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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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Happy Thanksgiving From Your Friends at TC Modular Homes

Hello Friends of TC Modular Homes

Well Thanksgiving is tomorrow and we all should be turning our thoughts to blessings, family, and turkey!  We take this moment to consider the blessings of having worked with each and every one of you this year.  From building you the smallest of cottage homes, to your getaway vacation home, to the largest of estate homes,  every one of our experiences with you and the work we did for you was superbly rewarding and deeply appreciated.  

It is our sincere wish that this Thanksgiving blog post finds you all comfortably warm and surrounded by family.  To all of our loyal customers reading this, we simply pass along our most sincere best wishes and thanks for partnering with us for yet another year.  We work hard to earn your continued trust and we want you to know that we do not take your trust for granted.  Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family, and to all you hold dear. 

Building a Modular Home Means Building a Green Home – Virginia Beach, VA

Green construction has become popular. Not only because people are more concerned about the environment and their own carbon footprint, but also because green homes are more efficient and cost- effective  to run.

If you are interested in building a greener home, take a look at modular construction. This is a faster and more economical way to live in an energy efficient home.

“Going Green” has gotten a lot easier with modular construction.  With the style of construction, the insulation, windows and appliances, it is easier to be environmentally friendly. If you are building a new home, modular homes are an efficient, cost effective and green choice.  Modular homes can be custom built, or you can choose from hundreds of modular homes floor plans. Add your own design details to fit your lifestyle and your budget.

Modular construction lets modular designers create any style home. Modular homes can be designed as anything from a traditional ranch, a contemporary home, or a vacation style home. But regardless of the design, the home will be more energy efficient than a traditionally built home. Certainly, it will be more energy efficient than any existing home. Few existing homes meet the energy standards of new construction homes.

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes builds modular homes. The modules are manufactured in an indoor factory-style setting. This means less materials waste because they are systems built homes. Modules are built in weeks rather than months, which means you could be in your new home by the New Year.

For more information on Energy Star rated homes built with modular construction, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.

Modular Home Floor Plans Offer Unlimited Choices – Virginia Beach, VA

If you are interested in building a new home, choosing modular home  construction is one the most cost effective ways to build a new home. Modular homes can be custom designed, and there are hundreds of floor plans to choose from, from large two story colonials to sprawling ranch style homes to vacation homes.

You can choose a standard modular home plan, modify one of hundreds of existing home plans or you can work with our design team on a floor plan all your own. Any style home, including those built on raised piling foundation for shore-front homes, can be custom designed and built.

With so many options to choose from when it comes to picking the perfect floor plan you can find what you want to fit your needs, your lifestyle, and your dreams. Whether you want to build a ranch home, a beach house, or a home to accommodate new empty nesters or for a growing family, there is an existing floor plan or we can build your own.

Often, when people think of modular homes they think cookie-cutter,  undersized, and simplistic. However, today, modular homes are built with the highest quality materials, are versatile and are quality assured throughout the entire construction process. Modular construction is now synonymous with versatility and customization.

When considering a new home, modular home plans are easily customized to suite your needs, with varying square footage and design details. Modular home construction is for the homeowners who wants a new, beautiful home with a controlled budget, in less time than it would take to build a home traditionally. For more information, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.

Modular Construction is More Sustainable – Virginia Beach, VA

There is a lot of talk these days about modular construction being a more sustainable and efficient method of new home construction. In fact, this year at the modular building industry’s largest convention, one speaker will talk about “Why ‘Greener, Faster, Smarter’ Isn’t Just a Slogan” for modular construction. Modular construction has revolutionized traditional construction processes by using industrialized methods in a factory setting. Modular home construction has produced results like more energy-efficient homes and commercial buildings, healthier environments for workers, higher quality homes, reductions in construction costs and time, and better home design.

With interest in modular construction at an all-time high, modular home construction has evolved to meet the growing need for consistency in development and use of offsite construction.Modular homes are built in less time than traditionally built homes because the construction process are just far more efficient.

