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Modular Home Construction Let’s You Build Green – Virginia Beach, VA

If you are interested in building a new home, you can now be environmentally responsible by building a modular home. Modular Homes from Tidewater Custom Modular Homes are actually built with a green initiative in mind. This includes construction of the panels to the overall energy efficiency of the home once it is finished.

Many of the modular homes today are built to use less energy through either energy efficient appliances or thicker layers of insulation on the sides of the home. When there is less heat being absorbed into the home, the AC doesn’t have to work as hard. As a result, the electricity bills are considerably less. This has a positive impact on the environment as well.

With modular construction there is less material waste and less energy is used during the construction process. In stick-built home, a lot of building materials are wasted because they are cut wrong, or because they are damaged out in the weather.

Many homes going green are built specifically to be energy efficient. There are faucets and shower heads that that need to be selected, and you have choices now that will reduce water flow. In addition, energy efficient appliances can be selected that will use less energy as well.

A typically built home is expensive to build. Add green construction initiatives to it and it may be cost prohibitive for the average homeowner to build. Modular homes are green home construction. They are typically more affordable for home buyers because in general, they are less expensive to build. If you want a green home, you now have an affordable way to own an environmentally friendly home.

Find out more about green modular homes, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.

Log Homes for Less – Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia has some fantastic locations for a log home. But log home packages are very expensive and very time consuming to build. That does not mean you have to give up your dream of building one.

Modular construction combines the craftsmanship and aesthetics of a log cabin with modern construction technology to give you a log home that you will love to live in. Building a log home with modular construction gives you quality and affordability. Best of all, you will have your log home in much less time.

There is something very charming and cozy about a log cabin home and Virginia is the perfect location. If you piece of land would be even more perfect with a log home, modular log homes are a cost-effective solution.

At Tidewater Custom Modular Homes we can build you a log home at a fraction of the cost of a log home packages.  You choose the modular home floor plan, and we complete it with  log cabin siding.

Log sided modular homes are built faster for less, not only saving you money and time. Log siding modular homes need far less upkeep than a traditional log home as well.

If your property and your life would be perfect with a log home, modular log homes are an efficient way to build it, with maintenance free siding that does not fade, splinter, or settle, and that is very aesthetic and efficient.

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

Choosing Modular Home Construction – Virginia Beach, VA

Modular homes can be an alternative for people who want to move but cannot find a home to suit their needs.

The modular construction process builds homes in parts, or modules, indoors in a factory setting. They are then delivered and assembled quickly at the construction site. You can have your new house in weeks rather than months.

Because of the time savings and the efficiencies of producing most of the home in a modern factory, modular homes can be a great value for careful buyers.

Follow these tips to help you find a modular home that will fit your needs.

The Modular Home Builder

Your first stop is finding a qualified, licensed modular home builder who works with modular home manufacturers.

These general contractors can handle all aspects of constructing your home. They will make certain that the design meets your specifications and budget. You can custom design your own modular home, choose one of 100’s of modular home floor plans, or you can have an existing floor plan modified to further meet your needs.

The builder oversees all aspects of putting your home together, which includes securing correct permits, site work, plumbing, HVAC, electrical and carpentry work that will occur onsite.

The builder you choose can also help you choose a lender, most modular home builders have established relationships and want to make sure everything goes smoothly for you.

The Modular Home Manufacturer

Once you pick a builder, you can begin to look at styles of modular home floor plans.

Each manufacturer has different options. There are sizes, floor plans and architectural designs to consider. Maybe you would prefer a one-story ranch, two-story colonial home, cape cod or chalet style structure. You can customize the look to meet your lifestyle and budget.

Because these homes are manufactured by using innovative technologies in a controlled environment, the result is a more precisely built home. Weather variations during construction will not impact the building materials or your house.

Manufacturers purchase massive qualities of materials for their factories, so they pass their cost savings on to you.

Typically, construction time takes six to eight weeks. The structure will be delivered and placed onto your foundation. After that, the final process of construction on the home and job site and your are ready to move in much faster than you would with traditionally built homes.

Research the background and expertise of your builder and manufacturer. Look carefully at the features and design of the manufacturer's plans. Your hard work will result in a high-quality home built to last.

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

Custom Designed Modular Homes with Custom Kitchens – Virginia Beach, VA

Many homeowners are deciding to build their new home, rather than buy an existing home. Building a new home allows you to custom design your home to meet the needs of your family. However, if there is one drawback to new home construction it is the length of time to build. But, you don’t have to worry about this when you choose modular construction. Modular home construction takes far less time to build. In fact, from digging the foundation to move-in can take as little as 4-6 weeks.

In fact, when you build a new modular home, you can add all the design details and customization you want, the fun is in the details. You don’t only get to design your modular home floor plan, you can also add the design options you want in your kitchen and elsewhere to create your own personal space and style.

Half the fun in designing a new home is designing the new kitchen. Here are some of the design options and features that you can add to the kitchen of your new modular home?

  • Wine rack in end of island
  • Quartz countertops and island
  • Pendant lighting above island
  • Raised panel cabinets
  • Wood range hood
  • Spice drawers above stove
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Raised bar top
  • Glass doors in corner overhead cabinets
  • Under cabinet lighting
  • Crown molding
  • Arched door openings
  • Ceramic tile flooring
  • Wood laminate flooring
  • Drawer bank beside oven
  • Pendant lighting above bar
  • Decorative end panels at end of cabinets and bar
  • Vegetable sink in island
  • Plate rack

And, when you register for a factory tour, we will give you a $1,000 cash rebate as a way to say "Thanks" for your interest.

For the custom designed modular home, with all the design elements you want, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.

Modular Homes Can Save You Money and Time Despite Rising Mortgage Rates – Virginia Beach

Home prices and mortgage rates are only going up, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. So, if you are in the market for a new home, consider building a modular home. Modular homes are built in less than half the time than traditionally built homes. In addition, when you build a home, you are sure to have the space, rooms, amenities and design details that you need.

Modular homes can be custom designed. So if you have a floor plan in mind, or if you have had a floor plan created by an architect already, it can be built with the modular construction process. If you don’t have a design, you can choose from hundreds of modular floor plan designs we have already created. You can even modify one of the existing plans so as to better meet your family’s needs.

As spring approaches the home buying season traditionally begins to pick up. Don’t battle all of the other home buyers, looking at over-priced homes that don’t meet your needs. Many people around the Boston area are starting to think about buying a new home. And, as the mortgage rates continue to rise, buying a new home sooner rather than later is a better choice.

If you are considering building a new home, you should consider building a modular home. The modular process also means that construction is not susceptible to weather, labor issues and contractor delays. Modular homes companies are less affected by materials price and labor fluctuations than the stick built construction contractor.

The modules are built in controlled environments to exact specifications in a factory like process. Therefore construction and materials costs are already lower than the traditional builders’. The modular home takes less time to construct; therefore decreasing labor costs as well. Modular home manufacturers buy materials in bulk, therefore are less prone to the increases from transportation costs and they receive bulk pricing. Therefore, your materials cost is lower as well.

Rather than buy a stick-built home, a better solution might be a c a modular home. Contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes for more information.

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.

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