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Small Lot Subdivisions and Prefab Construction – The Ideal Pairing

Small Lot Subdivisions and Prefab Construction – The Ideal Pairing

Small Lot Subdivisions in Los Angeles are Ideal Projects For Modular Prefab Construction The City of Los Angeles has enacted the Small Lot Ordinance (No. 176354) to allow the construction of fee simple, infill housing on small lots in multi-family and commercial zones. While home ownership options have traditionally been limited to single-family homes on 5,000 square foot lots or condominiums, the passage of the Small Lot Ordinance extends these options to include townhomes, row houses, and other types of infill housing typically only available for rent. Modular Construction also known as Prefab Construction is an ideal solution for building homes for small lot subdivisions as there will be a significant TIME savings in the design, permitting and construction of the project. Modular Construction is a green alternative to traditional site construction as the majority of the home is built in an indoor factory that utilizes extensive recycling to minimize waste in local landfills.  The homes built with modular construction are built with up to 30 % more lumber than a traditional site built home to increase the stability and insulating values of the home.  USModular, Inc. is a Design and Build General Contractor that specializes in Single and Multi-Family homes.  Bill Cavanaugh, USModular, Inc. VP, states: “Modular construction is a perfect fit for small lot developers as the repetitive nature of the design will allow for cost savings on design and engineering.   Infill construction in cities like Los Angeles is tough projects as parking at the construction site and noise can be issues with neighbors.  Both are minimized with Modular Construction as up to 90 percent of the...
Housing Costs – Should Your Rent or Own?

Housing Costs – Should Your Rent or Own?

U.S. Renters Worry More Than Homeowners About Housing Costs 49% of renters and 25% of homeowners worry about paying for housing More renters than homeowners worry at all income levels Gap in owner-renter worry growing for the middle- and upper-income PRINCETON, N.J. — Americans who rent their home are nearly twice as likely as those who own their home to say they worry about not being able to pay their housing costs. While upper-income Americans are more likely to own and lower-income Americans are more likely to rent, renters worry more than homeowners at all income levels. These results are based on more than 5,000 combined interviews from Gallup’s 2013-2016 Economy and Personal Finance surveys, including 3,606 homeowners and 1,294 renters. Overall, during this time, 33% of Americans said they were very (15%) or moderately (18%) worried about not being able to pay their “rent, mortgage or other housing costs.” As would be expected, lower-income Americans are more likely than upper-income Americans to worry about meeting their housing costs, and income is a stronger predictor of worry than homeownership status. For example, lower-income homeowners (47%) are more likely to worry about not being able to pay their housing obligations than are middle- or upper-income renters (42% and 29%, respectively). But at every income level, there is a roughly 15-percentage-point gap in worry between homeowners and renters. Homeowners, regardless of income, may worry less than renters because they likely have more stable housing payments. Their principal and interest payments on a mortgage would be fixed in most cases, with only minor year-to-year increases in property taxes and insurance. Renters, on...
Housing Authority Turns to Modular Builder

Housing Authority Turns to Modular Builder

Modular housing factories are really picking up the pace of building both large and small commercial projects. Some factories are doing a good job and some are doing exceptional work.   Simplex Homes in Scranton, PA is one of the exceptional ones. I have been following them since I started writing this blog and they just keep getting better year after year. Their homes are great examples of true custom modular and their commercial work continues to be a star for them. When the Morris Plains Housing Authority in Morris Plains, NJ looked at building a 56 unit apartment complex, they turned to Del-Santo Contracting Corp in Union, NJ and to Simplex’s Commercial Division. The design for this project was done by William Charleroy, AIA Architect, from Pennington, NJ. This 58,259 sq ft complex began its life September of 2015 when SImplex was first contacted. By November of 2015, production began on this huge project with the first units delivered in December. The set began in January, 2016 and the last module was set on March 30th. That may not seem like record time to those in the modular industry but I guarantee it would have on-site developers salivating. Remember, time is money in commercial development. While this 87 modules project was being set, the developer had the trusses installed as the floors were completed saving an immense amount of time. Contact your West Coast experts in Prefab Construction:  US Modular Home Builders! 888-987-6638 info@usmodularinc.com Article credit:  Modular Home...
Cooking Class Highlights Prefab Home Custom Kitchen Design

