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Generally speaking, furnished houses/ prefabricated homes are attractive and appealing since they offer to build sustainable and cheaper houses, contrary to traditional construction methods. The notion where you plan a building layout and assembling it piece by piece is an old way. Romans back in ancient times used to adopt prefabricated components to build forts on lands they conquered.

Today, in the 21st century, there are three kinds of housings that come under the category of prefabricated home:

1.Manufactured homes:

are comprised of three sizes: single, double, and triple-wide. This shows the number of sections in the house. Manufactured homes are constructed in a remote home building set on a steel frame and then transported to the final site for the permanent foundation.

2.Modular homes:

to structures of multiple sections also constructed off-site. However, the sections are not assembled until they are reached the final building site. The modules that build these houses are constructed with the same materials that are used for traditional houses.  Once assembled, they can be placed, stacked, end-to-end or side-by-side. The module section may consist of some part of the entire building. These homes can be large, customizable, and architecturally different.

3.Mobile homes:

are mobile. That is to say that they have wheels and can be pulled by a vehicle. Most of the tiny houses come under this category. Mobile houses are built in a controlled-setting facility. Since they remain on wheels, there is no final destination. This way, they are personal property rather than real property (housing).

The idea of prefabricated houses is new in Pakistan. The Naya Pakistan Housing Program (NPHP) inauguration has attracted many foreign investors and construction companies to construct low-cost housing for the poor. In a recent update, PM Imran Khan has initiated the “Prefabricated Housing Project” with the Chinese envoy in Islamabad. Prefabricated houses are the next big trend in Pakistan’s construction sector.

Since Naya Pakistan Housing Program is entering into its practical phase, people can now submit their registrations online via the Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme Portal.

Defining Prefab Homes

The concept of prefabricated homes has gained popularity since it has evolved. It has become a viable path for individuals to own a home with all economic backgrounds in every country and having different, unique design inclinations. When you hear the term prefabricated homes, also known as prefab, it is described on the type of building construction instead of a specific, detailed layout style of a house. Prefab homes are built off-site, then transported and assembled at the final destination.

Imran Khan presenting his notion about setting up Chinese prefab homes in the Naya Pakistan Housing Program. It usually takes around 16 to 31 weeks to construct a prefab home, depending on the expertise of the workers, designs, and other factors. Though it may take approximately three to four months to set up a prefabricated house, it will take about three to four years to build high-rise apartments while incorporating prefabricated housing technology.

Advantages of Mobile Homes

1.Environmentally Friendly :

The main reason why prefab homes are highly considered is that they are eco-friendly. Traditional ways of construction require material in bulk which increases the rate of wastage. The construction of prefabricated houses is done in a controlled setting within the premises of the factory. This leads to the recycling of most of the material which is not being used. Furthermore, since the components of prefab houses are built in a controlled setting, it provides better air filtration and prompt construction. It also allows better wall insulation which makes the house energy efficient.

2.Affordable:

Modular houses save you a lot of money. Prefabricated houses are constructed as large-scale housing schemes such as Naya Pakistan Housing Program. The manufacturers receive bulk discounts from the construction material suppliers. There is no need to hire contractors and laborers in the construction of prefab homes. This saves up a considerable chunk of money.

3.Easy to Transport:

Prefabricated houses not only have flexible designs but are easily portable, making them seamless to transfer to different locations. This saves time and costs that involve purchasing raw material, bringing it to the construction site, and starting everything from scratch.

Prefab construction units are also incorporated in different spaces displaying neutral colors and designs that fit in well on any given site.

4.Lesser Construction Time:

The most significant advantage of constructing prefabricated houses is the amount of time and effort it saves. A Chinese company named Henan D.R Construction has established its plant in Pakistan to speed up building massive housing units as soon as possible. Not only it will save time, but it will also benefit Naya Pakistan Housing Program immensely.

5.Minimal Site Disruption :

We5must have observed that heavy machinery and equipment are used on a construction site even though most of the building components are constructed in a factory setting. While on the contrary, when building a prefab home, there is lesser air or noise pollution, less wastage, and other problems. Moreover, the people living nearby these units are not disrupted in their routines. Likewise, the crew’s hands’ ratio of risks and construction hazards are also reduced to a great extent.

Conclusion

Mobile homes provide high-quality, budget-friendly alternatives for a built home. However, it is important to keep in mind that they have some cons to stick-built homes. Matters such as laws of mobile home value, costs, and low-cost stick-built alternatives differ in each region. Hence, your research must be apt.

A drawback of buying a mobile home is that its value will decrease quickly over time. Just like a car, when a new mobile home leaves the factory, its value depreciates. In contrast to this, stick-built homes value is increased in the market over time. Why?  Because the homeowner owns the underlying land.

A person who may own both; the land and the mobile home might be able to observe the value increase of both. The underlying land’s value is most likely increased with time rather than the increment in the value of a mobile home.

