Has "Modular" come Full Circle?

In the post war building boom “Modular” homes began to earn their reputation. Did they provide shelter? Yes, viagra 100mg well for the most part, but that was about it. Modular has come to be associated with “trailer” homes, functional at best, and prime tornado bait.

What is unfortunate is that this stigma may be masking what could be becoming the best and most cost effective way to build a new home today. These days modular, and/or “Prefab” homes offer numerous advantages to on site construction. In her book Prefabulous + Sustainable: Building and Customizing an Affordable, Energy-Efficient Home, Sheri Koones says this about prefab:
“They are energy efficient and come in virtually any style of architecture and countless sizes. Prefabs can be high-end or fit a tight budget.
Prefab offers speedy construction and tight, energy-efficient quality. Raising a new prefab house brings much less traffic and disturbance to the neighborhood than conventional construction. Prefab can also mean lower costs and faster mortgages”

These remarks touch on the benefits of prefab, but a new day really has come for this style of construction. Ms. Koones book is not only informative, it makes for great eye candy as each page reveals picturesque design and warm, inviting spaces. We are not just talking ultra modern homes here either. Not only has “modular” been reinvented, one could argue that it is structurally and environmentally (indoor air quality, living space, material waste, and if design incorporates it, carbon footprint) superior to site built homes.

More to come on why I believe prefab may be the way of the future. In the meantime I have included some links that relate to prefab and modular homes.

Traditional Prefabs
Dwell Magazine Prefab Publication History
In-Plant Process (via Cardinal Homes)

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