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In Times of Sick Lumber Prices, Modular Home Construction Saves You Big Time

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Never before have the advantages of modular home construction over traditional stick-built homes been more clear. The cost of new home construction is high due to unusually high lumber prices, largely associated with the pandemic. So, straight to the point. The computer-controlled modular home construction largely eliminates the costly waste associated within the hand-crafted “stick built” building process. Less waste of high-cost material equals big savings to the home buyer!

If you are in the market for a new home, you owe it to yourself to get educated on the modular home option. We can’t stress enough the impact that time and material cost will have on how satisfied you will be both with your new home and the process to build it. Allow us the opportunity to show you in detail how you can get more square footage for you home building dollar. We’ll show you how you will get a significantly stronger structure in your custom modular home than you will with a stick-built home. And let’s talk customization options of each and every floor plan offered.

Our custom modular homes are just that, custom designed to your exact specifications. Choose from hundreds of modular floor plan designs as your starting point, then together, we go from there. It’s a beautifully rewarding process for both you and us. Our greatest professional reward is handing you the keys to a design that is largely based on your personal specifications.

Once again, you owe it to yourself to understand and appreciate the value for your home building dollar that can only be achieved via the custom modular home building process. Contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes for more information.


$2000 Credit to Veterans for Their Custom Modular Home

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Our national treasures, all military veterans, deserve special thanks from all Americans. Here at Tidewater Custom Modular Homes our veteran appreciation is heartfelt and proven in action. We show our respect and appreciation to armed forces veterans via a $2,000 credit towards options or upgrades. This is as rewarding to us as it is to the veterans that we serve.

We’ll help each and every veteran that we serve to build the custom modular home that they want and deserve. Our promise to you is singularly the best value that you can get for your home building dollar. This should go without saying, but we want to be sure that you all fully understand that new modular home construction qualify for VA loans. Modular homes can be custom designed, or you can choose from hundreds of our modular home floor plans.

Here’s a modular home construction fact that you likely are not familiar with. After you and we work together through the custom modular home design process, your new modular home can be ready for delivery in as few as 14 days. Generally, you can move into your home in four to eight weeks from the date it is set on the foundation.

Veterans can use VA loans to finance the construction of their new modular home. There are a few guidelines, but you can qualify for a VA construction loan if:

  • There must be a warranty on the home
  • The builder is a "VA-approved" builder
  • The builder has a valid VA Builder identification number otherwise, your mortgage professional can help get your builder approved.
  • New construction must meet inspection requirements
  • New home must meet accepted standards of good construction
  • New construction must fit the specifications and plans that the loan appraisal is based on.

To all vets, thank you for your service. For more information on modular homes and our Military Appreciation Promotion, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.


Vacation Style Modular Homes – Live the Dream in Virginia Beach

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Making everyday living feel like an everyday vacation is a dream you can actually live with modular vacation home construction. Modular homes are the perfect option for those who value time, value, and money. Modular home construction offers them all.

Compared to stick-built homes, modular vacation style homes are built faster at a more affordable cost. Because they are built indoors, delays caused by weather and theft are avoided. All homes are built in a climate controlled environment so building materials are never exposed to external elements. The factory setting also means more consistent building techniques resulting in exceptional design and aesthetic appeal.

The Vacation style modular floor plans in Virginia Beach, VA offer a variety of home styles and designs that will give future homeowners their own paradise. They are easily customized based on the wants and needs of the homeowner. Unlike traditionally built homes, prospective owners can still customize their home yet move in faster.

One of the top-listed vacation style modular home is The Bayboro vacation style modular home. It is a striking three bedroom, two and one-half bath vacation home that offers a total of 1,997 square feet of living space. Like any dream vacation home, it brings the family closer to nature with the great view of the outdoors through its expansive glass panels surrounding the luxurious living room. As visually appealing as it is functional, The Bayboro showcases large spaces such as the vast dining area, pantry space in the kitchen, as well the large, family-friendly utility room. The private suites feature large spaces for every family member to enjoy the peace and quiet. The Bayboro could not get any more outstanding with its defining feature: the spectacular loft that is just perfect for letting in the sunshine or simply for a breath of fresh, cool air.

