Deconstructing ‘Modular’

What does it really mean when you hear the word ‘modular’. It isn’t uncommon to hear this term bandied about in social circles, amongst homeowners in the process of developing, renovating or buying a new property. Today, interiors is all about bespoke, inspired, curated, sustainable and modular fittings. All of this leads to a sense of well appointed furnishings that are timeless, chic, efficient and most importantly tailored according to each client’s individual taste. This is where modular comes in. Modular is a design approach to furnishings that subdivides any system or fitting into smaller parts (or modules) that can then be connected together. Each module is like a cog in a large machine, which fulfills a specific task, and the beauty of this system lies in their flexibility as they can then be replaced or modified at any given time without affecting the rest of the unit.

The traditional system would be to hire a carpenter to build you a kitchen or a living room on site. However with modular fittings, these are built in a different off-site location, usually at a factory like setting, and then the finished product is transported and assembled in your house. These homes are also referred to as ‘factory built’ or ‘prefab’ (short for prefabricated homes). These terms still tend get a somewhat confused reaction from buyers because of a significant gap in consumer knowledge of modular fittings. Mostly because of misconceptions or prevailing perceptions, customers tend to think modular means cheap, flimsy, or alternatively very expensive and high-maintenance. Another popular misconception is that all modular homes look alike. This is as far from the truth as it gets because modular homes by definition have no fixed design limitations. A modular home is quite literally the product of your imagination. Contrary to popular belief, they are also considerably faster and inexpensive to produce when compared to traditional home fittings due to factory manufacturing and lack of weather related delays on site.

At Metrika, our top priority is to educate our customers on their options. When considering a modular home, we recommend thorough research and help with the same every step of the way. Not all models are a one-stop solution to each customer’s varying needs, as each vary significantly in terms of service, price and functionality. Modular homes offer a vast variety of choices and we help our customers make educated decisions as they select the options that suit them best.