What “Factory-Made” Means for You and the Construction Industry

This morning, I rolled out of my factory-made mattress. I made coffee with my factory-made coffee pot. I cooked breakfast on my factory-made stove. I drove to work in my factory-made truck. I scheduled meetings with my factory-made phone and wrote this post on my factory-made computer.

When it comes to every-day convenience, factory-made is a reassuring description. We like to know that the things we rely on every day like our modes of transportation, our appliances, and our technology are assembled in an environment where the entire process is quality-controlled. It gives us comfort to know that millions of other vehicles were produced alongside ours, because we equate mass production of complex machinery with reliability.

It’s true, the factory production process does have higher levels of quality control. The iPhone you’re reading this on is identical in assembly in every way to thousands of others and thoroughly reviewed for proper assembly multiple times during production. Even though you’ve probably customized it with a case or a cover and reorganized the apps to your liking, the core mechanics are the same and that’s why you trust it.

If factory-made is a good thing for so many common items in your day-to-day life, why is it perceived as a negative when it comes to your home, your child’s school, the hotel you vacation in, or the doctor’s office you visit once a year?

Prefabricated construction, or the process of assembling pieces of a building in a controlled factory environment before assembling them on-site, is a common method of construction in many parts of the world. In America, modular or prefabricated construction is all too often seen as a “lesser” method of construction though, because of the “factory-made” proces

Why?

• Modular construction is faster than traditional/conventional construction.

• It’s more affordable due to things like reliable labor, reduced materials waste, and purchasing materials in bulk.

• It’s a very “green” construction method.

• And, just like the other factory-made products we trust every day, modular buildings are high-quality spaces, assembled in protected environments with strict assembly procedures, regulations and reviews.

• Plus, just like your phone, modular buildings are completely customizable. You can choose interior and exterior finishes and arrange spaces to your preference during design (you can also easily renovate or expand later), so your modular building or home looks nothing like anyone else’s.

There’s a double standard on “factory-made”, and it’s hindering the building industry. Interested in learning more about modular or prefab solutions for your project? Contact Kuvella today.