Decks: Advocating Access for All

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Take a look at the great decks that Prevost Construction has built over the years:




The pictures below are of decks ADA approved.
If you need to build a handicap accessible ramp to attach to your deck be aware that there are very specific rules that must be followed.  First you must build the ramp at a 1:12 slope, which means that you can only drop 1’ for every 12’ of distance the ramp covers.  ADA ramps that extend beyond 30’ must have an intermediate landing.  The ramp and platforms must be finished with a slip resistant surface. 
Ramps are usually framed with 2×12 stringers the same as stairs.  Because ramps will usually terminate at the ground it may be necessary to bury a part of the frame to provide a smooth landing area.  In order to do this you need to use .60  RET pressure treated lumber that is rated for ground contact.  You may also want to surround the base of the ramp with compact gravel to promote drainage.  Rails are required as in the case of stairs.  Always verify your plans with your local building inspections department before building a ramp.


Portable Classrooms

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Recently, modular buildings are becoming very popular on school grounds across the nation. Many schools have invested in using portable classrooms instead of building additions onto schools.

There are so many benefits using portable classrooms rather than building additions. One of the main reasons is the speed and ease with which modular buildings are set up. Additions can take months at a time to complete but modular building units can be delivered and set in only a few days. Individual units can be added or deleted at any time, unlike additions that cannot be torn down.

The use of modular buildings as portable classrooms is also benefiting as the student population of the school rises or declines. If a new school is built and there is a decrease in student population, portable classrooms can be removed. In terms of spacial limits, modular classrooms are a great way to build onto schools without using as much space.

Using portable classrooms saves money for the county and construction costs are significantly lower compared to traditional design-bid structures. It’s a great way for all schools being that schools are constantly looking for cost benefiting inventions! Single and multi-story portable classrooms are available as well.

Another benefit for using portable classrooms is the various styles and sizes offered. There is a large amount of flexibility offered in the design selections!



Renovation 2nd Story Addition: Siding

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Siding is complete on the addition in Carroll County, MD!

The siding on the house is CertainTeed Carolina Beaded 6.5″ (Color: Natural Clay) with Azec trim board. Carolina Beaded has a distinct “V” groove and rounded bead. It is a brushed finished, low gloss color,  maintenance free and never needs painting! This siding includes a Post-formed lock that provides secure installation. Carolina Beaded has a Class 1(A) fire rating and a lifetime limited warranty!

Azec trim has sealed edges on all four sides and is known for having the tightest board tolerance in the industry! It is available in trim, sheets, cornerboards, and beadboard. Azec trim is impervious to moisture and insects.

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Renovation/2nd Story Addition – Phase 1

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Renovation/2nd Story Addition – Phase 1

Demo and Framing

Day 4.

Renovation/2nd Story Addition – Phase 1

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Renovation/2nd Story Addition – Phase 1

Demo and Framing

Days1 thru 3.


Day 4.

Renovation/2nd Story Addition

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Upcoming project in Carroll County, MD


Existing house


Renovations/2nd Story Addition


Start Date 03/01/2010




Need more living space? Add-on!

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Modular construction is a great way to build an addition. You get the quality and price advantage that modern modular homes are known for along with faster build time. Speed is particularly beneficial when building modular home additions, since the construction will temporarily disrupt your family’s life, especially if you remain in your home while the work is being done.

Modular home additions come in two types. The most popular type is attached to the side of a home to create either a separate living unit, such as an in-law apartment, or additional rooms, such as a new kitchen, dining room, and great room. Some customers build an in-law apartment at the same time that they build a new modular home. The second type of modular addition is set on top of a one-story home to make it into a two-story.

Before you spend too much time considering an addition, find out whether or not you can build one, and what will be required if you can. There is any number of issues that can prevent you from going forward. Not surprisingly, several of the issues that affect your ability to build an addition are the same as those that can restrict what you can do with a particular building lot.