To find out more about modular vacation style homes, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes


Ranch Style Modular Homes – Perfect for Seniors and the Handicapped

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Ranch style modular homes are increasingly popular in and around Yorktown, VA for a wide range of reasons. We’ve covered the benefits of modular home construction quite extensively in our blog. Today, we’re going to focus on the ranch-style home in particular and why they are so popular within the senior and the handicapped communities.

The unmatched convenience of Ranch style floor plans makes them an ideal residential space even for the elderly and disabled. Since the floor plans are almost always only single story, there is no more need for them to climb up or go down the stairs. Everything is in proximity. Usually, the living room is situated at the center, giving full access to the available bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and dining area, as well as other parts of the house.

With modular home construction, you can custom-design a ranch style home or any modular floor plan to make it spacious and stylish. You can be confident that you will have a home that not only meets the state’s building codes but also is tailor-fitted to the specific needs of your family. If you are an on-the-go father or a super hands-on mother who has playful kids, or even if you are a family who wants to live with and take good care of a senior citizen, a Ranch style modular home is indeed a great choice.

To find out more about the floor plans offered for modular home construction, contact the Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.


Why Choose A Ranch Style Floor Plan if You Remotely Expect to Expand in the Future

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With the abundance of home styles out there, each with their own pros and cons, it can be challenging to decide which style of home to build. Are we best served by a single-story ranch-style floor plan, a traditional two-story modular home plan, a cape cod modular home, or something else. All styles have their own benefits to offer. We are here to help you decide on why to choose the former though. Today, let’s discuss the benefits of the ranch style home.

Ranch style modular homes like those we build throughout Richmond, VA includes a shared space on the ground floor with a number of bedrooms and bathrooms. These private areas are usually separated by the kitchen and dining space or the living room. Because of such set-up, it becomes easier to heat the entire house so you will achieve increased energy efficiency. Heated and cooled air naturally flows through the ranch-style floor plan in contrast to the multi-story house plans that require more complex and often more costly HVAC systems.

If you are not decided yet about how many floors to have in your home, it is best to choose to custom-build a ranch first. This single-story floor plan has a living space that can be easily expanded come that time when you want to add more floors. Assuming you have a large enough lot, you can actually expand your ranch with the help of the wide array of options for customization that modular home construction provides. You can then add a deck, patio, or sunroom to your single-story floor plan. If you have more than one floor, it will not be easy to have these home additions because it will require you and your home builder to first conduct a structural analysis and careful planning for expansion.

To find out more about ranch-style modular homes, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.


Cape Cod Modular Homes - Symmetrical and Simple Visual Effect

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By now you know that Tidewater Custom Modular Homes here in Newport News, VA will custom-build a home based on your exact specifications. The floorplans that your see on our website are starting points for your next custom modular home. The reward really begins when you sit down with us and customize those plans to your exact specifications.

The custom modular Cape Cod style homes you see in nearly every part of Newport News (and across the entire Tidewater area) display just how flexible modular floor plans can be. This home style lends itself to having a wide array of options for customization especially on its exterior. You can usually see a Cape Cod home being accented with dormers on its steeply pitched roof but there are yet a lot of things you can add to it to make it look great on the outside and stand out from the rest. You can even have a stunning front porch like what you can see in The Creedmore style of Cape Cod. You also have the option to add a chimney linked to every room thereby adding more charm and convenience to your home.

In case you want more than just a symmetrical appearance and simplistic ornamentation, you always have the freedom to add more features to the standard specification of Cape Cod modular homes. You can also check our design gallery to have more ideas of what else you can add if you choose to build and live in a modular home.

To find out more about the modular home style floor plans you can choose from, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.


Modular Construction for Vacation Homes

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Vacation style modular home construction is now the vacation home buyer’s technology of choice. Why? Well, for countless reasons. So today let’s discuss just two.

First, they are more sturdy that stick built construction. When vacation homes are most likely to be built in challenging weather regions, it only makes sense to build a home that is bolted together versus nailed together.

Second, they are built and delivered much faster than traditional stick built homes. This means that your home can be enjoyed much faster. In the event that you are building your vacation home as investment property, this means it will start producing revenue for you much sooner than our competition. Modular homes can be constructed in as little as four to eight weeks once the design process is completed. A strong reason to choose modular construction for your vacation home.

There are so many other reasons that make modular construction the logical choice for you vacation home buildout. Let us discuss them with you personally. Contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.


