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What is modular construction?

Just as the term site-built does not describe the type of home, nor does the term modular. They both describe alternative methods of construction. Modular is simply a method of building a home or structure in sections away from the site, in a manufacturing facility. Homes commonly described as, multi-family, single-family, two-storey, etc, can be site-built, modular built, or built using a combination of construction methods.

What is the difference between an RTM, modular, and manufactured home?

In the past a manufactured home was referred to as a ‘mobile home’ or ‘trailer’. Our manufactured homes are built on a steel frame that remains as a permanent part of it’s structure. The frame of the building is typically supported by piers, or by another form of temporary foundation. These homes are built 16’-22’ wide and up to 76’ long.

An RTM is a home that is built and shipped in one piece to be placed on a permanent foundation; basement or crawlspace. Grandeur can build RTM’s up to 36 feet wide and 66 feet long, providing 2,376 square feet of living space.

A modular home is built in sections and pieced together on-site where they are then placed onto a basement or crawlspace. The size, location and accessibility of your lot is a determining factor in deciding whether an RTM or modular home is the best option for you.

What are the advantages to a modular built home versus one built on site?

Our homes meet or exceed the same building codes as traditional construction. This means that you get the same, if not greater quality, durability, and longevity with modular buildings as you would with conventional site built construction. Each phase in the construction process is inspected and monitored by our quality control personnel in our CSA A277 certified factory.

Set Budget & Schedule
Severe weather conditions and external factors do not influence the schedule of your project. The reduction of these delays eliminates cost over runs and additional expenses that can accumulate due to unforeseen events.

Reduced Material Waste & Improved Disposal Recycling
Factories buy large quantities of lumber and other building materials, much of which is ordered to exact requirements, thereby reducing waste. Waste that does occur is significantly less than when a building is constructed on site, and can readily be recycled or disposed of properly.

Reduced Environmental Footprint
The general impact on the surface environment and neighboring properties is greatly reduced compared to site-built construction projects as the buildings that arrive to the site are often 85% or more complete.

Where are our homes built?

All of our homes are built in one of our indoor factories in Winkler, Manitoba. The controlled environment protects our homes from adverse weather conditions during the different stages of construction. Strict quality control measures are in effect throughout the entire process as the modules move throughout our factory. Completed homes are protected for transport and then shipped to your site where they are placed on the foundation of your choice. Finishing touches and
needed site work are completed by a professional set-up crew.

Does a custom plan cost more?

Our highly skilled drafting department has designed many floorplans for modular, RTM, & manufactured homes. Ranging widely in size, layout, and upgrade options, we’d love to sit down with you to pick out the perfect plan for your needs. If our per-designed home floorplans are not what you are after, there are no additional charges to start from scratch with a new plan.Your home is a big investment and we will work hard to have it built just the way you want.

What is included in the base price of a Grandeur home?

Triple Pane Low-E Argon filled windows, a Whirlpool appliance package and maple cabinetry are just a few of the many standards in all of our homes. For the complete list of our standard specifications see the “General Specifications” that are listed under the Modular, RTM, and Manufactured homes tab. Grandeur has a large selection of upgrade options allowing you to highly customize your home.

What kind of warranty is offered with Grandeur homes?

We are committed to customer satisfaction from the time we start designing your home until it is delivered, finished, and you are living in it. Our homes include a one-year comprehensive warranty & a 10-year structural warranty. We can assure you that our warranty service work will be completed in a timely manner and that the work done will be completed to a high standard.

Are Grandeur homes built to the required codes where I live?

Our factory is certified to meet or exceed CSA Z240 & CSA A277 building standards. We also build to
or above the following requirements:

  • National Fire Code of Canada
  • NBC of Canada
  • Canadian Electrical Code
  • HRAI Manual
  • National Plumbing Code
  • Local Pertaining By-Laws

What is the appreciation, depreciation, and life span of a modular or manufactured home?

The value of appreciation in a modular or manufactured home is based off of the common real estate principle; location. When properly maintained, our homes appreciate at the same rate as other homes in surrounding neighborhoods.

Life Span – Modular Advantages
Constructed indoors, framing materials, sheathing, floor & roof decking are all guaranteed to be installed dry. This ensures that moisture is not built into a structure therefore reducing the potential for mold formations and moisture related degradation.

Are there restrictions as to where I can place and RTM, manufactured, or modular home?

Any homes built under the CSA A277 Certification are built according to all local building codes, therefore obtaining a building permit and placing a modular home into a typical residential development or community is just as simple as it is for a site-built home.

It is advisable to check with the developer for any architectural requirements or local by-laws to ensure your home adheres to these requirements prior to starting any construction project whether it be a modular or site-built home.

Will banks finance a modular home?

Most banks, financial institutions and insurance companies will treat modular homes in the same way they do for site built homes. To be sure, ask the mortgage brokers and banks in your area what their financing looks like for modular homes.