-by Vikram Afzulpurkar
They say that assembly line production really started with Henry Ford’s motor company. So effectively though arguably this pioneer invented the assembly line and suddenly cars, which in the 1890s to 1910 were affordable only by the mega rich, became available cheaply. Can the same happen with pre fabricated houses? There is a strong possibility yes. Pre fab houses are special dwelling types of prefabricated building, which are manufactured offsite.
Here, sections of a house are already made and merely need to be fitted in. It of course is a cliché to say that the product is produced on an assembly line. So, while time is hugely saved, there is no doubt that the convenience for all layers of ‘players’ in “construction” is a lot. Currently, if you as a buyer view this so called “market of convenience” which will emerge soon, the obvious advantages are:
To maintain a low budget, gypsum walls and roofing boards with window cut-outs were bought readymade from Cochin. Concrete filling made inside them ensured the house was burglary proof. Instead of spending about 20 lakhs on a steel and concrete construction, Adiga saved about 35 per cent!
Technology available today can help nullify fungus and make it the material water proof. To give you a sense of firsts, the first pre fab house in India was built in Coimbatore. So it’s a practical solution that someone even in a relatively small town like Coimbatore saw fit and not necessarily an experimental idea of modernist thought from mega cities like Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai.
Therefore the pre fab home is a larger category of technology to finish a home, which consists of having readymade sections of a house. Progressively from supplying smaller components to larger components, these dwellings can claim to be pre fab:
Soon to come to India? We sure hope so! Get ready to welcome the future. Pre fab may stand for pre ‘fabulous!’