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BV002673

10:58AM | 11/29/13
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I just recently completed constructing a modular vacation home in Massachusetts and found all aspects of the experience incredible. The costs were significantly lower, the house is remarkably effecient from a heating and AC standpoint, the quality of the building materials are excellent, the list goes on. It's been 3 years and I still get compliments on the home. I live in a upper middle class neigborhood in Central NJ and Aside from perceptural challenges, I can't understand why more homes are not purchased through this Industry. I'd like to understand why and am looking for credible resources to research this Industry further. If anyone can point me in the right direction, I'd appreciate the help. Thanks. Steve

smith01

02:44PM | 11/29/13
Member Since: 11/20/13
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Modular home industry is big in the UK and in Australia. It has however not caught the fancy of the people in the USA. The most important reason could be fewer players in the market manufacturing pre-fabricated materials for construction. If two or three big players enter the market, they would take it upon themselves to educate the public and increase visibility of modular homes.

Duane, Moderator

11:49PM | 11/29/13
Member Since: 11/14/13
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Steve,
I can offer some reasons why the industry is not gaining market right now.
During the housing boom labor cost soared as well as material, and there was a shortage in some areas of building materials, the modular industry ( also known as industrialized building system (ibs) has gained in market share but with the recent down turn in housing labor rates have dropped, taking away some of the economical reasons.
Keep in mind the transportation cost for each modular section adds cost as well. I have built several modular homes and really like the process however there are some disadvantages, geographical, transportation, overhead power lines on tight city streets that makes setting modular sections impossible in one cases.
I think the industry can gain in popularity if new construction cost continue to rise.
You can go to nhab.org and search "building systems councils" for your research.
Modular homes are also known as systems built or frame off modular.
My personal belief is with qualified trade shortages, we will in the near future have to consider modular construction much more often as we currently do.

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BV002680

12:14AM | 11/30/13
nahb.org, not nhab.org

Duane, Moderator

09:28AM | 11/30/13
Member Since: 11/14/13
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Typo! Thanks

danialhenrry

03:44AM | 12/26/13
Member Since: 12/26/13
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According to my view, Modular manufacturers create multiple homes every month, and so are able to order items they need in bulk, reducing the cost per item. With some companies, manufacturers will even work out a deal to get a set discount across the board on any item produced by that company.
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