Before entering into a contract to build an addition, determine how you will pay for it. If you intend to use a lender to finance the construction, you may have a choice of either an equity or a construction loan. To use an equity loan, you must have sufficient equity in your home, since the lender will only allow you to borrow against that equity. An appraiser hired by your lender will determine the amount of equity in your home.    If you have little equity in your home, and need a construction loan, the lender may require a down payment. It will also want an appraisal of your home that includes the proposed addition. Before you spend too much time exploring modular home construction costs, speak with a couple of lenders to see what they can do for you.

If you are able to build an addition, you will need to work with a dealer such as Prevost Construction Inc to help create custom modular home additions plans. You must provide prospective dealers with photographs and approximate measurements of the inside and outside of your home. This will help them create a design that meets your needs and fits your existing home. When you sense that a particular dealer can help you, invite him to see your home and take his own measurements.

When building a modular home, it is imperative to use a general contractor (GC) with modular-home-construction experience. In some respects, this advice is even more important when building custom modular home additions. There are usually a number of surprises when building an addition, regardless of the type of construction. Most of them derive from the fact that you are connecting a new structure to an existing structure that was not specifically designed to accept it. Surprises are typically more frequent and complex with an older existing home. Construction surprises almost always cost money and time, and they can cause personal stress, especially if you remain in your home throughout the project. The best way to manage the challenges of building an addition is to have a professional GC directing the activities.

The GC tasks will be similar to those in building new modular homes. These tasks include completing the site work, foundation, plumbing, electrical, heating, and interior and exterior carpentry. The GC will need to build any site-built structures you need, such as a deck. He will also be responsible for completing some construction tasks that are unique to building an addition.

The speed of modular construction is a tremendous benefit when building an addition, especially a second-story addition, since the addition can be set in place within hours after the roof is removed from your existing home. Once the addition is in place, the inside of your home is protected from a sudden storm. A site builder cannot realistically protect your home as quickly. Another advantage is that the second story can be finished faster. This means your family can use the upstairs more quickly, even if it must wait to enjoy the downstairs until the remodeling is completed.  When you build your addition using modular construction, you get the quality and price advantage with faster build time.

Think Outside The Box

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I know what you are thinking…one of two images probably come to mind when considering a modular home; a simple ranch style home or split-level style home.  In the past, these types of homes were generally the most popular styles in the modular industry.

Guess what? Times have changed!  There is such a variety of construction styles and sizes, you can now choose from upwards of seventy floor plan designs.  Ranging from the standard ranch and split level styles, to cape cod, and two-story designs; one can custom design their home using a modular building system.  Many options are also available that will help customize your home to your own personal tastes. Whether you are looking for a 1,000 square foot home or a 4,000 square foot home, a modular building system can meet your needs.  Modular building systems have also become quite popular in multi-family and commercial applications.

I know what else you are thinking…modular homes are of a lower quality than your conventional frame home.  Yes, one of the advantages of purchasing and building a modular home is that you will save money on your new home but this does not mean that the home is “cheap” or of lower quality.  Modular homes are constructed faster thus costs are controlled and kept to a minimum allowing for savings to pass along to you.  In fact, modular homes are designed and constructed in a climate controlled environment meaning no weather ever touches the inside of your new home.  Additionally, new modular homes endure at least 300 quality and third party inspections ascertaining the highest level of quality.  When designing your new home that is engineered using the latest construction technology, you have the ability to choose from high-quality, energy-efficient material, products, and appliances.  Therefore, choosing a modular home will not only save money on the initial construction but you will continue to see savings on your energy bills in the future.

Saving money on high-quality construction is just one of the many advantages to purchasing a modular home. Modular homes are delivered up to 90% complete.  When you use a modular building system to construct your home, you will only have to wait approximately 7 to 9 weeks for it to be completed versus the 7 to 9 months you would generally wait for a conventional frame home.

Looking to enlarge your existing home? Choose from an array of home additions that have been designed to fit your existing home. Remodeling additions range from bedrooms and family rooms to kitchens, sunrooms, and garages.

Before dismissing the possibility of using a modular building system due to outdated generalizations, think outside the box and educate yourself on the many advantages to building a modular home.

Bathroom Addition

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Bathroom Addition for Howard County Customer

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