Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Modular Home?
Modular Homes are a type of building system where the home is constructed in segments (called "Modules") in a climate-controlled factory by skilled craftsmen using precise machinery and methods. When these modules come together on your building site and the finishing touches are completed by your local builder, those modules become a home for you and your family.
Tell me more about the Modular Home Construction Process?
Today's modular homes are models of efficiency and quality. The building process begins at the design phase using state of the art Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems to create your floor plan. In-house Engineering Departments eliminate the need for costly outside Engineering Firms. Once designed, the building process begins. This process is very similar to what you have seen during the construction of site-built houses. Quality Materials, care for details and work is normally not delayed by weather, subcontractor no-shows, or missing materials. Quality assurance is a constant process from every area of the factory ensuring the finest construction. Once the Modules have been constructed at the factory they are ready to be delivered and set. Delivery is by truck to the site where the modules are lifted by a crane and placed onto the permanent foundation. An experienced "set crew" will put the modules together on the foundation. Your local builder will do final finish work so you can move in.
I hear a lot about "Green" Building. Are Modular's Green?
Green building is the practice of using sustainable materials and design in new construction. Yes, modular homes can be green. Modular homes are extremely energy efficient and many qualify as "green" homes with only minor adjustments. With a little bit of advance planning, the entire construction process can be green, offering you a sustainable and energy efficient home.
Whats the difference between a "Modular" and "Manufactured" home?
Manufactured homes, sometimes referred to as mobile homes, are constructed to a different building standard, the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) code. Modular and site-built homes are constructed to the same building code required by your state, county and specific locality and therefore are not restricted by building or zone regulations. Your new modular home is inspected at the factory during each phase of construction and by an independent third party inspection agency before it is approved to go to your site.
How long does it take to build a Modular Home?
One of the most popular benefits of modular construction is quick turnaround between groundbreaking and occupancy. On average, a home consisting of 4 modules can be completed in the factory in about a week. Once the modules are set on the foundation at the home site and final completion is done by the local builder the home can be completed in a matter of a month.
What do Modular Homes look like?
Modular Homes look like any other home. The design flexibility of modular construction allows manufactures to build from the simplest to the most complex designs in residential, multi family and commercial construction.
Can I custom design my home?
Yes. Most modular companies allow you to complete design flexibility and customization. But remember, every manufacturer is different. Engineering capabilities and product specifications will vary from company to company.
Is Financing a Modular Home different than financing a site-built home?
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.