The Major Differences Between Prefab Homes & Their Stick-Built Counterparts

Prefab homes, or modular homes, have become increasingly popular over the years. As more and more people choose this better way to build, more people become informed of its many benefits. However, not all understand what differentiates it from the stick-built process. Are you planning on building a home but are in the planning stages, trying to decide on prefab homes vs. stick built? We here at Carbide Construction are partial to modular homes and have put together a few of our reasons. And, when you want to learn more about prefab homes in the Vienna area, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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Energy Efficiency

For one, prefab homes are far more energy-efficient. This is the end result of having to make the home road-worthy for transport between the factory where it was built and the site where it will sit permanently. Generally, the exterior walls will be heavier too. Traditionally constructed homes are not as efficient, and some builders will cut costs by using cheap materials and supplies.

Customization & Codes

While prefab homes are subject to the local building codes and regulations, just like stick-constructed homes, they are just as customizable. In fact, they are completely customizable. In theory, you could customize every single part of the home from the ground up, interior and exterior! Stick-built homes are just as customizable, however, you would have to hire an architect to design the home and that could drive up the costs.


If you’re wondering if prefab homes’ value increases over time, the answer is yes! Once these homes are completed and fully built, it is almost impossible to tell the difference between a modular home and one that was stick-built. However, modular homes can be built in a shorter time frame, taking just weeks instead of months like traditional construction homes. So if you are in a time crunch then prefab homes are probably your best bet. And because they are built in a factory, other delays due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances are avoided too.

And, these are just some of what makes prefab homes unique. Ready to get started? When you are interested in finding out more information about prefab homes in Vienna or surrounding areas, call Carbide Construction at 703-550-8711 or Contact Us.

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