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Calgary home built by Hive Modular. Minnessota-based Hive has built nine fully-customizable, factory-made homes in Alberta and is expaning into Ontario.

Paul Stankey

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Hive Modular homes arrive on site with everything inside: painted drywall, all electricals, fireplace, flooring, windows and the entire kitchen. Costs, including transport, foundation prep and other associated on-site finishing bits for a typical Calgary home are $285 per square foot. “That’s turnkey, less the dirt,” jokes Hive Modular’s Paul Stankey - the dirt being the cost of the lot.

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A view of the kitchen inside a Calgary home.

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Homes arrive with any features, finishes and flourishes the customer fancies, and unless faucets are super-expensive bling that homeowners feel protective of, the factory will install those, too. “It’s as custom as the client needs it to be,” Mr. Stankey says.

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A two-storey, four-bedroom Calgary home near Confederation Park is made up of six modules. Homeowners Adam and MaryAnne Wells are proud of their double-height living room capped by a birch ceiling.

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Kitchen cabinets detail. The material, called ‘Plyboo,’ is a plywood-type material made from bamboo that results in exposed edges that look like marquetry.

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Dining room and kitchen.

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Living room and balcony.

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Another Calgary home by Hive Modular. Mr. Stankey, who lives in the very first Hive Modular home built, says “you just get used to” all the people who stop and look at your house.

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Another Calgary home by Hive Modular. ‘The goal with all of our houses is to not have to use electric light in the day,’ says Mr. Stankey.

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