Modular Homes VA Blog

Structural Safety Dominance of Modular Home Construction

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes - Modular Home Construction

As we all know, hurricanes are the most expensive natural disasters in the US. Past disasters should give us pause about whether our homes are ready to stand up to these weather tests. With modular home construction you can be assured that your home is significantly more sturdy than your traditional “stick-built” neighbors. They are built to the same codes and regulations as site-built homes, but one of the big differences is modular home frames are bolted together as opposed to stick-built homes being nailed together. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), modular homes stand up as well or better than traditionally built homes.

People sometimes confuse mobile homes with modular homes. There is simply no meaningful relationship between the two. Once educated on the difference, they come to realize that modular homes are the preferred option for those living in areas that are prone to flooding, high winds and other elements of storms. Modular homes receive praise for their superior workmanship.

Very simply put, modular homes in have weathered the storms best for decades. There is tangible evidence that modular homes are the best option when it comes to preventing damage from hurricanes. When hurricane Andrew accounted for more than billions in damages, the modular housing developments, in general, had minimal structural damage.

Safety is a major advantage of modular homes, but there are others as well. They offer plenty of design flexibility, and they can be built in about a third of the time needed to construct a site-built home. Other advantages include increased energy efficiency and lower air infiltration, which helps manage heat loss in the home.

In order to ensure the quality and workmanship, modular homes are inspected during every step of the manufacturing process in addition to the usual state and local inspections. As compared to a site-built home, there is only one inspection once the home is completed. It was concluded that the inherently rigid system of modular homes lead to much safer structures.

The sturdiness of modular homes helps them hold up against the rain, wind and hail that can come with super storms such as a hurricane. Often overlooked benefit of modular homes is their ability to stand up to flooding, which will occur no matter where in the country you live. Flooding is one of those things many people do not think about until it is too late. Living in a modular home will give you peace of mind, in that, should a flooding situation occur, your damage will be minimal compared to many site-built homes.

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


Tips for Custom Designing Your Modular Home

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes

When you decide to build your new modular home here Norfolk, VA the fun just begins. They key word here is “custom” and you should have fun designing your next home with the exact personal touches that you’ve always dreamed of. Yes, while there are numerous things to consider, that is the very reason you will be excited. You are about to build your dream home exactly as you imagine it!

Whether you plan to stay in your new home for the rest of your life or even if it’s just for a couple of years, make sure every layout and details of your new home meets your needs and suits your lifestyle. While everyone has distinct taste of style and living requirements, there are typical elements which homebuyers search for which can make the home stay comfy and enjoyable to reside in at different life stages.

Whether it’s a large house for a family, a starter home for new couples, or a humble abode for solitary living, here are a few tips to help you find your ideal modular home:

Living Alone - A small floor area equipped with basic features but not necessarily cramped will suffice a person living alone. A design with at least 9 ft. ceiling and sufficient number of windows can provide extra lighting and make the area looking spacious. You might as well consider adding a deck as a receiving area for guests.

Living with A Partner - Look for a single-story floor plan that is right for you and your partner. A modular home that features three to four bedrooms sounds adequate. Otherwise, opt for two bedrooms or consider modular floor plans with unfinished attics that can be renovated in the future to create additional rooms. Through modular upgrades home additions are made easy and you'll be surprised with the infinite design options possible for your home.

Living with A Family - It has to be spacious to accommodate all the household members but it doesn't always entail a huge house. You just need to seek a floor plan that presents a smart use of space with flexible living options. Also, don't scrimp on the fittings and finishes for they need to be tough and durable considering the multiple users. Good thing with modular homes, we only utilize premium quality products for home fixtures so as much as possible, you don't have to tackle worn out home essentials for a considerable number of years. Moreover, a large kitchen with a pantry with a spacious dining area is perfect for dining together. A second bathroom also delivers convenience on busy mornings.

Empty Nesters - Usually empty nesters decide to downsize their home for a smaller living space that requires lesser housework and upkeep. Select a floor plan that displays convenient living for two but can accommodate occasional visitors. Carefully choose home fittings and products that are easy to clean and maintain to minimize workload at home.

At Tidewater Custom Modular Homes, we know the typical needs of every household format. Thus, during layout planning, we carefully guide homebuyers in choosing the right home design that meets their preferences. For this reason, we cater custom-designs to fulfill exact and unique specifics they want for their home. Contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes to learn more.


Modular Home Construction - New Homebuyers Method of Choice

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes - Modular Home Construction

Here at our award-winning Tidewater Custom Modular Homes, we are big fans of you young and first-time homebuyers. We are big fans because you folks are, by and large, are discriminate consumers. You tend to contact us having conducted extensive research into Hampton Roads home building options. You ask smart questions and challenge traditional stick-built home construction myths that simply don’t add up. This is music to our ears because the more you know about custom modular home construction vs traditional stick-built home constructions, the more likely you are to choose custom modular home construction.