How to Choose the Right Modular Home Builder

Modular home construction is gaining in popularity for a host of reasons. The number one reason is simple. Modular home construction is a value-based buying decision. The number one question arising from smart home buying consumers who have figured this out is, “Where do we begin”? The answer to that question is begin with the builder in your area that is proven, can demonstrate their products, has references, and has won awards. Tidewater Custom Modular homes can deliver on all of that.

Whether you have decided upon new modular home construction or are investigating options, you owe it to yourself to sit down with a modular home professional and get educated on the overall home buying process. Whether you ultimately choose us as your builder, as your neighbors we feel an obligation to invest in our community and educate any and all of you regarding the lengthy list of considerations that each of you need to make. Of course, we’re confident that custom modular home construction will emerge as the runaway winner when the list of considerations unquestionably favors custom modular home technology over the traditional stick-built home construction option.

At Tidewater Custom Modular Homes, we invest in you first! We feel we owe this to all of you, our friends and neighbors. Not all real estate agents and home builders will be honest with you. We stake our reputation on full disclosure and our ability to factually defend our entire consult to you. Start with a quick tour through the long list of custom modular home floor plans and then Contact Us. It will be our privilege to serve you!


Build Your Dream Home - Stress Free

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If you have ever custom built a new home, chances are it was one of the most stressful experiences of your life. Chances are, also, that it was not a custom modular home that you built. Let us state something severe very simple facts regarding custom modular home construction versus traditional stick-built home construction: Modular homes are more precisely built, stronger, efficient, and more economical than their stick-built counterparts.

Rather than enter a most stressful period of your life by building a home, may we suggest that you can enter one of the more fun and rewarding periods of your life when trusting Tidewater’s most celebrated custom modular home building team! We’ll guide you through the entire process starting with helping you translate what is in your mind into a customizable floor plan. Yes, we have countless floor plans to review and choose from, but we want everyone to know that they are merely starting points. We take great pride and professional reward in translating your dreams into actionable buildable works. We’ll help you create the home you want, with the floor plan you dream about, and achievable on a budget that you never thought possible. The only surprise you will get when you build a modular home with Tidewater Custom Modular Home is how fast, simple, affordable, and enjoyable the entire process turned out to be.

We’ve built lasting relationships earned via every measure of customer satisfaction. Contact us today.


How to Prioritize Your New Modular Home Construction Budget

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We are so proud to have, over the years, built and delivered custom modular homes to the fine people of Smithfield and across the greater Tidewater Virginia area. Over the course of our award-winning custom home building history, we have compiled a list of the most common regrets that new homeowners have about what they should have done within their custom design.

Now, we are skilled, prepared, and ready to build your custom modular home to your exact specification, however, some of our proudest moments come when our customers proclaim, “Wow, we never thought of that”! That is what you can and should expect from your home builder.

The things listed below are just some of the things that we will discuss with you. Many are things that our client’s failed to attain from other builders who failed to deliver these things. Anyway, just a few things to consider and seek in your next home:

  • Build floor joists at 12-in. on center versus the traditional 16-in. The stability of the floor and feeling of structural rigidity are a simple thing and overlooked by most people. The additional cost is fairly small, but well worth it!
  • Nine-foot ceiling heights. The feeling of expansiveness is great and the additional cost is value based.
  • Comfort height commodes. Size does matter and a few inches in height contributes to your comfort greatly, hence the term comfort height.
  • Upgraded door hardware and solid core doors. Again hollow core doors work just as well, but can't compare in imparting a feeling of quality.
  • Using a quiet floor system and gluing the wood flooring in place wherever possible.
  • Staggered 42-in. kitchen cabinetry.
  • Utilize 18-in. floor tile if the space allows. Again, it is a small thing, and more difficult to install, but it's something you see up close each and every day. So prioritize quality here.
  • Upgrade the windows as nothing cheapens a house as skimping with cheap windows.
  • 2-in. x 6-in. exterior framing. The energy savings created by the increased insulation cavity will pay for itself in no time.
  • Ample high hat recessed lighting. Again, the showcase type effect is great and additional cost is minimal at construction.
  • Energy Star, Green or LEEDS Certification... The energy savings are utterly amazing.

Again, these are just a few tips on where to prioritize your new home budget. When it comes for you to build your customized dream home, contact us here at Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.


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