History of Factory-Built Housing


History of Factory-Built Housing - 1950s Mobile HomeManufactured Housing boomed in the early 1950’s to efficiently meet housing demands for soldiers returning from WWII. These homes were designed to be mobile so they could easily relocate to a new city when the owner found a job.

In order to remain mobile, the width and length of the structure was restricted and it had marker lights and wheels to be safely towed to a new location.

1960’s – Early 1970’s

History of Factory-Built Housing - Early 1970's semi-permanent double-wide structure.Mobile homes became larger to accommodate modern conveniences and growing families. The exteriors were upgraded to feature double-hung windows, decorative trim, and shutters.

The “double-wide” consisted of two units placed sideby-side to create one structure. Although it could still be relocated like earlier models, it became common to treat them as permanent structures by way of skirting, building decks and adding planter boxes. When an owner needed to relocate, they would now sell the structure as opposed to uprooting and bringing the home with them.

Late 1970’s

Modular Homes were developed; a structure built offsite and erected onto a permanent foundation. Unlike mobile homes, modular homes cannot be relocated. They appreciate in value and are virtually indistinguishable from a site-built structure.


The invention of computer-assisted design (CAD) programs, blueprints and designs allowed modular home design to become more complex and “outside the box”.

Present Day

History of Factory-Built Housing - Present Day.Today’s modular home rivals site-built structures in design, cost, and functionality. The building is constructed indoors, away from harsh elements, and moved in pieces to its permanent location for completion. Modern modular homes typically are indistinguishable from site-built homes and are bought and sold as regular real estate.


Innovation within the modular building sector continues to soar providing developers, municipalities, institutions, accommodators and more with almost limitless design options and countless advantages including overall costs, turn-around times and dwelling efficiencies.

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