Modular affordable housing
Affordable Modular housing in Karmod
One organization, Karmod Modular, specializes in this cost-effective construction method for multi-family housing, hotels, and student residences.
For Karmod, where good homes are hard to come by in many communities, these modular homes represent a smart housing solution. Thanks to simple design solutions and mass production, they can help reduce costs while maintaining high quality standards.
What are we waiting for? With low vacancy rates, rising living costs, and a shortage of workers and skilled labour, modular housing is an easily accessible solution that can quickly help with housing affordability and the supply crisis in Karmod.
Modular Homes are quick to set up and cost effective, are built to last and leave a much smaller carbon footprint than traditional enclosures. Off-site construction also means fewer builders, which solves another challenge facing the industry. ‘Here at Karmod modular homes, all our properties exceed construction standards, precision assembly in just 5 days and a level of quality that is second to none’ - he says.
High-efficiency Modular Housing
Although modern modular housing is nothing like its predecessors, there are fears that prefabricated houses will leave families living in tiny modular dwellings. In Europe and Africa too, houses are traditionally built-in brick or stone rather than wood, which is often used to build modular housing.
Karmod creates a concept of modular housing units that meet people's needs, spatial and financial constraints. The idea includes a set of housing units to which individuals can add additional rooms as needed.
By using modular construction techniques and temporary projects, the agency discovered that it could reduce the time needed to house people from a few years to a few months. It is currently building three-storey flats on sites planned for future development. The buildings are expected to remain standing for three to five years, as the remaining sites are developed - and permanent modular housing can be built. Located on sites requiring minimal site preparation and temporary foundations, these projects are easily approved as part of the urban design process, and their standardized architectural design allows them to be built in the shortest possible time.
Each house has a concrete base and its layout provides the necessary living space, as well as the necessary framework for electricity and plumbing. The core of the modular house is surrounded by a finished terrace. People can easily add walls to the outer frame to create additional room that can be used as a bedroom or living space.
Are an Affordable Modular Housing Solution
There are also challenges when it comes to off-site construction. More money is required upfront to invest in the factories required to build modular housing, which can deter developers, and they are also costly to run. Factories that create modular housing require economies of scale, but the industry is relatively small (compared to Europe, for example). There is also a more general fear of change when it comes to replacing the more “traditional” system of house-building.
‘Like anything made on a production line, the modules can be made quickly in high volume and to a quality standard at a low cost,’ says Hakan durmaz, CEO of modular housing Karmod. ‘As a result, many people, including the Europe government, see volume modular housing as the solution to supplying enough housing in the Europe and improving quality levels.
Karmod won’t just be building modular housing for the homeless, but that there’s also a big opportunity in providing “missing middle” housing for moderate-, low-, and no-income residents. Developer Karmod said Africa and Europe is in need of affordable housing, and their modular homes aren’t made with cheap materials.
Identifying a Need for Affordable, Durable Housing
With a shortage of affordable modular housing across the country, low-income households often have to turn to low-rise buildings such as manufactured and mobile homes. However, such houses are expensive to heat and cool, with hidden energy costs that can be significantly higher than those of similarly sized, site-built houses. Karmod is in desperate need of affordable housing, and one developer has a solution that will help some of the city's low-income population.
“Modular is a word that has a lot of prejudices associated with it. People think it’s mobile prefab homes or trailers, and for the longest time it was. But it is no longer a synonym for cheap construction or shoddy construction,” said developer Karmod. Karmod watched as construction crews placed a modular home on its foundation, taking only two days to construct.
“There is a market above mobile homes and trailers that you need to accommodate, and that means you need to use better quality and give your customer more choice,” Karmod said. Interested in learning more about how the modular housing industry is contributing both innovation and affordable housing options to Karmod?