To put it bluntly, a modular house is any house that uses the same foundation as conventional houses. You do not have to go too far back in history to find modular, there are of course the older Victorian homes that were constructed using this method.
Modular floor plans are any floor plan that uses the same foundation as a conventional home. Modular homes are those that have a construction crew to build them up from the ground up with the use of concrete foundation and the floor. In today’s market a modular home is one that has very little, if any, impact on the curb appeal of the property it is on.
The use of a foundation for a typical home will usually be a slab of concrete and then the home is on steel decking, or a floating-building system, (flot) which is essentially an open space platform. These platforms are typically built to conform to the right grade of home and the right slope of the home to serve as a footing for the home. As an example, say you are going to build a modular home, and you would like to build on a slant for your new home, all you would need to do is use the existing concrete slab to built out a platform on top of the concrete base of the home.
On the other hand, floor plans that are used for traditional homes will be floor plans that are built around a concrete or engineered floor with a slip-resistant subbase. To help reduce noise, they will have stairs on either side. These types of floor plans are known as L-shaped and usually follow the overall layout of the house and its design.
If you are not familiar with these terms, it is helpful to know that the foundations of these two floor plans vary as well. The difference between the two floor plans is based on the choice of the slab, slip resistance system, and type of joints.
Modular floor plans can come in two basic forms, permanent and mobile. The permanent ones are those that are permanently attached to the concrete surface by means of concrete anchors, which are most commonly used for foundations. Most of the time these forms of modular houses will have many more tiebacks and geometrical shapes than their mobile counterparts.
As mentioned, modular house floor plans that are constructed from mobile forms are less well known than those that are permanent. However, their usage is growing in popularity, as well as the popularity of modular home floor plans that are mobile. One thing that is evident about these mobile floor plans is the fact that they will be able to go anywhere, without the need to re-mortgage.
There are of course still some differences between these types of floor plans as well as the traditional home. They are not going to have the same aesthetics, as well as the same ability to remodel once a home is constructed. For these reasons, modular house floor plans are a unique option to homeowners but are not often considered a choice for all of them.