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Custom Designed Modular Home in Less Time – Virginia Beach

If you are contemplating building a new home, it is time to consider modular construction. Not only can you build a custom designed modular home, you can build it in haft the time as a stick built home. Traditionally built homes can take several months to a year or more to complete. Modular construction takes only a couple of months to complete.

You can choose from hundreds of standard modular home floor plans, you can modify one of our floor plans or you can have your home entirely custom designed. Modular homes are not cookie cutter in appearance or design.

Through the modular home construction process the actual time from laying the foundation until you move is is dramatically decreased. But, what you may not know is that with modular construction, the quality of your home is dramatically increased. All our modular homes are quality assured. Subjected to rigorous third party inspections, our modular homes meet and exceed all state and local building codes.

So, while you will be able to move into your new modular home much faster than you would if you chose traditional construction, you can sleep easy knowing your home is safer and of higher quality than any traditionally built home. In fact, modular construction last longer and better through time and weather.

Think about it. Modular homes are built in a factory. That means that none of your building materials will be subjected to the elements. It also means that your home is built to be transported. What does that have to do with it? Modular homes have to be sturdier to begin with. They are built to be transported and lifted via crane. This means that every joint is reinforced; we like to call it ‘glued and screwed’. Actually, our modular homes are built with 40% more materials than traditionally built homes. This adds security as well.

If you are interested in a safe, sturdy, custom designed home in less time, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.

Modular Homes QA Standards Exceed Traditional Construction – Virginia Beach, VA

The process of building a home can be daunting. By the time your new home is complete, you want to be sure that the highest quality materials were use, as well as the highest quality craftsmanship. But how do you really know?  Many believe that building a high quality, custom designed home is not affordable. But with modular construction, you can build a custom designed dream home with the quality you want and need. Modular homes meet or exceed all local, state and federal building codes, while staying well within your budget.

Homeowners and builders alike are choosing modular construction more and more for this very reason. If you want a quality home that is safe and secure, as well as beautiful, modular home construction may be the perfect choice.

  • Modular homes are built in factory settings with strict quality control procedures in place.
  • Modular homes are inspected by 3rd party engineering firms and state inspectors along with local building officials. Traditionally built homes are only inspected by local building officials.
  • Modular manufacturers have a state approved quality assurance manual. Traditional home builders do not.
  • Modular home manufacturers have a quality assurance department staffed with line inspectors. Most site built home builders do not employee their own in-house inspectors.
  • All modular homes have plumbing and electrical tests completed on every home.

Modular homes from Tidewater Custom Modular Homes undergo three sets of inspections during the construction process.  A modular home is built in pieces, or modules, and each module undergoes a thorough quality control inspection before leaving the assembly line. It is then independently inspected again before it is shipped to your building site. Then, once your modular home is finished, and ready to move in, it is inspected again by your local building inspector. Stick-built homes are inspected one time, and only by the local building inspector after the home is built.

Fast construction  AND triple-inspected, modular homes are a better decision. For more information on modular construction, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.

Benefits of Custom Modular Homes – Virginia Beach, VA

The benefits of factory built modular homes have a growing segment of buyers deciding to build custom modular homes. Tidewater Custom Modular Homes can customize, manufacture, deliver and construct a home in as little as two to three months while producing 50%-75% less waste than traditional building sites.

Modular home designs range from ranch style homes, to vacation homes to large 2 story homes, as well as eco-friendly design and top-grade materials and custom finishes and design options.

You can work directly us or with an architect to design your custom modular home. The site work and utilities are run while the home is being built off-site in a factory.  Once the custom design is finalized, the modular home built in the factory over three to four weeks, shipped to the site and from crane to finish is another three to four weeks. This means that your modular home can be completed in 2-3 months!

Modular homes are more efficient and economical to live in and cost less to run than a traditionally built single family home. They use low VFC paints, energy star appliances and are LEED certified. Quality engineering and modular construction significantly increase the energy efficiency of your house. The quality control process of modular construction ensures that your home has been inspected for code compliance and workmanship prior to ever leaving the plant.

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

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Don’t Compromise, Build a New Modular Home – Virginia Beach, VA

The real estate market is bouncing back. But, still home inventory is still tight and home prices are rising. With lower new home inventory, buyers are finding that they may have to compromise in order to buy a new home. Not only that, but they may also have to pay for those homes they are compromising on in the first place. Building a new modular home allows homebuyers to pay the right price for exactly what they want without the compromise. And, modular home construction is completed much faster than traditional construction.

Real estate agents say that buyers are “willing to pay more” to find a home and that buyers are more “flexible on features,” and have “lower expectations” on how much house they are going to get for their money. They also reported that homebuyers are more “prepared to waive contingencies” in order to win a bid. As a new home buyer, does this sound like the recipe for buying your dream home?  Low home inventory means choices are tight. Those who are in the market for a new home should look to modular home construction if they want a new home without compromising.

Real estate agents cite “limited inventory” as the biggest challenge that homebuyers face right now. If you want to buy a home you should not compromise on such a huge financial commitment. Custom designed modular homes give you the option to live in the home you love, for the price you want. And modular construction promises you a high quality home that will stand up better through time and weather than traditionally built homes.

If you are tired of the home search and want more information on building a modular home, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.

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Common Modular Homes Questions Answered – Virginia Beach, VA

More and more people are becoming aware of modular home construction. As a result, more and more potential homebuyers are considering building instead. As those folks do their homework there are a few common questions that always seem to come up as people make their choice between stick built homes and modular homes.

