What Is A Modular Home?
A modular home is highly engineered. It is constructed in sections and put together by a builder on your building site.Modular homes are designed, engineered and built in a factory controlled environment.
How Are Modular Homes Built?
The building process begins at the design phase. Most modular producers use state of the art computer aided design programs which aid them in customizing floor plans and producing drawings and material requirement lists. Once designed, the building process begins. This process is similar to what you’ve seen during the construction of houses in your neighborhood. The quality materials and care for detail, and the same building codes and standards are observed. As you can see, today’s modular homes are models of efficiency and quality assurance.
How Long Does The Building Process Take?
Speed and consistent quality are two of the many advantages for choosing to choose modular housing. On the average, a home consisting of two sections will be built in the factory within a couple of weeks. Once the manufacturing process is complete, typically with interior finish right down to carpets and wall finish, the unit must he transported to your home site and placed on the foundation. Final completion is usually handled by a local builder or general contractor and includes connection of utilities to the home, and a short list of finish work. Normally the home is completed in two or three weeks. For more information on the site work phase, and a slide show of a house being set, click here.
What’s The Difference Between a “Modular Home” and a “Manufactured Home”?
Manufactured homes, sometimes referred to as mobile homes, are constructed to a different building code. This code, the Federal Construction Safety Standards Act (HUD/CODE), unlike conventional building codes, requires manufactured homes to be constructed on a non-removable steel chassis. Many communities have restrictions on where manufactured homes can be located. Modular and site-built homes on the other hand, are constructed to the same building code required by your state, county and specific locality and therefore are not restricted by building or zoning regulations. Your new modular home is inspected at the assembly plant during each phase of construction. Evidence of this inspection is normally shown by the application of a State or inspection agency label of approval.
What Do Modular Homes Look Like?
Modular homes look like any other home. Today’s building technology has allowed modular manufacturers to build most any style of home from a simple ranch to a highly customized contemporary. And, it doesn’t stop with houses. Modular producers are busy building banks, schools, office buildings, motels and hotels. Chances are you’ve been in many modular structures and probably never realized it.
Can I Design My Own Modular Home?
Yes. Most modular companies allow the customer complete design flexibility. But remember every manufacturer is different. Engineering capabilities and product specifications will vary from company to company.
Is A Modular Home Better Than A Site Built Home?
The decision is clear. With a modular home you get efficiency and quality control. Efficiency begins with modern factory assembly line techniques. Your home travels to workstations, with all the building trades represented. Work is never delayed by weather, subcontractor no-shows or missing material. Quality engineering and modular construction techniques significantly increase the energy efficiency of your modular home. A quality control process provides 100% assurance that your home has been inspected for code compliance and workmanship. In-plant inspectors as well as independent inspection agencies inspect the home on behalf of your state & local government. Click here to learn more about modular home construction methods.
Are Modular Homes Difficult To Finance or Insure?
There is no distinction between modular and site built homes as far as appraisal or financing. Banks and lending institutions treat both types of construction the same. Likewise, there is no difference in insuring the modular property.
What Do Modular Homes Cost?
When you add up all the labor, material and time savings inherent in the modular building process, you will find that the price of a modular home is generally lower than a site built home of comparable size. Plus you will keep saving money year after year, as your energy efficient home keeps your heating and cooling bills low.
A Review Of The Benefits Of Modular Construction.
- Highly Engineered
- Constructed In Climate Controlled Environment
- Efficient Building Process & Material Usage
- Energy Efficient
- In-Plant Inspections
- Consistent Quality
- Speed Of Construction
- Design Flexibility
- Constructed To Meet Or Exceed Local Building Codes
“Modular Buildings offer a cost effective and fast way of developing additional space for your business to occupy. “
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“Sometimes, the pace of growth of a business can exceed the available infrastructure, and require the addition of extra space for staff at very short notice. When such growth cannot be accommodated within your existing premises, damage can be done to the growth of the company unless appropriate space can be found quickly. Expanding your existing building can be expensive and is a long process that is fraught with costs and regulations while moving to new premises is an even more complex process. Modular Buildings offer a cost effective and fast way of developing additional space for your business to occupy.
In essence, modular buildings are temporary structures that can be fitted together from prefabricated parts, and feature panels that are bolted to a frame. There are a number of different variations on the standard modular building model, and the biggest advantages that they have is the speed with which they can be constructed in comparison to a conventional building.
In the past, modular buildings had a reputation for being ugly and drafty temporary places that were noisy and cold and did not offer the basic facilities that are required in a modern office such as adequate power supplies and integrated telephone systems. The days of the beige box are now long gone however, and modern modular buildings are designed and built to a much higher standard than ever before, and feature high quality components throughout. The decoration of each installation is designed to match your specifications to ensure that the new building matches with the rest of your building.
Modern modular buildings are custom designed to your exact needs, and include all the facilities that modern business requires. You can specify everything from the color and position of the interior walls through to the number of power outlets and telephone sockets that are installed in the structure. Thanks to the use of ¼” tempered glass throughout the construction of the building and the inclusion of sound reduction panels in both interior and exterior walls, it is easy to work inside the building without having the sound from outside interrupting and disturbing you.
There are modular buildings that are designed for both interior and exterior use, so whether you are using space within a large warehouse or factory building, or alternatively need to expand outside to get enough space for your additional space, you can choose a building to meet the exact needs of the environment where it is to be located.
One of the main advantages of choosing a modular building is that due to the nature of the construction it is possible to make changes to the layout and structure of the building in the future to ensure that as your business changes, your facilities will be able to grow and adapt with you.
Thanks to the ease with which the construction can be carried out, and of course the lower cost point offered by modular buildings over traditional construction methods, it makes a lot of sense for your business to choose this system ahead of the alternatives, because you will be able to achieve the additional space that you need in a fraction of the time that would be needed otherwise, and at a much lower cost than if you were to have the structure built using traditional techniques.”
Prior to Hurricane Katrina, modular homes weren’t really popular in the South. Modulars have been popular until now mainly in Northern states with short building seasons and high labor costs. Now, they are a preferred structure, especially for replacing hurricane-damaged homes.
First, modular homes are perfect for a quick recovery situation. When your home has been destroyed, you don’t want to wait a year or more for a new one! Once the modular units are complete from the factory, the house can be completed within a couple weeks or less. A traditionally stick-built home would take months. A systems-built home arrives on site move-in ready, from carpet to curtains already installed!
Second, the modular homes designed for use in the South are built to withstand wind loads of 160 to 175mph. They are strong, high-quality structures. Additionally, they are perfect for being set on 11ft tall pilings to comply with flood zone requirements.
Third, they are usually less expensive. Many hurricane victims are working with a very limited budget. The structures are generally less expensive and there is not nearly as much labor costs as with a traditional built home.
Modular homes are a quick, high-quality, and a less expensive alternative. And there are so many options available to customize modular homes, the possibilities are endless. Don’t forget to consider modular when it’s time to build your custom home!