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Prefabricated houses: quick, easy and now very individual

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Prefabricated houses enable builders to plan and build their own home quickly, inexpensively and without unpleasant surprises. That is why they are enjoying increasing popularity. In the meantime, prefabricated houses can also be designed much more individually than was the case a few years ago.

Prefabricated houses can be assembled in three days

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Building a house the traditional way takes months. It is much faster with prefabricated houses: once the basement or the foundation is in place, the actual house can can be assembled in two to three days. Windows, doors and the connections for the sanitary and electrical installation are already installed in the prefabricated house parts. After these two to three days, the interior of the prefabricated house can then be carried out. Since the assembly of a prefabricated house from prefabricated parts is so quick and comparatively easy, building owners can save not only time but also money. After all, working time in Germany is very expensive.

Prefabricated houses can be ordered in various stages of expansion. If the builder is willing to do the interior work himself, for example, he can save money compared to a house set up by the provider ready for occupancy. There is even the option of just having the kit delivered and assembling the entire prefabricated house yourself. This is by far the cheapest option. However, comfort suffers from this, of course, and the building of the house may take a little longer until everything is ready for occupancy.

The prefabricated houses leave space for individual wishes

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Due to the standardized production, prefabricated houses have a consistent quality and can be assembled quickly. Of course, this is at the expense of individuality. However, there is now considerable scope for design even with prefabricated houses. If the possibilities in this regard with conventional so-called type houses are not enough, many prefabricated house providers allow you to sit down with an architect and design the prefabricated house parts according to your own wishes. This leaves more freedom, for example, when dividing the room, but it usually costs more money. Generally one can say, that everything that goes beyond the standard equipment of a prefabricated house causes the costs to rise rapidly. Nevertheless, in the end, building owners are still in a much cheaper position than if they plan and build a house using conventional methods.

Prefabricated houses in different variants

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Prefabricated houses of various types can be viewed in model house exhibitions so that builders can get a first impression. Many prefabricated house providers have entire model house settlements for this purpose.

Prefabricated houses no longer necessarily have to be made of wood. The wooden stand construction is still predominant on the prefabricated house market. But there are now also prefabricated houses made of prefabricated solid construction elements. When it comes to the facade, there are a whole range of options: wood, clinker brick, plaster or Yton stones are just the most popular options for cladding the prefabricated house.

The pure architect house: individual, but more expensive

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Despite this design leeway, the purely architect-designed house naturally offers more possibilities as a builder to implement even unusual design requests. Those who take this route work with the architect of their choice all steps from the planning of the house to its completion mostly closely together. Good architects offer building owners a wide range of services relating to the planning and construction of their own home. This makes the client’s work a lot easier, but it can be expensive.

calculate the expected costs

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An online budget calculator provides information about the expected costs for different types of houses. For example, building owners can calculate how much money they would save with a prefabricated house compared to an architect’s house or how much personal work they would have to do in order to stay within a certain budget.

Architects can also help with prefabricated houses

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Incidentally, consulting an independent architect can also be useful for prefabricated houses. He can competently monitor that the work on the prefabricated house is being carried out properly and thus protect the client from unpleasant surprises. In addition, architects have experience reading contracts and can therefore recognize unclear wording in advance. “That is why you should seek advice from an architect or civil engineer before, during and after the construction phase when building a prefabricated house,” advises the Hamburg architecture expert Giorgio Gullotta. In most cases he expects a fee of 1000 to 1500 euros for an architect involved in such a function. In his estimation, this is significantly less money than the cost of any mistakes, botch-up or misunderstandings that inexperienced builders can face.