Will Modular Homes Make You Rethink Your Housing Options? After years of high expectations but low numbers, these factory-built homes may be primed for breakout.

When you buy a modular home, you need to hire someone to assemble the prefabricated parts and take care of plumbing and electricity.

It seems that everywhere you turn online, you see another picture of a fabulous modular home, built in a factory but looking every bit as good as any home built on-site.

But looks can be deceiving. Decades after modular home building was touted as the wave of the future in real estate, the actual number of modular homes built in the U.S. is still small – about 14,000 last year. While growth is slow, proponents see several factors that could boost modular construction’s popularity.

“The concept of modular is huge,” says Marianne Cusato, designer of the Katrina Cottages, which started as a plan for housing that could be built quickly after a hurricane. “The idea that you can figure out online what you want, order it up and have it appear – it’s the holy grail of housing.” More here. 

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