Modular going mainstream?

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Modular construction long has suffered from being the Rodney Dangerfield of homebuilding -- in many quarters, it gets no respect. That's a bad rap that bothers Sheri Koones a lot. "There's this myth that modular homes are inferior," she said. "In fact, most modular home are built better -- a lot better -- than most site-built homes." Giving modular and other types of prefabricated construction methods, their due has become something of a crusade for Koones, who has written several books on the subject. The latest is "Prefabulous + Sustainable" (Abrams), a glossy coffee-table tome filled with photography of stunning houses, many of them modular and all of them prefabricated in some form. She suspects modular homes will find a wider audience when the housing industry emerges from its current doldrums because they're quick to build (cost savings) and more environmentally friendly than traditional construction. Five things you ought to know about modu...