Prefabricated houses, commonly referred to as prefabs, are houses manufactured in factories, usually in standard sections that can be easily transported and assembled on-site.
According to property experts, prefabricated houses in Kenya will soon revolutionize the country’s housing sector as builders move to dodge rising costs of construction.
The revolution, which could potentially replace brick and mortar, is also being buoyed by a growing appetite by mortgage providers to provide mortgage facilities.
The use of prefabricated technology reduces the time taken to build a house while cutting the cost of construction. This shift is good for Kenya, whose annual demand for housing stands at 200,000 units against a supply of 40,000 units.
Although the use of prefabs has been widely accepted in the United States and other developed countries, the major problem faced by prefab components suppliers locally is the Kenyan’s lack of appreciation for and understanding of these components. As such, there is a need to inform the market that the future of dwellings is in prefabricated houses.
Prospective home owners should be educated on the procedure followed when putting up a house using prefabs. They should be informed that all they need to do is provide the particulars for the house to be constructed after which a list of all prefab walling panels is prepared.
Once the prefabs are ready, the homeowner prepares the house foundation and a technical team puts up the house according to the specifications.