Modular homes offer a customizable, efficient, quick alternative to site-built homes. Separate units of a modular home are built in a factory, transported, and assembled on your property. They offer distinct advantages over traditional methods of building, such as lower expense, yet cannot be distinguished from a "normal" house.
The first step in creating your perfect modular home would be design. Most companies that build modular homes suggest different floor plans, yet allow you to fully customize your entire home. You can choose the floor plan, square footage, roof slope, types and locations of windows, style of carpet and fixtures, etc. Therefore, it is an unfounded complaint that modular homes are cookie-cutter copies of each other. They are often more distinct than many houses in planned communities.
Next, the company will transfer your modular home plans into component parts, or elements, called modules. Your house might have one section for the master bedroom and bath, another for the porch and deck, and another for the attic. These are prefabricated in an efficient manner in an indoor factory; therefore they can be built year-round, no matter the weather. Modules are almost complete when they leave the factory, including interior paint and flooring.
The modules of modular homes must be transported on large trucks to the ultimate location. The property only needs a few preparations, such as a poured foundation and utility hook-ups for water, electricity, and gas. Then, the modules are carefully swung into place with huge cranes. A local contractor works with builders to assemble and finish building the home. Astonishingly, this can take as little as two weeks, and is usually completed within a month. Finish elements include wiring, plumbing, exterior siding, strengthened connections, or a driveway.
Remember, modular homes share many characteristics of standard, site-built homes. They are financed by bank and loan centers in the same way. They conform to all state and local building codes, so they successfully accumulate resale value. Many people cannot tell them apart from the house next door. Modular homes have little in common with mobile, or manufactured, houses. Many people faced with an empty property consider modular homes a simple and rewarding investment.