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What You Need to Know About the Benefits of a Modular vs. Stick-Built ADU

When you start to consider adding a backyard accessory dwelling unit (ADU) to your property, you might at first think it has to be built on-site, but this isn’t actually the case. In fact, a modular ADU is built off-site and has many advantages over a traditional stick-built ADU. 

What is a Stick-Built Home

Stick-built, doesn’t always necessarily mean that an ADU is made of wood or sticks per se. This accessory dwelling unit could be constructed with many different materials. Stick-built just means that it is built on-site. 

What is a Modular Home

In contrast to a stick-built home, modular structures are built off-site, either partially or entirely, then assembled on the property where it will reside. 

The modular construction method became popular in the early 1900s, and adheres to the same codes and regulations as a stick-built home. Site-built and modular ADUs are also comparable in cost. The difference in definitions is the building location, but there are many benefits to a modular ADU that you might not be aware of. 

Minimal, prefab home being craned into a backyard

4 Top Benefits of a Modular ADU

Shorter Time Frame

Off-site building conditions allow for a quicker turnaround on a modular accessory dwelling unit. A modular ADU typically takes between three to four months, while a stick-built home averages six months, if not longer. With a modular ADU you will be reaping the benefits of having extra backyard living space much more quickly. 

Higher Quality Control

Because modular ADUs are built off-site, control on quality in process and the materials used is monitored much more closely. On top of that, the materials used won’t be exposed to weather and the elements because they are assembled in an indoor, climate controlled environment. This maintains the quality of the structure, before it is even delivered to your property.

Safer for Your Backyard

With the majority of the modular ADU construction process taking place off-site, there won’t be a mess of materials or a construction crew in your backyard for months. This maintains your privacy, and also keeps the property safer for children and pets. On average, Modal spends less than two weeks in your backyard to install a modular ADU. This is about 91% less time than a stick-built ADU would require a construction crew to spend on your property.

Waste Less

We are all trying to be more conscious of our waste these days, and a modular ADU is a step in the right direction when it comes to a new build. From the beginning, fewer materials are wasted when an ADU is built off-site in a factory setting. Everything is accounted for and used more efficiently. With a Modal ADU, there will be no debris or waste left on your property because the unit will be delivered completely pre-built and installed directly onto its foundation. 

With similar price points as well as quality and time to consider, there is no doubt that going with a modular build when adding an ADU to your property is the way to go.