All the Benefits of Modular Homes

Posted: October 4th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

The rising cost of the building materials and labor has always been a big huddle that has stopped people from building their own homes. This problem, however, has now been solved, as modular homes gain popularity.

Modular homes are prefabricated homes consisting of multiple sections known as modules that are build in a factory. The modules are then brought to the building site and assembled. The modules can be placed end-to-end, side-by-side or stacked on top of each other to get a multi story building. Thus, these types of houses provide flexibility in styles and floor plans.

Modular homes have a large number of benefits over traditionally built homes. Not only are these homes beautiful and economical, but they require less time in the construction process. It is also very easy to add additions to modular homes when need arises. As the modules are constructed in factories, there is low waste and site disturbance compared to its counterpart; thus, environment friendly. As the construction of modules is done indoors, weather conditions does not damage the building materials. Moreover the risk of mold, mildew, rust and sun damage is also eliminated. Thus, these homes are healthier than the conventional site build buildings.

For more information on building a modular home in Virginia, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.

Build a Luxury Home with Modular Construction

Posted: September 27th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Now you can relate luxury to modular homes. Modular homes can be as luxurious as any regular house can be. The key is to be creative, think outside the box and hire the best modular home builder you can.

The first thing that you should understand about luxury modular homes is the fact that you get to make a choice from the many luxury home designs. You can combine modular floor plans to create a unique design to create your dream home. Additionally, if you want an architect to design the home in your mind, you can, and Tidewater Custom Modular Homes can turn that into reality.

When you build a modular home, it will be built to your exact specifications. Traditionally built homes may suffer setbacks that would cause the completed house to be different from what exists on the plan.

However, your modular home is built in modules and is constructed exactly as it is on the plans to the specifications to the local and state building codes before it is assembled on the site. The factory is a controlled environment; therefore, you can be sure that all the modules will be fabricated to the highest standards in the industry.

You should also know that while you are building a luxury modular home, this does not mean that you will waste money or go over budget. One of the characteristic features of building modular homes, is that you don’t go over budget. What we say it will cost will always what it WILL cost. No cost overruns or surprises.

Traditionally built homes can quickly go over budget with each new addition and unique features. Conversely, you need not be worried about increase in costs when you opt for luxury modular homes.

For more information on building a luxury modular home, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.

Modular Homes are Efficient and Green

Posted: September 20th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Most homes are still built on-site, as opposed to being prefabricated and trucked in. That doesn’t make sense, says Sheri Koones, author of four books on prefab housing.

“Would you want your car to be built in your driveway?” says Koones, of Greenwich, Conn. “Of course you wouldn’t. You want your car made in a climate-controlled factory by skilled professionals on an assembly line. Wouldn’t you want the same thing for your home?”

Prefab homes, a concept that’s been around since the 1900s, generally refers to factory-built modular housing. They are built to the same code as traditionally built homes, with additional structural requirements to make sure they withstand being transported. Depending on the home’s size, multiple pieces (or modules) are delivered to a site and secured together onto the foundation in a matter of hours.

Prefab homes are typically 60 to 90 % complete at the time of delivery, but often require an additional two or three weeks for finishing touches.

Because modular prefab homes are indistinguishable from site-built homes, they have become increasingly popular, pushed by the growing interest in green building.

Prefab homes are much more efficient and environmentally friendly. There is so much less waste in the manufacturing process. Any excess materials can be recycled into other homes or sent back to the manufacturer instead of ending up in a dumpster,” Koones says. “Because the materials aren’t exposed to the elements, prefab houses avoid problems with mold, rot and bacteria.”

There are also worker health and safety benefits to building homes off-site. “Modular construction professionals can work year-round, indoors, without being exposed to the elements.”

Still, some consumers remain unsure of what a green home built off-site would entail.

But cost is also a reason to go prefab. Since, in many cases, modular homes companies have already designed floor plans, there are no architect fees, time delays or cost overruns.

Modular homes can be customized, too. Some companies offer environmental upgrades beyond standards such as low-VOC paint and efficient appliances.

Of course, consumers still tend to choose homes based on gut reactions, emotional connections and personal taste.

If houses aren’t attractive, no one is going to want to build an efficient house. One of the misconceptions about modular homes is that they’re all modern, and not everyone likes modern. The truth is, most of the prefab being built in this country is actually traditional.

For more information on modular homes, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.

Washington Post

Modular Homes are Now the Standard

Posted: September 13th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Today, new advances and expectations in modular home construction have made modular homes the standard by which some traditional site-built structures are measured.

Modular home builders contend that price, quality, timely construction delivery, and convenient financing make manufactured homes an attractive alternative in the housing market.

Prefabricated or modular homes are built to the same standard as site-built house. Generally less-expensive than traditionally built homes, modular floor plans vary, or customers can supply their own architectural design for a custom-built structure.

Once a customer selects a model or has a home designed, the timeline from factory manufacturing to delivery and completion can range from 30 to 90 days, depending on specifics with each situation. His company also handles securing permits and works with local utilities for hook-ups.

As with standard real estate purchases, customers can finance with their own lenders, or they can apply with a lender that the modular home builder uses.

Manufactured homes are factory built in pieces, shipped to a building site, craned and bolted in place.

Utility bills and maintenance of modular homes are significantly less than comparable site-built homes.
According to Manufactured Home Manufacturing, the industry is expected to see steady gains through 2016.

Investor Warren Buffet has said prefabricated homes represent the way of the future. They can be built in a controlled environment with controlled costs. The process is streamlined and you can get them in any variety of square footage, or multiple stories.

Today’s modular homes have come a long way from the rectangular box buildings they once were. Many standard elements now include granite counters, top-of-the-line fixtures, brand-name air conditioning and appliances, porches, decks, garages and additional elements that make these homes comparable to traditional structures with higher price tags.

The construction, installation, features and technology involved make modular homes ready to meet consumer demand while offering more than expected. For more information on modular homes, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.

Tri-Parish Times

Consider Building a Modular Home

Posted: September 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

There is very little difference in the look or livability of a manufactured or modular homes in comparison to a traditional on-site built home.

How is it possible to move such a large and complex home to a new site?

The modules are built in a climatically controlled factory to exacting standards. Then they are trucked to the site and placed together on a foundation.

The concept of modular homes offers the same advantages to the owner of the typical home. Modular homes are built to rigorous standards dictated by local building codes. They are constructed in manufacturing plants involving stringent time lines of construction.

Manufactured homes are built to the highest standards of energy efficient living and can include high-efficiency furnaces and heat pumps to reduce your utility bills.

Factory manufacturing of modular home components means less transport of workers and materials, allows for effective use of energy and materials, and reduced waste. Designs can be easily customized.

All of these homes must meet all applicable state and local building codes.

When purchasing your next home, investigate the manufactured and modular housing options may be available you. Contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.

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