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Are modular homes the answer to our housing needs?

Are modular homes the answer to our housing needs?

Modular homes have been around for a long time, becoming popular in the US and Canada and elsewhere in the world in the 20th century. Kit pack or modular houses were sold in many different variations, from smaller single-storey buildings to larger colonial-type properties and available for a cheaper price than a similar-sized building of local construction. The reduction of the cost was made possible via a greater economy of scale, using the companies own lumber yards and transport systems.

 

Modular homes in the UK

Modular homes have continued to grow in popularity in the UK and are often featured on t.v shows that are related to home building and home improvements. Shows such as Grand Designs often showcase houses that have been constructed from timber-framed kits. The reason for their popularity has remained unchanged with cost and convenience being the two main factors that drive interest in this form of construction technique. The same is certainly true for modular annexe construction. All the annexes we build are made from Structurally Insulated Panels, which are transported to the building site, ready for quick construction. Due to the building being constructed in modular form, the actual building process is very quick with an annexe erected in 8 – 10 weeks on site. This can save both time and money and reduces waste and disruption to your garden.

Design and planning

We offer a range of buildings that will suit any garden environment, as well as our core range of designs we also offer a completely bespoke service, meaning that you will be able to have the perfect annexe designed for your needs. As standard, our annexes come complete with french doors or bifolds, casement windows and a choice of external finishes, such as render, cedar cladding, or cedral cladding.

 

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Are modular homes the same quality as traditional building techniques?

Some people might argue that a well-constructed modular home, made from structurally insulated panels might be better quality when you take into consideration the improvement in insulation you can achieve through this type of construction. Cavity wall insulation used in brick-built buildings does not normally achieve the same U-values as a similar-sized SIP panel wall. Typically with a cavity wall consisting of 100mm concrete block, 90mm wool insulation and 110mm brick outer skin, a typical U-value of 0.3W/m2K is achieved. Compare this to a SIP panel building with a wall thickness of only 220mm but with a U-value of 0.19W/m2K. The greater density of the material and the airtight seal of the glues panels means that it is a more effective method of construction when it comes down to insulation.

 

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Modular construction and the environment

The environment is an ever-increasing concern within the construction industry. Building regulations are continually updated to make buildings better thermally insulated and companies are having to adjust their construction techniques accordingly. Modular techniques have always been ahead of the curve when it comes to environmental methods. The buildings we produce are all low impact buildings, with minimal wastage and travel involved in their construction. Unlike a concrete and brick building that uses up a wealth of resources, transported from various locations, timber-framed modular buildings make a much smaller environmental footprint.

 

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