Magnificently Built Modular Homes
Modular construction is gaining in popularity, but there is still some confusion by some when a home arrives in sections on a tractor-trailer when the norm is to watch it go up gradually, on the spot.
Modular homes are becoming a popular choice for victims of hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey. There are numerous modular models from which to pick, and modular homes can be custom designed. But, the fact that the modules have to be made for transport and lifted by cranes means they are engineered to much higher specifications than stick built homes.
Modular construction is often compared to building toy structures with variously sized Lego blocks. All the modules are in standard sizes. Imagine four shoe boxes. It’s like a four-box house. Generally, the modules are 14 to 16 feet wide and 40 to 50 feet long.
There are certain advantages in modular construction. One is speed. Most houses can be factory-built in less than a week. You build modular homes under controlled conditions, and you get a beautiful, quality end product.
Within a given factory, the homes will have the same kind of finish, the same level of quality. And because they are built indoors, construction will never be delayed by weather. There are no unknowns. All of these factors make modular construction an invaluable option for those rebuilding homes ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. In effect, it allows home construction to be outsourced to modular builders in neighboring states that are home to modular factories.
If you have a house lot at the Shore, you would have a terrible time getting a builder who has time to build on site. At the moment, you have a finite number of builders; they cannot cope with the amount of work that needs to be done. Modular construction increases the capacity to build. You are importing labor. You can build more houses in a shorter period of time because you are not limited to the local skill and labor pool.
For more information on modular construction, contact Avalon Building Systems.
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