Most homes are still built on-site, as opposed to being prefabricated and trucked in. That doesn’t make sense, says Sheri Koones, author of four books on prefab housing.
“Would you want your car to be built in your driveway?” says Koones, of Greenwich, Conn. “Of course you wouldn’t. You want your car made in a climate-controlled factory by skilled professionals on an assembly line. Wouldn’t you want the same thing for your home?”
Prefab homes, a concept that’s been around since the 1900s, generally refers to factory-built modular housing. They are built to the same code as traditionally built homes, with additional structural requirements to make sure they withstand being transported. Depending on the home’s size, multiple pieces (or modules) are delivered to a site and secured together onto the foundation in a matter of hours.
Prefab homes are typically 60 to 90 % complete at the time of delivery, but often require an additional two or three weeks for finishing touches.
Because modular prefab homes are indistinguishable from site-built homes, they have become increasingly popular, pushed by the growing interest in green building.
“Prefab homes are much more efficient and environmentally friendly. There is so much less waste in the manufacturing process. Any excess materials can be recycled into other homes or sent back to the manufacturer instead of ending up in a dumpster,” Koones says. “Because the materials aren’t exposed to the elements, prefab houses avoid problems with mold, rot and bacteria.”
There are also worker health and safety benefits to building homes off-site. “Modular construction professionals can work year-round, indoors, without being exposed to the elements.”
Still, some consumers remain unsure of what a green home built off-site would entail.
But cost is also a reason to go prefab. Since, in many cases, modular homes companies have already designed floor plans, there are no architect fees, time delays or cost overruns.
Modular homes can be customized, too. Some companies offer environmental upgrades beyond standards such as low-VOC paint and efficient appliances.
Of course, consumers still tend to choose homes based on gut reactions, emotional connections and personal taste.
If houses aren’t attractive, no one is going to want to build an efficient house. One of the misconceptions about modular homes is that they’re all modern, and not everyone likes modern. The truth is, most of the prefab being built in this country is actually traditional.
For more information on modular homes, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.
Today, new advances and expectations in modular home construction have made modular homes the standard by which some traditional site-built structures are measured.
Modular home builders contend that price, quality, timely construction delivery, and convenient financing make manufactured homes an attractive alternative in the housing market.
Prefabricated or modular homes are built to the same standard as site-built house. Generally less-expensive than traditionally built homes, modular floor plans vary, or customers can supply their own architectural design for a custom-built structure.
Once a customer selects a model or has a home designed, the timeline from factory manufacturing to delivery and completion can range from 30 to 90 days, depending on specifics with each situation. His company also handles securing permits and works with local utilities for hook-ups.
As with standard real estate purchases, customers can finance with their own lenders, or they can apply with a lender that the modular home builder uses.
Manufactured homes are factory built in pieces, shipped to a building site, craned and bolted in place.
Utility bills and maintenance of modular homes are significantly less than comparable site-built homes.
According to Manufactured Home Manufacturing, the industry is expected to see steady gains through 2016.
Investor Warren Buffet has said prefabricated homes represent the way of the future. They can be built in a controlled environment with controlled costs. The process is streamlined and you can get them in any variety of square footage, or multiple stories.
Today’s modular homes have come a long way from the rectangular box buildings they once were. Many standard elements now include granite counters, top-of-the-line fixtures, brand-name air conditioning and appliances, porches, decks, garages and additional elements that make these homes comparable to traditional structures with higher price tags.
The construction, installation, features and technology involved make modular homes ready to meet consumer demand while offering more than expected. For more information on modular homes, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.
There is very little difference in the look or livability of a manufactured or modular homes in comparison to a traditional on-site built home.
How is it possible to move such a large and complex home to a new site?
The modules are built in a climatically controlled factory to exacting standards. Then they are trucked to the site and placed together on a foundation.
The concept of modular homes offers the same advantages to the owner of the typical home. Modular homes are built to rigorous standards dictated by local building codes. They are constructed in manufacturing plants involving stringent time lines of construction.
Manufactured homes are built to the highest standards of energy efficient living and can include high-efficiency furnaces and heat pumps to reduce your utility bills.
Factory manufacturing of modular home components means less transport of workers and materials, allows for effective use of energy and materials, and reduced waste. Designs can be easily customized.
All of these homes must meet all applicable state and local building codes.
When purchasing your next home, investigate the manufactured and modular housing options may be available you. Contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.
Not only is interest in modular construction up in Virginia, it is up country wide. Why? More and more people are becoming educated in home construction options while making their decision to build or buy.
In a world where we have grown accustomed to immediate gratification with higher quality, modular homes are the perfect solution for many. High quality, custom designed, faster build time and more energy efficient modular construction has increased in Virginia and nationally.
According to the recent data, modular home production for the second quarter of 2012 is up 5.6% over the same time last year. The first half of 2012 shows an increase of 9.3% from the first six months of 2011.
6,325 modular homes were produced in the first half of 2012. This includes both single and multifamily housing units. Modular home construction in 23 states show increases for the first six months in 2012. Based on current information available, 2012 twelve month modular activity is projected to be about 13,300 homes, a 9.4 percent increase over 2011.
Stats from Manufactured Housing Institute
At Tidewater Custom Modular Homes, we recently saw this question asked and thought we would share the response with you:
VA does offer loans on manufactured housing for eligible veterans. But not all vets are guaranteed a loan. If you have trouble locating a lender for a manufactured home contact a modular home dealer in your area.
It is easier to locate VA and other forms of financing for modular homes versus mobile homes or manufactured housing.
