PreFab-ulous Modular Homes: More than just a fresh coat of paint on an old trend!
The industry of home design is seeing all the signs of a hot new trend emerging, that is to say, re-emerging. And this time, it looks like it is here to stay. Introducing, for the second time around: Modular Homes.
Traditionally, the term modular homes has been associated with the generic, boxy homes of mobile parks. But the new modular home is nothing like the 1970's model. This home, like its predecessor, is build in a factory and assembled on location and there are many benefits to this reinvented method of home development.
Also commonly called Prefab, these homes are the newest generation of sleek, refined and stylish modulars which are becoming a desirable alternative to the "stick-built" homes. Touted as being more sustainable, energy-efficient, and affordable, the latest models of modulars are just as comfortable, and stylish as an on-site home, but with a modern edge.
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With the emergence of the Green Revolution, architects and designers are getting creative when it come to designing homes that are eco-friendly. The major international Dwell on Design conference in LA this year hosted showcases dedicated to the benefits and eco-advantages of modular homes. More recently the Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry had one of its most innovative exhibits- the environmentally friendly home, which was also a modular.
In an attempt to create affordable, elegant homes that appeal to the new generation of home buyers' sense of environmental responsibility while still maintaining a designer look and feel, architects and engineers are designing innovative new homes for those looking for something a little different! Modulars are available in many stylish models, and can be customized to meet the home buyers' needs.
In her book Prefab Modern, Jill Herbers wrote "Prefab was long associated with bad design. It got into the hands of the government and other institutions as a way to put up shelter quickly and cheaply, and as a result, design was downgraded. Now we're seeing the polar opposite."
Modular homes are taking on a designer appeal with custom colour-scheme packages, gas fire places, jetted bathtubs and many customized features. These homes are not only stylish and luxurious but also better for the environment. The Prefab home is making a come back, but this time, it is sleek, beautiful, and highly in demand. For more information about modular homes visit HomeFront Modular Homes