A leading cause as to why mobile homes depreciate is because they are personal property as opposed to real property. Real property is mere land and/or anything that is attached to it permanently. Stick-built houses are considered to be real property. Anything that can be removed without “injury” to the land is not real property. On the contrary, personal property is anything that can be moved from one place to another. Though mobile homes are not moved easily from the land, they are still known as personal property. However, in many locations where a person owns both kinds of property may convert the mobile home into real property by adopting some affirmative steps.

Moreover, mobile homes are expensive to finance. Personal property loans, also known as “chattel loans”, come with greater interest rates and shorter terms than a mortgage loan.

 




A Guide To Make Your Homes Eco-friendly

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The scope of our lives has been redefined in terms of what we are going to leave behind. In the broader sense, this is a reckoning for us to reconsider how we live; how we spend, consume, and the choices we make. Something that has become the center of much dialogue is the need to live sustainably – which in a broader sense makes one rethink the myriad of choices we make, especially with regards to consumption. Therefore, in the twenty-first century, it’s about living sustainably. As we all are too familiar with the saying ‘Charity begins at home’, we must first think of how we can create our living spaces sustainable as we shift towards eco-friendly homes.

Living sustainably might seem like a drastic adaptation, however, you can start small. But it is essential that you move towards creating your homes more eco-friendly.

Living Sustainably: Eco-friendly Homes

Pick sustainable energy solutions for your homes

You can make your homes eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable by following these simple steps.

Use Sustainable Energy Solutions

The first thing you can do to make your home eco-friendly is to use sustainable and/or renewable energy options. In Pakistan, the summer season lasts for a good 8 to 9 months, and so installing solar panels is the best sustainable option. Apart from providing energy for your needs throughout the day, the solar-powered batteries are able to cater to your needs for much of the evening and night time. With fairly low maintenance costs, you can easily shift to a more renewable method of consumption.

The same is true for wind turbines as well, however, their usage remains limited and can only be installed along coastal areas. These renewable energy solutions can be easily installed in a way that the houses are sustainable to produce their own electricity.

Insulation for Eco-friendly Homes

Cost of spray foam insulation in Pakistan
Polyurethane is costlier than other methods of insulation

Another way of saving up on energy consumption, is to insulate your homes. This will significantly bring down your energy consumption, as your home will be much more suited to controlling the temperature. You can find more about how insulation makes your life more convenient in this blog.

There are various kinds of insulation, such as underfloor insulation, spray-foam insulation, and fiberglass insulation.

Go Green

Utilize your green spaces to the maximum
Turn open spaces into lawns

Pakistan’s metropolises are growing rapidly, resulting in the heart-breaking takeover of nature by concrete jungles. These concrete jungles absorb and trap heat, significantly raising the overall temperature of the surroundings. For this reason, studies have shown that if all the roofs of the house are painted white, the temperature of the city can significantly be lowered. This is a simple measure that can be easily adopted.

Moreover, in your house, try to create a green space, wherever you can. You can start a simple garden or kitchen garden, as per the space provided and your needs. Small acts go a long way. Moreover, you should plant native species of plants.

Apart from lawns (inside and outside the house), people are now creating green spaces on the roofs of their house. This is a fairly new idea, but easily applicable if you use the right technique. These rooftop gardens are not just a millennial thing, but a necessity to balance rising temperatures. You can easily find instructions online, and there is no need to use faux grass, when you can grow it yourself. On the roof of your house, which largely remains unused, you can also place clay pots of fruit trees and plants, if you are not adaptable to the idea of building a rooftop garden.

Moreover, you can also go green by reducing your use of single-use plastic. The most common practice that can be abolished in this regard is the use of plastic shoppers, and use biodegradable options.

Building Sustainably

A rooftop garden is essential to fight air pollution
Create a rooftop garden to clean the air

There are a variety of ways you can build your house in a sustainable way. While this applies to houses that will be constructed in the future, you can take inspiration from the list and make small adjustments to your built and lived-in home.

The wood that you use in your home construction or for décor can also be reclaimed to make it a more sustainable choice. You can also use wood from your old furniture and repurpose it into something new.

For your windows, use low-emittance glass, specifically if your house is located in a warmer region. This type of glass is especially beneficial for reducing heat consumption inside the house and serves as an insulator.

Moreover, a lot of studies have shown that building on a smaller area of the residential plot saves up on energy. However, as building and construction regulations dictate, this can not be done for smaller plots in Pakistan. If your plot is bigger, you can reserve more area for green space, as compared to constructed area.

Moreover, ensure that the architectural design of your house ensures maximum ventilation and natural lighting.

Smart Technology

Smart homes and internet of things
IoT will change our homes in future

Smart technology is all the rage these days, and rightly so. You can trust the technology to automatically adjust your thermostat temperatures.

Moreover, choosing LED and compact fluorescent light bulbs will also help you save on energy costs. In addition to this, choose electrical appliances from Energy Star, which is a label for appliances that are termed efficient by the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA).

What other features can be added to create eco-friendly homes? Write to us at blog@zameen.com. Also, keep checking Pakistan’s largest property blog for all the latest information on Pakistan.