Factory-built housing refers to homes that are built in a manufacturing facility using the most uo-to-date building systems resulting in varying degrees of completion prior to delivery to a building site.

Many people think that only motor homes or mini-homes can be factory-built, but the range of factory-built housing extends much further.

When you purchase a factory-built home from a Manufacturer Members of MHAAC (Manufactured Housing Association of Atlantic Canada) you get homes that:

• Offer Precision Construction
• Are Cost Effective
• Are Energy Efficient
• Have Short Construction Time Frame
• Offer Customizable Layouts and Designs
• Provide Complete & Firm Pricing
• Use Premium Building Materials


There are 4 common types of factory-built housing, one of which may apply to your specific needs:

Modular Homes

Modular homes are built in a factory as three-dimensional modules that may be combined on-site to make one-, two- or three-storey homes. Typically, a bungalow will consist of one or two modules, while a two-storey home will use four or five, or more modules.

The homes are typically set on full-perimeter foundations—a crawl space or full basement—but may also be placed on surface-mount foundations.

Insulation, air/vapour barrier, plumbing, wiring, exterior siding and other construction details are largely completed in the factory. Interior work is usually well advanced, including drywall, trim, flooring, cabinets and bathroom fixtures.

Finishing the home on-site generally takes a couple of weeks, sometimes more, depending on the size, style and features of the home. Some features are best done on-site, such as brick siding and some types of flooring.

Manufactured Homes

Manufactured Homes are typically built in one section, although some manufacturers offer these homes in two sections as well.

Manufactured homes are virtually complete when they leave the factory—often ready for move-in the same day or a few days after arriving on the site.

Due to their unique structural design, these homes can be installed on surface-mount foundations, such as piers. They can also be relocated, although most are never moved from their original site.

Panelized Homes

Panelized homes refer to homes built with pre-fabricated wall, floor and/or roof assemblies. Panels may be partially or fully completed in the factory, with windows, doors and siding often installed already.

They are shipped flat to the site where they are assembled, and the home is finished inside and out.

The use of panels reduces on-site construction time significantly.

Pre-engineered homes

Pre-engineered homes are essentially “pre-packaged” homes. All major building components are prepared in the factory and shipped to the building site ready for assembly—including framing materials, doors, windows, roofing, siding, interior wall partitions and sub-flooring.

The pre-engineered building system emphasizes precision design and pre-cutting, and can be used for virtually any home design.