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Modular vs. Conventional Home Building – Pros and Cons (Updated)

If you’ve decided to build a new home, one of the first choices to make is whether you’ll opt for a modular home or a conventionally built one.

Modular homes are built with the same materials and abide by the same building codes as conventionally constructed homes. The difference lies in where they are built.

Modular homes are built to around 90% completion off-site in a manufacturing facility, then transported to site to be installed onto the prepared foundations and connected to services. Conventionally built homes on the other hand are built from start to finish on-site.

So how do you discover which is the best option for you? In this article, we’ll share 7 key considerations to help you compare construction methods and find the right fit for your project.

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Modular Home or Kit Home: Which is the Best Option for You?

If you’re considering alternatives to conventional building, there are two main options: modular or kit homes. And while both utilise off-site construction methods, they are quite different in the way they are priced, delivered, and installed on site.

So, how do you decide which method is the best fit for your new home build? Here, we’ll explain 5 key differences between modular and kit homes to help you make an informed choice.

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Our Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

2016 saw us publish almost 50 blog articles with all manner of helpful information about building a modular home, as well as our popular Design Focus series.

We thought you might like to check out our list of the 15 most popular posts from the last 12 months, in order of popularity:

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Want to Build a Sustainable Home? Why Modular is a Great Option

Building a sustainable home brings many benefits, both in the short and longer term. By incorporating eco-friendly and sustainable practices during the design and building stage, you can reduce both the environmental impact and the running costs of your new home.

A modular home is perfect for those who are looking to include sustainable features – and here’s why:

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Solar Power and Modular Homes: Your Questions Answered

December 04, 2015
Lester Raikes

Process, Sustainability

 

Going solar is one of the most positive steps toward owning a truly eco-friendly home. Whether your reason is to reduce utility bills or your environmental impact, deriving power from the sun’s energy can deliver in more ways than one.

But what about when it comes to modular home building? Can you incorporate solar designs without sacrificing design or practicality? And what are the benefits and drawbacks of going down this path?

Let’s take a look.

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Energy Ratings and Modular Homes

November 10, 2015
Laurie Raikes

Process, Sustainability

 

Energy ratings are one of those things that everybody’s heard of but which most people don’t know a lot about.

In his article we’ll give a “need to know” summary of what energy ratings are and how they work, and in particular we’ll look at how energy ratings affect modular home building.

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How Sustainable are Modular Homes? [Infographic]

August 21, 2015
Lester Raikes

Sustainability

 

Here at Anchor Homes we're finding that more and more people are asking an important question:

"How sustainable are modular homes?"

That's why we decided to put together this infographic to show you just how modular building compares to traditional on-site building when it comes to sustainability.

Why does sustainability matter? Well, apart from saving the planet, sustainable building practices also ensure that you will save a lot of money over the years on expenses such as heating and cooling. We'll cover this in more detail below. 

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