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Revolution Precrafted produces prefabricated houses. The company currently has projects in 28 markets, in Asia, Europe, Africa, North and South America and, latterly, the Middle East. Arabian Homes reports on Revolution Precrafted’s arrival in Bahrain

Philippines-based company Revolution Precrafted set out to prove that prefabricated houses can be well designed and stylish. To this end, it has partnered with 80 world-renowned architects and artists to design remarkable structures that can be customised by buyers. The company has been so successful that in October 2017, it achieved unicorn status, being valued at over $1 billion. Arabian Homes spoke to its founder, prop-tech mogul Robbie Antonio (pictured overleaf), about his vision and why he is now bringing his buildings to Bahrain

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AH: How do consumers order a house from Revolution Precrafted?
Robbie antonio: Customers can contact us via multiple channels. They can email us via inquiries@revolutionprecrafted or call us directly. Our contact information is given in our Facebook and LinkedIn profiles and on our website. We are also finalising our online platform that will allow customers to directly contact us via chat prompt.

What are some common misconceptions about prefabricated structures?
People sometimes think that prefab structures are poor quality, but that is not true. Our homes pass stringent quality testing for earthquake and wind speed. Another misconception is that they are ugly, but we deliberately partnered with 80 well-known architects, designers and artists to debunk this fallacy.

How much do your products cost, and how do these compare to the price of houses built by traditional construction methods?
Our homes range in price between $20,000 and $360,000. We have “basics homes” designed by our internal architecture team, and then we have the curated homes designed by 81 design revolutionaries from around the world, which are more expensive.

It’s difficult to give specific prices because we have different designs and we do orders by bulk, which allows us to achieve economies of scale. The prefab process cuts down the overall turnaround time of production, leading to significant savings and minimising expenses. Generally speaking, you can achieve 10 to 15 per cent savings with prefab structures.

How does the process of prefabrication work?
Revolution Precrafted sources key parts or materials for a project, then ships these to the client’s location, where they are assembled on site.

To what extent can floor plans be customised?
Most of our homes come in several configurations. We have homes that range from one to four bedrooms. If you purchase a “curated” home or one of the models designed by our revolutionaries (partner architects, designers and artists), there needs to be some consultation if you want to make changes to the design. This is to ensure that despite the changes, the overall design and style of the home will remain faithful to the original vision of the designer. On the other hand, if you purchase one of our “Basics” homes, designed by our internal design team, you can implement changes without the need for a prior consultation or approval.

What size are your buildings?
We have over 50 home designs and sizes vary depending on the designs. Our smallest home is called “Crib” and measures 23 square metres and can be used as an accessory dwelling unit (ADUs) that you can put on your existing property. Then we have our “curated” homes that measure from 120 to 160 square metres, but they could be customised to respond to the specific requirements of other markets, say the US or the Middle East.

Can you have a villa with two or three floors?
Yes. We have our “Origin Classics” with three floors. We are also looking at three-storey villas for our projects in the Middle East and US.

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Can people relocate their prefab house?
Yes, our homes are transportable. One of the conveniences in having a prefab home is that it is built offsite and then transported to the intended location. It can then be relocated depending on the requirement of the owner.

How are these structures in terms of energy savings?
Prefab homes are energy efficient since the insulation can be adjusted according to the prevailing weather and temperature. Most prefab homes are designed generously with glass, so this makes the home well-lit and can lead to lower electricity consumption. For tropical markets, we also use double-glazed glass which significantly reduces solar heat and UV light.

What kind of insulation will the houses have?
As mentioned earlier, we adjust the insulation according to the weather and temperature of the intended location. If the home is going to be located in Scandinavia, for example, our technical team will make adjustments in the insulation to make the home warmer and more resistant to frost. We also adjust the shape of the roof to avoid snow buildup.

Are they easy to maintain and Do you supply “parts” if things break?
Yes, prefab homes are very easy to clean and maintain. Most of the parts used to build and install our homes are the same as the materials used in traditional homes.

How long do your buildings take to build?
Speed is part of our promise. We can build our homes in as fast as two or three months. However, there are factors to consider such as finalising the master plan and conducting surveys on the project sites. We want to deliver projects as fast as possible, but we know that we need to be very careful and accurate in our execution to provide quality products.

What is the life expectancy of a prefab home?
Prefab homes are built using essentially the same building code so the expectancy of a unit will depend on how the owner takes care of his home. Generally homes last for 50 years.

How will the resale value be factored in?
Just like a traditional home, the resale value will have to consider the state of the unit. If the unit is a “curated” home designed by a famous architect, its value will remain substantial even after time.

What is next for Revolution Precrafted?
Aside from prefab homes, pavilions, museums, pop-up retail units and furniture, Revolution is expanding to offer affordable homes, condos and hotels to the market. We are also looking at other possible revenue streams such as fintech and hydroponics.

We are also starting to offer prefab spas and gyms and have plans to build prefab offices and medical clinics.

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