In case you’ve been living under some sort of circular rock, modular housing and building practices have flung themselves out of the fringe architectural practices right into the mainstream. You still want a definition? Well they’re homes, pre-made as sections in a warehouse, and shipped to your land to be put together on site. Like big, giant, stylish building blocks, they offer a lot of advantages, and usually look real cool.

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