Transportable Homes History

History of Transportable Homes and Manufactured Homes


Transportable Homes and modular buildings are essentially pre-manufactured buildings taken to a new and larger scale. Pre-manufactured homes go back over a hundred years, gaining popularity very early in the 20th century. Sears Roebuck Co. sold over 500,000 pre-fabricated homes between 1910 and the 1940.

The end of World War II caused the pre-manufactured homes market to truly explode and quickly evolve. All the returning soldiers coming back to America where looking to buy a home and start a family. This demand for homes was greater than the marketplace could handle using traditional building process; leading people to seek solutions to increase efficiency and lower the cost of new home construction. Pre-manufactured homes and modular homes building processes answered both of these needs. Today,  these simple and effective 1950’s Sear Roebuck modular homes are still providing warmth, comfort and security for American families; although much simpler than today’s relocatable homes.

In the last twenty years technology has greatly increased the sophistication and complexity of  transportable homes has relocatable homes are produced in mass, travel great distances and assembled using 100 ton cranes. Allowing for larger modules to be constructed and shipped cross-country. The only limitation being the size of each individual module due to the width of the road from the factory to the building site. Today’s modular buildings normally consist of 3-6 different modules.

As the size of modular homes has greatly increased since the 1980’s, so has the choice of customisation options. You can now order a custom designed transportable home that has  been created by an architect just for you. Architectural plans detailing technically advanced construction methods  which expand you choices, so you can have a portable home as tall or as wide as you like.

A few examples of how well accepted modular units have become, is that they were used in the construction of the new cruise liner Queen Mary 2. The Queen Mary 2 is the largest and most expensive cruise liner. The ship owners choose to use modular passenger cabins to ensure all cabins were built to the higher standards that are available in a factory environment, even VIP suites utilise modular homes building processes and practices. Modular buildings have also been used to construct McDonalds fast-food restaurants, and it is estimated almost all Americans have been in a modular structure at some point in their life. Since finished modular buildings look the same as traditionally constructed buildings, no one realizes they are in a modular building or transportable home.