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Modular Mansions

by Sheri Koones

      Erase all your previous ideas about modular housing. Sheri Koones digs deep and far to provide those planning to build a home reason to consider factory-built alternatives to site-built homes. Many think of the out-dated double-wide as the typical modular, but Koones presents the polar opposite, featuring an 11,000 square foot home, with every whistle and bell, complex finishing details, and with curb appeal to die for. Color photographs tell the story of more than twenty modular homes from thirteen hundred square-feet on up. A variety of locations, styles, and exterior finishes present a good foundation for potential new-construction homeowners to visualize what their options with modular products.

Interior and exterior photographs are provided with related text. The first chapter takes the reader through the process and mechanics of how a modular is produced in the factory, delivered to the site, set on a foundation, and finished. As a previous modular homeowner, this under-utilized construction method, which offers shorter construction timelines and ten or more percent savings over site-built homes, should be in every architect, designer and general contractor’s library. More homeowners need to get out of the weather-beaten-stick-built-syndrome and into a modular rectangle.

The Book

Gibbs Smith
August 2005
Hard Cover
Non-Fiction Home Design
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The Reviewer

Mark Nash
Reviewed 2006
NOTE: Reviewer Mark Nash is the author of Fundamentals of Marketing for the Real Estate Professional, Starting & Succeeding in Real Estate, Reaching Out: The Financial Power of Niche Markeing, and 1001 Tips for Buying and Selling a Home.
© 2006