Prefabricated buildings or simply prefab buildings are currently in high demand owing to many benefits linked with their structure and manufacturing. As the name itself explains, a prefabricated building is built at one place and transported for installation to the other. Prefab buildings are now commonly used for an array of purposes such as garages, workshops, personal dwellings, and commercial offices. Though various construction materials are used like steel, timber or aluminum but steel is the most common material providing ensured protection from combustion as well rusting.
The historical account of prefab buildings goes back to 1830s in which Manning Portable Cottage was regarded as the first prefab building designed by H. Manning, a London based carpenter. His prefabricated buildings were liked by the British emigrants; these buildings paved way to the idea of making prefabricated hospitals in 1855 during the Crimean War while adding certain innovations with regard to sanitation, ventilation and a flushing toilet. In the post war era, such houses really proved to be a great blessing for they offered quick and cheap accommodation to the war survivors. With the passage of time, prefab buildings witnessed a handsome variety of structure, style as well as finishing techniques.
Today prefab buildings are increasingly becoming popular on account of various advantages associated with them. Whether they are made as residential houses or commercial offices they can be regarded as the complete equivalent of traditional buildings. The residence houses consist of drawing rooms, bedrooms, kitchen and toilet thus completing a residence. The finishing of the house such as color, exterior design, electrical system, sanitary system – all is available in a wide array of variety catering to different customers. Similarly prefab commercial buildings are widely sought after because they provide great ease to the customer; he does not have to waste time looking for that perfect business spot and paying hefty amounts of money for the barren land. He can purchase a prefab building according to his requirements and set it on the desired place within a very short span of time.
There are many factors that must be taken into account prior to buying a prefab building. First, determine the place upon which you are going to install the building. Second, decide in the light of your budget that whether you need a hardwood prefab building or steel building. Both differ from one another in cost as well as relevant features. Third, do a little research about different companies working in this paradigm to see the multiple designs they offer. This will help you make a fair decision for investing on a prefab building. Fourth, considering the manufacturers’ location is also important because it affects the actual cost of the house. The manufacturers closer to your vicinity could result in a shipping and handling savings.
Finally, prefabricated buildings come in separate pieces which are installed at a designated place chosen by the purchaser. He has two options: he may do it by himself or hire a contractor to do it for him. However, he will definitely be in need of professional workers when it comes to additional interior finishing like installation of carpet flooring, soft wood flooring, electric appliances and other alterations.