Modular going mainstream?

Benefits make prefab home construction more attractive

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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 says. "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.