Angie's List: Changes in prefabricated homes

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BRIDGEPORT, W. Va. (WDTV) -- Prefabricated homes have come a long way in recent years.

Courtesy: Angie's List

“When many people think about prefab homes, they think cheap, but with today’s prefabricated houses, there are many options, high-quality materials, and great construction,” said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List.

Pre-fab once meant that you had a limited menu to work with, but Brian Caldwell, director of engineering for Unibilt Industries in Dayton, Ohio, says that’s evolving to meet people’s needs.

“As we over time started to give people more and more options to change things, to the point where we’re at now where people can come in with a plan they drew up on a napkin and we just figure out, how can we work that into a modular construction? And we can do just about anything people are looking for," said Brian Caldwell, Director of Engineering for Unibilt Industries.

All of the construction is done inside Unibilt’s warehouses, which keeps the materials out of bad weather and keeps laborers in a safe work environment.

“On average, we’re running about a three-week turn process from site to out the door,” said Caldwell.

Ursula David, owner of Indy Mod Homes, builds custom homes in the Indianapolis area, and she says the process is much more environmentally efficient and safe.

“They recycle all of their unused lumber. I end up with much less trash on site than I would if I was building it on site,” said David.

A customized trailer and rigging system transports the prefab home and sets it up. The delivery and setting process can all be done in just one to two days.