FARMINGTON — Theresa Martin watched Thursday as a large crane swung sections of her new modular home onto the foundation on Knowlton Corner Road.

“I’ve looked at houses for three years and never found anything I liked,” she said. “I didn’t want to take on anyone else’s problems. This is all brand new.”

Besides, she loved the rural, quiet lot.

The 26- by 48-foot home from Schiavi Home Builders in Oxford was factory-built in Pennsylvania, general contractor Vern Schanck said.

Schanck’s work began in the spring with helping Martin look for lots and preparing the one selected, he said. He was adding siding by late Thursday afternoon and will arrange for subcontractors to help finish the work.

By using all local contractors, he expects Martin can prepare to move in in about three weeks.

A builder with 40-plus years of experience in the housing industry, Schanck has built, sold and installed homes in the area. After the slowdown in the housing market over the past few years, Schanck sees this project as a positive sign that the “economy is starting to turn around,” he said.

Schiavi representative Rodney Johnson agreed.

“Business is starting to pick up,” he said. “We’re headed in the right direction.”

A small group of relatives and friends watched as a Keeley crane picked up the 26,000 to 28,000 pound section, twirled it around and settled it next to another one.

The modular homes, stick-built in sections, are an easy way for people to have a new home within a short period of time, Schanck said. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house sits on a full basement.

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