Is It Worth It? Building A Home Using Pre-fabricated Materials

If you have been inspired to build your own home, you are not alone. So many people in the UK have been inspired by television house building shows that home building has taken on a life of its own. You buy land, design your dream home, buy your chosen materials, and let the building begin.

There are many things to consider when building your home. Of all the things to think about besides your home’s design, you have to think about how much it is going to cost. Most people who have gone the self-build route will say that the process is longer than expected, the costs are always above what was budgeted and, at times, lawyers have to get involved.

Don’t let this scare you. Those who have completed a self-build are quite satisfied with the results. If cost is one of your main concerns, you may already be wondering the answer to a question many people ask before going the self-build route.

Is it cheaper to build using prefab materials? Even if it is, is it worth it to build using prefabricated elements?

Prefabricated Materials Explained

These are materials made for low-cost housing. They are made to be permanent yet also detachable. These may be made of aluminum, fibreglass, steel or wood. Some are made of concrete. They are made off-site from where they will be used to create a house or other building. Hence, they are prefabricated or premade for the purpose of being used later. Prefab materials are used to build walls, windows, ceilings, and floors.

traditional buildingThe opposite of prefab buildings is traditionally constructed or stick-built homes. Prefabs are faster to build and generally are less expensive to build even if high-quality materials are used. Traditional builds are also referred to as standard builds. Standard houses typically have brick walls and slate or tile roofs.

If you go the less expensive route and choose to build with prefabricated materials, you may be using timber frames, logs or prefabricated concrete. This is according to There are special considerations to make regarding insuring such a building.

This is where it is worth it to carefully consider if the prefab route with low-cost materials is worth it to you. Some lenders may not lend mortgage money to you if you are going the self-build route, so this is another thing to think about.

You might get a loan to build it but you can only draw on the funds at certain times as the project is being worked on. You should speak with several brokers to find willing lenders before you finish your home design plans just to make sure you can finance the entire project.

Low-cost Lasting Homes

The greatest concern of all when building a house with low-cost materials is will the structure last? If you do some quick research online, you will see that prefabs tend to last 50 or more years without major problems.

It is up to you to decide for yourself if the project will be worthwhile. But, prefab materials were invented decades ago to build masses of homes which still stand today.