Has anyone built a modular home or involved with such build?

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Yes, I worked on the Trac75 Apartments in Boston (https://www.bldup.com/projects/61-83-braintree-street). Its 80 units total with a mix of studios, 2 bedrooms, and 3 bedrooms. We actually ordered the actual modular units from a company up in Canada. If you're looking for Single Family - Blu Homes is a good company to work with. Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.

I recommend that you do your research. In my experience - modular is just as expensive as stick built. Additionally, there is still a stigma with regards to modular homes. Don't get me wrong, they are built well - just don't think that you are going to save a ton of money by opting for modular. 

There are many companies online with info you can look at including stock floor plans, I was part of a club that built one in Vermont.  In general they are more economical for larger square footage then a smaller Square foot SF.  They go up quicker which is why the club choose this method but they are in all ways like a regular house.  Many PreFab/modular companies are regional.  You can choose a manufacturer and they will work with a builder of your choice or have builder they have worked with in the past.  The layouts and styles I found to be traditional for your area. We are considering it for a replacement home but so far stick built is supposedly cheaper for <2000 square foot in our area. 

I own a modular home used as a rental and did extensive work on it (water/termite damage) and was pretty impressed with the quality of build.
Most municipalities lump mobile/manufactured/modular homes all in a clump but while I don't buy manufactured homes, I would readily pick up another modular one. The interior is all sheet rock (none of the batten strips every 4 foot on the walls and ceilings like a mobile). There's no steel frame underneath as they've never had wheels on them, they get delivered on a truck and assembled on site. It does have a "joint" where two halves were connected together but that's not visible except for in the crawl space or when we had all the flooring out. It uses standard doors and fixtures, not the special (odd size) stuff mobiles use. I doubt whether the occupants would know it's a modular home unless they take note of the "tags/notices" that are on one of the closet walls.
Originally posted by @Maggie Medal :

@Fredy Vinansaca checkout these threads :) and Eric Theran's blog post! https://www.biggerpockets.com/member-blogs/9522/68289-i-love-modular-construction-and-so-should-you

https://www.biggerpockets.com/forums/44/topics/226964-modular-homes?page=1

https://www.biggerpockets.com/forums/44/topics/550969-modular-home-construction?page=1#p4312246

Thank you for this great information.  It's good to know the process and most importantly the pros and cons.

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