Chapter 06: Do Cheap Pre Fab Homes Really Pencil Out?
We have yet to find a pre-fab or modular solution that is cheaper to build than our regular stick frame construction costs. Yes, they can save time if you order a cheap pre fab home early enough. We tried to order pre-fab lumber on several occasions and were told we had to wait 3 months before the lumber would arrive. In addition, the pricing for the pre fab home was actually more expensive than what my contractors could frame the building for with regular stick frame.
It makes sense the prefab or modular construction can be higher quality as the framing is performed under climate controlled conditions. Once you factor in all the advantages vs. disadvantages below, my conclusion is that it’s easier to go with conventional stick frame construction.
Disadvantages of Pre-Fab or Modular:
In theory, pre fab is supposed to be cheaper. It all depends on what type of contractor you are using and how much sweat equity you are committing to your project. When compared to building with a high-priced retail “$90,000 F-350” stick framed contractor, it is definitely going to save you money.
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