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Modular Construction Cuts New Home Construction Costs

With the cost of goods increasing, many would-be home-owners are having a rethink how they are going to build their new home. They want a less expensive means of building houses but with equal quality. They are choosing Modular construction, it is less expensive and houses can be completed in 30 days.

For most considering new construction, what comes to their minds first is the cost. People can still build their dream homes without investing the amount of time or money to build a traditionally built home. Modular homes can be constructed without following the conventional way of building a house.

Modular construction is an innovative home building process with rapid and accurate design fabrication and installation. It is built in sections in a factory setting, where it is subjected to weather conditions.

The sections move through the factory, with the company’s quality control department checking on every step. Finished modules are transported to home sites where they are placed on a foundation, joined, and completed by a builder.

Modular houses are affordable, durable, energy efficient and meet or exceed the standards or the city and state. Depending on the preferred design, size and manufacturer, it can be finished in one or two weeks in the factory.

Since modular panels are built indoors, are no weather delays. It usually takes another two-four weeks for a builder to complete the home once it’s delivered to the building site.

Unless people are there to see the house delivered and assembled, they may not guess it’s a modular home. Modular home manufacturers can draw floor plans to the owner’s specifications, or to modify one of their standard plans to suit the owner’s needs, so nearly any home plan can be turned into a modular home.

Consumers in search of a custom-built home are giving modular home designs thought. Sometimes they turn to modular houses because they cannot get a conventional builder to respond in time.

More frequently, superior quality, faster completion time, and better prices are the inducements, along with greater energy efficiency, extended warranties, and flexible design options. Customers who want high-quality finishes as well as high-quality construction increasingly understand that they can get both with a modular home.

Modular housing is most cost-effective in design and delivery and has the potential to grow the economy.

An advantage of modular homes is that it’s construction reduces material waste and is built with speed and efficiency because it is factory produced.   They are easy to build, have low capital cost, low risk, and speedy construction and utilization of local labor.

For information on modular home designs and construction in Virginia, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.

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Custom Design your Dream Modular Home

Building a new home means you get to have the home you have always wanted. Building a new modular home means that you get to have the home you have always wanted faster and for less.
Most everyone wants to be able to customize their home to suit their needs and lifestyle. Tidewater Custom Modular Homes supports that desire as the floor-plans and options for each home that we build remain open for you to customize to fit your needs. You can even design and build a modular home to your custom plans.

It is our goal to ensure that your hopes and expectations for your new modular home are exceeded and that your house will feel like a home.

Our goal is your complete satisfaction with the whole modular building process. Contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes, we are ready to make your dream home come to life.

Choose the Right Modular Home Manufacturer

Modular home construction is gaining in popularity because of its high quality construction, architectural style and fast building process.

Once the decision has been made to choose modular construction, we have found that one of the first questions is “how do we begin?”

If you have chosen modular technology to build your new custom designed home, the most important step in the process is to choose the right modular home manufacturer. Your modular home is built from modular components, or modules. Those modules are built in a factory and then shipped to your  building site and assembled.

At Tidewater Custom Modular Homes, we know that our homes are the right choice. Our reputation for building quality homes is well established. For custom homes, we are very flexible in incorporating your design elements and floor plans. If your project requires construction financing, we can help provide that in this difficult financial market.

For more information on quality custom designed modular homes, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.

Want a New Home? Think Outside the Box - Modular Homes

Building modular homes is not new. Yet there is still the challenge to change the perception of modular homes.

Gone are the days of cheap, boring designs. Today, companies are using smart factory-built technologies to speed up the construction process, while hiring leading architects to deliver open, multi-use spaces.

Searching for a modern, environmentally friendly home, but can’t find anything? If you are interested in building an affordable, custom designed home then modular homes are perfect, built in a controlled setting where the weather is not a factor.

Modular homes are modern, green and delivered already built, yet you still have the ability to use your creativity with the designs, finishes and floor plans.
Modular homes are perfect for buyers who want a newly built home fast, who plan on construction timetables of three months and not the 12 to 18 months it takes to build a conventional stick built home.

These new prefab home designs are sleek, ultra-green performers,

The cost of buying a modular home is similar to a stick or site-built home, usually about $10  to $30 less per square foot, but the main advantages comes down to quality control (because it's built in a factory) and in the speed of construction.

Modular construction is a disciplined way of building because the price is locked in near the start. No surprises

It makes so much sense to build modular because the home is built quickly and you don't have to worry about weather. Contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes for more information.

Excerpts from Vancouver Sun

Modular Home Floor Plans

If you are considering building a new home, modular homes are a great solution. With customizable floor plans and several design styles a modular home can meet your needs. Tidewater Custom Modular Homes can build you the home of your dreams in any style.

From starter homes to dream homes, from beach cottages to mountain retreats, Tidewater Custom Modular Homes gives you the choice of styles and floor plans to build your new dream home.

THE APEX -  Traditional Two  Story Home Floor Plan

3 BEDS, 2.5 BATHS, 1536 SQ.FT.
The wide-open kitchen and connecting dining room highlight the first floor of The Apex. The large living room and half bath complete the first floor. The second floor offers three bedrooms, two baths and an abundance of closet space.

THE AUSTIN – Ranch Floor Plan

3 BEDS, 2 BATHS, 1471 SQ.FT.
Single story living at its best! This quaint three bedroom, two bath home offers a large master suite complete with a walk-in closet and a master bath featuring a garden tub. The foyer opens into a spacious living room/dining room combo, providing an abundance of space for entertaining or simply relaxing.
THE BURGESS – Cape Cod Style Floor Plan

4 BEDS, 3 BATHS, 2313 SQ.FT.
This charming Cape Cod features four bedrooms and three baths. The master suite is located on the first floor along with the living room, the large dining room, the kitchen and a second bedroom. The third and fourth bedrooms are located on the second floor and are offset by a sitting area and the home’s third bath.

