What’s the Difference?
First off, let’s recall the difference between modular and mobile. A modular home is manufactured off-site and assembled on-site. They can even be placed on top of a basement foundation. Mobile homes are built on a steel frame and come with wheels, which are removed when the home is placed on-site. Another great thing about modular homes is that they can qualify for a conventional mortgage from lenders like Quicken Loans. Mobile homes do not qualify for mortgages. Check out this post for more info on the differences between modular and manufactured homes.
According to Popular Mechanics magazine, these modular prefab homes are way more efficient. “By using less space and materials, prefab homes preserve natural resources, while leaving the smallest of footprints. They are usually manufactured in a way that leaves a smaller ecological footprint than conventional on-site construction.”
My Favorite Modular Home Designs
Here are a few of my very favorite designs. I won’t get into the pricing of each of my faves, but I’ve included a link to each manufacturer. I’m just diggin’ what I’m seein’!
First Living Home
This beauty is called the First Living Home. It was designed by Architect Ray Kappe and was recently certified LEED Platinum (the highest certification) by the United States Green Building Council. It was built off-site and installed in just eight hours! Check out this one and others at LivingHomes.net.
Method Homes designed and built this thoroughly-modern modular. Dubbed the M2, it has two bedrooms and one and a half baths. Note that the ceilings are rough-sawn plywood while the exterior siding is made from corrugated metal. The living/dining and bedroom modules are connected by a suspended, glass-filled bridge.
Chase away the blues with this natural wood-themed modular home by Blu Homes. The Breezehouse features a glass-enclosed living area situated under a distinctive “butterfly” roof. Sliding glass doors open to connect the Breezespace to the outdoors, creating an “open-air living room that marries the home’s interior with the natural world surrounding it.”
Now, this could be my favorite. It’s made from a steel shipping container. The modules are designed to fit snugly in an 8-foot-by-40-foot shipping container, and can be transported anywhere internationally for $5,000. The homes ship almost entirely complete – with plenty of green features like bamboo flooring, LED lighting, all-steel framing and FCC-certified woods. And the inexpensive shipping and more efficient, centralized production means all these features don’t carry a premium price. Find out more at Connect-Homes.com.
Do you have a cool modular house? Or have you seen one that really blows you away? Tell us about it and send us a snapshot. We’d love to see it! (Maybe you want to invite us over for dinner?)
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