Modular homes look like any other homes. Today’s technology has allowed modular manufacturers to build almost any style of house, from a simple ranch to a highly customized contemporary.
The building process begins in the design phase. Our modular producers use state-of-the-art computer-assisted design stations that aid them in customizing floor plans and producing drawings and material requirement lists.
Attention to Codes & Standards
Modular homes are built to the same codes and standards as conventional stick built homes. A quality control process provides complete assurance that a home has been inspected for code compliance and workmanship. In-plant inspectors as well as independent agencies inspect the home on behalf of our state and local governments.
Efficiency begins with modern factory assembly line techniques. A modular home travels to workstations where all the building trades are represented. Work is never delayed by weather, subcontractor no-shows or missing materials.
Energy Efficiency & Sustainability
Quality engineering and modular construction techniques significantly increase the energy-efficiency of a modular home.
About the Process
While there are some similarities between building a site built home and building a modular home, on the whole the process is extremely different. Whether this is your first time owning a home, your first time building a modular home, or if you’ve built modular before and are just looking for a refresher, it’s a good idea to know as much about the process as possible.
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What is a modular home?
Modular homes are designed, engineered and built in a factory-controlled environment. They are highly engineered homes that are constructed in sections. The finished products are covered in weather-proofed wrapping and transported to their new locations where they will be assembled by a builder. A modular home is not a mobile home; it is simply a home that is built off-site as opposed to on-site.
How Do Modular Homes Differ From Houses Built On-site?
Because modular homes are built indoors, they can be completed in a matter of a few weeks as opposed to months. Modular home construction does not see the typical on-site delays that are predominantly caused by the weather. These homes are built in controlled environments under the factory roof and are shipped in weather-proofed wrapping. Also, modular homes can be built and engineered to withstand 175 mph winds.
Depending on your location, you can generally expect to spend anywhere from 10 to 20% less on your home if you choose to build modular. These savings are found mostly in three major areas: bulk purchasing, labor costs, and building materials. They are much more energy efficient, therefore your monthly expenses will be substantially less.
Since modular homes are constructed in a factory, they are subject to rules concerning factory manufacturing and therefore are thoroughly inspected at every step. These inspections are in addition to the third-party inspections done on every residential building, not as a replacement. Modular homes must conform to specific rules, guidelines and building codes that often surpass those of traditional on-site homes.
How Long Does The Building Process Take?
Speed and consistent quality are two of the many advantages of choosing modular construction. On the average, a home consisting of two sections will be built in the factory within a couple of days. Once the manufacturing process is complete, typically with interior finish right down to carpets and wall finish, the unit is transported to your home site and placed on the foundation. Final completion is usually handled by a local builder or general contractor and includes connection of utilities to the home, and a short list of finish work. Normally the home is completed in a matter of weeks.
Can I Design My Own Modular Home?
Yes. Most modular companies allow the customer complete design flexibility. You can choose to have a basement, multiple levels, extra bedrooms, larger closets, a wrap-around porch increased energy efficiency and additional insulation in your home. But remember every manufacturer is different. Engineering capabilities and product specifications will vary from company to company.
Is A Modular Home Better Than A Site Built Home?
The decision is clear. With a modular home you get efficiency and quality control. Efficiency begins with modern factory assembly line techniques. Your home travels to workstations, with all the building trades represented. Work is never delayed by weather, subcontractor no-shows or missing material. A quality control process provides 100% assurance that your home has been inspected for code compliance and workmanship. In-plant inspectors as well as independent inspection agencies inspect the home on behalf of your state & local government.
Are Modular Homes Difficult To Finance Or Insure?
There is no distinction between modular and site built homes as far as appraisal or financing. Banks and lending institutions treat both types of construction the same. Likewise, there is no difference in insuring the modular property or paying taxes on it.