The History and Future of Modulars
The American dream of home ownership still prevails and is as strong today as at
any time in the past. For Americans a nation of homesteaders, a home of one's
own, with land to rear a family, is the quint essential dream. Decent, affordable
housing has been a common quest since this country began. In the late 1800's, the
present method of framing a house was employed. As usually happens the technique
was developed to make better use of indigenous materials. It has, more or less,
remained that way. So has the method of construction- for the most part we
continue to build a house one stick at a time with little regard to raising
productivity and efficiency. The solution to overcoming this stagnation lies in
the use of modern-day methods and techniques and overcoming a misconception that
"factory-made" houses somehow don't measure up to on-site stick-built structures.
Availability of affordable, quality housing, now depends on the utilization of
technology originally developed in America and since the end of World War II,
fine-tuned in other countries. Specialization of labor together with assembly
line principles carry the best potential for our housing future.
...A modular/industrialized house is considered the strongest of any frame house
The search for a conventional looking factory produced house has been completed
by The Modular Connection: the end product is indistinguishable from site-built
housing and is available in single and two-story units over a wide range of
designs. Buyer preferences are included before production starts. These houses
are well designed aesthetically and with a high energy rating efficiency for low
heating and cooling cost. At The Modular Connection there's an awareness of a new
picturesque movement desired in the market place. Houses reflecting traditional
American taste such as Victorian, Colonial, English-Tudor, Contemporary and many
other designs are part of our product portfolio. Finished houses range from 850
sq. ft. lake units to more than 3,000 sq. ft., four bedroom, three bathroom
luxury homes. There's a wide selection of floor plans, styles and sizes to meet
every discriminating taste.
...A buyer should understand that building codes do not guarantee quality.
Careful investigation and comparison by the prospective home buyer, to detect
important differences, is essential.
Descriptive terminology can be confusing because of the semantics and subtle
changes that have occurred during the past few years. The term "manufactured"
housing has become a vague description relating to any house or unit produced in
a factory. That was not alway's the case. In years gone by the term "mobile" was
used to identify trailers for low cost accommodation. At one time the term
"manufactured" meant modular units. Mobile home manufactures today provide units
that can be installed on temporary or permanent foundations in order to qualify
for mortgage loans and are now classified as "manufactured" homes.
"Mobile" units offer a limited selection in terms of floor plan and design, and
are generally at the low end of the housing price scale. The trailer park is
giving way as some developers plan entire subdivisions of landscaped mobile
housing. This type of unit usually has an integrated chassis and wheel assembly
for transportation. The code standard to which mobile units are built is
considerably more lenient in material and design requirements than state and
local building codes. Modular/Industrialized homes, on the other hand, are the
most complete embodiment of the factory-produced housing concept. The Modular
Connection has made this method their specialty. These homes are constructed in a
factory and shipped to the destination in two or more sections that are installed
on a permanent foundation at the site. A modular/industrialized house is
considered the strongest of any frame house built, conforming to exactly the same
standards and codes as site-built housing. A buyer should understand that
building codes do not guarantee quality. Careful investigation and comparison by
the prospective home buyer, to detect important differences, is essential.
Even the most conservative predictions anticipate housing prices will continue to
rise. Prime land is becoming more difficult to locate, development expense and
labor costs will move up and pressure will mount for higher selling prices to the
buying public. The unique advantages inherent in the modular approach are
predicted to make this method the dominant force in building. Efficient
manufacture of products with buyer appeal is sure to accelerate this thrust. The
unique advantages inherent in modular construction have benefits that can work to
the advantage of the residential construction industry. Becoming the dominant
force will not be achieved in any revolution but in a continued gradual
integration of the modular method into the conventional building process.
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