Arthur, Ontario, 2010. I was recently in the rural area of Arthur, Ontario to take a look a modular home. This is home was built in a factory and then trucked to the site and with the use of a crane, it was lifted and lowered onto a prepared foundation. The owner informed me that the construction of the foundation had to be so precise that any deviation from the original dimensions would inhibit the fitting of the house properly.
After the frame and foundation are coupled, the finishing of the house begins. The house comes with the roof the siding, the frame together with the windows and doors. The owner tells me that it only takes a few weeks to construct the frame in a controlled environment. The electrical's are also fitted in the factory but the connection of the power occurs when the electrical's are coupled with the circuit breaker. The light fixtures are already installed prior to delivery.
There is however a fundamental difference in the area where this house is located in that it is in a land lease community. Homes are bought and sold but the land remains with the land owner. A monthly land lease is levied on the buyer for the use of the land where the house sits on. This practice was born from the methods of acquiring property in trailer parks. The trailers however were movable and did not possess a basement. Most of them were on wheels, but later, they evolved into a more permanent structure propped up by steel beams. A more secure set up. This modular home however had a complete foundation and is immovable. The same way homes are built today in most urban areas.