wastage, impacting not only on your budget but also the environment.


Modular design is precise and manufactured to slot together with ease using more sustainable and eco-friendly materials a great example is one project in Wales using only locally sourced timber and natural insulation.


· A range of architectural and aesthetic design options


Available in a variety of materials and finishes modular design makes it much easier to become more sustainable and energy efficient. The choice of alternatives and natural materials has never been greater giving the modular home the same structural security as many traditional builds.


Designed and built to your own specification inside and out every area of your home can be fully customised to fit your family demands and lifestyle. The first step to realising your dream is to consult an architectural service who can help you make the most out of your budget, look at the options and bring your vision to life.


What should I keep in mind when considering a modular home?


As the world of modular design and construction is becoming more popular related sectors seem to be a little slower to react. As an alternative to the traditional way of building modular homes are very much a permanent structure and are viewed as such by governing bodies and housing authorities.


While the industry is growing, contemporary modular homes are a relatively new concept and the related sectors such as lenders may not be as experienced with them, which may mean they’re more apprehensive. So, considerations should also be made when it comes to finding mortgages, loans and market valuations to finance your project.


While modular homes look like they are here to stay giving people more choice they may not be for everyone. What is most important is achieving the vision you have of your dream home while considering your budget, family and lifestyle needs.


Do you have any questions about modular construction, or are considering the best way to bring your dream project to reality?


Get in touch to see how we can make it happen or call 01260 602 005.

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