Modular homes have several advantages over the traditional stick-built home and are therefore aptly called "the hybrid car of the house-building industry." They are gradually becoming the most preferred choice in the industry of residential construction while moving out of the shadow of their stereotypical box-like structure minus any customization.
Once installed in their construction area, modular homes cannot be transported since the parts are especially designed to stand weather conditions through its hard walls. Thus, you must be certain that you are totally decided with the location of your home.
The overall construction will play a big part when it comes to cost and amenities and by breaking down the material costs you will be able to more or less estimate what the final cost will be. To find the very best deal you need to compare prices by shopping around and this will also help you decide which will be the best modular to buy that will afford you a substantial saving. You are looking at around fifty to sixty thousand dollars for a standard a 1 or 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom modular not including the land, foundation or any other extras. The Modular Building Systems Association offers advice and will help you select a modular home manufacturer as well as assist with estimated costs.
In most cases, buildings that are going to be transported (sometimes hundreds of kilometers) have to have extra reinforcing to stop damage during transit. Pre-manufactured homes on the other hand are built stronger to cope with the flexing, wind and movement; heavier reinforcement is part of the normal construction.
The United States also used prefabricated housing, both to provide accommodation for its troops during the War, and for GIs returning home afterwards. Prefab classrooms were also popular with UK schools increasing their rolls during the baby boom of the 1950s and 1960s.
Building your dream home might mean incorporating your plans into a themed community - design restrictions and architectural standards. Builders of The Progressive Farmer dream house at McLendon Hills, a lake and equestrian community near Pinehurst, N.C., incorporate cottage influences into the design. HGTV's dream home at Cumberland Harbour in St. Mary's, Georgia has both coastal and Victorian elements.
Not only can you order the most energy saving appliances for your modular home; the modules themselves will have been manufactured to fit together with computer-engineered precisions, making your new home virtually air-tight. Your pre-built modular home can be certified as energy-efficient under the independent ratings of EnergyStar, so that you know it complies with both municipal building codes and industry energy standards.
In terms of financing, obtaining a mortgage for a modular home is not much different than for a site-built home. (A site-built home is one that is built from the ground up on the site of the home). In each case, a construction loan is acquired. These are short-term loans for the material and labor costs of constructing the home. After the house has been completed, the construction loan can be turned into a traditional home loan. The biggest difference between site-built and modular home construction loans is the length of time of the loan. For modular homes, it is usually a 3-4 month timeframe, whereas, site-built construction loans average about 6-12 months.
The basic modular is like the double-wide mobile homes in size. The technique of construction is very different. The modular uses all the same materials and supplies as a standard house.