It's not your weird cousin's mobile home. Modular construction processes have also been used to create long-lasting, high-quality office and industrial buildings, banks, schools—and homes for decades. In general, "modular" means that home construction takes place in a factory, before being assembled onsite in pieces or modules. Scandinavian countries, Canada and Japan all employ modular production as a major home-building technique.
LivingHomes uses modular construction to build our high-end residences, because it allows us to produce higher quality homes faster and for less money than traditional, "stick-built" (site built) methods.
Modular buildings are built to a higher level of quality than stick-built (site built) structures, in part because they must be able to withstand the stresses of transport. Joints are tighter, fasteners more accurately applied and material is cut with more exactness.
Saving Time and Money
The modular building process decreases construction time. Similar, custom stick-built homes can take one to two years to design and construct. In contrast, a modular LivingHome can be built in no more than six months, because the foundation work and the building fabrication occur simultaneously; and factory construction leverages specialized construction teams, equipment and facilities. As a result, prefabrication saves money. A semi-custom LivingHome costs twenty to forty percent less per square foot than an equivalent stick-built home.
Sustainable Building Practices
Modular fabrication supports sustainable building practices. Thirty to forty percent of the material used to construct a typical stick-built home ends up in a landfill. With a modular home-building process, only about two percent of materials (on average) end up as waste.
Building a traditional 2,000 square-foot "stick built" home creates more than 25,000 pounds of construction waste. That's the equivalent of the weight of almost two of the eleven modules that make up the first LivingHome.