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History of Modular Homes

For almost a century, European and American architects, engineers and builders have dreamt of the factory-made house. The house that is made and marketed like a motor car, modular homes are the answer to this dream.

As we entered the twentieth century, the growing hard-working middle class had simple needs, and common dreams of a practical and affordable home. The bungalow became the new American housing icon. With the simplification of the home design came the catalog house, or the mail-order kits. In 1910 Aladdin Homes of Bay City, Michigan, took the concept to a whole new level that was followed by Sears and Roebuck. All prefab and modular home manufactures agreed that labor-saving, machine construction, standardization of lumber size and length, bulk purchasing, and quantity production of mill-work make housing affordable for the masses.

Modular designers and builders have shared two basic goals:

  1. To give customers exactly what they want and
  2. To avoid all unnecessary waste in the on-site construction, which yields a savings for the client.

Customization, efficiency, sustainability and economy are the basics for today’s modular homes.

The modular hosing and the prefab industry have been experiencing phenomenal growth in recent years. Ten years ago, modular and prefab homes were only about 7 % of the total residential market. Today, modular and prefab homes are 36% of the market. The modular home industry is the fastest growing sector in the residential market today.