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Labor and Materials Shortages Have Builders Choosing Modular Construction – Newport News

The housing industry is looking for more workers and more materials along with an easier way to build homes if they want to continue to meet their production goals. The answer may be in modular construction.
A year ago the Advanced Framing Construction Guideline was published, aimed at helping builders construct energy-efficient homes with lower material and labor costs than conventionally framed houses.
The new code stresses using advanced framing techniques to improve the thermal performance of a wall.
Modular construction allows for a builders and contractors to build in a factory setting where advance framing techniques are used. Modular construction is also not affected by labor shortages. These two benefits allow modular homes manufacturing companies to show builders the advantages to overall construction costs of modular construction compared to stick built homes.

Modular construction can help the bottom line of the builder and the homebuyer. With modular homes you don’t need estimates, you don’t need a purchasing staff, and you don’t need a lot of site supervision.
It is estimated that for a 2,300-square-foot house priced at $300,000 the modular construction and on-site costs total, on average, $77.40 per square foot. Regardless of where the home is built.
Stick-built costs range from $73.10 per square foot in the South to $102.70 per square foot in the Northeast. The Northeast region also has the highest modular market share.
The differential in price between modular and stick-built has tightened as subcontractor labor has gotten scarcer and more expensive.
Additionally, modular homes are delivered to a jobsite 70% to 80% completed. From the time the company gets an order to when the customer moves in ranges from 60 to 90 days.

Builders need to consider that the cost advantages of modular will become indisputably apparent as labor and materials become scarcer. In fact, commercial contractors are already seeing the light.

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

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Modular Homes are Perfect for Veterans – Virginia Beach, VA

Returning veterans deserve a home they want and love. Modular construction is a faster, easier way for veterans and their families to live in a home that will meet all their needs and with all the design enhancements they want. Tidewater Custom Modular Homes would like to help and we would like to show our military its appreciation. Any past or present member of the US Military will get a $2,000 credit towards options or upgrades as a thank you for serving our country.
Build the home you deserve, don’t just settle for a home you can find that is the closest to what you want and need.  Get all the comforts and conveniences of home with modular construction. New construction modular homes qualify for VA loans. Modular homes can be custom designed or you can choose from hundreds of our modular home floor plans.

Now that you are home, you deserve your own home. Modular construction is faster, getting you into your new home in just a couple of months. In fact, after the 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.

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

Benefits of Modular Home Construction – Virginia Beach, VA

If you are in the market to build a new home in Virginia Beach, VA then consider modular homes. There are many benefits and advantages of modular construction over stick built homes.

Stick built homes are those built on-site through traditional construction methods. No residential traditional builder can invest the time and money into their building processes and methods that modular homes construction companies can.

Modular homes are built in quality controlled environments in factory settings. While they are being constructed, they are constantly being subjected to quality assurance inspections by expert quality control inspectors. Your modular home will be built to the highest quality standards, and will meet or exceed all state and local building codes.

Because modular homes are built in a process similar to an assembly line, using labor efficiently while maintaining the highest level of quality control, labor and materials costs are lower. This brings down your overall costs of construction.

High tech equipment is used in the modular construction process as well. This means that all the corners in your home are square and the walls are plumb. This ensures a tighter, more energy efficient home with far less air leakage. Additionally, energy star materials and appliances are used which keep your overall energy costs down once  you have moved in.

Additionally, the modules are built in conjunction with site work like foundation and septic. Without weather delays and constraints or issues with contractor schedules, modular homes are built significantly faster than traditionally built homes.  This too keeps overall costs down.

Typically, modular homes use 30% more lumber than stick built homes making them stronger than most frame houses allowing them to last longer through weather and time. ‘

For more information on better homes through modular construction contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.

Modular Construction, A Real Story – Virginia Beach, VA

In our regular posts we have been talking about how modular home construction can save you money, time and stress. We thought we would share this story with you about a homeowner who wanted to build a new home and made the choice between modular and traditional construction.
Here is an example of how you can save with modular construction.

This particular homeowner, we will call him Joe, wanted to build a custom home. Working with an architect, the custom plans, built the traditional way, had a price tag of anywhere from $725,000 all the way to $900,000 when upgrades, were factored in. And, there were no guarantees it wouldn’t go over budget.

Modular construction gave Joe a different way to build this dream house for a budget under $500,000, in a timeline of four months and with no surprise costs.

Modular homes are also known as “pre-fab homes” and they are highly customizable. Tidewater Custom Modular Homes and other modular companies do customization on some level.

Modular home quality is higher than traditional homes. Modular homebuilders are able to erect modular homes in as little as 30 days, on a budget that averages 5% to 10% less than what you’d spend otherwise. From start to finish — if you include the design process, permitting and finishing work — a modular home can be move-in ready in as little as four to five months, easily half the time spent on a traditional stick-built home.

For more information, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.

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Modular Construction is Faster, Safer and More Efficient – Virginia Beach

As modular homes get assembled, people stop to watch. It’s not every day you see factory-built pieces of a home, that could be up to 60 feet long, trucked, lifted and stacked to create a modular home over a course of two days.

After the modules are stacked to create the house, workers workers will “stitch” together the pieces to prepare for finishes.

Modular homes are homes made on factory lines and they can look and feel as sophisticated as traditional homes built on site.  Prefabricated construction, or modular construction, is also more efficient and more environmentally friendly than traditional construction.

A prefab home is a home that is basically made of 'house parts', and those 'parts' are stronger than a normal house because they have to be transported and lifted by a crane. This makes modular homes safer and more sturdy than traditional construction.

