BUILDER Top 10: The Evolution of Modular Housing

One of Middleburg, Va.-based Russell Versaci's plans for a cost-effective, modular home.

ma Modular homes are delivered fully equipped with plumbing, electrical fixtures, and appliances and will require minimal site work. Each home features 2X6 exterior walls, metal roofs, R30 to R50 roof insulation, low-E insulated windows, bamboo floors, and solid surface countertops, among other amenities.

The factory-built Huf House features post-and-beam architectural design and energy efficient technology.

Natural sunlight beams through floor-to-ceiling triple-glazed windows onto rooms throughout the Huf Haus kitchen.

The Craftsman Cottage comes Energy Star ready, measuring at 945 square feet and featuring palladian windows.

At 556 square feet, the Trailblazer model is small, but it has multiple uses. It can be used as a backyard office, guest house, or cabin.

Nationwide Homes's Care-Cottage— a modular home designed to be wheelchair friendly.

Located in Lake Tahoe, Calif., this modular, steel-frame house by Blu Homes offers radiant heating, foam insulation, and tankless water heaters.

Built by KRDB, the Snowhorn House in Austin uses structural insulated panels and a steel frame. It received LEED Platinum certification.

With a HERS rating of 20, the GO Logic Home by Matthew O’Malia is a Passive House–certified building in Belfast, Maine. It uses SIPs and timber framing.

The High Desert itHouse by Taalman Koch Architecture is built with steel framing and steel panels. Built without an HVAC system, the home features solar hot water, radiant floor heating, and solar panels.

Based on Stillwater Dwelling’s Plan sd133, this Portland, Ore., home was installed over a remodeled daylight basement/office/workspace.

Cubicco USA's tightly built, compact structures can withstand winds up to 180 mph, equal to a Category 5 storm such as Hurricane Katrina.

Clayton Homes’ 1,200-square-foot Concept House was built to respond to the special demands of Generation Y buyers.

An artist rendering of a community of ONE homes in Amsterdam.

Domain Apartments' 485 modular units include high-end upgrades such as 9-foot ceilings, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and washers and dryers.

This Bend, Ore., home offers sweeping views of the Cascade Mountains and measures almost 3,000 square feet.

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