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  • Modular building


    Prefabricated house in Valencia, Spain.Modular buildings and modular homes are prefabricated buildings or houses that consist of repeated sections called modules. "Modular" is a construction method that involves constructing sections away from the building site, then delivering them to the intended site. Installation of the prefabricated sections is completed on site. Prefabricated sections are sometimes placed using a crane. The modules can be placed side-by-side, end-to-end, or stacked, allowing a variety of configurations and styles. Modular buildings, also called prefabricated homes or precision built homes, are built to equal or higher standards as on-site stick-built homes. The building method is referred to as permanent modular construction. Material for stick built and modular homes are the same. Modular homes are not doublewides or mobile homes. First, modular homes do not have axles or a metal frame, meaning that they are typically transported on flat-bed trucks. Modular buildings must conform to all relevant local building codes, while doublewides and mobile homes have metal under framing. Doublewides and mobile homes made in the United States are required to conform to federal codes governed by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

  • Vestibule (architecture)


    A floor plan with a modern vestibule shown in red. A vestibule is an anteroom (antechamber) or small foyer leading into a larger space, such as a lobby, entrance hall, passage, etc., for the purpose of waiting, withholding the larger space view, reducing heat loss, providing space for outwear, etc. The term applies to structures in both modern and historical architecture since ancient times. In modern architecture, vestibule typically refers to a small room next to the outer door and connecting it with the interior of the building. In ancient Roman architecture, vestibule () referred to a partially enclosed area between the interior of the house and the street.

  • Dogtrot house


    A typical floorplan for a dogtrot house. Often the rear shed rooms began as a full-width rear porch and were later enclosed. A mid-19th-century dogtrot house in Dubach, Louisiana. Urban variation of a "dog-trot": Creole cottage row house with narrow dogtrot, New Orleans. The John Looney House near Ashville, Alabama, a rare example of a full two-story dogtrot. It was built c. 1818, during the Alabama Territorial period. Thornhill near Forkland, Alabama. This photograph was taken in 1934, the dwelling was subsequently destroyed. Note the split-shingle roof and stick-and-mud chimney. The dogtrot, also known as a breezeway house, dog-run, or possum-trot, is a style of house that was common throughout the Southeastern United States during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Some theories place its origins in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Some scholars believe the style developed in the post-Revolution frontiers of Kentucky and Tennessee. Others note its presence in the low country of the Carolinas from an early period. The main style point was a large breezeway through the center of the house to cool occupants in the hot southern climate. Architects continue to build dogtrot houses using modern materials but maintaining the original design.

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