Saturday, February 11, 2017

How Can You Get a Modular Home to a Difficult Jobsite?

An article from the Express Modular blog


First, What Makes a Modular Home Modular?

A modular home is basically a stick built home that is built offsite and then transported to the site in modules. When designing a modular home the architect, engineer, or designer takes a standard home design and then based on that design, determines the best way to modularize or break it up into pieces that can be transported. These pieces, or modules, are then individually built in a factory. Because of state highway limitations and the need to gain access to building sites, typical module sizes can vary by region.

In the northeast and mid-Atlantic where modular home construction is popular, highways are much older than in the rest of the country. Underpasses are lower and roads and bridges are narrower. This has placed more restrictive size limits on the modules produced in this area. Module sizes are limited to being under 16 feet wide and a maximum of 76 feet long. In the midwest and plains states highways are wide and underpasses are tall. Many times home modules that are 15 feet tall, 18-20 feet wide and up to 93 feet long can be shipped. In fact, in a few limited areas, a home can be built in one module that is 60 feet long and 32 feet wide. Imagine trying to pass that on the road!

Getting all of the modules of a home to a home site is the first step to erecting a modular home on a site. Needless to say, reputable modular home companies have gotten very good at getting modules to sites that many would think required a helicopter for delivery. There are other special tools and equipment that can get large modules to difficult sites. Excavation equipment is used to navigate steep hills, tight turns, and muddy sites. Other equipment such as Jades, Tugs, and Platypus’ have been developed just to get large modules to sites that otherwise would be inaccessible.

Traveling on main highways is typically the easy part. Once a truck carrying a module gets off the main road, that’s when navigating the obstacles becomes an art form. Here are some obstacles that are found when delivery modules to home sites.

Tight Bends and Narrow Roads


Tight bends and switchbacks on roads are a common occurrence. Having a small truck and a movable hitch can make the difference of getting a module to the home site or not. Planning takes place long before the home arrives to some jobsites to insure the modules are small enough to navigate the road and that the carrier the module is placed is also the shortest possible to get to the home site.

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1 comment:

Chuck Owings said...

Been there, done that! Always a challenge. A modular builder looks at a site completely differently than a home owner. We tend to be looking up and seeing a lot for how much clearing will be necessary to set the house. That all comes into play pricing the site preparation and development. Luckily, those would be common costs associated with any kind of building on that particular site. We still try and manage to come in less expensive than stick building with a better overall product.