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The word ‘prefab’ is as common a household name as any other in the world. Everyone knows what prefab buildings are and everyone knows that prefab buildings aren’t used for cheap housing anymore. In fact, if you look around, you can see prefab buildings used for all kinds of purposes. Prefab buildings also has a rich history. If you think that prefab buildings have originated from the novelty thinking of the fifties, think again. My grandfather bought us a prefab home for the coast from an American company named Sears & Roebuck in 1938 and had it shipped to us. Prefab homes have been around for a long time.

 

 

Essentially, a prefab building is any type of building that consists of several factory-fabricated components that are constructed on site. Which means that, if you are in need of any type of space, a prefab building can give you exactly what you need. The first recognisable and advertised prefab house was designed by a London carpenter named Henry Manning in 1837. Manning constructed a house that was built in components and that could be shipped anywhere. In fact, many of his houses still stand in Australia, which at that time, was a British penal colony. During the Crimean War in 1855 Florence Nightingale was commissioned to design a prefab hospital, which came with a flushing toilet.

 

 

 

The use of prefab buildings soared during World War ll when the need for modular, transportable housing was at its greatest. The United States used Quonset huts, a type of prefabricated housing constructed specifically for the war effort. The British used Nissen huts, similar to Quonset huts in design but manufactured using corrugated iron. The British also used bellman hangars, a type of prefabricated hangar that was easy to transport around and could comfortably house small planes. Prefab buildings became very popular during the baby boom of the 1950’s and 1960’s as an inexpensive form of housing. Today, prefabricated buildings can be seen just about anywhere.



Not only as quality housing but also as construction site offices. Prefabricated classrooms are also quite popular in South Africa and many schools use converted containers to supplement their class space. Here, at Absolute Containers, we specialise in prefabricated buildings. We convert old shipping containers into any structure imaginable and there’s nothing more prefab than a converted shipping container. Apart from a much reduced cost, you won’t have to wait months for your structure to be completed. At Absolute Containers, with one of our prefab structures, you might not even have to wait a few minutes.

 

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