Popular Misconceptions About Building A Prefab Home

The prefab home is enjoying a renaissance. Mandala Custom Homes panel-built round homes buck the common myths and misconceptions.

Thanks to our beauty, innovation, sustainability, and cost savings over time, and the harmonious living MCH round home living provides.

For more than a century, many have associated prefab with mobile homes. The terms prefab, modular, panel-built, and manufactured will often be used interchangeably. And that’s a mistake. Consequently, people considered prefab to be a less desirable option because of various “mobile home” misinformation and a lack of knowledge and understanding about the concept of prefab and the building process.

Today, custom, prefab home builders have gained in popularity. The customizability, the competitive pricing, and the benefits of producing a home package in a climate-controlled, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility make prefab homes very attractive.

To help provide more accurate information, we’d like to debunk some common myths about building a prefab home as we encourage you to consider the myriad of benefits of custom prefab round building. Read on!

A prefab home and a mobile home are NOT the same!

Prefab homes are different from mobile homes or manufactured homes. Constructed in a climate-controlled factory, prefab homes are built in sections, panels, or modules, depending on the manufacturer, to produce the building package. Upon completion, the package is delivered to the building site and is assembled on a foundation. Once constructed, the home is fully functional and permanent on the property.

Conversely, a mobile home, or manufactured home, doesn’t have a permanent foundation. It can be moved from one site to another. Hence, the term ‘mobile’.

In the case of MCH prefab homes, we work directly with our clients to customize an existing floor plan to suit or, with the help of a designer, create a fully custom home. We build the faceted, panelized components in our state-of-the-art factory with the final design to create the building package. We then ship it to the building site for assembly on a foundation in a fraction of the time as a conventional build.

Prefab is cheaply constructed – NOT!

Along with the confusion with mobile, it’s a common misconception that prefab equates to cheaply built. This could not be more untrue.

The MCH approach to panelized prefab home building preserves the best of “stick” frame construction and combines it with modern prefabrication technologies. The result is the best in quality, beauty, customization, and energy-efficiency, that will last for generations.

We build indoors in our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. This means nimble production lines resulting in better quality, air-tight homes. Especially when compared to a conventional build. Every panel constructed meets both production and code standards at every step of the building process.

The MCH panelized building system uses quality materials, advanced technologies, and a controlled work environment. Our prefab panels and other components provide for a durable, cost-effective, and energy-efficient home in less time.

Prefab isn’t strong enough to handle extreme weather

Think a prefab home can’t withstand the demands of a Canadian winter, extreme heat or torrential downpour? Think again! On the contrary, prefab homes’ quality standards and building code requirements have only increased. Prefab manufacturers must follow the same building regulations and codes as conventionally built homes. As a result, they provide the same safety, protection, and comfort.

In some cases, even more. For example, inherent to every MCH home design, we address the potential impacts of increasingly extreme weather. And without compromising beauty or comfort. Despite extreme temperatures, high winds, heavy rains, severe snow conditions, seismic activity, and wildfires, every custom prefab home we build is beautiful, sustainable, comfortable, and, above all, safe.

When it comes to heavy snowfall, for instance, every MCH home has a lifetime engineer’s warranty that the structure will hold the potential amount of snow typical to the region where the house will sit. Additionally, our low-pitched roof captures the accumulated snow, becoming part of the home’s thermal barrier. The 30” roof overhang prevents snow from coming up against the foundation. This helps to create a dry wall and foundation and increases the life of the home.

Interested in exploring a durable, beautiful, sustainable, prefab MCH custom round home? Speak with an MCH expert to learn more!