Trees and power lines can get in the way of the crane. Neighboring properties just feet away from the job site present challenges. However, Forbes contributor Sheri Koones chronicles the installation of a prefabricated building constructed by Modscape that replaced a 100-year-old Victorian house on a tiny lot less than 28 feet wide. The sleek, two-story structure was set on the foundation in just two days and the onsite phase of the project, from demolition of the old home to move-in, was finished in just three weeks.
The only items that would be completed on site were the floorboards that sit directly above the join lines between the modules, cladding that covers module join locations, baseboards that run around the bottom edge to prevent rodents from getting in, and a few other minor items. Completing so many parts of a modular house in the factory is highly unusual.