Advantages and disadvantages of a prefabricated house

You are planning a home and are faced with the choice of whether it should become a prefabricated house or an individually planned solid house? We would like to give you some help in this article. There are many prejudices against prefabricated houses. Some are justified, others are nonsense. At the same time, however, one must also realize that individual solid houses also offer some advantages. First and foremost, we define what constitutes a prefabricated house and what the definition of a solid house is:

Solid houses

Solid houses are such houses whose load-bearing construction and shell are made of solid materials such as aerated concrete, KSK (sand-lime bricks) or bricks has been. A mixture of materials is not recommended here. It is set to a building material for the walls. All building materials used are usually made of naturally occurring building materials, such as gypsum, lime or clay. Solid houses are planned completely individually.

prefabricated houses

prefabricated houses are buildings whose basic construction was prefabricated. Prefabricated houses usually consist of a wooden construction. Often, panels of panels are also used that are industrially manufactured and assembled on site. The architecture and the interior design is given in prefabricated houses once. It can usually only be changed at a rather high cost.

Now that we have defined exactly what the difference between solid house and prefabricated house is, we will now examine the advantages and disadvantages in detail.

Advantages Prefabricated house

Construction time shortened: The construction period of prefabricated houses is usually much shorter. This is mainly due to the fact that prefabricated elements are used, which only have to be assembled on site. Basically, a prefab house reminds of a Lego house where elements are connected. This construction method shortens the construction time greatly. A prefabricated house can sometimes already be completed after one or two weeks.

No freeze-up in the rain: In a prefabricated house, the construction must not be interrupted even in the rain. Due to the short construction time, the time window is so small that you can plan the construction in fine weather periods. On the other hand, many of the problems that are caused by rain during construction in solid houses are not apparent.

Everything from a single source: In a solid house, you get everything from one source. The massive house company usually takes away many things that you would otherwise have to take care of yourself. These include administrative procedures, permits and similar procedures. You can not necessarily speak of a carefree all-inclusive package, because here too problems can occur unexpectedly - but you usually have much less stress and worry during the construction.

Calculable: If you look for decide on a prefabricated house, then you know quite well before the start of construction, what it will cost. Surprises in costs tend to be on a small scale. If there are no unpleasant surprises waiting on the property, you have a very high cost certainty. In a massive house more hidden costs fall on you - but this does not happen with good planning. (Who plans the massive house thoroughly, can achieve equally high cost certainty.)

Disadvantages Prefabricated house

Resale value: It has been proven that the resale value of a prefabricated house is on average lower than that of a solid house. A prefabricated house is therefore less suitable as a retirement plan, as a prefabricated house. First and foremost, you should build if you want to spend your life in the property yourself. If you already think about reselling your prefabricated house in old age, then you should think twice about whether this is the right way. However, if you want to grow old in your house, you do not have that concern.

soundproof house: A prefabricated house is clairaudier than a solid house due to its construction method alone. Although there are great efforts in prefabricated houses to minimize this problem, but the sound-absorbing effect of a solid wall, this is simply not approaching. Here is the question of how sensitive you are yourself.

Monotonous houses, no individuality: This disadvantage is only partly true. There are also prefabricated house vendors that offer a lot of customization options . Nevertheless, you can not quite get up to the freedom in the design, if the house is planned individually by an architect. However, some people do not value this individuality.

Wall installation: If you want to attach heavier things to the wall, you must use special dowels or other substructures. This can sometimes lead to complications.

Low Humidity: Wooden walls do not give off moisture. Therefore, the air in the interior (especially in winter) can be very dry, especially if it is ventilated by a regulated ventilation system.

Have you missed a criterion? You may be wondering why the benefits did not show the lower cost. This can be explained by the fact that you can not say this flat rate. A prefabricated house does not have to be cheaper than a solid house. Who adds all the costs, will notice this quickly. However, it is true that a little money can be saved by building a prefabricated house.

I hope that our list of the advantages and disadvantages of a prefabricated house has helped you make your decision. You can certainly become happy both with a prefabricated house, as well as with a solid house. In the end it's also a question of taste for what you choose.

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