Modular homes are a home built in a factory and then moved in pieces by truck to the building site where it is assembled and permanently placed on a foundation. Modular homes can be financed by a real estate loan. More residential lenders are willing to lend on real estate that has a modular home than they are other forms of factory built housing.
At Tidewater Custom Modular Homes we want to thank our veterans and we always offer Military Appreciation Modular Home Discounts and Promotions.
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. Present your military ID when you order your new Modular Home.
For more information on modular construction and our military discounts, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.
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There is a saying: “You wouldn’t build a car in the woods, so why would you build a house outside."
Stick-built homes get mired down with uncontrolled factors such as weather that can drive up costs and throw off schedules.
The construction of modular homes can provide home buyers with considerable cost and time savings, and a superior home. Today, with heating and cooling prices on the rise, modular homes are more popular than ever.
Modular homes can be 65% percent more efficient than an average new construction home.
Another draw for clients is there are fewer on-site construction days, which can get families into their new homes faster. Families do not need to be displaced from school, church and neighbors for long periods, which is certainly the case with stick-built homes.
When the modular home arrives on-site, it is 80% complete.
An entire modular home construction project, from the design phase to completion will take an average of about six months, but that depends on the length of the design phase. Once construction of the modular begins in the factory, a modular home can be completed and ready to move into in a month or two.
Another reason modular homes are becoming increasingly more popular is the construction cost savings. On average, modular homes are 15% more affordable than a traditional new construction, depending on the added amenities an design details. When comparing costs, buyers need to be sure they are comparing apples to apples. But, there is always a time savings and time is money when building a new home.
The construction of a modular home is quicker and it’s better built. The outside walls are thicker, there is better insulation, and it’s more efficient to heat and cool.
Homeowners can choose between Estate Homes, Ranches, Capes and vacation homes. And modular houses are more customizable than ever before which is another reason more and more people are choosing modular homes.
For more information on building your modular home in Virginia, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.
Energy-efficient modular homes can save consumers $4.6 billion in energy costs over the next 20 years according to a new study released today. The study highlights the economic benefits of energy savings for the 17 million people living in modular homes across the country.
In modular homes, energy efficiency not only cuts energy waste, but it can also dramatically improve the modular homeowners’ economic stability. Energy efficiency can alleviate onerous utility bills, particularly among those living in extreme climates.
"We found that energy costs are salient for residents of modular homes especially retirees living on fixed incomes. For these residents, energy savings yield immediately tangible benefits by freeing up cash for other uses," said ACEEE Buildings Program Director Jennifer Amann.
In the manufactured housing industry, it was found that "By using building techniques like higher insulation values, energy-efficient windows, and improved duct sealing, we can build modular homes with energy performance exceeding that of site-built homes. We found that high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment, lighting, and appliances can save substantial amounts of energy as well."
For information on greener modular homes, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.
Excerpts from ProudGreenHome
These days, there are many modular construction options available that are green, beautiful, well-made, and often lower-cost. Modular homes can be homes or cabins/cottages, modular additions, a backyard studios, offices, or in-law house.
Modular homes come in a wide range of sizes, from one bedroom spaces and small units to larger sized homes. They are also available in a wide variety of styles from traditional designs to modern to completely custom designed. Most of the modular floor plans can be modified or customized.
Prefab (factory-built) homes have many benefits. They can be built more efficiently (e.g., less material waste), more quickly, with more precision and durability (i.e., higher quality), and they typically have more predictable costs (and often cost less) than site-built homes.
The levels of greenness vary among the following options, but all of them tout some green features.
For information on building a greener home, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.
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Modular homes are gaining in popularity because of their various benefits. Cost efficient, time efficient, energy efficient and arguably more durable than traditional construction.
Modular houses are those houses that are built off site. Modules are constructed and assembled in factories and are transported to the site to be assembled on the foundation. Kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms are fully assembled, complete with arrangements for electrical wiring and plumbing then transported.
Modular homes are an environment-friendly way of life. Modular homes are constructed with as much as 90% lesser waste than traditional onsite construction. This is because of the efficiency of factory construction. There is no compromise in the quality of construction or in the design of homes. Those who build a modular home can choose from 100’s of interior designs or they can custom design a floor plan.
Another feature that makes modular homes environment friendly is its recyclable and reusable nature. Modules that together form a house can be dismantled to be transported elsewhere, which is something a traditionally constructed home can never offer. You can literally relocate your house if you move.
Modular homes are highly energy efficient and cost-effective. Modular homes are also much stronger than stick built homes. The parts that together constitute a house are constructed such that they survive the rigors of shipping and transportation.
Contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes for more information.
With today’s housing market, low housing lot prices and low interest rates, many people are contemplating building a new home. While contractors who build traditional stick built homes have seen a downturn in business over the years, modular construction at Tidewater Custom Modular Homes has remained steady. Why? Because we build high-quality, attractive homes, in less time, that meet your needs and your budget.
At TCM we have had many conversations with homebuyers who are building a home for the first time. We have learned a few things. While the temptation is to build larger, you can build a modular home that meets your needs, your design style and your budget.
Here are a few things to think about when considering the design and floor plan of your new modular home:
Sit down with your spouse and talk about what you really need in a house. There may be some neat things you want, but what do you need; perhaps three or four bedrooms, a nice sized kitchen, a single modestly-sized family room.
Calculate your home expenses. With a larger home, insurance is much higher. Property taxes and utility bills increase as does your cost of living.
After you decide on a true budget that includes monthly mortgage and the additional expenses, Tidewater Custom Modular Homes can help you design a beautiful floor plan with the design amenities that you want, need and can afford. Contact us.