by Myles Biggs
The word ‘urban’ invokes an image of crowded streets,
sprawling bridges and towering skylines. Few people could ever imagine a new home
being methodically transported through such an urban environment; however,
modular building systems have become quite popular in urban areas where market
demand calls for quicker construction timelines, energy efficiency and modern
In most instances, urban infill projects involve the
demolition of an existing structure that has aged beyond repair. Once the
debris is cleared, a new home can be erected on the same piece of land.
However, in most urban environments, these building lots are incredibly small.
This can cause trouble for site-builders who have to spend anywhere from a few
weeks to a few months working on a new home that is often between two existing
homes. The noise from their tools and their vehicles become a public nuisance,
as do their building supplies, which often remain stacked in the area.
This is where the beauty of modular construction comes in to
By choosing a modular building solution, a home builder can
have the new structure erected and weather tight in a quick as one day. This
helps to reduce, if not eliminate job-site theft and vandalism. From there,
most of the finish work takes place indoors – eliminating many of the public
nuisances and lowering neighborhood tensions associated with new construction.
As our nation’s cities and urban neighborhoods continue to
age, modular homes present the perfect solution for rebuilding these areas with
energy efficient structures that can take us into a more sustainable future.
Ritz-Craft is pleased to align ourselves with home builders operating
in urban markets. One such builder was just featured by Builder Magazine in an online article
about modular building systems and urban infill projects.
Do you have a question about the capabilities of modular
homes in urban environments? Feel free to contact
us or leave a comment in the section below.