Cooking Class Highlights Prefab Home Custom Kitchen Design

11 guests gathered around a 4 by 12 foot food prep island, which is surfaced in a fine Italian marble. In full view are a pork roast, fresh tomatoes, basil and other herbs, newly rolled-dough and a pasta maker, plus the chef’s hand-printed cookbook. The large open room includes a view of the breakfast room and budding garden beyond. A family room with coffered ceiling and patio-access is off to the right. Chef Luca Tinti, a rising star in culinary circles, is holding a class on how to prepare a full menu ranging from Parmesan flan to herb-crusted pork to biscotti. He is the featured talent at Foresteria Villa Cerna in Tuscany’s Chianti district, a spot Trip Advisor ranks as one of Italy’s top culinary destinations. He’s also engaged to Claudia Tersio, sister of the home’s owner Rita Tersio. “We just wanted to welcome Luca to the family, and share some of his five-star recipes with neighbors” Rita Tersio said, “ But we also responded to several people who wanted to see just how customized a kitchen designed from a modular construction process can be.” Rita Tersio with husband Marcelo Dobrauchi operates Terranova Construction K&B in Tyson’s Corner. It has been a principal as one of northern Virginia’s more prolific home remodeling shops since the late 1990s. As a rule, the couple concentrates on remodeling solutions in conventionally constructed “stick-built” homes. But in 2003 on a business trip in Pennsylvania they witnessed a pre-constructed home component being whisked through the air on crane and decided to investigate current technologies in the modular home sector. “It was obvious from what...
Real World Solutions for a Streamlined Prefab Project

Real World Solutions for a Streamlined Prefab Project

Top 5 Typical Mistakes Owners/Developers Make On Their First Prefab Project  Owner contracts modular manufacture directly without a vetting process: This is bad for the owner because they have to rely on often times one manufacturers experience to guide the owner’s decisions. Often times the manufacturer espouses their wishes as if that are the only way or the best way to execute on any number of given issues. This is done with good intentions but yields a project that is hampered by the manufacturer’s preferences ultimately putting the needs of the owner in second seat to the manufacturer’s needs. Manufacturers should be treated like any other subcontractor or vendor. Owner blindly believes the manufacturer is capable of self-managing without oversight: Owners that attempt to proceed with mock-ups, prototypes, and full production in a factory without regular if not daily review of progress and quality often fight surprise schooling and quality issues throughout the project. High quality developers, general contractors and project managers would never let days, weeks, or months pass by without inspecting the work of sub-contractors and consultants, yet when an owner does not have a presence in the factory that is exactly what they are doing. This leads to conflicts that scale very quickly as a project moves through a production line. This also leaves the manufacturer in a position where sometimes they make hasty decisions because if they have to wait for information from any source they compromise the efficiency of the production line. Owner contracts with design teams that are not experienced in modular construction: This leaves the owner in a never ending cycle of...
9 Reasons to Go Modular

9 Reasons to Go Modular

With today’s technology, modular homes can be built in any style, and completion time for a home can be reduced by up to 50 percent. 1. Any architectural style is possible. 2. It’s faster. Project completion time can be reduced by 25 to 50 percent. 3. It’s greener. The need for waste removal on the building site is significantly reduced. 4. The amount of space needed on site for staging and stockpiling materials is greatly reduced. 5. Site work can be delayed to occur during the factory process, which limits the project’s impact on the neighborhood. 6. Factory labor/material rates are lower due to the manufacturer’s buying power—savings that are passed along to the builder. 7. Modular homes are much stronger than stick-built homes because the modules are over-engineered to withstand the rigors of travel. 8. Large-volume tract builders can adjust their production up or down in any given month based on sales, without added construction overhead or extra staff. 9. Modular Companies can help smaller builders who typically service the on your lot buyer contain their soft costs and marketing their homes more competitively. Read more articles:  Professional Builder      ...
The Modern Prefab – Builders Redefine What “Modular Home” Means