Modular construction has been around for decades but is just now gaining wide acceptance. It is more time-efficient than traditional construction. It takes about half the time to build a modular home from factory build time to finishes on site.  

Savings also come from modular homes being precision-cut, so there’s less waste. Plus, everything is built indoors, so there are fewer delays.

Over time, a homeowner can also expect to save money on energy as well.

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

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Modular Home Additions Increase Living Space in a Few Weeks – Virginia Beach

Many homeowners are not interested in selling their homes even though home prices are increasing. Why? Because they can’t find a better home to move into. The solution is a modular addition to your home. If you love your existing home but need some more space, another bedroom, more bathrooms or an office, modular additions are less stressful, faster and less expensive. In fact, modular additions are the way to add high quality space to your home.

Adding an addition to your home with traditional construction means you will wait months you’re your home addition to be complete. Living with your family, kids, in-laws while construction is going on at home means very stressful living conditions. With modular home additions, the addition is built off-site in a factory, then shipped to your home. The modules are placed atop the foundation and attached to your home, then the interior walls are removed to join your existing home to the modular home addition. This means you live “under-construction” for just a few weeks rather than a few months.

With modular home additions adding space to your home is easier than ever because it is quicker and less disruptive to your home life. You can have a modular addition added to your home in a few weeks.

You can increase your living space without the stress of moving. You can add an addition to your home without living in disrepair and all without the disruption of major remodeling. Contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes for more information.

Take Advantage of Modular Home Construction - Virginia Beach, VA

Interest rates are rising, but let’s face it, they are still very low. So, if you want to take advantage of interest rates before they rise more, build a custom designed modular home for your family

Building a new home is a great solution for a new home. With home inventories lower than normal, building through modular construction is a fast way to get the home you want in the time frame you are looking for.  Modular homes are faster to build because the modules are built in an assembly line process. Materials are already on hand, no weather delays and no missing contractors.

Traditional construction can take ten months or longer. Because modular construction is done in a factory setting delays and cost overruns are not an issue. Construction does not stop for weather, no-shows, or missing materials.  Without all the labor and weather delays, a custom designed modular home from Tidewater Custom Modular Homes can be built in 60 days or less after the design process is completed.
Modular home customization is one of the benefits of the modular construction process. Modify an existing floor plan or custom design your own. You can build the home you want and need for your family more efficiently, more economically, and with the highest quality materials.

For more information, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.

Modular Homes are Built Faster and are More Energy Efficient - Virginia Beach

Modular homes are energy-efficient custom designed homes. These homes are built from the inside out, which makes them more energy efficient than stick built homes. In fact, the air-sealing and insulation is done before the home even leaves the factory.

Normally, site built home with an attached garage can take anywhere from 8 months to a year to complete. With modular construction, that same home can be completed in 10-12 weeks once the design process is complete. Modular construction is the way to get a faster, more energy efficient, well insulated home that is cost effective

The Process-

Three months before construction begins, the homeowners and the modular home company begin the design process. This includes designing a floor plan and deciding on amenities and design details.

The next month is spent working to develop in-house architecture based on the chosen modular floor plan. Those design details are then sent back to the factory, where changes are made. The home is then constructed using the modular process.

The modules are then delivered to the building site. Four modules can be set in one day.  The roof, is then installed.

On day two and three, the garage can be added and the modules are connected to each other and the foundation. Other framing details can be started and often completed as well, depending on the size of the home. Roof shingling can also be started, and possible completed.

After these tasks are complete, the set crew can finish the roofing, hang interior doors and install the siding. Air gaps are sealed with a specific focus on the walls between the modules.

As you can see, by building a modular home construction time is decreased immensely and home is protected from the elements because it is built indoors.

For information on building an energy efficient custom modular home in less time, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.

Modular Retirement Homes are Perfect For Relaxing in Virginia Beach

The generation of baby boomers is the fastest growing sector of our population. We are seeing more and more of these folks downsizing their homes as they enter retirement. Downsizing means that these folks are relocating, and scaling down their homes. They want to do this without compromising the style or quality that they are used to.  Modular homes for retirement are a faster, custom designed choice.

Modular construction is the perfect solution to building a home in Virginia Beach where you want to retirement. Tidewater Custom Modular Homes can help you design and build a modular home for the land where you want to build.

As a modular home builder, Tidewater Custom Modular homes will answer all of your questions about the construction process. You can choose from one of our 100’s of existing modular home floor plans, choose a floor plan and make some custom design changes to make your new home better accommodate your needs, or have a modular home custom designed.

Custom modular homes are perfect for a couple who has put in the time working and now is looking forward to relaxing and enjoying retirement.

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

Modular Homes are a Better Alternative when Building a Home - VA

With improvements in the housing markets, continuing low interest rates, more people looking to move, and home inventories at near record lows, it is no wonder that more and more people are opting to build a new home in Virginia.  If you are in the market for a new home, and are considering building, consider modular construction. Modular homes are an efficient, higher quality, customized alternative to new home, site built construction.

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes uses the newest construction technology and the most skilled craftsmanship to design and build custom designed modular homes. The latest in modular building methods are not only a more economical and efficient way to build a home, modular technology is also a green way to build a home.
The fastest growing form of construction, modular construction can be custom designed and is faster and more economical than traditionally built homes. We can help you custom design your dream home, or bring a floor plan to us, we can make it modular; or choose from one of our hundreds of modular floor plans for an even faster construction time.

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes are built better, faster and stronger than traditionally built homes; and our modular homes are built ENERGY STAR® ready with the latest green building standards. If you are in the market for a new home, consider building a new modular home instead.

For a new home that faster than waiting for a new home to come on the market,  contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.

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