Making Do With Modulars

December 18, 2010


My dad was in the modular business. As a young man, he was a carpenter and contractor. But in the 70s, the housing industry slowed (like it is now), and he was without work. He started a modular building business, which became very successful in western New York. I think it’s so interesting to see how methods and designs change over the years. Thirty years ago, a pole barn or modular structure was good for a cow barn or chicken coop maybe. But today, they are being made into temporary and permanent buildings. A company can literally start from the “ground up” in the early 80s, and grow to become a hugely successful business, one of the country’s largest manufacturers of modular and mobile buildings.

Modular and mobile buildings are on the rise everywhere. You probably pass them every day, and have no idea they are what they are. They are built as medical clinics, sales offices, as temporary and permanent schools, daycare buildings, restroom trailers, storage containers, and more. They are desirable because they are easy to construct, quick to build, and — when build with quality — very sturdy. Everyone is pinching their pennies now, even businesses. It’s too expensive to build by the traditional methods.

This is one of Pacific Mobile's office modulars. Wowsa! Photo courtesy of

I think it’s pretty neat. Now, I like my old house as much as any history-lover. But if we ever get another garage or shed or anything, you can believe modular is on the list. It’s inexpensive, looks great, and is sufficient for the need. If you live in the west coast and need some help choosing a reliable company, look into Pacific Mobile.

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