Modular home

Modular homes are houses that are manufactured in a remote facility and then delivered to their intended site of use.

Typically, modular dwellings of the US are built to local code, so dwellings built in a given manufacturing facility may have differing construction standards depending on the final destination of the modules. Steel and wood framing are options that can provide clients with many solid choices. For example, homes built for final assembly on the Southeast coast of the United States may have additional bracing built-in to meet local hurricane codes.

Modular home

Modular components are typically constructed within a large indoor facility on assembly lines much like Henry Ford originally instituted with his automobile company. Such facilities use an assembly line track to move the modules from one workstation to the next. Independent building inspectors are on site to supervise the construction and ensure that all building codes are adhered to during assembly.

Such dwellings are often priced substantially lower than their site-built counterparts and are typically more cost-effective to builders and consumers. These new homes can be constructed in a fraction of the time it takes to build a home “on-site” and they’re built to higher standards as well. Manufacturers cite the following reasons for the typically lower cost/price of these dwellings:

  • Indoor construction. Assembly is independent of weather which often leads to cost overruns on site-built dwellings.
  • Favorable pricing from suppliers. Large-scale manufacturers can effectively bargain with suppliers for discounts on materials.
  • Low waste. With the same plans being constantly built, the manufacturer has records of exactly what quantity of materials are needed for a given job. While waste from a site-built dwelling may typically fill several large dumpsters, waste from a modular dwelling generates much less waste.

Off-frame modular dwellings differ from mobile homes largely in their absence of axles or a frame, meaning that they are typically transported to their site by means of flat-bed trucks; however, some modular dwellings are built on a steel frame (on-frame modular), which can be used for transportation to the homesite. Many modular homes are of multi-level design, and are often set in place using a crane.

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