This is not a condemnation of modular houses, nor is
it critisism of the way this project was carried out but rather it is an account
of plain and simple bad planning. Now we are all guilty of a little bad planning
at times but most often things work out provided there are not serious factors that
add to the failure quotient
This project began with the sale of the four residential lots on the area that once
was the TUCs football field. The town dutifully dug up the street and ran
a new water line and and then the utility companies each repeated the process digging
in electrical power, telephone, natural gas and cable. This process went fairly well
with each doing their best not to damage the trees planted around the area by the
Golden Age Centre and they were fairly successful only once chopping up the
power line laid only a day or two before.
The lots were measured up for the two house that will be first to be put on these
lots and the first one to get started was this one next to the driveway into the
Golden Age Centre. It is a modular home with a simple foundation and a nearly
completed house to be placed on the concrete.
A crew with a bobcat came on the scene and scooped out the area for the footings
then took two full days and evenings drilling in the pilings. Had a local contractor
done the job it would have been completed in about four hours. Once these holes in
the ground were painstakingly created cement was hauled in from Melfort. Clearly,
the cost and time of hauling cement for half an hour could not be more economical
than using the local supplier.
As everyone knows the weather this summer has been less than ideal and this project
seemed to suffer more than others but a few days after the footings were dug in Rise
Construction began a house at the old goal line. This was a tradition stick built
house with a wood basement and garage. As of today that house is now finished being
dry walled, the basement and garage floors have been poured and the driveway ready
After sitting idyl for some time a crew came and installed the foundation then realised
that the house would need water and sewer and the contractor had to do that process
backwards working under the newly poured foundation. Natural gas and electricity
are yet to be installed.
Last week the two portions of the modular house arrived and were spotted nearby the
foundation. Houses are moved into town routinely and it takes only a few hour for
a mover to set a house into place using beams, jacks and winch.
Yesterday, a crane arrived in town driven all the way from Regina and it took until
long after dark to set the two pieces into place. In the process it up roots the
new trees and the crane got itself stuck in the two lots west of the site and had
to be pulled out by Chupa Excavation.
This morning there were workmen on the site joining the two sections and putting
gravel around the yard.
It isn't fair to compare the stick built house with the modular one in that there
may have been other problems that interfered with delivery and the work schedule
but in this case side by side the stick built house is way out in front as far as
completion and readiness for the owners to move in.
As a sidewalk superintendent it just looked like this project was planned badly right
from the beginning. Sequence, sourcing and method all looked to be poorly planned
and the nasty weather just made the whole thing even worse. Perhaps the most poorly
planned part of the project was the costly decision to bring in a heavy lifting crane
from three hundred kilometres away when the mover could have set the modules in place
when they were delivered in a couple of hours rather than taking a whole day to lift
The new modular home still needs to have its dry walling touched up, the two units
spliced together, electricity dug in, natural gas dug in, the garage built, garage
floor poured, the fill for the driveway put in and then the final finishing of the
interior. The neighbouring stick built house started a week after the modular project
is in the final finishing stage all other elements are complete or nearly complete.
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