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What Exactly Does Modular Mean?

When people hear the term “modular home”, they often have misconceptions. They may confuse “modular homes” with “manufactured homes” – and these are two very different things! Or they may think that modular homes all look alike – much like those little green houses on the Monopoly Board. But the fact is, if you drove through any given neighbourhood, you would probably not be able to tell which homes are modular and which ones have been built in the traditional way.


So, what exactly is a modular home?

A modular home is a home that has been built indoors – basically inside a home-building factory. Once complete, the modules (or components of these homes) are transported by truck to their new location and assembled by highly qualified tradesmen onto the already poured foundation. Other terms for modular homes are factory-built homes or prefab homes.


Quality Homes’ 124,000 sq. ft. production facility in Kenilworth, Ontario.


What a modular home is NOT:

A modular home is not the same thing as a manufactured home. Manufactured homes (sometimes called mobile homes) are homes without a permanent foundation and which can be moved from place to place.


Modular homes by Quality Homes come included with a full height foundation.


What is the difference between modular homes and site-built homes?

As mentioned before, if you were to look at a modular home side-by-side with a home that had been built on-site, you would not be able to tell that there was any difference at all. The difference is in how and where the home was constructed.


Modular homes are built in a factory setting; they can be constructed much faster than homes built fully on-site. All the materials and labour are right there and they do not experience weather delays. Modular homes can be built in a matter of weeks, as opposed to the several months or years that it might take to build a home on-site. Modular homes are also more environmentally-friendly as there is less waste of materials as exact amounts can be ordered.


Modular homes are built precisely and have the highest quality of both materials and workmanship.


How is a modular home the same as a site-built home?

Now you may be thinking to yourself that modular homes sound great, but questioning whether you’ll be able to get everything you want in a home if you decide to go the modular route.


Consider these simple facts about modular homes:

  • Modular homes are appraised for the same values as their traditional counterparts and are appreciated in-value just like any other home.
  • Home loans and property taxes work the same way for modular homes as they do for traditional homes.
  • Modular homes can be fully customized; they vary from one another in appearance, size and design.
  • Modular homes can have a variety of features to make them more accessible or more environmentally friendly.
  • Yes, you can still have a basement or crawl spaces with a modular home!


Yes, it’s modular!


If you are considering building a home, why not consider building one that has all of the advantages of a traditional site-built home, but also one that saves you time and money, that is more environmentally-friendly, and that will result in a better built home for years to come!


For more information about modular homes, contact us today.