Modular Homes VA Blog

Weather-Resistant Barrier Use Within Modular Home Construction

OK, so not everything about home building is highly entertaining. Take for instance weather-resistant barriers within the home construction process. Not a very sexy topic on the surface, but barrier protection is a very, very important element of the home construction process and some (if not most) builders fail to give barrier protection its proper due. We’re here to tell you that the protective measures that we use here at Tidewater Custom Modular Homes is the highest quality barrier material on the market today. Again, not all builders use the quality of barrier products necessary to guarantee a moisture infiltration protection system that retards mold and mildew build up within walls and attics. Our barrier wrap also helps prevent exterior wall moisture damage.

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes,Viriginia Beach, VA - Barrier Wraps

Our modular home construction process here in Virginia Beach, VA applies a superior weather protection system that ensures air and water will not penetrate walls by using a installation system that does not compromising ventilation. The barrier wrap enables the moisture to leave (but not enter) wall cavities. Premium-grade house wrap in environmentally caustic coastal areas is essential to ensure the home successfully combats salt, sun, wind, and heat.

It’s the accumulation of many things that distances the quality of one home builder from another. We welcome the opportunity to educate you fully on the things that we continue to do to offer award-winning home building services. Contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes to learn more about our modular home building system.


Custom Modular Home Bedroom Design Options


Designing the bedroom within your new modular home should be a fun and uplifting experience. We take great pride in helping you see a multitude of options and to ultimately arrive a design that promotes comfort and relaxation. We are thrilled to consult our clients and help them see through the infinite decisions regarding spacing, form, color, texture, and lighting. Let’s look deeper into these things.

Comfort

Comfort should be the primary consideration when laying out your bedroom interior. It does not only mean shopping the largest bed but also making sure that it won't take up all the space. Comfort also means you can move around and navigate freely inside the room. Moreover, closets can be opened without tripping over the furniture.

Fabrics and Textures

Choose fabric materials that can add character to your bedroom. When purchasing carpets, choose the one that complements the entire look of the room and makes the ambiance more welcoming. Make sure it feels good in the feet so opt for soft and fluffy carpets. When decorating the walls, consider adding varieties of patterns and textures. You may use papers with unique designs and a burlap texture. Silks, wood panels and polished concretes or plasters can make your room look extraordinary.

Furthermore, it's important to think about color since it's the key to make the bedroom relaxing. It should blend well with the hue of your bedroom walls and the elements that are in it. Also, choose a tone that works well both in the morning and at night.

Lighting

Use bright lights inside closets so it will be easier to find your stuff. But dim lights are recommended when you need to sleep or relax. So, consider having a light regulator to easily regulate your lighting inside the bedroom.

Details

The kind of paintings and furniture you choose reflects your personality. Also, how you place and arrange them in order shows your style.

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes are there not only to construct your new modular home but to be there for you throughout the journey. That begins with concept design consultation to turning over the keys to your new home. That first night’s sleep in your new dream master bedroom is going to be a memorable one.

Contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes to get the dream started.


Modular Home Closet Design Consultation – It’s the Little Things

We previous featured a blog post regarding a popular budget-friendly walk-in closet option offered by Tidewater Custom Modular Homes here in Windsor. It drew enough attention that we thought we’d expand upon the subject of closets for those of you considering ranch-style new modular home construction here in Windsor, estate home construction, or anything in between. Below are just some of the things for you to consider:

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes - Modular Walk-in Closet in Norfolk

1. The Shape of The Walk-in Closet

Typically, walk-in closets come in three shapes: the “L”, “U” and the straight walk-in closet. All these shapes are suitable to store clothes, dresses, bags and shoes.

However, the "L" shaped closet requires two walls to maximize storage utilization while "U" requires three walls.

Finally, the straight closet design or the "I" can be tailored to the desired wardrobe size. It can also be customized to separate male from female stuff on the walls of each side perfect for couples.

2. Include an Additional Storage Adequate To The Amount of Belongings

Prior to making a space for walk-around, built-in or reach-in dresser, consider first the number and types of stuff that you need to store inside. Then, you can now decide the design and layout for the hanging space, drawers, shelving and cabinets. The goal is to prevent excess stuff. It will defeat the purpose of making your closet organized if there are still more stuff that don't get a spot.

3. Select the Desired Wardrobe Style

There are countless closet styles out there. Choose the one that matches your taste and style and that which accommodates your stuff. If you want a simple style, go for contemporary styling. It will display your array of fashionable items neatly and beautifully.

4. Include Lovely Mirrors

Having number of different styles of mirrors in your walk-around wardrobe can in fact save you time.

5. Consider an Island in the Center

If you have a roomy space, an island can be a marvelous addition as they provide extra storage compartments and help when planning an outfit. When planning a closet peninsula, make sure you have 36 inch around the island on all sides. This will provide you enough space to move around.

6. Place a Dressing Chairs, Bench or Stools

Chairs or a bench will provide you a site to rest or try on your shoes. Stools are also excellent when you need to get some items on top of the rack.

