The Making of a Modular Home

The Making of a Modular Home

Adrienne Breaux
Aug 2, 2010

Take a drive in a neighborhood of any city and you're bound to see a house being constructed. In contrast with a site-built house is the magic of a modular home. One day there's an empty site that's been prepped, and the next day there's a fully built house on the lot. We got to take a tour of a factory where a modular home is being made.

We first fell in love with ma modular's work with their first project, the Luna House, which features two modules and a connector unit to create a fabulous home. We got the chance to tour the latest to come out of KRDB's modular home company with the Ford House at ma modular's partner manufacturing plant, Palm Harbor-Discovery. The Ford House is owned by Joe Etherton and Karen Cotter of Austin and, after completion, will live on a lovely lot in Central Austin.

The benefits of this new ma modular home are the same as many modular homes: site-built homes are built from the outside first, and then all the interior work is done in order to protect the inside of the home from the elements, but ma modular homes are built indoors and can be built in a more streamlined and cost-effective fashion. Factory built modular homes also produce much less waste. According to ma modular, homes in factories produce on average one dumpster of trash/scrap for every three houses versus on-site construction which can produce several dumpsters of trash for one house. Shorter build times also equal less resource usage and expense.

For more information on ma modular's prices, building processes, system, modules and more, check out their website.

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Images: Adrienne Breaux

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