Nearly 40% of the contractors surveyed said that prefab and modular construction is a growing part of their companies. It is also a part of their future strategic construction initiatives. In fact, the expanding development of the industry has led to a number of ‘rules’ that all individuals should follow. This is in regard to investing in portable classrooms, portable churches, and other modular buildings. And before you decide on a construction company to carry out your modular design plans, it’s important to be aware of these rules to ensure that you get a high-quality end product. Here’s part one of our guide to understanding the rules of modular design and construction.
Rules of Modular Design:
Custom designs don’t mean crazy designs
One unique element of portable cabins, modular homes and other modular buildings is that their layouts can be customized to fit your specific project needs. You aren’t forced to choose between cookie-cutter style layouts; you have much more flexibility than you would with traditional construction. With this in mind, you shouldn’t feel as though you can have unrealistic expectations and expect builders to be on board.
Transportation and labor cost
Aside from the increased costs and labor associated with highly intricate or customized designs, you should also remember that your modular building needs to be transported to the end site and set up, and the more complex it is, the more labor will be required. A good rule of thumb is that if the modular construction company you’re discussing your needs advises you that a certain element of your design isn’t logical or ideal, they’re probably correct.
Don’t neglect the small details
Many of those who invest in modular construction tend to pay the most attention to the major details. However, it often causes them to neglect the smaller but still important features of the project. For example, these can be paint colors, insulation, plumbing, lighting, and more. Door and window placement also fall under this category. As always, keep in mind that it’s important to make sure the preparation of the site is fully complete. This means you’ll need to have utilities such as electric, plumbing and site work ready. At ABS, we can assist with these needs as well.
Ultimately, being aware of these rules can help you make the best decisions for your modular construction needs. Keep an eye out for the next post, where we’ll discuss some more rules of modular construction.