Space is one factor to consider when starting up your business. However, it has become costly to rent space for your business or to build your own offices. This is due to rapid population growth and other factors such as business competition. To overcome the challenge of space, many entrepreneurs have embraced modular buildings.
Modular buildings can be defined as prefabricated buildings that consist of repeated sections called modules. Furthermore, modular construction, commonly referred to as smart-construction, is a mode of development whereby modules are constructed away from the building site, then later delivered to the intended location.
The modules can be placed in different patterns such as side-by-side, end-to-end, or stacked, to allow unique configurations and styles. The modules are hinged together using inter-module connections, which is also referred to as an interconnection. Apart from being portable, modular buildings are cheaper to construct and can save you some money, especially if you are starting a business.
Construction is done offsite in a controlled factory setting, involving an assembly line process. According to experts, modular buildings are 60% to 90% completed offsite then transported and finished up at the intended building site. Quality modular construction also uses a variety of readily available materials such as wood and steel..
Here are the four steps involved in the construction of modular buildings.
Framing and Floors
The first step involves the welding of steel frames according to the size of each module. Most modules measure 14’ wide and 76’ long due to shipment laws. As the frames are being welded, the floor joist and decking are made. On completion, the floor is then attached to the frames.
Joining the Walls
The walls are made from materials such as traditional wood studs. The walls are constructed horizontally from the ground then lifted vertically and attached to the floor and frames. During this stage, other activities such as the installation of windows and doors is done.