“As a designer, I believe prefabricated architecture can beautifully balance quality, experience and economic feasibility,” says the project's Container House. “The architecture of this compact house is characterized by natural materials, space, openness and identity. It is a clearly recognizable property that you can make your own.”
The construction costs for prefabricated houses are always fixed in advance of construction. Most modular dealers and manufacturers offer guaranteed prices for long periods of time, even in a market of moderately rising material and labor costs. To secure this price lock, the customer needs to authorize their home to be built, sign-off on all plans and specifications, and have their order accepted by the manufacturer. This process greatly reduces the possibility of cost miscalculations and overruns later.
A factory-built home starts out as sections that have been built in a climate-controlled area. The finished sections are transported to the building site and then assembled with cranes. This process resembles a child building with Lego blocks. Modular homes cannot be moved after they have been placed and set on their foundations.
If you are designing your own home, it’s important to ask specific questions, as each manufacturer operates under a different set of guidelines. Modular homes offer hundreds of personalized features that include (but are not limited to) ceramic floors, solid-surface countertops, various cabinet styles and wood species, exterior finishes, plumbing fixtures, etc. You can essentially customize your Container Houses.