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What is a Manufactured Home? Modular? Prefab?

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What is a Prefab House, Exactly?


California factory manufacturing homes in 2005.
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The word prefab (also spelled pre-fab) is often used to describe any type of home that is made from easy-to-assemble building parts that were manufactured off-site. Prefab is an abbreviation for prefabricated and may be stamped on plans as PREFAB. Many people consider manufactured homes and modular homes as types of prefab housing. The ornate facades of 19th century cast iron architecture was prefabricated, cast in molds offsite and transported to the building site to be hung onto a frame.

Definition of Prefabrication

“The manufacture of whole buildings or components in a factory or casting yard for transportation to the site.”— The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture, 1980, p. 253

Other Names Used for Prefab Houses

  • factory-built
  • factory-made
  • pre-cut
  • panelized
  • manufactured
  • modular
  • mobile home
  • industrialized building

Historic prefab structures include

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Modular Homes & PreFab Homes In Niagara Falls, New York

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Energy Efficient By Design

Today’s homebuyer expects energy efficiency. Impresa Modular prides itself in producing the most energy efficient home possible. Currently an Energy Star partner, Impresa Modular offers many features as standard that meets or exceeds current Energy Star, LEED, and Green Building Standards.  Impresa Modular allows you, the customer, the choice to enhance any of our modular homes to meet the requirements for the program of your choosing. If it’s an optional Energy Star Certified home you require, Impresa Modular will engage a third party Energy Star rater to guarantee your new home meets or exceeds the present requirements mandated by Energy Star.

Modern modular construction means less homeowner headaches. Indoor construction in a controlled environment means exterior finishes are completed last, instead of first. We can build your new home from the inside out, the opposite of conventional outdoor construction. What this means to you is that

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Modular Homes & PreFab Homes In Bethel Park, Pennsylvania

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Modular Construction Brings You Custom Homes By Design

As you begin to plan building a new custom home you need to be sure that your new home will be healthy for you and your family and support your lifestyle. You should begin with a house plan that enhances your lifestyle. You require a custom home to be just that, custom. You want to make changes to materials, elevations, and floorplans. We leverage the design flexibility of modular construction to build your custom home with our plans, or you have the alternative of bringing us your custom plan and letting us convert it for modular construction and build it.

When we build a custom home we take great satisfaction in bringing our customer’s dreams to life. We work hard to take each and every home plan and design the custom home that our customer dreams about. We are experts at analyzing

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Prefab Homes in Seattle

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Our new prefab homes with Seattle area designs, embodies respect for the environment and incorporates the work of local craftsmen, making each a unique jewel. GreenPod® homes are designed to the highest Built Green and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certifications with our 5 Star Criteria for Living consisting of: Healthy Air, Energy Conservation, Sustainability, Water for Life, and Beauty.

We believe each home should be designed to optimize the site so all plans are customized. This concept differs from other new prefab homes in Seattle as GreenPod® also offers a variety of selected natural interiors products that promotes healthy indoor air quality. We have developed varying styles which complement the homes in different areas and landscapes.

What is a Pre-Fab home?
Short for Prefabricated housing, “Prefab” is a broad term that encompasses several different types of building.Technically, any home that has sections of the structure built in

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Modular Homes & PreFab Homes In Springfield, Colorado

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As a seasoned leader in custom modular homes, at Impresa Modular we pride ourselves in the ability to design, engineer and build a truly custom crafted home. Our team of expert consultants achieves this while maintaining our core beliefs of quality, customer satisfaction, service and value. We offer hundreds of standard plans, but they are used as a mere starting point to be changed by customers to meet specific lifestyle and housing needs. More often we are exploiting our modern modular construction techniques to provide truly custom homes for our happy customers.

Our modular homes combine the best practices of traditional, site-built construction with the technological, economic and environmental advantages of creating your custom home in a controlled environment. The component parts in any home (for example, a light or a floor truss) are manufactured in a controlled factory environment according to precise specifications and tested to ensure that they

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7 Prefab Eco-Houses You Can Order Today

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Ever since the early days of the 20th century, when Americans started buying kit bungalows and farmhouses from the Sears Roebuck catalog, the lure of instant housing has been huge. But in recent decades, “prefab” got a bad name, associated with shoddy construction, cookie-cutter design, and cheap, synthetic, environmentally questionable materials.

Now it’s time to forget all that and say hello to the rapidly growing world of prefab and modular green homes, one where you can pick a LEED platinum or zero-energy house off a website and have it installed on your lot of choice in a matter of months. If this sounds appealing, you’re in good company. Market research firm Freedonia reports 15 percent growth in the prefab business, and Global Industry Analysts finds even greater momentum in China, Japan, Europe, and Latin America.

RELATED: 3 Tiny Houses That Let You Live Green—and off the Grid

One reason: Offsite

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Modular Homes & PreFab Homes In Sylvester, Texas

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At Impresa Modular, we offer standard designs from 500 to over 3,500 square feet in hundreds of flexible floorplans. Ranch, Cape Cod, Two-Story, and Chalet floorplans are just some of the many styles we offer to suit any building site and, with room configurations to fit virtually any lifestyle. Do you want to build a truly custom home? Let our expert modular home consultants assist you in designing the home of your dreams. Our team can help you take full advantage of the design capabilities that modern modular construction has to offer. As the nationwide leader in custom modular homes, we present a virtually unlimited ability to customize your new home.

Choosing how to construct your new home will be one of the most important decisions you can make. The outdated, traditional way of building outdoors just doesn’t provide the clean and healthy living environment that modern modular homes can

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Prefab Modular Homes Builder on the West Coast: Method Homes

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Home Improvement & Prefab Homes, Sheds & Cabins

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Home Improvement

This site offers information on home improvement and remodeling. It is
sectioned by tasks, by rooms and by state. It includes how-to sections
to offer tips, instruction, resources and plans for most home improvement
and remodeling projects. Use the navigation at the top and right side of
the pages to find specific subjects. Lower on the left side of the page
is a state-by-state listing to help locate local home improvement materials,
supplies, tools, products, services and resources. Most sections also
offer connections to other websites offering similar information, for
your convenience.

Storage Sheds

Top inquiries for storage sheds include:
Louisiana Sheds
Oklahoma Sheds
Georgia Sheds
South Carolina Sheds
Tennessee Sheds
Wisconsin Sheds
Virginia Sheds

Prefab Cabins

Many prefabricated cabins are offered by resources which also provide prefab homes. Prefab cabins make great second homes or a permanent home, away from the big-city hubbub.

Additionally, find connections to

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