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Modular Homes are Custom Homes

The name of our business is Tidewater Custom Modular Homes. Do you know why we included the word “Custom”? Because the homes we design and build for you are Custom Designed by you with the help of our designers and architects.

Often when people think modular homes, they think “cookie cutter homes”. This could not be farther from the truth for us. We have, on staff, architects and designers who work with you to design FOR you the home YOU need.

Do you need a laundry room upstairs with the bedrooms? Do you want a mud room designed for your school age kids? Want a home office with built in shelving? We can do that. Tidewater Custom Modular Homes is a Custom modular home construction company.

You are not locked into any architectural design. We have standard floor plans and floor models if you’d like. But if you have ideas or even designs that you want to use for your modular home because you know that modular means: faster, more efficient and less expensive with higher standards; let us see your plans.  

The professional satisfaction of building dream homes is what motivates us.  Dream homes start with a basic plan and are then customized to turn that plan into a dream for your family.  Contact us; we'll be glad to show you how we can surround that dream with the quality of a modular home.


Differences Between Modular Construction and Stick Built

What is the difference between Modular construction and stick built construction? In order to make an educated decision, you need to know the difference.  

Stick Built Home Construction:  These homes are built on-site, meaning they built from the ground up on your building lot. This is the traditional method of home construction, so these homes are often referred to as “traditionally built homes”.  This is any home construction that is completely built on site.

Modular Construction:  This is the latest, fastest growing and most advanced form of home construction. Parts of the home, the modules, are built in a factory, and then transported in pieces to the construction site. Modular homes ARE stick built homes, they are just built in a factory first. Modular homes usually contain at least 30% more building materials than traditionally built homes because they need to be sturdier for transportation. Modular home modules are also inspected by a third party before they leave the factory. Of course, the building materials are never exposed to the elements while being built.

For more information on modular homes, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes. Also feel free to watch this video on our website: "Why Modular".


Can You Tell the Difference Between Traditional and Modular Construction?

Modular construction has been widely misunderstood. Custom designed homes that are made with strength and quality is what you get when you opt for modular construction. We think you won’t be able to tell the difference between a modular home and a traditionally built home. Look at the two photos below. Which is stick built, which one is a custom modular home?  


Both homes are homes were built by Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.  The casual observer cannot tell the difference between custom modular homes and stick-built homes.  If you were a builder, and if you really inspected the construction, you would be able to tell the difference. And you would find modular homes are better built. Contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes for a factory tour and we will show you the difference.


A New Home Should Have Everything You Want and Need

You need a larger home, so you are going to all the open houses looking for a new house. But you only like some of the things about the house you may spend quite a bit of money over the next 30 years for? Why not build a home? But there is an even better solution than that, build a modular home.

When you are spending this kind of money on a new house, why not be sure the house has everything you 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 3 months.

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.


Build a Stress Free New Home

You have probably heard that building a new home is very stressful. Tidewater Custom Modular Homes would like to change that idea. Modular homes are more easily built, more efficiently built and more consistently built.

But more than that, there are no hidden surprises. During the design process, we want you to have fun. Create the home you want, with the floor plan you have dreamed about, with a budget that makes you happy and won’t change part way through the process. The only surprise you will get when you build a modular home with us is our level of customer service.

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes offers a superior product, unparalleled service, and competitive pricing. We know lasting relationships are earned through complete customer satisfaction. Let Tidewater Custom Modular Homes build your next home; contact us.


The Difference in Modular Construction

You want to know what type of construction is of higher quality, modular construction or stick built? Modular homes are built in factories to very specific specifications, with quality checks regularly on the assembly line. Of course the modules have to be sturdily built, they are transported via truck and put in place via crane.  

We could tell you all this or you could go into a modular home factory and then walk onto a stick built construction site. There you would see the difference.  On stick-built sites, builders are using air guns and nails to assemble walls, floors, and ceilings.    You may even see construction materials, the future walls and ceilings in the rain or snow.

In a Modular home factory and construction site modular home walls, floors, and ceilings are screwed and lag-bolted together.  They are also glued.  All of this adds another level of construction integrity and strength.  

Contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes and we will be more than glad to give you a personal demonstration of the differences.


Custom Design Your Modular Home Floor Plans

Many people have a misconception that modular homes are cookie cutter in style. But, did you know that modular homes can be custom designed? In fact, at Tidewater Custom Modular Homes, custom designed homes are what we do.

We do have floor plans available for all types of homes, and they are not limited in design and can range from 1000 square feet to 4000 sq feet and up. These home plans are designed by builders and architects

However, if there is something you would like to add, change, or omit, Tidewater Custom Modular Homes can make that adjustment. We can also custom design a floor plan for you and your family, from Ranches and Capes to Vacation homes.

Have you gotten so far in your home planning process that you have a floor plan or blue print already, but you just haven’t committed? If so, let us help.  Many floor plans can be modified to accommodate modular home construction.

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes can custom build your affordable, luxury, dream home.


Customized Modular Homes are Less Expensive

Are you in the market for a new home. If you live on a piece of land  you really enjoy it, but want a new home, consider building a custom designed modular home.

Modular construction is a green and energy-saving form of construction when compared to typical stick-built.

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes recently built a custom modular home with loads of new home amenities. The house offers quartz counters, hardwood floors, a gas fireplace, ceramic tile floors in the baths with floor heater strips, a tankless hot water heater, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems and 50-year architectural shingles. Elevated front and rear screened porches offer scenic views.

The home is a three-story house with 2,700 square feet of modular-built living space on two floors.

The price per square foot was $110 which is significantly less money than a stick built custom home which can start around $125 per square foot and can easily reach $200 per square foot.

Contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes, we can design a home on the spot, by modifying a standard plan or start from scratch.


Upside to Building a Modular Home

If you are in the market for a new home, consider building a new home; but not just any new home, build a modular home. There are many pros to consider when contemplating whether to buy or build a new home.

Even though building your dream house may seem a lot more difficult than looking for a house that is already built and ready to live in, it can actually be very rewarding.

Consider the following when thinking about building a new modular home:

  • You can customize
  • Your home may be more resalable in the future
  • The most up to date building codes
  • You can hire a professional to oversee the day to day issues of building a new home.
  • With a modular home you can move into a new home in a couple months.
  • Choose the modular floor plan that works for you and your family

Contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes for more information.


Act Now to Receive $1000 in Modular Home Upgrades (Offer Ends January 15, 2012)

Happy new year in advance from all of us at Tidewater Custom Modular Homes!  We hope you have a safe and relaxing holiday break.

We want to take this opportunity to remind all of you that our offer to customize your new modular home with $1,000 towards options and/or upgrades remains in effect through January 15, 2012. This offer applies to any and all of our modular home designs to include ranch style modular homes, cape code style modular homes, two-story modular homes, estate modular homes, and all others.

We also want to remind you that when you visit our manufacturer (Henderson, NC) and take a tour of their plant, not only will you then know the distinct advantages of modular home construction, you earn an instant $1000 rebate on the purchase of your new home.

In addition, we never forget our military veterans, both present and past.  Any past or present member of the United States Military gets a $2,000 credit towards options or upgrades as a thank you for serving our country.

Again, Happy New Year, best wishes, and our sincere thanks to you all. 


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