Post and Courier Charleston,
Picture a house being raised by builders on site: framing, drywall, fixtures, electrical work. Then envision all the work going on in a sprawling plant.
That’s a condensed version of the differences between modular homes and stick-built houses.
Modular homes also vary from manufactured houses. But there, it’s primarily in the consumers the two industries are focusing on. Manufactured homes tend to be constructed as single units, usually without second levels, and are designed in many cases as affordable housing for lower to moderate income residents.
Modular houses, by contrast, typically are aimed at a middle to upscale buyer. They include assembly techniques for two-or-more-story houses, hoisting upper stories by crane and clipping them to ground floors, even installing attics.
According to modular backers, the homes can produce cost savings because they’re built under climate-controlled conditions — no holdups for wind and rain.
Even so, the industry has been slow to catch on in a big way in the
area and elsewhere. One area neighborhood, North Charleston-based HunleyWaters, is known for its all-modular-home construction. Homes are priced in the
low to mid $200,000s. The community works with Nationwide Homes in ,
as its manufacturer, and locally based Old Man Construction completes the work
once the sections are on the ground. Martinsville, Va.