The Modern Prefab – Builders Redefine What “Modular Home” Means

Anyone who still harbors preconceived notions about modular housing should see what’s going on in the factory and the field In the last decade, modular-housing design and production have been greatly refined, erasing pre­vious limitations. The single-family modular homes built today rival stick-built in architectural excellence and construction quality. Yet the misconceptions persist: They’re the same as trailers… They’re cheap and low-quality… They’re boxes with no design flair. Gone are the days of modular homes appealing to a single-strata customer group who just want a solidly built, utilitarian-style product, says Mike Zangardi, director of marketing for Ritz-Craft Corp., in Mifflinburg, Pa. “We’ve moved far beyond the ‘Monopoly board’–style buildings that became synonymous with our industry’s perceived identity,” Zangardi says. “Because of our associations with a strong network of highly skilled builder-distributors, we can jointly achieve any style of architecture with a clearly defined scope of work for each orchestrated project. We combine the best of the factory’s efficiencies with local and regionally correct style and craftsmanship.” RELATED: Charming Cape Cod modular homes capture the cottage aesthetic The popularity of modern architecture has been a boon for modular companies such as Irontown, partly because simply designed homes with flat or low-pitch roofs build and ship very well. “Plus, improved shipping, crane, and setting techniques drastically reduce stress on the modules as they travel between the factory and the site,” Valgardson says. To dispel the perception that modular homes are cheap and low-quality, he notes that Irontown Homes produced the modules for a 4,500-square-foot custom home that sold for more than $6 million and is rated LEED Platinum. Karoleena, in Okanagan...
US Modular, Inc. Featured in Modular Home Builder

US Modular, Inc. Featured in Modular Home Builder

Drone Used by US Modular Shows 400 ton Crane in Action The weather in Southern California was 75 degrees and a perfect day to install a new custom home in La Costa, California, just 35 miles north of San Diego. This beautiful new custom prefab home was built by US Modular Home Builders. Unlike most modular homes sold, US Modular has chosen a modular shell and they will finish the remainder of it on site. The home is 2,451 sf with 4 bedrooms, a master bathroom, guest bathroom, master closet and laundry room. The interior of the home will feature unique finishes to create a fabulous modular home for the owners. A drone was on hand to take aerial photos of the installation.  What a great perspective to see the 400 ton crane in action.  I don’t remember ever seeing a 400 ton crane used to set a home before but I can add it my list of things unique to modular construction. Read the entire article:  http://www.modularhomecoach.com/2016/03/drone-used-by-us-modular-shows-400-ton.html This slideshow requires...
Prefab Construction Trends for 2016

Prefab Construction Trends for 2016

Now that 2015 has come and gone, construction professionals are focusing attention on the year ahead. Analysts predict 2016 will be a strong year for the industry, as Dodge Data & Analytics’ 2016 Construction Outlook report predicted 6% growth, with the value of construction starts reaching an estimated $712 billion. We talked with experts from various sectors of the construction industry to find out their predictions for 2016. Their answers varied from new technology trends, to workforce concerns, to homebuyer preferences. But one common thread connected all of the experts: They have high hopes that 2016 will bring strong demand and booming business. “I don’t think I could be any more optimistic for 2016,” Bud LaRosa, chief business performance officer and chief financial officer for Tocci Building Companies, told Construction Dive. “These are truly the good times.” Here are the top trends to watch in 2016. Offsite — also known as modular or prefabricated construction has been gaining ground as an alternative building method that offers the benefits of reduced construction time, less waste and possible cost savings. As companies struggle to staff job sites and stick to difficult schedules, many have started to turn to prefab as an option that offers more certainty. “A lot of use of things like prefabrication, we expect that to be an accelerating trend next year,” Thasarathar said. Ron Antevy, president and CEO of e-Builder, told Construction Dive he has seen a growing use of prefab methods, especially in the healthcare sector. “(Prefab) is up-and-coming. That’s a way to save costs and speed up the time,” he said. “Some of the larger owners out there are starting to realize there are efficiencies there, but you have to be doing a certain amount of...
Drone Provides Unique Perspective on Prefab

Drone Provides Unique Perspective on Prefab

The weather in Southern California was 75 degrees and a perfect day to install a new custom home in La Costa, California, just 35 miles north of San Diego. This beautiful new custom prefab home was built by US Modular Home Builders using modular construction and has 30% more lumber than a traditional Site Built home. The home is 2,451 sf with 4 bedrooms, a master bathroom, guest bathroom, master closet and laundry room. The interior of the home will feature unique finishes to create a fabulous modular home for the owners.  A drone was on hand to take aerial photos of the installation.  What a great perspective to see the 400 ton crane in action.   Contact the experts in California:  www.usmodularinc.com This slideshow requires...