History of Modular Homes
For almost a century, European and American architects, engineers and builders have dreamed 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:
- To give customers exactly what they want and need. If you are in need of a custom home design, PSE Consulting Engineers/Precision Structural Engineering can work with you to design a modular home.
- To avoid all unnecessary waste in the on-site construction, which yields a savings for the client.
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. Get started on designing your new modular home today.