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New and Improved Shelter Homes Website

Friday, August 24, 2012 0 Comments

 Our manufacturing plant Shelter Home Systems is excited to present their new and improved website.  Did you know that Shelter is the "S" in SRI Homes and is the founding plant for SRI?
Shelter started to build homes in 1978 and delivers homes from Western Ontario to British Columbia and from the North West Territories to the US Border.

Modular Construction is a Process not a Style

Thursday, May 23, 2013 0 Comments

A misconception exists that “modular” refers to a type or style of home.  Modular actually refers to a construction process in which large components are pre-built in a manufacturing facility and then shipped on carriers to the home site.  Architecturally, modular construction is not limited to simple ranch style homes; it can be used for a variety of housing styles.

Building off-site in a controlled environment has many advantages. Modern component construction processes combined with a team of skilled craftsmen allows SRI to fabricate a stronger and more durable structure.  Building materials and finished modules are protected from weather-related damage that can lead to costly rework. In addition, modules are continually inspected throughout the building process to ensure they are built to the appropriate residential or commercial building code and meet our quality standards.

Modular is Greener; studies suggest that with modular construction, there’s a dramatic reduction in waste due to continuous recycling activities, the use of pre-cut lumber and a greater accuracy in cuts. Material is stored in the facility, which results in less waste from weather damage. And the efficiency of the modular manufacturing process reduces CO2 output compared to traditional site construction. 

Modular is Neighbourhood Friendly; because 80 percent of modular construction occurs off-site, the majority of the on-site noise, dust, debris and traffic created by traditional construction are eliminated. This also means fewer hazards on the job sites and neighbors are less bothered by the construction.

How do you build a home in a factory?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 0 Comments

First of all, you must have a large factory! 
SRI boasts 290,000 square feet under roof between its three factories in Estevan, SK, Lethbridge, AB and Kelowna, BC.  Homes begin as a “floor” and then move down an assembly line where each stage adds building components until it goes out the door and onto the “launching pad”.  The process takes about 8 working days, however, the drywall may take up to another 7 days for completion due to the need for drying time.  There are processes happening “offline” such as “long walls”, the roof and ceiling, cabinetry and draperies which are then added as the home approaches the designated “station”.  No weather delays and no waiting for materials or tradesman, the process delivers a timely, affordable home.

Friday, December 21, 2012 0 Comments

Have you ever seen a modular home craned onto its foundation?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 0 Comments

Homes without a steel frame (Modular Construction) must either be rolled or craned onto their foundation.  Once there, they are no different than a site built home.  (Except the inside of the home has not been exposed to weather during construction!)  Check out the photo gallery link below showing how one of our homes was craned on to a foundation.  This particular home was from the Winfield Home System's Cape Cod Modular Series.

From Then to Now

Thursday, June 7, 2012 0 Comments

The first “mobile homes” were trailers pulled by horses in the 1800’s and provided economical housing for those who needed to move frequently.  Usually a size of 8’ wide by 20’ long, they contained no bathroom facilities.  When automobiles became popular, these “trailers” became larger but were still pulled by an automobile and were moved frequently.  In the 1950’s a more permanent mobile home was built boasting a size of 10’ by as long as 50’ with bathroom facilities!  These required a professional trucking company to move and were looked at as affordable housing options often set up in what was referred to as “trailer parks”.  Flash forward to today’s manufactured housing – no longer referred to as “mobile homes” because less than 1% are moved from their original set up. The tin roofs and wood paneling have been replaced with shingles and drywall.  While still affordable, they certainly do not resemble the homes of the past!

Are you looking for an affordable housing option?  We challenge you to view the homes of day and see how little they resemble the “trailer” homes of the past.

Spring is here!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 0 Comments

Now that the long awaited Spring weather is here, this is the perfect time to visit an SRI Retailer to see what  is new for 2012.  If you aren't sure where your nearest retailer is located, visit the factory website closest to your location SRI Homes - Kelowna, BC, SRI Homes Lethbridge, AB, SRI Homes - Estevan, SK.

Did you know that your SRI Retailer not only has show homes and brochures, but also can assist you with all aspects of purchasing your new Home?  Right from floorplan and decor options through delivery, setup and after sales service, they are there to help you every step of the way.

The all New and Improved SRI Homes Website

Monday, March 12, 2012 1 Comments

We are excited to present our all New and Improved website!  Keep checking  back here for new posts about SRI Homes and it's 3 manufacturing plants located in Kelowna, Lethbridge and Estevan.

FYI from SRI is Alive!

Friday, October 7, 2011 0 Comments

How did "FYI from SRI" begin??
In 1993, the SRI-Kelowna plant had been building homes for just over a year and it was decided that a Dealer Newsletter was in order.  To stimulate interest, a contest was established to name the newsletter.  Cathy Corbin of Gordon’s Homes in Nanaimo, BC submitted the name “FYI from SRI” and won the contest.  Gordon’s Homes still sell SRI Homes and Cathy is still an owner at Gordon’s. 

So, our SRI Newsletter is now an SRI Blog, but the name remains just like many of the SRI Dealers and SRI employees.  This company is known for its longevity.  In fact, our founding factory, SRI Homes – Estevan was established in 1978.  Our second factory, SRI – Regent in Lethbridge joined the existing factory in 1985.  The newcomer, SRI – Kelowna began building homes in 1992, and now the newcomer has 20 years of building experience!

New Website for Winfield Home Systems.

Monday, February 6, 2012 0 Comments

Winfield Home Systems has a new and improved website.

Check it out at