The Modular Construction

July 25, 2010
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Modular Construction

Modular construction has been around almost since the advent of the covered wagon. The use of modular construction enhanced today’s building practices.

Japanese builders construct homes like kids using building blocks. At first, a new homeowner may only be able to afford a small home with a single bath. As time passes, the homeowner can easily add on to their existing modular structure with new add-on modular units making the home a little more spacious and or bigger.

In the early 60’s, a builder from my home town built modular rooms for hotels and motels. For that era, this builder was considered a visionary. Today, this is a much more common practice. A recent article in one of my trade magazines ran a story about a large hotel resort in Dubai where every bathroom was a constructed modular unit.

This type of building practice saves thousands of dollars in building material cost as well as on-site labor cost.

Modular construction, whether it is entire homes or individual rooms/units, is unique because the actual building takes place in a climate-controlled environment. This reduces and nearly gets rid of the chances of weather delays. It also allows for design flexibility, energy efficiency, speeds in building time and reduced costs to both the contractor and the owner.