Though modular construction is generally considered to be sustainable because of reduced construction waste, modular homes manufacturers are  working harder to hone in on how modular construction can be taken to the next level of green. At Tidewater Custom Modular Homes only the highest quality materials are used in our homes.

Architects and builders can deliver not just net-zero homes, but also beautiful and inspiring homes that are custom designed. Your independent new home design can be built with modular construction, or you can choose from  one of hundreds of modular home floor plans.

For more information on modular construction to build a green home, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.

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Benefits of Modular Construction for New Home Construction – Virginia Beach, VA

In today’s housing market, more people are opting to build a home. As they weigh there options, more and more people are choosing modular construction over traditional construction. With so many advantages, there is little wonder.

New home construction allows you more home amenities than buying an existing home can offer you. Not only are modular home floor plans customizable, but there are endless design details you can add as well. No more ripping up carpets or ripping down wallpaper after you move in. With modular construction, choose your flooring, choose your paint colors, choose your light fixtures and counter tops.

New modular homes also have fewer problems and issues than an existing home will have. Everything is brand-new. Modular homes are factory built with endless QA inspections, so you know once move into your new home, you will not find roof, mold or foundation problems that were not caught upon inspection. Additionally, every modular home is warrantied.

Modular homes have all new systems. New plumbing, electric and HVAC systems make for easier maintenance free living. Additionally, modular construction is energy efficient green home construction. This means, while your modular home will cost less to build than a traditionally built home, a modular home also takes less money to run once you move in. From better insulation, windows and doors, to Energy Star appliances your utility bills will be lower in a modular home than in a traditionally built home. In fact, most existing homes do not meet the home insulation standards recommended by the DOE.

However, one of the biggest benefits of moving into a new modular home rather than an existing home is…Cleanliness. There is no better feeling than moving your precious belongings into a home that no one has ever lived in!

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

Modular Homes are More Secure and Sturdy – Virginia Beach

As winter approaches and in light of the storms we have seen devastate neighborhoods on the Eastern seaboard this year, people want to safe homes. If you are considering building a new home, consider modular construction. Modular homes are built in a factory setting with extensive QA standards. Modules are built to exacting specifications, and are constructed to meet all state and local building codes.  Additionally, modular homes use 30% more materials.

The modules are then transported to the building site and lifted onto the foundation with cranes. Because the modules are built to be transported and lifted, they are stronger than traditional homes. In fact, every joint is glued and screwed for extra support. Modular homes are built to withstand hurricane force winds of 120mph.

This is the part of the process where a comparison can be made to stick-built vs modular construction.  Look at a stick-built construction site. Builders work through rain other inclement weather conditions. They use air guns to build the homes.

During modular construction, there are no weather, materials or labor issues.  Modular homes use 30% more materials than a traditionally built home. This makes them sturdier as well. Modular home walls, floors, and ceilings are screwed and lag-bolted together.  This adds yet another level of security to their construction integrity and strength.

Contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes if you are interested in a storm safe and study new home.

Modular Homes and Modular Additions Accommodate Changing Families – Virginia Beach, VA

When you're building a house from the ground up, you have a lot of important choices to make. But it is challenging to make some of those key decisions that will affect life in your new home for the rest of your homes life, or at least for the rest of the time that you live there!

Most people don't think about the fact that their lifestyle, family, hobbies or extended family circumstances may change over the course of years. As a result, any home is likely to be remodeled at some point.  When building a home, this is something most don’t consider. With modular construction, modular homes easily accommodates remodeling.
Some families start small when building, not considering expanding families, in-laws, or home-based businesses. Despite current home needs, many needs change over the years.

Modular homes are easy to add modular home additions to. Garages and additions are as easily constructed as the original modular home. In fact, modular additions can be added to almost any home. And modular additions take less time, with less mess and less stress than tradition construction additions.

As a family grows, shrinks and shifts, your modular home can move and change seamlessly with it, making it into a home to raise children in and grow old in. Modular home additions don't require major disruptions for the homeowners or huge expenses to move load-bearing walls.

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

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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