Monday, January 26, 2015

Guildcrest Modular Featured in Article

Here is a nice article about one of the best Canadian modular home builders....

Modular homes far from cookie-cutter

Bruce Firestone
Ottawa Business Journal
Published on January 23, 2015

Henry Ford obviously wasn’t present when I recently visited modular homebuilder Guildcrest’s 120,000-square-foot plant in Morewood, about 50 km southeast of Ottawa, but his spirit definitely was.

Guildcrest Homes factory, Moorewood, Ontario, Canada

Watching factory-built homes roll down the company’s assembly line each week in this giant hive of activity with more than 120 employees homes is inspiring. Once assembled, the homes are loaded onto flatbeds, trucked to their new location, placed on footings and a foundation, and voilĂ , homebuyers have a new dwelling.

Along the way, Guildcrest Homes has found creative solutions to problems such as how to keep load heights to about 13 feet – gang nail roof trusses are hinged so they unfold upwards after delivery and lock in place.

As my tour guide at the plant, 12-year company veteran George Tierney, notes: “We’re pretty sure that if a wood-frame building comes into contact with a concrete overpass at 100 km/h, well, we know who’d win.”

The company has overcome technical challenges like this through innovation. It also appears to be able to consistently deliver good-quality products on time, an issue that often bedevils the stick-built mainstream homebuilding business.

Indeed, a lot can go wrong when building a new home. It’s a complicated process, and it’s not unusual to have 30 or more unresolved building issues when a new stick-frame house is completed.
But assembling houses in a controlled environment, as Guildcrest does at the rate of about one a day, should mean that they can deliver on time and with fewer problems.

The firm’s record with Tarion, Ontario’s new home warranty program, seems to bear this out.

In 10 years, Guildcrest has sold 418 dwellings in Ontario. Over that time, it has had just one chargeable conciliation, which occurs when Tarion determines that one or more items reported by the homeowner are warranted under the plan and the builder failed to repair or resolve the items during the applicable repair period.

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