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Modular Home Construction is Now a Better Choice in New Home Construction – Boston, Hartford

14 March 2014

If you want to build a new home, you no longer need to wait for six months in order to move in. You no longer have to deal with changes to the budget, or have your project put on hold for materials, weather, or contractor delays. Why? Because now modular home construction is better than ever. You now have a choice.

Modular construction is now a viable and often better alternative method of construction. The modular construction process involves making prefabricated modules in a factory which are then transported to your building site where your home is then put together.

Traditional construction is done almost entirely on site, where weather and other issues can interrupt construction.  Traditional construction is weather and contractor reliant, which means that bad weather and no-shows can affect the construction schedule which can cause regular delays in the building process.

Modular homes are becoming more popular. Because the modules are built in a factory, the construction process can actually be up to 50% faster. Additionally, the modular process is intensely quality controlled, keeping construction above and beyond the standards of traditional construction. Modular homes meet and exceed all state and local building codes.

While your home is being built in the factory, your site work – foundation, water and sewage – is all being addressed on your building site, at the same time. This means that once the home is built and the modules are transported, it is only a few days away from being completed.

Modular construction means you can move into your custom designed home in just 6-8 weeks. Not possible with traditional construction. If you are in the market to build a new home, get the facts on modular construction and make an educated decision. For more information, contact Avalon Building Systems.

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Modular Home Construction for Those in the Market for a New Home – Massachusetts, Rhode Island

7 March 2014

'The housing market is rebounding', that is what they say right. If you have a home to sell, that is great, but if you are in the market to buy, this housing ‘recovery’ may not be working for you. With the number of potential buyers far outmatching inventory, any realtor will tell you there is a shortage of new homes. The result – those in the market are paying far too much for a ‘less than perfect house’.

Do you love your neighborhood, love your town, love your school system, but you need a new home? Or maybe you are relocating, and you can’t find the right home where you need it. Consider modular home construction. The modular construction process allows you to build a new home that is custom designed to meet all of the needs of your growing family.

Best of all, with modular construction you can start the process now because you don’t have to wait for the snow to melt or for the ground to thaw. Modular construction takes place indoors in a factory setting and is then transported to your building site and set on the foundation.

The demand for new homes is high, but you have an alternative to the lackluster home inventory: modular homes. There are time, quality and structural benefits to modular construction that are not available with traditional construction. Your new home can be ready to move into in 4-8 weeks. And modular home construction meets or exceeds all state, local and federal building codes.

As the public becomes more educated in modular and factory built homes, perception towards the industry has changed and modular construction has become more and more popular.

For more information on modular homes, contact Avalon Building Systems.

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See the Advantages of Modular Homes at the New England Home Show – Foxboro, MA

27 February 2014

If you are thinking about building a new home then you need to attend the 2014 New England Home Show at the Dana Farber Field House at Patriot Place in Foxboro, March 21-23.

Avalon Building Systems, a modular homes construction company, will be there to show you all the benefits and advantages of modular home construction. Our modular homes are superior in construction and quality when compared to traditionally built homes. Our modular homes meet or exceed national, state, and local building codes. This means that you get an exceptionally built quality home with significant savings in both time and cost.

Show Features

Mark your calendar for the 2014 New England Home Show, where you’ll be delighted at the wide range of home improvement ideas on display. From lighting to flooring to siding for your home, from techniques to tools, over 500 experts are on hand to answer your burning DIY questions. Bring the kids and enjoy live cooking demonstrations, furniture building zone and a craft and specialty food area.


The Dana Farber Field House at Patriot Place Foxboro, MA
Dates & Hours:

Friday, March 21, 2PM - 9PM
Saturday, March 22, 10AM - 9PM
Sunday, March 23, 10AM - 6PM


Adults: $10
17 and under: Free

For more information, contact Avalon Building Systems.

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Modular Home Construction For a New Home in New Jersey

21 February 2014

It is not easy to find a new home in parts of NJ that were affected by Hurricane Sandy.  But building a modular home is the perfect way to move into your dream home there. In fact, there are parts of New Jersey that are now filled with homes built through the modular home construction process.

Often people think that modular homes have different financing requirements than traditionally built homes. But, in actuality, the rules and procedures for financing a modular home are the same as for site-built homes. They can be approved for FHA loans, traditional bank and mortgage company financing, and VA loans.

There is an important difference between modular homes and manufactured homes. And, the banks finance the two types of homes differently. Modular homes are built in pieces that are built in the factory, which go through a rigorous QA process throughout the entire construction process. They can be custom designed or you can choose one of hundreds of floor plans. Modular homes appreciate in exactly the same way as traditionally built homes, and the layperson will not be able to tell the difference between the two.

Modular homes are beautifully designed and you can add all types of design details and amenities that are often only found in custom site-built homes. The modules are built off-site, including electrical and plumbing and are then delivered to the site for final assembly.  When modular homes are delivered to your home site, they are 80% complete. In fact, it takes only about two months for a modular home to be completed and ready to move in.

