The mining industry in Perth has been on the rise. This means that communities surrounding mining areas are growing. The problem is that these are often in outlying areas where it can be hard to get the construction materials and local labour to put up housing.
Modular homes may be the answer.
What are Modular Homes?
Sometimes called prefabricated homes, modular homes are becoming more popular in Australia, especially with the younger ones.
Modular homes are factory-built structures trucked in one or several pieces to the site. The manufacturer sends a team to do the installation and finishing onsite. Once they are fixed, they are there for good.
What are the Advantages?
The main advantage of modular homes is they take less time to build than site-built homes, explains Grandesigns WA. The typical modular home takes weeks instead of months to build in a factory, depending on the size of the home. It is just as strong as site-built homes, and sometimes even stronger.
Many components of modular homes are mass-produced, so there is minimal waste of raw materials. There is also less disruption to the environment during installation. Most manufacturers will incorporate energy saving features such as passive solar design, water conservation, and insulation.
What is the Cost?
Most people think that modular homes all look alike. The fact is modular homes are as customisable as site-built homes. Depending on the size and style of the home, you can spend as little as $100,000 to $3 million. A typical 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house will run to about $250,000 including taxes.
What Do I Need?
You will need land in which to install your modular home. You do not have to own it, but remember that you cannot move your house once installed. You will also need to have the money upfront. Most banks will grant loans for modular homes, however, so that is not much of a problem.
Modular homes are the IKEA of households and properties. You can buy each part and assemble it with minimal expertise, and because of its quick construction, it is a good fit for mining communities.