Modular Homes Are the Affordable Custom Home
If you’re considering building a custom home, take a step back and look at the benefits a modular home can offer. Modular homes are a much more affordable alternative to stick-built homes and can give you all the benefits of a custom-built home at a fraction of the price.
The major benefit is that modular construction homes are built in sections, indoors in a factory where they are protected from the weather. This means that construction is ongoing and not subject to the typical delays of a site-built home. The individual sections move through the factory where they are checked and inspected by the company’s quality control department. The approved finished modules are then covered and transported to the construction site where they are placed onto the foundation, and professionally joined and finished by your local contractor.
Let’s look at some of the benefits that modular construction offers homebuyers and why taking a modular approach can allow you to create your custom home at a fraction of the price of site-built homes.
How Modular Homes Can Save You Money
On a typical job site, material delays and weather can increase the time needed to complete a home. One of the major benefits of modular construction is that the individual modules are constructed indoors in a factory. This immediately minimizes weather delays, and because the factories have supplies on hand, unless there is a custom component that must be special-ordered, materials are typically available, making construction ongoing.
Depending on your design and the manufacturer, some modular homes can be built in as little as four to six weeks. Typically, it takes an additional two to four weeks for your local builder to assemble the pieces on-site after delivery. However, compared to the typical 6-9 months needed to bring a custom home up from the ground, a modular home requires much less time to complete.
This time savings translates into cost savings. Because your site prep can be completed as the home is being manufactured offsite, this can result in builders spending much less time-on-site, and in the trades, time is money!
Unlike manufactured homes, which a completely constructed in a factory and shipped attached to a fixed steel chassis, modular construction means they are built-in “pieces.” You have much more flexibility in terms of the style and size of your home. Basically, modular homes are created by taking an existing architectural drawing into a CAD program and breaking the construction into sections or modules which are then built, numbered, and sent to the job site to be constructed
Modular Construction 101
There are often a lot of misconceptions about prefabricated construction. The difference between modular and manufactured homes is confusing for some. The terms are sometimes used interchangeably, even by those in the industry; however, they are very different forms of construction.
As mentioned earlier, manufactured homes are attached to a fixed steel frame and shipped finished – including flooring, appliances, countertops, etc. Modular homes are available in wide range of “completeness.” Some people choose to order an “empty box,” with interior finishes being constructed on site. Others order modules that are almost complete including flooring, built-ins, appliances, etc.
There are also a variety of ways modular housing is constructed. Some are built using traditional framing, while others are built using a metal frame, and some are built using structural insulated panels or SIPs.
As we strive to live more environmentally friendly lives, another major advantage of modular homes is they are much easier on the environment than site-built homes. The building process creates much less waste than traditional construction. In the factory, wood cut-offs are used in the construction of other houses instead of ending up in the landfill. Wire and drywall are recycled.
Modular houses are not only more efficiently built, they are typically much more energy-efficient and healthier for the owner. Because they are built in a factory setting, the materials are stored in a controlled environment virtually eliminating the risk of mold, mildew, rust and sun damage which can lead to respiratory issues for the occupants in the future.
Another positive for modular construction is the warranty. Most site-built homes carry a one-year warranty. Many homes leave the modular construction factory with a two or more-year warranty, giving the homebuyers added protection and peace of mind.
If you’d like to know more about modular home construction, there is a trade association called the Modular Home Builders Association (MHBA). Visit their website here to learn the facts about modular construction.
Since 1947, Baird Homes has been one of the nation’s leading dealers of modular and manufactured homes. As one of the oldest dealers in the country, our customer service and reputation for quality is second to none!
At Baird Homes of Seymour, we’ve been providing homeowners with the high quality manufactured and modular housing since 1947! We offer a variety of furnished modular homes, staged and ready to view at our Sales Center located in Seymour, Indiana. Stop by and walk through our homes. See the quality, touch the finishes and find the perfect model to fit your family’s needs and budget.
All our modular homes are manufactured to the highest industry standard and many feature 2×6 construction, upgraded insulation, and Energy Star rated HVAC systems and appliances.
Our all-inclusive packages mean that when you buy from Baird Homes, there are never any surprises. We provide all our clients with full disclosure. You’ll know everything that is included in the final price clearly detailed on the purchase and sale agreement on every home we sell.
If you’re considering modular homes and the tremendous value in building one, start your search with Baird Homes where we’ve been providing our customers with quality and integrity since 1947!