History of Modular Homes
HISTORY of Modular Homes or Preb Construction
Modular construction, often considered the future of home building industry, has roots near a century old. Two significant event's in the first thirteen years of the 20th century have lead directly to the evolution of todays modern modular home.
In 1908, Sear Roebuck & Company began selling kit homes through its popular catalog. While these kit homes were not constructed in any way before reaching the home site, they were among the first homes to have their complete system of materials transported to a home site. A Sears home buyer could expect their kits, complete with 30,000 pieces and a 75-page instruction manual, to arrive via train.
In 1913, automotive pioneer Henry Ford introduced the assembly line concept at his automotive plant. Ford’s revolutionary idea reduced the construction time of a automobile significantly, while maintaining control and quality at each step of the process. Nearly a half-century later, the concept introduced by Ford and Sear Roebuck & Company would be married at the dawn of the modular home industry.
In the 1950s, to meet the steady demand for new homes following World War II, companies began to produce homes in factories. These homes where equivalent to today’s HUD-code or mobile homes and were not modular homes. But when a home manufacturer first produced a two section home conforming to an applicable building code in 1958, the modular housing industry was formally born.
In the decade that followed, the modular housing industry worked hard to differentiate itself from HUD-code home industry. HUD-code manufactured homes, often called mobile homes are built to Federally mandated (HUD) building code. Modular homes are built to meet all state building codes, erected on a permanent foundation, appreciate in value are virtually indistinguishable from site built homes.
Through the 1970s, modular homes remained simple rectangular, two ro four– module structures. But with the advent of computers and CAD (Computer Assisted Design) programs and Engineered lumber have given the modular industry the ability to move outside the BOX and built just about anything.
Today’s modular homes rival any site-built structures in design and functionality. Advancement's in computer design and factory technology have allowed almost any custom home plan to be constructed as a modular home. For buyers interested in a fine-crafted home that can be built and completed in a faction of the time with true cost management built in over a conventional home, modular housing has become the preferred type of construction for many.