The most important thing you should understand about modular construction is, that it is not a product or a style of home, but it is a “construction technique” Virtually any style of home you can build using traditional construction techniques can be built with modular construction. Ranches, Cape Cods, Two-story homes, No matter what type of home you choose, it can be built Faster, Better, and for Less using modular construction.
Why is modular construction a smarter way to build? Modular construction uses the same materials and adheres to the same building codes as traditional construction. The difference is that with modular construction these materials are assembled or “pre-built” inside a manufacturing facility to control quality and cost. If you imagine what it would mean to the cost and quality of your next car if it were assembled in your driveway by a group of workers often in rainy or snowy conditions you’ll begin to understand why modular is the natural next step for new home construction.
So why are all homes not built using modular construction? To some extent, they are. The building industry has been moving toward modular construction for many years’ cabinets, windows, roof trusses, and door systems, are no longer fabricated on site but rather built in modern factories and delivered to the site. These modular components have increased the quality, lowered the cost and accelerated the construction schedule for home builders and homeowners everywhere. Some builders have even extended this approach to include larger components such as panelized walls and pre-formed concrete foundation systems. Full modular construction is simply the next logical step in this evolution. Thousands of homes every year in every part of the country are now built using modular construction techniques. And those numbers will continue to grow as more and more homeowners and builders experience the advantages of modular construction.
- The building blocks of modular homes — individual modules — are housing components constructed in a controlled factory environment.
- Individual modules are up to 90% complete with shipped from the factory to the home site. All walls, flooring, ceilings, stairs, carpeting, and even wall finish are completed in the factory before shipment.
- Once all building materials arrive at the factory, some manufacturers can assemble modules in a single day. Typically, a two-story, 2,500 sq. ft. home can be constructed in a factory in under a week.
- Aside from any cost savings, modular homebuyers benefit from the short assembly time of their home — reducing any amount of weather damage or home site vandalism. Over the life of the home, modular homes save money because they are incredibly efficient.
- In 2002, modular homes accounted for 3% of the new, single-family homes constructed. Outside of metropolitan area, that figure jumped to 12%. From 1992-2002, modular housing production increased 48%.
- One of every ten homes built in the northeast is a modular home. That region accounted for 29% of the nation’s modular activity in 2001. The South Atlantic region was a close second with 26%, and the Great Lakes region third, accounting for 24%.
- The most popular states for modular construction in 2001 were North Carolina, Michigan, and New York.
Modular construction is quickly becoming the method of choice by owners, developers and general contractors who want a quality, precision built , eco- friendly home. Built by professionals who understand the time value of money and the benefit of building better, faster greener and for less.
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