Are you interested in other floor plans or designs? No problem, we have loads of designs, click “Selection of Homes” to see more. The floor plans are endless, contact us.

The Cost Benefits of Modular Homes

Modular home construction has been around for some time, and more and more are fully appreciating the benefits and exploring the opportunities it has to offer.

Some of the pros include:

Reduced Site Labor and Lower Overall Costs

The same quality materials are used as with site-built construction, but since up to 80% of the building is built and inspected off-site, the amount of time required for completion is dramatically reduced. With modular home construction, 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 often overlooked costs such as waste removal. Reduction in construction time frames of 30%  to 50% are easily achievable.

Reduced Risk

Safety issues are significantly minimized with modular construction since the majority of the labor force works in a controlled environment, rather than on a traditional 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 overrun risks are minimized, as are insurance and other “hidden cost” liabilities.

With modular home construction there is still the ability to be creative and design floor plans that are customized.
In addition, to the reduced on-site waste and reduces costs during construction there is another advantage to modular construction. Through proven manufacturing processes, modular factories are able to construct tighter homes with less air infiltration. As a result, modular-built homes will typically outperform similar site built or traditionally built homes in energy efficiency.

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Modular Homes are Faster and Less Expensive to Build

Modular construction is not new. the individual modules, which are assembled once delivered, can be 90% complete when they are shipped from factory to building site, with walls, flooring, ceilings, stairs, and even finishes complete.

Typically, a two-story, 2,500-square-foot house can be constructed in a factory in a week.

Modular construction begins with the design process. When the floor plans are complete, they are sent to the state or municipality for review, to ensure that building-code requirements are met.

While stick-built homes take five to six months to build, modular homes can be completed in eight to 10 weeks on site. Many in the building industry believe that modular construction could reduce housing costs.

On average, it costs $128 a square foot to build a traditional house. The cost of construction in a city is $35 per square foot more than in the suburbs, studies show. So in the suburbs, the average cost of a stick built home is $160.

A study found that modular construction of a 16-foot-wide house in a city reduced square-foot costs by $32; for a 20-foot-wide house, the saving was $12 a square foot.

For information on a faster built, less expensive and custom designed new modular home, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.

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Downsizing with Modular Construction Saves Money in all Areas

The housing market is heating up, but many people in Virginia are looking to downsize. The trend to downsizing has been spurred on for many reasons. Many are empty nesters, many are retirees, and many realize that it just costs too much to maintain a large home with space they don’t use.

Are you interested in downsizing? If so, downsizing should not be synonymous with compromising. Moving into a new home should always be a treat, and when you build your own new home it is. A new modular home is the perfect solution for those looking to downsize. You can remain in comfort with the space and amenities that you need and want, but you can still move into a smaller home.

With modular homes, the floor plans can be customized, so even if you are an empty nester and the kids old bedrooms were used as office  or storage space, you can incorporate that functionality into your modular floor plan just on a smaller, more economical scale.

If you are downsizing to save money on maintenance, utilities and taxes, modular homes also fit the bill. Modular construction is energy efficient construction. With energy star appliances, energy efficient windows, better insulation and efficient lighting you will pay less for the utilities in your home.
Most importantly, with a well built, well designed, brand new home, your new modular home will retain its resale value. When it comes time to sell, your home will retain its value. For more information on downsizing to a modular home, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.

Modular Home Market is Going Strongly

The housing slump of the past years has had some negative effects on many builders and contractors in home construction. But the effects were not as strong in the modular home construction industry.  As the housing market rebounds the modular home industry is going even more strongly. Why? Because modular homes are reliable, affordable and beautiful.

The market is rebounding and with that rebound is the increase in demand for new construction homes. But, with the change in the economy, home buyers are increasingly seeking alternatives to the costs of new construction. That alternative is modular homes. Modular home building is becoming more popular with homebuilders and homeowners.

Modular homes or factory built homes have structural, construction and cost benefits. Modular home construction is the solution for the home buyer who wants a newly built home that is affordable.  For homes with designs that are affordable and built in a fraction of the usual time contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.

Financing and Insuring Modular Homes is Easy

Many questions about concerns in financing modular homes, assessing modular homes and insuring modular homes come up in our conversations with people who are contemplating building.
Rest assured you will have no problems or issues. Many banks (and we have great relationships with many in Virginia if you would like the names of a few), like to finance modular homes. Why? The building process is so much shorter, and the system is so defined that there is little to no risk to the banks.

As far as assessing the value of modular homes; modular homes are assessed in the same way as traditionally built homes. Here is the good news: modular homes cost about 10-15% less to build, but they sell at the same price as a stick built home. Why? Custom modular homes are appraised with the same standards of a traditionally built home; therefore, both types of homes are assessed at the same amount.
Banks and insurance agencies both say there is no difference between stick-built homes and custom modular homes in terms of approval ratings, and cost.

Banks and insurers are well aware that modular home construction strength and building standards exceed that of traditional stick built homes.  There may even come a time where insurance companies take into consideration the higher structural integrity of a modular home and insure them at a lower rate.
However, until then, you can rest assured, modular home construction financing will not be a problem; modular homes hold their value in the same way as a traditionally built homes; and insuring your modular home will be no different either. Now that those questions have been put to rest, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes for more information.

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