A modular home can offer unique flexibility and lasting quality – often for less than a conventionally constructed home – whether you are a first-time homeowner or a seasoned property owner.
The good news is that you are not alone if you haven’t yet considered a modular home.
Approximately 22 million people live in manufactured homes in the United States, out of a total of nearly 140 million housing units in the country. Ninety percent of those people report being happy with their prefabricated homes; tiny houses continue to rise in popularity, while manufactured log homes have been available on the market for more than forty years. Modular homes are neither new nor unfavorable as a concept.
Why don’t more homebuyers consider modular homes?
A Modular Home: What Is It?
The key is in the name: “module.”
In a modular home, sections are assembled in a factory setting. In these massive, climate-controlled facilities, homes are assembled according to the International Residential Code (IRC), which requires compliance with all state and local building codes.
IRC is similar to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in that both put forth standards for quality and safety. To facilitate transportation, HUD requires manufactured homes to have an attached steel chassis, while homes constructed to IRC specifications are set on a permanent foundation – just like a site-built house.
As soon as a modular home has been fully fabricated, the sections are then taken to the project site (usually via semi-truck) and, with the help of cranes, the sections are assembled on a foundation that has been formed by pouring concrete on top of the sections.
As soon as the modular home has been assembled, the construction process is just the same as it would be for a conventional build: The home will be connected to utilities, and the interior will be fitted out with appliances, cabinetry, flooring, et cetera.
Modular Homes: What Are The Advantages?
Apart from the fact that the modular home construction process is custom-made to suit your needs, there are a number of additional advantages to taking this route to home ownership, which is becoming increasingly popular.
A Modular Home Is Completed More Quickly
Because these houses are built indoors, there is no need to worry about construction delays due to adverse weather conditions. In this way, modular homes can be built all year long, resulting in the major components of the home being completed in weeks rather than months.
Modular Homes Are High-Quality
Once again, modular homes demonstrate an exceptional level of quality and consistency due to the fact that they are constructed indoors. Unlike a site-built home, which is exposed to the elements during the construction process, a modular home is built in a climate-controlled setting that ensures the walls and corners are straight and meet perfectly every time, as these homes are manufactured in a climate-controlled setting.
It is also necessary for modular home sections to be resilient enough to withstand transportation to the site.
It’s Better to Buy a Modular Home than a Traditional Home
The construction process of modular homes is designed to streamline the process and avoid delays on-site that could arise due to anything from inclement weather to supplier mishaps, thus resulting in lower construction costs.
In addition to the shorter lead time which contributes to lower costs, manufacturers also buy materials in bulk, resulting in a reduction in costs that can be easily passed along to the consumer as well.
It Is Eco-Friendly To Build A Modular Home
Because modular homes are built with exceptional construction quality, they operate approximately 15% more efficiently than site-built homes, which saves you money in heating and cooling costs each year. Because of the efficiency of fabrication, excess materials and construction waste are reduced.
Further, modular homes are so adaptable they can be designed with self-sufficiency in mind, such as solar panels, energy batteries, low-energy light bulbs, or even off-grid living.
Are you considering making an offer on a modular home if you’re not in a position to build? Advantages such as these remain. Thanks to the proper foundation and the fact that modular homes are considered permanent structures, you’ll have the same financing options as you would for a site-built home.
Colorado Modular Homes & Prefab Home Builders
Premium Living offers turn-key modular home services in Colorado. Whether you need a pre-designed modular home or one that is completely customized, we can help you design it. No matter what your vision is for your home, we can make it a reality. We can help you choose materials that fit within your budget and will complete the look you desire for your home, both inside and out.
Our team ensures all logistics are in place from the start to ensure your home is completed on time. While we are timely in building your home, we never compromise on quality. All modules are inspected to ensure they meet our quality standards and adhere to all relevant standards and codes.