Modular Homes and Additions also known as “Modulars” offer Much More than Meets the Eye

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Buyers have options when looking to purchase a dwelling that is just right for them.
Today’s modular buildings have evolved at warp speed dynamically from the days of Sears and Roebucks Prefab homes in the early 1900’s. True customization, green, lean, smart, efficient, eco-friendly, and affordability are key words to describe today’s modular construction. Modular construction is not only for standard residential construction or standard options. Modern dwell style homes, mansions, log cabins, chalets, apartments, condos, banks, office buildings, army barracks, hotels, as well as a new Starbucks and a McDonalds are just some of the applications for modular building. Modular construction is combined with panelized components to produce any conceivable plan.

Modular homes are priced lower because of efficiency.
Because the modules are built in factories, there is very little waste or damage. The components of these homes are built under prescribed plans and specifications and manufacturers know how much material should go into building them. By knowing the material required for any component, only what is needed is used thus eliminating waste. It takes less time to assemble a modular home at the construction site so this saves on labor costs. The manufacturer can also produce modules at a lower cost because it typically builds many throughout the year and can take advantage of purchasing materials in volume. Manufacturers have long term relationships with suppliers, buy in bulk, and pass the saving along to the builder. Production is more efficient inside a factory and workers are more productive in a year round climate controlled environment. There is very little chance of theft even after the home is delivered because it is set in a day or so allowing the home to be locked tight during construction. In metropolitan areas where construction costs a high, modular building costs are much less. In rural areas, there is a shortage of contractors so it makes sense in these areas as well.

Modulars can be assembled on site in less than a month.
Depending on the design, it could take up to 3 months to assemble but usually no longer than that. Once the modules arrive at the home site, it is only a matter of assembling them. As mentioned before, building the modules in the factory is based on a pre-existing design which means that they can be manufactured in 1-2 weeks. In other words, because of the modular home manufacturer’s experience with building each component, factory time is optimized. Furthermore, in the factory setting, unlike traditional home construction, there is no threat of delays due to inclement weather.

The components are built tougher so that they can be transported.
Transporting modules to the construction site can place them under a significant amount of stress. The factories that build these modules utilize the same jigs to make sure that there are no design variations and all angles are square. The module frame is more durable because most manufacturers build walls using 2×6 framing instead of 2×4. To withstand further transport stress, components that make up modules are assembled with screws and strong glue which hold tighter than standard nails.

Modulars are more energy efficient.
Since Modulars are built with 2 x 6 walls, and 30% more steel and lumber than standard conventional buildings. The use of 2×6 framing for walls allows the manufacturer to put in more insulation. Because of efficient production methods, caulking and sealing can be done during building of the module and in areas that would be inaccessible during construction of a traditional home. In the factory, assemblers can pay greater attention to such details as sealing around electrical outlets. The end result is that the modular units will not lose as much heat in the winter and keep the cool inside during the summer. Energy savings is another way that the overall price of owning a modular home is lower. Buildings exceed standard international building codes. Name brand products are the norm. FEMA confirmed that modular building withstood Hurricane Andrew far better than site-built housing. It just makes sense that modular is the smarter, greener, stronger and more efficient way to build.

Modular homes help the environment because they don’t create so much waste.
There is much less cleanup to do at the construction site than would be in a traditional home building scenario. Factories where the modules are assembled have more efficient ways to safely dispose of waste. Manufacturers are also moving away from using paints and other building materials that harm the environment. When the housing market recovers, this environmentally responsible position modular homemakers are taking will put them in a strong market position.


Design Flexibility and Customization
Most modulars are customized. You can design and create whatever style of plan you desire for your dream home or for an efficient solution to your building needs. You are not limited in the options either. Cement board siding, metal roofs, custom windows, mahogany front doors, hardwood floors, granite counters, pewter faucets, rock fireplaces, smart wire, foam insulation, ceramic tile, and the variety of green products are now available as options with modular.