Building a modular home {a look back at our building process}

Building a Modular Home

This month marks seven years since we moved into our home, and as we prepare to list it for sale, I’m feeling a bit nostalgic. Although I’ve done a home tour before (and will do an updated one sometime this month), I’ve never really talked about the building process, which was quite the experience itself!

Building a Modular Home

In 2007, we broke ground the last week of June and officially moved in on September 4th. Crazy, right? Our home is a modular, and it was built in a factory in just a couple of weeks and then assembled after it was delivered to our property.

Building a Modular Home

Building a Modular Home

During the building process, we made regular visits to our land to explore and watch their progress, and I can’t believe how tiny our big girls were in these pictures.

Building a Modular Home

Building a Modular Home

Building a Modular Home

Building a Modular Home

Once the well, septic, basement and driveway were ready, the house was delivered:

Building a Modular Home

One day they delivered the downstairs (the white film on the left is the patio door).

Building a Modular Home

And the next they delivered the upstairs, setting all four boxes side by side in the cul-de-sac (which we affectionately refer to as “the big circle”).

Building a Modular Home

It was so weird to walk through the house while it was unassembled, and the extra wooden beams in between the sections made it hard to picture what the final house would look like.

Building a Modular Home

A few days later we drove back out to watch the crew assemble the boxes. Much to the horror of our parents and the crew, I climbed this ladder at 7 months pregnant because I couldn’t bear to wait outside while my family went inside to explore! I promise I was careful.

Building a Modular Home

Building a Modular Home

Building a Modular Home

Modular homes are usually finished when they’re delivered — with flooring and doors and stair railings — but since we wanted to do a lot of custom work, we did the finish work ourselves. (I say “we”, but I didn’t do anything.)

Building a Modular Home

The crew — which travels around assembling modulars — attached and drywalled the seams between the four pieces and finished the painting.

Building a Modular Home

Once that was done, Sean dedicated every spare moment outside of work to finishing the rest. He installed the kitchen and bathrooms while our local crew worked on the porch.

Building a Modular Home

Building a Modular Home

Finally, after a month of weekly visits, we were ready to move in.

Building a Modular Home

Building a Modular Home

And then this happened. Fortunately, the farmers next door saw the truck get stuck and brought over a tractor to help pull us out.

Because there was no permitting required in our county at the time, we actually moved in before the house was ready. We didn’t have power (until my dad was finally able to get someone to pull some strings on our behalf and get the power crew out to hook up the lines ten days earlier than they anticipated!), so we used a generator for the basics.

The floor, stair rails, porch and landscaping also hadn’t been finished. Oh, yeah, and I was two weeks away from delivering our third daughter at this point!

Building a Modular Home

Building a Modular Home

Despite the craziness of moving into an unfinished home with two toddlers at 8.5 months pregnant, I look back at this time with so much fondness. We were so excited to be in the house, and we had so much fun exploring our neighborhood. And Sean continued to work his tale off finishing the house, so every day brought progress!

Building a Modular Home

After seven years, our house has changed a lot as we’ve figured out what does and doesn’t work, so watch for the updated tour soon!

Mandi Ehman is the blogger behind Life Your Way. She and her husband have four beautiful girls plus one baby boy, and together they live, work and homeschool on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia. Mandi loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.
  • Courtney Kueck

    My husband and I have been discussing modular homes for a while now. Excited to read the next post!

    • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

      Oh, fun, Courtney! I honestly don’t think I would ever build a traditional home again. It was so fast and easy, and we didn’t have any budget surprises or weather delays. For my type-A self, those things alone made it worth it!

  • http://myoverflowingcup.com Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

    Thanks so much for sharing this. Our story is very similar except that we did have them complete everything. It must have been nice to do some of the work yourself as I assume it saved you some money and gave you more of a choice in how you wanted things done. You were smart to put in a basement. That’s one thing I wish we had done differently with ours. Your house is adorable! I love the 2 story look to it.

    • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

      Oh, how fun — I’ve never talked with someone else who built a modular before. In some ways we regret not having the floors done (because we tried a few “creative” options before going with a laminate flooring anyway, but it’s definitely fun that the house reflects our style and not just the standard choices.

      How long have you lived in yours?

      • http://myoverflowingcup.com Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

        We’ve lived in ours for 8 years.

  • Maurika

    Thanks for sharing! I enjoy reading all your posts!

    • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

      Thanks so much, Maurika! :)

  • emailgroupie

    What company did you use?