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Build an Energy Efficient Home

“If you’re going to build a house, why not build it as intelligently as possible.”

Prefabricated homes are inherently energy-efficient, and are manufactured off-site in advance, usually in standard sections that can be easily assembled, and comprise a combination of panelized and modular building systems.

Incorporating a vast variety of both green and energy-efficient methods of construction, modular construction is a comprehensive way to creating healthier living conditions and saving money while allowing homeowners to “preserve our natural resources for future generations.”

A perfect solution to the challenge of energy bills and energy consumption is to reduce our dependence on fossil fuel.

Today, modular home technologies have evolved and there are many options available for the construction of energy-independent homes and other buildings. With the heavy cost we pay for energy, environmentally, politically and financially, the hope is to embrace the new and reduced cost of natural energy.

Modular homes can be built today with reduced energy use, healthy products and more sustainable materials.

Modular home builders have varying incomes and style preferences, so it is important to see all the options. Even those with no knowledge of prefabricated home can understand the concept and its benefits.

Considering that nearly 40% of energy in the United States is used to heat and cool homes, getting “almost off the grid,” or requiring minimal energy from utility companies, is crucial.

The goal is to construct homes that not only create their own energy but give some back during off-peak times, when energy is least being used.

The small added cost of installing energy-saving systems is quickly recouped in the first few years of operating the modular home. Moreover, when homeowners eventually decide to sell their energy-efficient home, the low utility records will allow them to put a higher price on it, thus profiting further.

Most modular homes contain a wide assortment of green and energy-efficient aspects.

The benefits of building modular homes are nearly endless. Who doesn’t want to do something more environmentally good? There’s no downside to building healthier and more efficiently.

For more information on energy efficient modular construction, contact Tidewater Homes.

Greenwich Post

Pros of Modular Homes

The modular home industry has grown as more and more home buyers understand the benefits of modular home construction. As smart home buyers do research they understand the advantages of modular construction.

Pro: Controlled Manufacturing Environment

When a home is built on site, it’s exposed to the elements during all of the construction, and the building materials used to create it are also stored outside. This can expose an on-site built home to moisture, and may cause construction delays during patches of inclement weather. Built and stored indoors modular homes don’t face these issues.

Pro: Building Cost

Although costs vary by builder and the distance homes must be transported before installing them on land, because of the controlled building conditions, factory built homes is usually less expensive than a similarly sized on-site built home. Buyers can expect to save about 20% on costs.

Pro: Construction Advantages

Modular homes must be constructed solidly enough to withstand transportation, and manufacturers typically build them to be more sturdy than a similar, site-built home. Modular homes are often built using jigs and other tools unavailable to workers in the field, increasing their quality, and feature additional structural improvements, such as using lag bolts instead of nails and reinforcement straps, many on-site builders skip.

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

San Francisco Chronicle

Modular Homes are the Future of New Home Construction

You may think you have only two choices when buying a home. You can buy a home someone else has lived in or a new home built by a developer.

But you have another choice, prefabricated homes or modular homes.

Modular homes are built in the forms of modules. Modular homes can save you about 50% on energy consumption, and will provide a less toxic indoor air environment and is built to last for centuries rather than decades.

First you need land. Then you need a construction loan. Tidewater Custom Modular Homes is a custom home builder, so new homeowners go through the same process when building a modular home as anyone building a new home for themselves.

One of our main market advantages lies in the build time. From a time perspective, a modular home takes a few weeks to build and a couple months to finish once the modules are delivered to the building site.

Nothing else in America is built outside in the elements, your home should not be either. Modular construction is the wave of the future. Contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes for more information on modular homes.

All the Benefits of Modular Homes

The rising cost of the building materials and labor has always been a big huddle that has stopped people from building their own homes. This problem, however, has now been solved, as modular homes gain popularity.

Modular homes are prefabricated homes consisting of multiple sections known as modules that are build in a factory. The modules are then brought to the building site and assembled. The modules can be placed end-to-end, side-by-side or stacked on top of each other to get a multi story building. Thus, these types of houses provide flexibility in styles and floor plans.

Modular homes have a large number of benefits over traditionally built homes. Not only are these homes beautiful and economical, but they require less time in the construction process. It is also very easy to add additions to modular homes when need arises. As the modules are constructed in factories, there is low waste and site disturbance compared to its counterpart; thus, environment friendly. As the construction of modules is done indoors, weather conditions does not damage the building materials. Moreover the risk of mold, mildew, rust and sun damage is also eliminated. Thus, these homes are healthier than the conventional site build buildings.

For more information on building a modular home in Virginia, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.

Build a Luxury Home with Modular Construction

Now you can relate luxury to modular homes. Modular homes can be as luxurious as any regular house can be. The key is to be creative, think outside the box and hire the best modular home builder you can.

The first thing that you should understand about luxury modular homes is the fact that you get to make a choice from the many luxury home designs. You can combine modular floor plans to create a unique design to create your dream home. Additionally, if you want an architect to design the home in your mind, you can, and Tidewater Custom Modular Homes can turn that into reality.

When you build a modular home, it will be built to your exact specifications. Traditionally built homes may suffer setbacks that would cause the completed house to be different from what exists on the plan.

However, your modular home is built in modules and is constructed exactly as it is on the plans to the specifications to the local and state building codes before it is assembled on the site. The factory is a controlled environment; therefore, you can be sure that all the modules will be fabricated to the highest standards in the industry.

You should also know that while you are building a luxury modular home, this does not mean that you will waste money or go over budget. One of the characteristic features of building modular homes, is that you don’t go over budget. What we say it will cost will always what it WILL cost. No cost overruns or surprises.

Traditionally built homes can quickly go over budget with each new addition and unique features. Conversely, you need not be worried about increase in costs when you opt for luxury modular homes.

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

Modular Homes are Efficient and Green

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.

Washington Post

Modular Homes are Now the Standard

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.

Tri-Parish Times

Consider Building a Modular Home

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.

The Province

Modular Construction is Up Nation Wide

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

Are VA Loans Available for Modular Homes?

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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