Many young professionals want to buy a home once they have established their career. Now they have the choice to custom-build a modular home in Hampton Roads, VA. Because precisely cut and premium-grade materials are used in building each module, interested home buyers are guaranteed a home that is aesthetically pleasing, fully functional, and energy efficient.

Investing in a modular home is a practical investment to consider for home construction. For one, modular construction allows people to make building their dream home a reality with significantly less time and money. These benefits in particular are a big advantage to young adults who are preparing for their future. Every modular floor plan is transformed with the homeowner’s unique requirements in mind using streamlined processes for a faster completion time without jeopardizing quality.

To get started on your custom-built modular home, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes anytime.


Reinvest Real Estate Capital Gains Tax Free Into Profitable Modular Home Construction

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes - Real Estate Capital Gains Tax Free

Now, we are not tax attorneys (nor do we play one on TV), but we’ve come across a few people who have sold rental property elsewhere in the country and are now looking to us here at Tidewater Custom Modular Homes (Norfolk, VA) to reinvest the profit into rental property here in Hampton Roads. What all these people are finding out is that, with modular home construction, they can build more rental home for less money than traditional home building. They’ll get a better, stronger, more energy efficient structure, but more importantly, they’ll get more rent money.

The process by which to do this is called a “Section 1031 Like Kind Exchange”. Again, you must talk to a tax expert for the details, but simply put, you work the process through an intermediary who handles all the sale of your current and purchase of your future rental property. Because you never actually take receipt of the profit on the sale of your old property (because this profit is directly transferred by the intermediary during the purchase of your new property), federal tax law concludes you have not actually received a cash gain, YET that is. Sometime in the future when you (or your heirs) sell this new rental property, then the federal government will come calling you to pay tax on the gains.

So rather than write a check to Uncle Sam this year, you can reinvest your hard-earned home equity into a new modular home perfectly suited to rent. Small low-cost ranch style such as "The Austin Modular Home" or the “Ashland Modular Home” can immediately put you into positive cash flow on your new custom modular rental home.

We can help you every step of the way. Contact us here at Tidewater Custom Modular Homes anytime!


Modular Home Construction is The Modern Solution

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes - Modular Home

Modular construction popularity is revolutionizing the home-building industry. These homes save buyers money and deliver a higher quality home. In every category, modular homes are superior to stick-built homes. They cannot be visually distinguished by the untrained eye from their traditionally built counterparts. It is the modern solution to your dream house dream more in savings and less in budget. There is practically nothing you cannot do with a modular home. Modern modular homes will take on the appearance of a traditional home or can assume the look and style of today’s most contemporary structure.

Our modular construction process starts in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, so the homes will be produced to be much tighter than those built on-site. In fact, our homes routinely operate more efficiently than a conventional site-built home. With the drywall, flooring, cabinetry, plumbing, and electrical completed in a quality controlled, weather tight environment, the modular construction process provides a custom home within stringent manufactured tolerances.

Choosing the right builder to provide your new home is one of the most important decisions you will make in the home buying process. We deliver beautiful homes, support innovative home design, and deliver safe and healthy homes for our clients. Our modular homes will be one-of-a-kind creations that offer an even greater range of design choices than most traditional builders.

Our team of modular home building experts are the most knowledgeable you will find when it comes to modular construction. During the design stage for your home, you will have a wide range of choices to make as you create a truly unique home. Given the variety of choices involved, it is not unusual for custom home buyers to experience some emotional ups and downs during the process, more than a new home buyer that is building a production home may experience in their new home journey.

Knowing what to expect at each stage comes from strong communication. Just knowing what choices you will have to make, and when, will go a long way toward making your custom home building process smooth and produce the home you have always dreamed about. We pride ourselves on being the custom home builder that has the answers when you need them most.

Modular homes are models of efficiency and quality assurance. Our commitment to excellence begins at the design phase. From there our computer-assisted design technology assists us in customizing your floor plans and producing specification sheets to your exact requirements. We give you the options you need! Whether you are looking for a larger family home or you want to downsize, we have a floor plan that fits your lifestyle. Then, once all designs have been finalized, the building process begins.


Modular Homes Are Great Investment for New Investors

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes - Investing in Modular Homes

In these uncertain economic times, real estate is increasingly an avenue of choice for the wise investor. Investors are smart to invest in properties that requires modification either to occupy or to rent. This makes modular home construction perfect for home investors looking to get maximum value for their real estate investment dollar.

Modular home construction is affordable and value-based customization. This benefits investors since the home can be built according to their exact preferences, for example having the utility room accessible from the outside and separate from the interior of the home so that tenants do not need to be home for service. Modular construction is also a more conservative and easy process for those who are new to home construction because modular homes are precisely built from planning through move-in. Costs are set and there are no surprise increases of fees.

Contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes to find out more about the advantages of modular construction for investment properties.


A New Custom Modular Home Will Deliver Everything You Want AND Need

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes - Portsmouth, VA

You need a larger home, so you are going to all the open houses looking for a new house. But you like some (but not all) of the things about all the homes that you view. Why not build a fully-customized modular home?

When you are spending this kind of money on a new house, you need to be assured that the house offers everything you want and need. With custom modular homes, not only can you design the floor plan the way you want it, but the house gets built faster than traditionally built homes. In fact, from the design of the home through the completion of construction is only around three months. And that home’s construction will be more precise and structurally stronger than any other home construction available.

Finding a home then going through the closing process could even take longer than that. When you build a modular home, you can also add design accents to your custom designed floor plan. A fireplace, garage, custom deck, kitchen island or wood floors. Your home is only limited by your budget. Contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes to find out more about the modular home construction process.


Modular Home Construction: The Benefits of Systems Engineered Home Construction

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes - Modular Homes with Garages

Modular homes are constructed with the support of precision systems engineering. The core structure of modular home construction is accomplished within an indoor automated-controlled setting using computer precision assembly processes. Every module produced withing the fabrication center is subject to continuous quality checks. This is fundamentally different than traditional home construction where a team of laborers of varying skill sets work unsupervised for swaths of time. Now don’t misunderstand us here. We’re not condemning traditional home builders and their staff, we’re simply saying the degree of quality control mechanisms in place withing the modular home construction industry simply do not exist within the traditional home building industry.

However, systems-built homes do not mean that they are cookie cutter style homes. Modular homes can be custom designed, in fact, most are. There are also 100’s of modular floor plans from which you can choose, or you can modify one of those existing plans. Whatever floor plan design you choose, Tidewater Custom Modular Homes can build that home faster with modular construction.

Speed of construction is one reason that homebuyers turn to custom modular home construction. Modular home modules are built in a climate controlled factory. While construction is taking place, the site crew is building the foundation and tying in water and sewer. When the modules are delivered the modules are secured, the roof and siding is added, and the finish work is completed.

While interest in modular homes is peaking because of the faster construction process, home buyers soon find that modular homes meet and often exceed the standards of traditionally built homes. Modular construction uses more materials than traditionally built homes and those materials are never subjected to bad weather. As a result, modular homes last longer through time and weather.

Modular construction offers you the ability to build a high quality, custom designed home, faster. For more information on modular home construction, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.


Rights and Responsibilities of Custom-built Modular Homeowners

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes - Rights and Responsibilities of Modular Homeowners

Custom modular home construction is more popular than ever new construction in Virginia Beach, VA. What makes us different is, unlike those sketchy home builders out there, we want you to be fully informed of your rights and responsibilities as a home buyer. This is to protect you as well as us. Some builders purposely omit key informative communication to the home buyer because they hope to lay a higher burden on the buyer than ethics (and sometimes law) allow. We excel because we are in the business to serve YOU. We will never forget that.

So we invite you to research us thoroughly because the more that you do, the better we will look vs others who only claim to be reputable. Visit Tidewater Custom Modular Homes often for updates and inquiries.


Modular Home Construction Maximizes Energy Efficiency of Cape Cod Style Homes

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes - Modular Home Construction

Cape Cod Style homes are a popular choice due to their compact design. The design of these homes offers maximum living space, storage space, dormers, and pitched roofs on the second floor. However, oftentimes, with stick built Cape Cod homes the second floor framing is usually less insulated due to its proximity to the roof which can often cause air leaks. A well-insulated Cape Cod style floor plan is often a challenge.

Modular home construction in Surry, VA offers numerous options and a wide variety of customization for homeowners. This option enables homebuyers to choose the right material for insulation and ventilation as effective solutions to heating and cooling problems. The modular floor plan also allows for changes in insulation down the line. Modules are prefabricated using standardized and quality controlled processes in an offsite factory. These modules are assembled at the permanent site and are glued and screwed, making the entire home more efficient as well.

The sectional approach to modular construction provides effective solutions to modern issues that have arisen in home designs. Saving energy costs in areas with extreme weather patterns is one of the issues that modular construction has addressed. Cape Cod style modular homes are energy-efficient whereas traditional methods are having difficulty implementing the same energy efficiency. Insulating a Cape Cod Style home has never been this fast and easy. To find more about Cape Cod style modular floor plans, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.


Request Information
By Month
Copyrights © 2022 All Rights Reserved by Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.
Created and Maintained by WSI Pro Marketing, Inc.
Proudly serving residential and commercial customers in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Williamsburg, Surry, Richmond, Isle of Wight, and areas throughout the Tidewater / Hampton Roads VA region and North Carolina.