1. What is a building
Simply put, a building system is a highly
engineered method producing buildings or building components in
an efficient and cost effective manner. The use of building systems
is common in many different types of residential and commercial
construction. A modular home is the culmination of one type of building
system. Modular homes actually begin as components; designed, engineered
and assembled in the controlled environment of a modern factory
sometimes hundreds of miles away from their final destination. It
is when these components come together on building site, and the
final finish is completed by your builder, that the components become
a home for you and your family.
2. Tell me more about
the construction process.
Todays modular systems are models of
efficiency and quality assurance. The building process begins at
the design phase. Most modular producers use state-of-the-art computer
assisted design stations which aid them in customizing floor plans
and produce drawings and material requirement lists. Once designed,
the building process begins. This process is similar to what youve
seen during the construction of houses in your neighborhood. The
quality materials and care for detail, and the same building codes
and standards, are observed. So whats different?
Efficiency and quality control!
Efficiency begins with modern factory assembly line techniques.
Your home travels to workstations, with all the building trades
represented. Work is never delayed by weather, subcontractor no-shows
or missing material. Quality engineering and modular construction
techniques significantly increase the energy efficiency of your
modular home. A quality control process provides 100% assurance
that your home has been inspected for code compliance and workmanship.
In-plant inspectors as well as independent inspection agencies inspect
the home on behalf of your state and local government.
3. How long does it take
to build a modular home?
Speed and consistent quality are two of the
many advantages for choosing modular components for your new home.
On the average, a home consisting of two modules will be factory
produced in six to seven days. Once the manufacturing process is
complete, typically with interior finish, the unit must be transferred
to the building site and placed on its foundation. Final completion
is usually handled by a local builder or general contractor and
includes connection of utilities to home, and a short list of finish
4. I get confused when
I see the terms "Manufactured Home" and "Modular
Home" Whats the difference?
Manufactured Homes, sometimes referred to
as mobile homes, are another type of building system and are constructed
to a different building standard. This standard, the Federal Construction
Safety Standards Act (HUD / CODE), unlike conventional building
codes, requires manufactured homes to be constructed on a non-removable
steel chassis. Many communities have restrictions on where manufactured
homes can be located.
Modular and site-built homes on the other hand, are constructed
to the same building code required by your state, county and specific
locality and therefore are not restricted by building or zoning
regulations. Your new modular home is inspected at the assembly
plant during each phase of construction. Evidence of this inspection
is normally shown by the application of a State or inspection agency
5. What do modular homes
Modular homes look like any other home. Todays
building technology has allowed modular manufacturers to build most
any style of home form a simple ranch to a highly customized contemporary.
And, it doesnt stop with houses. Modular producers are busy
building banks, schools, office buildings, motels, and hotels. Chances
are youve been in many modular structures and probably never
6. Can I design My own
home instead of using a Modular Companys standard plan?
Yes! We allow the customer complete
flexibility. Let us look at your ideas and determine if they can
be efficiently built with our system.
7. I know that modular
homes are built to the same codes as site-built homes, but is financing
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.