What Are the Differences Between Stick Built and Modular Homes?

In India, when you buy or build a new home, you have many choices in terms of the type of home you want. You must decide whether you want a traditional stick-built or modular home. If you have heard of these terms but are not sure what they mean or how these homes are different, understanding the differences is vital for making an informed decision.


What is a stick-built home?

The name 'stick built' home comes from the fact that the builders construct the building from the ground up. Stick-built construction is a traditional building method which are usually made of the same materials used for RCC construction.


What is a modular home?

Modular homes are constructed under a factory-controlled environment. The different sections or modules of the home are manufactured simultaneously and then transported to the actual location for final assembly and finishing. Modular houses are also referred to as prefab homes.


Today, modular services like Nest-in by Tata Steel offer a wide range of modular housing solutions like MobiNest. It is a steel-based portable cabin housing solution that aims to make living spaces easy-to-install and highly mobile. It is an ideal solution for building residential homes


Stick-built vs. modular homes – the differences

Building process

Stick-built homes are built from scratch on site. There are some pros and cons of this method. A possible advantage is that you can visit the construction site to check the progress from time to time. A disadvantage of this method is that the construction can get delayed due to external factors like bad weather, shortage of raw materials, etc.

Modular homes, like MobiNest, are built under a factory-controlled environment. This means external factors are never a hindrance. When the modules are transported to the actual site, they have everything from flooring, windows, and doors to plumbing and wiring in place. The fabricators then do the final assembly and finishing.


When you build your home, you would want to ensure that every corner is designed to suit your needs. With traditional stick-built homes, you have only limited scope for customisation as the builders must also take care of the structural integrity.

On the other hand, modular housing solutions like MobiNest allow excellent customisation options. You can choose the size, and layout of the house. You can either install two cabins adjacent to each other or on top of each other. You can customise every aspect of the interiors and have branded fittings, electrical equipment and finish to suit your taste.

Also, even after the construction and installation is done, you can customise the home anytime in the future, and add, or extend the space.

Space utilisation

One of the drawbacks of traditional construction methods is that the pillars and columns that bear the structure's weight reduce the usable space.


On the other hand, modular homes do not have any columns or pillars, so you get plenty of space inside the house. Besides, with modular homes like MobiNest, the expert fabricators use the most advanced technology to execute the approved design with immaculate precision to the last millimetre.




If you are involved in a profession that requires you to constantly move from one city to another, building modular homes like MobiNest would be a perfect choice. Unlike the traditional stick-built homes, they are easily transportable, and can be relocated to different locations.


Highly durable and maintenance free structures


Compared to stick-built homes, modular housing structures like MobiNest are highly durable and require minimal maintenance. Since the structure is made of different grades of steel, they are robust, and offer high durability. Also, unlike the traditional homes, MobiNest does not need constant renovation.

Modular homes are a much better choice than stick-built homes. Whether you want to build a bungalow or a multi-story villa, you can contact the experts at Tata Steel Nest-In, and they will be happy to help you build your dream space.

Posted in MobiNest on Aug 23, 2022.

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