Which type of home construction is stronger, modular construction or traditional?

Modular construction will last longer through weather and time. Modular home construction uses 30% more materials than traditionally built homes. Because modular home are built to withstand travel and being lifted by a crane, they are built better and studier.  Every joint is glued and screwed. Additionally, modular homes are built to withstand hurricane force winds.

Additionally, modular homes are built indoors in a factory setting where building materials will never suffer weather damage. Modular construction must stand up to multiple QA checks and all homes are built to meet or exceed local and state building codes.

How is modular home construction financed?

The construction time for modular homes is shorter than that for traditionally built homes. Time always means money. But  because the home is built faster, you spend less time paying for two homes, the one you are building and the one you are living in. Also modular home owners may have an easier time with financing because modular homes construction companies can quickly respond to any requests for plans from the banks.

Do modular homes appreciate in value the same as a traditionally built home?

It is near impossible to tell the difference between a modular home and a stick built home. Modular homes are also meet or exceed the quality of stick built homes. For these reasons modular homes appreciate in value the same as traditional homes. In some cases, because less maintenance is required, and because modular construction is considered ‘green construction’ modular homes will appreciate faster than traditionally built homes.

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

Modular Construction is Increasing in Popularity – Virginia Beach, VA

It isn’t just modular home builders that are extolling the advantages of modular construction and speaking of its increasing popularity. A recent survey showed some compelling trends in  modular construction for the upcoming few years at least. The survey targeted a blend of mechanical, electrical, and general construction contractors, as well as construction management firms. Here are some of the noteworthy findings:

  • Respondents believe that modular construction will grow by more than 5% per year for the next three years.
  • More construction companies are considering in-house modular construction processes (17% in 2013 compared to 5% in 2010).
  • 40% of all respondents have prefabricated or modular construction as a part of their companies’ strategic initiatives.

The survey makes it obvious that industry participants believe that prefabrication and modular construction services will play important roles within construction projects in the future.

With more than 10 years building the highest quality single family and multi-family homes, townhouses and apartments Tidewater Custom Modular Homes is happy to see more and more people seeing the benefits of in-factory modular construction. Modular constructions allows you to create and build dream homes in a simplified, prompt and cost effective manner.

We look forward to what 2014 will bring in modular construction. For more information, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.

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Today's blog post is a simple and sincere note of thanks for allowing our business to be part of your lives. It is our sincere wish that throughout this Holiday season you are surrounded by warmth, family, and friendship. May you and all you hold dear return from the Holiday season safe, rewarded, and rested.  Sincere best regards to you all.

Modular Homes are Systems Built Homes – Virginia Beach, VA

Modular homes are homes built with a building system. Modular homes are built in an indoor factory setting with an assembly line system.  Along the way, the modules are subjected to continuous quality checks which is one of the reasons that modular homes are of such high quality. Additionally, every employee is an expert at their part of the process. This combined with the assembly line building process means modular homes are built faster than traditionally built homes.

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 of the reasons that homebuyers begin to investigate the modular construction process. Modular homes 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 peeked 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.

More will Choose Modular Home Construction – Virginia Beach, VA

With the challenges of weather, transportation, and the storage and handling costs of building materials for on-site construction, you would think that all home construction would be built with modular construction. Actually, there really isn’t too much in the ‘pro’ column when considering building a home on site. Of course, you may think that a site-built home is superior. However, today there is actually little evidence to show that site-built homes are better than modular homes. As a matter of fact it may just be a delusion that people just can’t seem to let go of.

With modular construction there is still site work and the stacking of the modules. With modular construction, the building process is shorter on site too, because the modules fit together the way they should.

While modular construction is gaining in interest and popularity, it may not be surpassing traditional construction right because the people who build things are not factory people. This has nothing to do with the ‘facts’ of modular construction. This has nothing to do with the customization of modular homes. This has nothing to do with the ease and speed of modular construction. This has to do with traditional builders who want fresh air and the chance to build things in a less-structured environment.

Someday very soon, consumers and contractors are going to pass on the hassles, challenges, fluctuating budgets, an slow construction times of site-built homes and they will start demanding modular home construction. Perhaps by that time there will be a new breed of builders who are ready to embrace building in a factory.

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

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Modular Home Construction is More Economical – Virginia Beach, VA

Modular home construction has been around for some time, but lately more people have begun fully appreciating the benefits and exploring the opportunities that modular construction has to offer.

Some of the pros of modular homes include:

Reduced Labor and Lower Costs

In modular homes the same or better quality materials are used as with stick built construction. But up to 80% of the building is built and inspected in a factory, the amount of time required for completion is dramatically reduced. Less construction site time reduces waste, the chance of weather delays, and material damage. Fewer subcontractors on site reduce site supervision costs, as well as costs like waste removal. It takes anywhere from 30% to 50% less time to build a modular home than a traditional home.

Reduced Risk

Safety issues are significantly minimized since the majority of the labor force works in a controlled environment, not a job site. Even if the modular home is two or three stories, workers can work on the ground and then crane the module once completed. Beyond health and safety concerns, security risks related to theft are also reduced; cost overruns are minimized, as are insurance and other “hidden cost” liabilities.

In addition to all these cost advantages, with modular construction the homeowner is still able to be creative and design customized modular floor plans.

In addition, to the reduced on-site waste and reduced costs during construction there is another advantage to modular construction. As a result of the in factory manufacturing processes, modular homes are tighter with less air infiltration making them more energy efficient than stick built homes.

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

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