7. Chandelier or Downlights

Ornamental (yet functional) lighting will enhance the look and overall enjoyment of your walk-in closet.

What we want you to take away from this blog post is not only the fact that your future modular home is fully customizable all the way down to individual closet space, but that the award winning professionals here at Windsor’s Tidewater Custom Modular Homes are here to consult and guide you through the customizable details of your next home.

To get started in putting your dream home in Windsor on the path to reality, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.


Budget-Friendly Modular Home Walk-in Closet

It’s not only the big things that make a difference in a quality-built Norfolk’s Tidewater Custom Modular Home. In previous blog posts we’ve depicted the amazing kitchens, bathrooms, porches, bedrooms, ceilings, and the like to demonstrate our ability to customize each and every element of your custom crafted modular home. We’re here to remind you today that not a single element of your new modular home’s construction goes without detailed planning and execution. Take closets for example.


Tidewater Custom Modular Homes - Modular Walk-in Closet in Norfolk

This is an example of a small walk-in closet system which is commonly delivered within our modular home designs. It features ventilated closet shelving. It employs premium quality wooden materials and comes in various finishes. You may utilize the shelf as clothes rack or use to arrange your bags and hats. The bottom part can be a perfect spot for the array of footwear. This is a simple yet functionally efficient walk-in closet.

So, why blog about closets? Again, it’s the attention to detail and the consultation that a true professional and dedicated builder like Norfolk’s Tidewater Custom Modular Homes that makes a difference. How to efficiently use space like we show you here is just one of the things that drives our professional reward.

Let us help you build your fully customized dream home. Contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes here in Norfolk to get things started.


Coffered Ceiling Adds Dimensional Effect To Your Modular Home

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes - Coffered Ceiling - Suffolk, VA

Do you dream of a coffered ceiling for your modular home? We clearly understand because a coffered ceiling delivers a dramatic effect. We can deliver that for you.

A coffered ceiling is made of recessed panels fastened to a hanging mesh to make a new ceiling with certain depth and architectural appeal. They come in two styles, deep or shallow and are available in white or black finishes. Deep coffers provide extra dimension to a living space while shallow coffers create a lighter touch.

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes empowers homeowners to create custom looks for their ceilings, kitchens, bathrooms, and doors. In fact, every single element of your next modular home can be customized.

For more information regarding custom modular home design ideas, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.


A Modular Georgian Three-Story Home

Georgian style homes are as popular as ever here in America and Tidewater Custom Modular Homes (headquartered here in Smithfield) can deliver for you. This popular British architectural building design features a square or rectangular stone or brick two-story building with a side-gabled roof and symmetrical shutters, doors and columns. The facade is adorned with pediments, arches, and columns. Interior attributes include high ceilings, window headers, and crown molding.

We thought we’d share (through images) what Georgian modular home style living can be like for you. We’ve previously shared the story about ”why choose modular construction”. Today we’re going to show you.

There remains a misunderstanding that modular home construction is limited by size. Nothing could be farther from the truth. We build luxurious estate-like designs like this Georgian style home. Note the majestic entrance is with its beautiful columns. The spot can be a place where you can relax and enjoy the view of your front loan.

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes, Hamton Roads, VA

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes, Hamton Roads, VA

It also features a spacious living room with a bar, a butler's pantry and an open concept kitchen. The space is divided with an archway going to the small Florida room.

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes, Hamton Roads, VA

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes, Hamton Roads, VA

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes, Hamton Roads, VA

It has a beautiful wooden staircase with a storage/utility room under it.

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes, Hamton Roads, VA

The 2nd and 3rd floor is set with bedroom and a private bath, two additional bedrooms with jack and jill bath and large laundry/craft room.

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes, Hamton Roads, VA

Lastly, it has large Georgian style front porch, bottom deck and deck off master bedroom.

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes, Hamton Roads, VA

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes, Hamton Roads, VA

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes, Hamton Roads, VA

What about that spectacular pool house?


Tidewater Custom Modular Homes, Hamton Roads, VA

This can be your style of living right here in Tidewater, with better construction and at a lower cost of the traditional stick-built alternatives. Find out more about the beauty of modular homes by contacting Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.


Virginia Beach Luxury Custom Modular Home Living

You don’t have to daydream about the beach this time of year. Live there! This blog post hopefully will dispel some of those winter blues by visually taking you back to the beach…if only for a moment.


Tidewater Custom Modular Homes - Virginia Beach, VA

You should know that vacation-style modular home construction in and around Virginia Beach is increasingly popular for a host of reasons. Yes, value and speed of construction are always at the top of the list when comparing modular home construction to traditional stick built construction. But down here at the beach where mother nature can pack a wallop, it’s the overwhelming strength of modular home construction as compared to stick built homes that raises eyebrows. We’d love to talk to you in person and provide you all the details, but for this short read, just know that the core structure of the stick-built home is nailed together. Modular homes are bolted together. A stark difference.


