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What Makes Modular Homes Different?

What Makes Modular Homes Different?

Modular homes are built in sections in a factory setting, indoors, where they are never subjected to adverse weather conditions like your typical stick-built homes. The individual sections move through the factory, with the company’s quality control department checking them after every step. Finished modules are covered for protection, then transported to your home site. They are placed on a pre-made foundation, joined, and completed by your local builder.

How long does it take to build a modular home?

That depends on your design and the manufacturer, but some modular homes can be built in the factory in as little as 1-2 weeks. And since modulars are built indoors, there’s never a weather delay. It usually takes another 2-4 weeks for your local builder to complete the home once it’s delivered to the building site.

They sound like mobile homes. Are they the same thing?

Mobile homes, now called manufactured homes, are built to conform to the same federal code, no matter where they will be delivered. That code is called the HUD code.

A modular home conforms to the building codes that are required at the specific location it will be delivered to, and in many cases, construction exceeds the required codes. Some critics might argue that a modular home is more attractive than a manufactured home.

Don’t all modular homes look alike?

No, and unless you were there to see the house delivered and assembled, you might not guess it’s a modular home.

 Modular home manufacturers use computer aided design programs to draw plans to your specifications, or to modify one of their standard plans to suit your needs, so nearly any home plan can be turned into a modular home.

It’s true that some modulars are very basic and resemble double wide manufactured homes, but the two structures are still built in different ways.

Each manufacturer is different, so be sure to ask questions about flexibility if you would like to design your own home. Designed with modern stands in mind, most people probably cannot tell the difference between a regular stick-built home or a modular home. They look very much like a regular home, yet are often much more cost efficient to construct.

Will banks finance a modular home?

Yes. Most banks, appraisers, and insurance companies treat modular homes the same way they do site built homes — a house that’s constructed entirely on your property. Ask the mortgage brokers and banks in your area to explain how they finance modular homes.

Can I save money by building a modular home?

Sometimes. Construction costs for a modular home are sometimes less per-square-foot than for a similar site-built home. And there are other cost-saving features:

  • Many modular homes are very energy efficient, which helps reduce your heating and cooling costs.
  • Your home will probably be ready to move into much sooner than if you wait for a builder to construct a house on-site. Often, there are fewer delays.

For first-hand information, try to visit model homes in your area. Take a look at popular websites in your state.

Why not tour a local modular home factory and see the construction happening in person, before your very eyes? If you think modulars are ho-hum, you’re in for a pleasant surprise.

After you choose a modular home builder, talk with a local real estate agent to determine where you can place your modular home. You will need a foundation, either raised or slab but slabs are more common in hot, dry climates.

This Article is Sourced from the link below, and was not written or produced by Owl Homes of Fredonia 

https://www.thebalance.com/what-makes-modular-homes-different-1797805

 

Modular Homes at Owl Homes of Fredonia

Mid City Developers Bring Modular Homes to Baton Rouge

A first-of-its kind modular home is on the market in Mid City, an area where you might not typically expect to find prefabricated housing.

But developers Jak Kunstler and Susannah Bing hope it will be the first of many modular homes in Baton Rouge that could prove to be a solution to a housing shortage in older neighborhoods.

“We’re in a housing crisis,” says Bing, a former executive with the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority, who teamed up with Kunstler two years ago to launch Louisiana Purchase Real Estate and Development. “There are people moving to Baton Rouge who want the nightlife, restaurants and activity that are closer to downtown, yet there are very few houses that are available or in good condition and they are priced out of that market. We see this as a tool to provide new housing in older neighborhoods, whether that is market rate or affordable.”

The 1,256-square-foot home Bing and Kunstler recently completed is located at 111 West Dr., between North Boulevard and Government Street. It looks akin to other nearby Mid City cottages that were built 70 or 80 years ago. It sits on a pier-and-beam foundation, has three bedrooms and two baths, and a front porch with white-trimmed wood work. The partners have two similar houses planned for adjacent lots on West Drive.

“I think there is a stigma about modular housing to a certain extent,” Bing says. “Nobody really understands what a modular house is. Everybody thinks it’s some house trailer. It couldn’t be more different. … We tweak the houses to make them more south Louisiana.”

Bing and Kunstler say they aren’t hanging out a retail shingle and selling modular homes. Rather, their business plan calls for infill development projects in neighborhoods where additional housing is needed. They’re looking to acquire vacant lots or adjudicated properties from the city-parish and redevelop the sites with their modular homes.

“Right now we’re focused on Mid City because that’s the area we know,” she says. “But these could easily go in north Baton Rouge or Old South Baton Rouge. These houses fit on our narrow, long lots and they look like they’ve always belonged in our neighborhoods. They don’t look like trailer houses.”

The home on West Drive is listed at $217,500, which is market rate. Bing says the trim levels on the homes can be customized so they could be sold at market rate or as affordable housing, depending on where they’re located and the need that exists in that area.

—Stephanie Riegel

Mid City developers bring modular homes to Baton Rouge