In a cost-competitive construction market, modular technology offers small-volume custom builders the efficiencies of factory-based mass production. The typical modular shell drops onto the foundation in less than a day — and includes plumbing, wiring, insulation, windows, and doors.

So what about the “custom” part? The public perception of modular homes is that they’re basic, boxy, and not very stylish. But the truth is it’s possible for a modular house to look every bit as sharp and unique as any fine stick-built home, as many architects and some modular manufacturers are demonstrating. Not only that, but they’re doing it...

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