Tidewater Custom Modular Homes - Virginia Beach, VA

We purposely left the shades closed because we didn’t want to be too big of a tease showing off the ocean living scene that we can deliver for you today! We celebrate sharing with you all the modern trends in vacation home construction to include non-traditional lighting, sliding barn doors, the latest in flooring trends, and of course, how to arrive the kitchen of your dreams. Call us. Let’s get started!


Modular Living Out on the Farm

Here’s a modular home farmhouse that all of us here at Tidewater Custom modular homes are very proud of. We thought we’d share some images with you. Whether you're looking for a small ranch style home floor plan, estate home floor plan, or anything in between we, we think seeing is believing.

It’s custom modular home deliverables like that you see below that propelled us to being named Excel Homes’ “2019 Regional Builder of the Year”. Excel is a leading manufacturer of American modular homes. They’ve delivered over 28,000 homes to date, one of the largest modular home manufacturers in America. For them to think highly of us is truly and honor. But truly, it is our honor to have earned the trust of so many across Tidewater Virginia to build their custom modular homes.

Here’s a shot from last year’s snow day”



How about this lovely kitchen:



High ceilings….you got it!



Call or stop by and we’ll help you turn your Tidewater Virginia home building dreams into reality.


Three Things to You Know When Building A One-Person Modular Home

1. You can decide whatever house size you want

Just because you plan to live alone and in minimum space does not mean that you have to live that way forever. Do not ever second guess going small as time goes on. The thing about life is our preferences change. Modular home construction is the most simple and affordable structure to subsequently modify to add space. Sit down with us here at Tidewater Custom Modular Homes to learn the details of post-build home expansion.

2. You may select from available floor plan designs or you can design your own.

Ranch style modular homes such as the Louisburg are excellent floor plan for those living alone. We offer a wide variety of small ranch and cape cod homes to help start the dream of your next small footprint home.


Tidewater Custom Modular Homes, Suffolk, VA

3. Build Smarter

If you want a smaller floor plan, make sure to utilize the space smartly. You may add storage behind walls, drawers under the bed. etc. This will help you save space. Sometimes less is more. Besides, you can make additions later. Again, this is one of the beautiful things about modular home construction. If you are undecided how much space you need, why not go small and safe on construction cost? Most people who chose to go with a small ranch style modular home never look back. They enjoy their easy to manage space.

If you want to know more about modular homes and additions, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.


Standard Quality Features of A Modular Home

This blog post will serve those who have a good eye for renderings but want to reassure those of you who don’t that we can personally demonstrate everything discussed here in today’s post.

You win when you compare the list of standard features built within the Tidewater Custom Modular Home (that we build across Tidewater Virginia) to the features contained within any other builder’s product description. Here's an rendering of a typical custom modular home in cut view.

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes, Smitfield, VA

If you closely examine the image, you’ll see a number of the following standard quality features that are present in our modular home floor plans.

  • Vinyl Siding and Accents - comes in various styles and colors; requires low upkeep
  • Low-E Glass Windows - it can add accent to the home while preventing energy loss
  • 30 Architectural Shingles - contributes beauty to the exterior look of the home as it provides durability to the roofing at the same time
  • Shingle-Over Ridge Vent - provides optimal ventilation to roof cavity
  • Roof Truss System - fully-engineered trusses are lifted at the actual site and complies with location-specific criteria including snow pile and wind zones
  • Half-Inch Roof Sheathing with H-Clips - provides extra sturdiness to the roof construction
  • 12-inch Eves - adds beauty and protection for doors and windows
  • Spray Foam Insulation Around Wiring and Plumbing - the insulation helps prevent air infiltration
  • Blow-In Ceiling Insulation - it keeps the home energy-efficient; Batt-insulation is also available.
  • 12 Inch Overhang with 2x6 sub-facia - provides solid-framing for gutter installation
  • Exterior Insulation - R-19 fiberglass batt insulation is applied to exterior walls. While R-21 insulation can also be used as a substitute for special local codes.
  • 2” x 6” Exterior Wall Framing with Blocking in Cabinet Areas - For extra insulation values superior strength and a quieter home.
  • Stairs with Railings - are built using premium hardwood
  • APA Approved Tongue and Groove OSB Floor Decking - enables for a firm foundation to accommodate any type of floor finish is used.
  • Insulated Fiberglass Exterior Doors - comes in a wide array of styles and colors; they are upkeep-free and come with composite jambs and integral brick mold.
  • Breathable Exterior House Wrap - Keep air infiltration at minimum and helps in making the home more energy-efficient.
  • KCMA Approved Cabinetry - Tidewater Custom Modular Homes always feature exclusive legacy crafted cabinetry.
  • 2x4 Interior Partition Framing with Closet Shelf Blocking - the framing provides extra strength and stability to the structure.
  • 200 Amp Main Panel with Circuit Breaker - to meet all modern electrical codes.

Value for your home building dollar anywhere in Tidewater Virginia starts with a call to us here at Tidewater Custom Modular Homes. There is so much to know and appreciate about this truly spectacular building process and product. It’s indeed our pleasure to show them off!


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