Modular Homes

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Learn something new… Today learn about Modular Homes

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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.

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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.

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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.modular pictures

  • 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
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Modular Homes in the UK

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“The modular panels are built in the German factory to very exacting standards, using wood from sustainable sources. This project is at the cutting edge of modern methods of construction and it’s been a great experience to learn more about the approach and see it in action on site.” 

Modular Construction is becoming more popular as the days go by. This article features a construction company from the UK that paired up with a manufacturer from Germany to build houses and build them quickly!!

Seddon teams up with German manufacturer to build new homes ‘in hours 

By: Jon Land

A Stoke-on-Trent construction company has joined forces with a German manufacturer to deliver the latest innovation in building techniques at a site in the city – creating new homes built in hours.

Under a partnership between Seddon Construction and specialist off-site manufacturer Streif, flats have been built at the new North Staffs YMCA Young Persons’ Village in Hanley, through an off-site construction process.

In just four weeks, 30 flats have been built over three floors on the site, to the highest green standards.

The process began with the manufacture of the flats at Streif’s factory in Weinham – before a team of workers from the company then joined forces with Seddon in Hanley to erect the major structure.

Despite language barriers – an interpreter was needed to aid communication between both parties – the team worked without a hitch, delivering each flat in just 4.5 hours.

The approach is one of a number of innovations introduced at The YMCA Young Person’s Village to ensure the development is built with sustainability in mind.

As part of the process, Seddon Construction’s chairman Stuart Seddon made a trip to Weinham last year to find out more modular building. His son Joe – currently completing an apprenticeship at Seddon Construction – then undertook a week-long training programme at Streif to understand more about the concept, joined by Dean Parkes, an apprentice maintenance worker at North Staffs YMCA.

Joe said: “I had a really interesting time and was able to bring a lot of knowledge back to the site.

“The modular panels are built in the German factory to very exacting standards, using wood from sustainable sources.

“The wood is then insulated and clad, windows and doorframes fitted, and electrical sockets and letterboxes cut out.

“These panels were delivered to Hanley, and put in place during 650 lifts with a 55 tonne crane. Due to the fact the structure went up so quickly we could put a roof on at an early stage, making the building watertight and alleviating the usual weather concerns we face on site.

“This project is at the cutting edge of modern methods of construction and it’s been a great experience to learn more about the approach and see it in action on site.”

With the structure in place, the Seddon team are now carrying out the second fix. The precise nature of the scheme means ceilings and doors are fitted and correct to within one millimetre.

Tony Cameron, site supervisor for Strief, said: “All has gone very well with no problems. The work has been completed on time and ran smoothly.

“We had great assistance from the team at Seddon. We have given them a great product and in return they have provided us with good facilities and health and safety. I have never been to such a clean site.”

Rodney Leake, Seddon Construction’s site manager at the YMCA Young Persons’ Village, said: “I have not worked on this type of modular building before and it has been a fantastic experience.

“This approach has considerable green benefits. As the preparation work is all done off-site there is virtually no waste to deal with and as the panels are solid, insulated and airtight, so there is little heat loss.”

Danny Flynn, CEO of North Staffs YMCA, said: “We are very excited to be working with Seddon Construction and Streif. The build process has been amazing to watch, the speed on construction literally took our young customers’ breath away.

“The buildings were constructed in 28 days, and as they begin to reach completion the quality of provision is already being commented upon by customers and partners.”


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