Prefabricated homes are houses that are pre-designed, and then the parts are built in a factory. The pieces ship to a lot location and the house assembles in accordance with specific blueprints.
Prefabricated homes are also called modular homes and some ship largely pre-built, while others require more work upon arrival. The design of the house is often adjustable prior to building, but not as much once it assembles. However, you can still modify the house like any other home if there’s something you don’t like.
1. Consult with the original home design company or a professional contractor if you want to expand on a room or move a wall. You’ll need a professional opinion on what portions of the construction are adaptable and which are permanently needed for structural support.
2. Alter the flooring by either installing laminate or tile over the existing floor or by adding carpeting to provide a sense of warmth and decoration.
3. Paint the house a new color. Some prefab houses come prepainted, but this is adjustable with the right materials. Wash the area with warm water and a mild detergent, dry it and apply a primer to cover up the old house color. You then have the freedom to make the interior or exterior any color you want with a paint roller or sprayer.
4. Upgrade your fixtures and appliances. Sell or donate the old ones and pick more modern models that have additional features you desire. Be aware of how much power your home is designed to accommodate to ensure you don’t overload a breaker; however, most newer appliances are designed to be more energy-efficient than their older counterparts.
5. Attach a deck to your home if you don’t already have one and your lot has enough space. This enlarges your home by giving you an outdoor area connected to the house where you can decorate any way you choose to. Flowers, outdoor furniture and barbecue equipment are a few options to consider when planning an outdoor social area.
Tips & Warnings
• Verify you have the proper building permits prior to performing any substantial changes to your home and use licensed contractors to ensure the work is done in accordance with local building codes.
• Customizing a prefab home that hasn’t been built yet is simpler because you can communicate what you want with the designer so the changes are implemented before the home’s pieces are built and delivered. A redesign fee applies and the amount varies company to company.