February 15th, 2013, 09:38 PM #11
Everybody thinks of a "trailer" when they hear the term manufactured or modular housing, which isn't the case. Because they're delivered almost fully constructed via roadway, each section is limited to 14' feet in width. Most are built to pre-set dimensions. usually in lengths that are multiples of 4' (40', 48', etc.), which is where the modular part comes in. It just means that the house is constructed to limit wasting materials. For example, if your room is 12' wide, it uses exactly 3 sheets of drywall and a standard 12' roll of carpet. If your room is 12'-6", you need extra sheets of drywall, but are wasting much of them.
I used to work in a building that was manufactured. It was a two-story colonial, with a brick face front, and octagonal bays on the sides. The foundation was pre-constructed, pre-insulated "superior" wall. Nobody who didn't see the building delivered and set in place would believe that it wasn't constructed in place. They even construct them with truss roofs that can be folded out on site, so they don't have that telltale low slope that most modulars once had.
An advantage is that because the homes are manufactured in a factory, they aren't subject to things like weather delays and materials aren't exposed to the weather until they can be covered or enclosed. Here's a link to a manufacturer located near me, if you're interested. Just shows some of the things they're doing now with manufactured housing that are definitely not the tin cans we think of when we hear modular or manufactured housing.
February 16th, 2013, 01:43 AM #12
i just read about these in my one of my in-laws' southern living magazine. i had never heard about them before. definitely sounded interesting to me and i thought the designer/company that was featured in the article made some rather nice looking constructions.
Dream Small: Russell Versaci Homes with Historic Charm - Southern Living
this is the site for the homes:
Russell Versaci Architecture
February 16th, 2013, 07:46 AM #13
RR is bang on. In fact 35% of modern residential and up to 70% of regional based commercial construction (ground up/shell and non TI) done today is "Modular" or "Prefab". Most folks don't even realize it.
Originally Posted by Royal_Roader
The "trailer park" stigma hasn't been valid in 20 or so years now. Like RR said, the only real "downside" to using are it's limits with dimensions BUT that can be overcome with conventional construction methods. In some instances, modular can actually be stronger in all dimensions than say conventional on-site balloon framed fabrication.
As long as the GC is reputable, has references, is Insured and Bonded and especially, ESPECIALLY adheres to local and IB codes (including ALL local inspections) you should be fine.
February 16th, 2013, 10:44 AM #14
February 16th, 2013, 12:30 PM #15
Originally Posted by nocturn
February 16th, 2013, 01:42 PM #16
I told you guys the pre fabs could be customized as far as your wallet and imagination could go.
February 16th, 2013, 05:27 PM #17
Yeah, I dont understand when someone mentions "Pre Fab, Modular or Manufactured" peeps get worried or scared that its low quality, B grade craftsmanship and a box with a 2/12 gableless roof. Thats just not the case and hasnt been in YEARS. Its a complete misnomer. Some of the highest IBC QC standards are met and exceeded with Modular Homes. Some of the most advanced up-to-date design, building materials, environmental controls, adhesives, fasteners, insulation, and M.E.P.'s are used in Modular construction. Some modular construction techniques have even rolled over into conventional construction for that matter. Both Fire Proof (yes, PROOF) ridged and expandable foam insulation are two off the top of my head.
To be completely honest, I'd rather have a factory assembly-line that builds the same thing day-in and day-out everyday using the same QC standards over a ever changing crew of framing monkeys (was once one) that feel they need to toenail a 2x4 10 times, doesn't care that the room is 2 feet out of square, closes up a wall knowing damn well he forgot to fasten a header and uses rusty fasteners or ties left over from a a job 6 years ago to save a buck. Screw that. Most, if not all Manufactured homes have specific installers that they train and certify to do the installations also. Most reputable builders and large scale operations may even have a full time SE on the site. There wont be any "Command Decisions" made by a $20 an hour carpenter that got too drunk last night. Yep, been there too.