Making the choice between prefabricated and bespoke designs for your property can be challenging – check out the pros and cons of each to make an informed decision. Whether you want to expand on an existing property business, invest in a new venture, or build a second home, the early stages of decision-making opens up two design avenues that you can go down: prefabricated and bespoke. In this article, we’ll take a look at these two types of building and explore the pros and cons of each.


Prefabricated Buildings


Prefabricated (‘prefab’) designs, or ‘modular homes’ as they are often referred to, are essentially designed and pre-made away from the intended build site. They tend to be built in separate sections and floors that can be easily transported and then assembled quickly on-site.


For some people the idea of prefabricated house designs harks back to the prefab houses on wheels of the 1920s, but this trend has continued over the decades and is still going strong today, with technological innovations helping to give prefabs more streamlined, efficient designs than ever before.


If you’re interested in developing your property empire with prefabrication designs, it’s good to be aware of their benefits and drawbacks:



  • Efficient use of time and labour
  • Reduces waste and environmental damage compared with conventional builds
  • Cost-effective
  • Remote construction means less dependency on weather
  • Easy to modify later on
  • Improved insulation and acoustics



  • Aesthetic amendments are limited
  • Durability tends to be reduced
  • Transportation logistics can be a challenge
  • More homogenous designs
  • Fire and safety can be slightly more of an issue




Bespoke Buildings


Bespoke, specialist designs make it possible for contractors to create the exact building they need to fit their specific requirements. Control every element of the building, from the initial blueprints right through to the internal colour scheme, and make the property you envisioned from the start come to life.


Customised homes are not a new phenomenon; designers and contractors alike have enjoyed the flexibility bespoke builds give them, enabling them to express their personal tastes and create a space that is tailored for a specific lifestyle.


Having total control over every element of your property’s design is, for many contractors, the best way to go, but bespoke design has its drawbacks as well – check out our pros and cons for a full overview.



  • Space and dimensions tailored to specific needs
  • More efficient timewise vs conventional construction
  • All-in-one price – easier to budget
  • Seamlessly incorporate with existing structures
  • Lots of eco-friendly solutions available
  • Quality and durability guarantee



  • Expensive – high initial cost
  • Easy to go over budget
  • Time-consuming
  • Certain features may be missed / not included
  • At the mercy of fluctuating costs and supply



As you can see, both prefabricated and bespoke designs offer a range of both advantages and disadvantages – whether you’re a contractor or property developer, the choice is entirely down to your personal situation. Need advice on making your property venture a success? Speak to a reputable advisor to ensure you’re making the right decision for you.