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Modular Construction in Ontario and Manitoba


Have a question about modular homes? We’ve outlined our most frequently asked questions below. If your inquiry is not covered, feel free to contact us with your comments or concerns. We would be happy to help you.

What does “factory-built” mean?

It means just what it sounds like! Your home is built in our climate-controlled factory just outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario. As much work as possible is completed in your home prior to shipping, including the electrical, plumbing, and ventilation systems. This ensures better quality control and a more intact air barrier than contractors can achieve when they construct a home on the building site.

How long will it take to have my home built?

Construction time varies depending on the time of year you order your home – some seasons are busier than others. When we’re busy, we can usually ship your new home in no more than three months. At other times, your home may be ready to ship in eight weeks or less.

Can I see my home being built or take a factory tour?

We’re proud of our facilities and our craftspeople, so we love having guests. If you’re interested in visiting our Rosslyn, Ontario factory – to see your own home under construction, or someone else’s – contact your Smart Modular Representative!

Can I have a brick home?

You can have any kind of siding. Let us know what you want – brick, vinyl, clapboard, you name it. Brick is, of course, installed on-site.

What kind of floors, fixtures and finishes can I have?

Choose hardwood floors, upgraded baths or kitchens, or premium interior trims and Smart Modular Canada Inc. will happily accommodate you.

Say I wanted upgrades such as a thicker sub-floor…

Our minimum Canadian, U.S. and First Nation specifications reflect our commitment to quality and value in every home. However, we’ll upgrade any of our materials to suit your needs.

What about shipping and delivery?

Shipping will be included in your pricing from Smart Modular. Your home will be shipped on our specially designed flatbed trucks and we’ll arrange for the crane that will offload and assemble the modules.

What am I responsible for at the site?

You can sub-contract your home’s foundation and service hookups, or you can let your Smart Modular Representative provide a turnkey solution to site preparation.

How steep a roof can I have?

Choose the roof pitch that best suits your dream home. Our unique hinged-roof system allows us to transport homes of any design without worrying about clearance issues.

How much does a Smart Modular home cost?

Modular homes are often more affordable than comparable homes built entirely on-site. The final cost will naturally depend on your home’s style, features and location. Local building requirements may also affect the final cost. A rule of thumb is the larger the home, the lower the cost per square foot. Contact your Smart Modular Representative for information on pricing.

Can I alter or provide plans?

You may change many aspects of your home’s layout so that it better suits your family. Move an interior wall, remove a wall to combine two rooms, add a sliding door, or even let us build a home based on your own plans: a Smart Modular Canada Inc. sales representative can tell you what’s possible.

How much of my home is “finished “?

As much construction as possible is completed in our climate-controlled factory prior to delivery. This includes most electrical, plumbing and ventilation work, as well as insulation, drywall, and the installation of doors and windows, interior trim, kitchen cabinets and bathroom fixtures. How much is left to do on-site depends in part on your home’s design. Brick or stone cladding, for instance, is completed after delivery. Your Smart Modular Canada Inc. sales representative can tell you more.

Can I be my own general contractor?

Completing one of our homes on site requires a variety of skills and comprehensive knowledge of home building practices. If you choose, however, and if you meet your province’s or state’s regulations governing building trades and professionals, you may coordinate the finishing of your home as general contractor. Contact Smart Modular Canada Inc. or your local building department for more information.

Is my home covered by a warranty?

All Smart Modular Canada Inc. homes are covered by a 10-year limited manufacturer’s warranty. Warranties provided on products such as shingles, fixtures and floor coverings are assigned to the homeowner. The warranty includes ten years of protection against major structural failure, limited protection for electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation systems, and a comprehensive one-year warranty on all factory work.

Modular home facts

  • Modular homes appraise the same as their on-site built counterparts do; they do not depreciate in value.
  • Modular homes can be customized.
  • Most modular home companies have in-house engineering departments that utilize CAD (Computer Aided Design).
  • Modular home designs vary in style and size.
  • Modular construction can be used for commercial applications, including office buildings.
  • Modular homes are permanent structures — “real property.”
  • Modular homes can be built on crawl spaces and basements.
  • Modular homes are considered a form of green building.
  • Modular homes are faster to build than 100% site-built homes.
  • Home loans for modular homes are the same as site-built homes.
  • Insurance premiums for modular homes are the same as site-built homes.
  • Taxes on modular homes are the same as site-built homes.
  • Modular homes can be built to withstand 175-mph winds.
  • Modular homes can be built for accessible living and designed for future conveniences.