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A modular homebuilder takes these same systems and materials used by a traditional ‘site builder' and assembles your home in several large sections, called modules, inside a controlled environment, just like the automotive industry. These sections are then delivered to your home site about 90% complete.

Why is a Modular Home built better?
Modular homes are built in a factory environment with the same skilled craftsmen performing the same job each and every day. These folks are not learning their job as they are building your home.  Technology as well as flexible engineering and manufacturing systems are all brought together to create the home you have always dreamed of.  While your home is being built in a controlled environment, your materials and ‘systems' are also kept in a controlled environment, not left out on the job site to be ‘weathered' or stolen before your home is ever assembled! Quality-control inspections are conducted throughout the building process...not just at the final walk-through when you are handed the key to your new home.

Why is a Modular Home more affordable?
If you choose a modular-built home, you will move into your home sooner than if it is traditional site-built construction. And TIME IS MONEY. A modular home is built in about 1/3 the time that a traditional site-built home would take. Why?  First of all, there are no weather delays when your home is built in a controlled environment. Modular home construction continues year around.

Modular-Home Building Methods & Site Construction
Modular homes are computer engineered to meet all national, state and local building standards.  With hundreds of stock plans to start with, and the ability to computer generate unlimited variations, the design of your "dream home" is only limited to your imagination. As with traditional building methods, a modular home starts with its framework.  Modular homes typically use 20% to 30% more material in the framing to insure a safe and secure trip to its destination.  Most factories glue as well as nail or screw the components of the home together for a more solid assembly. Most modular homes are now built in a modern controlled environment using high quality materials.  They are precision engineered for a lifetime of trouble-free structural durability.  Quality control is maintained by constant inspection throughout the construction process. In starting a modular home, great detail is given to the layout and strength of the floor, since this is what will carry the weight of the rest of the home.  After the floor joist and sub-flooring are in place, the wall panels are put in place.  The wall panels will already have the sheet rock on the inside.  The electric and plumbing can then be installed.  After the wiring and piping is done, all nooks, crannies and crevices are sealed with insulation and the wall cavity is insulated. Next comes the exterior sheathing, roofing and finished siding.  Somewhere in the midst of all this, the windows and doors, bath and kitchen fixtures, carpets, cabinets, and heating units are installed.  The completed product is then wrapped with a protective material for shipping, loaded on trailers and sent on its way to you.  Of course this is an oversimplified description of the real workmanship and quality materials that go into each of these homes, but it gives you a basic idea of the technological advances in the modular home industry.

Types Of Modulars
There are 2 kinds of modular on frame modular and off frame modular. Off frame modulars are often called "real modulars". like the name implies a off frame modular is picked up "off the transport carrier frame” by a crane and set on a load bearing foundation and thus has no steal under the home. On frame will be set on the steel frame like a doublewide with no crane and have rows of cinder blocks built on cement footers about every 6 feet apart that hold the home off the ground allowing for any type on non load bearing exterior wall “skirting” to be placed. Both on frame and off frame modulars are both built to the same building code the only difference is on frame have 2 x 6 or 8 floor joist with 4 steel beams that run the length of the home 2 on each side and off frame have 2 x 8 or 10 all the timber size and spacing, electrical systems and plumbing are the  same. Some banks and lenders do distinguish between on frame and off  frame modulars . Off frame modulars  cost around  the same as an on frame modular but they do have a few other options that add to your cost ie: crane to set the home on a load bearing block or brick foundation to set the home on. The one day crane rental runs around $ 3000 to $ 5000. The load bearing foundation can cost  6,000.00 to 10,000.00 more than the foundation  for a on frame modular that is just for looks.  I will be glad to discuss your options on both types of homes in much greater detail. Remember only you should decide the type of modular that is right for you, not the sales person !

Modular-Home Building Methods & Site Construction
 Modular homes are computer engineered to meet all national, state and local building standards.  With hundreds of stock plans to start with, and the ability to computer generate unlimited variations, the design of your "dream home" is only limited to your imagination.  As with traditional building methods, a modular home starts with its framework. Modular homes typically use 20% to 30% more material in the framing to insure a safe and secure trip to its destination. Most factories glue as well as nail or screw the components of the home together for a more solid assembly. Most modular homes are now built in a modern controlled environment using high quality materials.  They are precision engineered for a lifetime of trouble-free structural durability. Quality control is maintained by constant inspection throughout the construction process. In starting a modular home, great detail is given to the layout and strength of the floor, since this is what will carry the weight of the rest of the home.  After the floor joist and sub-flooring are in place, the wall panels are put in place.  The wall panels will already have the sheet rock on the inside. The electric and plumbing can then be installed. After the wiring and piping is done, all nooks, crannies and crevices are sealed with insulation and the wall cavity is insulated Next comes the exterior sheathing, roofing and finished siding. Somewhere in the midst of all this, the windows and doors, bath and kitchen fixtures, carpets, cabinets, and heating units are installed. The completed product is then wrapped with a protective material for shipping, loaded on trailers and sent on its way to you.  Of course this is an oversimplified description of the real workmanship and quality materials that go into each of these homes, but it gives you a basic idea of the technological advances in the modular home industry.
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