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Why Modular?

An affordable, custom home combines modular units with on-site construction, shedding light on the strengths and weaknesses of factory-built homes

With their cookie-cutter approach to construction and limited options for windows, cabinets, and millwork, modular homes rarely illustrate thoughtful design and careful craftsmanship. But associate editor Chris Ermides writes about a "hybrid" house that combines the best features of modular construction—such as less waste, less exposure to the elements, and better control over costs—with on-site construction. This house, in Durham, N.C., is one example of an effort by custom-home builders to capitalize on the modular model without sacrificing design and construction integrity. It was built from three modules delivered by truck and stitched together on site with a roof and two walls.

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