For more information on modular construction, contact Avalon Building Systems.

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Modular Homes ARE Higher Quality than Site Built Homes, Here’s Why – New Jersey

13 February 2014

Every modular home builder, every modular sales rep and every factory person says that their homes are third party inspected. This is true however not many people really understand what that means and how important and integral it is to building a new modular home.

Third party inspectors insure that the house you want to build meets and exceeds all the Federal, State and local building codes for the address of the new home.

In NJ it is very difficult to restore and replace the NJ’s homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Getting a building permit in most NJ counties was not a piece of cake before Sandy but since it has become even more difficult trying to keep up with all the changes to building setbacks, mandatory height restrictions and municipality inspectors challenging just about everything they see.

Here are two examples. Inspectors approve an item before construction of a non-modular component and then change it during the actual construction. The approvals are biased based on the inspector.

The second example is house footprints. Replacing a condemned home with a new one using the same foundation size which meets the local code should be a no brainer. Both the old house and the new one have heat pumps with exchangers on the outside of the house. Now the exchanger must be above the flood level which means that it will have to be mounted to the house using a 4’ x 4’ platform which eliminates 16 sq ft of living space in the home. Another footprint problem occurs when the electrical meter has to be mounted above the flood elevation which in some cases could mean 16’ above grade. Power companies say they won’t do it because their meter readers can’t see the meter. Solution: build a deck for the meter reader to stand on along with steps. This deck area may be deducted from the living space in some municipalities. Some NJ counties have upward of 40 different regions each with their own inspector. A house built in one code area that passes all the building codes may not pass if built just a 100 yard away in a different code area and they share inspectors!

An inspector does not have to worry about a modular home being shipped from a factory because all the plans for the house meet or exceed all building codes, including the local ones. Third party inspectors have already looked over the plans submitted to them by the factory’s engineers and design staffs, made the changes necessary and stamped the plans “approved” for building the home. Site builders would not only have to hire someone to review their plans, they have to do a lot of the legwork themselves AND still have to contend with local inspectors about foundation and setback and living space problems. Modular home builders let the factory and the third party inspectors handle the home construction codes before it even arrives at the jobsite.

Another challenge is in the  fire separation and noise abatement assemblies in single and multifamily homes. Do not assume that a fire wall is a fire wall and there wasn’t much to talk about. As a builder, you have to know what a fire area, fire barrier and fire partition assemblies are. If you as a builder don’t know, aren’t you glad that a third party is inspecting that triplex you just ordered? What about Horizontal Assemblies and Impact Insulation Class. If you were a site builder, where would even go to find out about these things and how long would it add to your building time and how much extra would it cost both you and your customer?

There are so many different things to consider when it comes to protecting a home from both fire and sound that it takes a third party inspection company to handle all this for the builder. What local building inspector knows all the little in’s and out’s of the codes so that they can pass or reject a project. If they don’t know this stuff, aren’t you glad you build with modular construction and all those things are built in the factory to the appropriate codes. Another plus for modular homes.

Additionally, simple strapping is not enough anymore to satisfy all the building codes. Not only do you, the builder, have to know how many nails, what size nails and what kind of nails or screws to use when attaching strapping and bracing, the factory also has a ton of different straps, holders and bracing to use to build the modules before it arrives at the job site. The site builder, especially the tract builder and site builders in areas that have labor shortages are probably not paying as close attention to strapping and bracing as they should. At the factory, it is expected that every strap and brace will be properly secured with the right nail and with the right strapping.

Hopefully you have a better understanding of what goes into building a modular home in the factory and why it just makes more sense to have your next home built as a modular than to leave it to the site builder working out of his truck.

For more information on modular construction, contact Avalon Building Systems.

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Modular Homes: Faster Construction and No Wait – Stoughton, Canton, MA

7 February 2014

It is the middle of a very snowy, very cold winter. Even still, people are still considering moving and buying homes. But, with new home inventory as low as it is in Massachusetts, the spring buying season may not be fruitful for all. What about building a new home? Modular construction promises faster construction time, and right now there is no wait. Get in now and choose your custom designed modular home. Or, you can choose from one of hundreds of modular home floor plans which can be customized or modified.

Modular home construction is a fast, economical and efficient way to build a new home. And, if you start the design process now, we can start building and you can move in the spring. Homes built with modular construction takes just a few weeks to build. With traditional construction, it could be the end of the summer before you are moved in.

If you are in the housing market, don’t struggle with the existing home inventory. Consider building a modular home. Why not design a home that you need with the rooms and features you want?

Modular homes are built faster than a traditionally built home. But now, in the middle of deep winter, home construction has slowed down. Get in the front of the line and begin the design process now. In fact, we can start construction as soon as the design process is complete, because modular homes are built in factories where the materials are protected from the elements. Once built those modules are brought to your new home construction site and assembled. You can move in the spring into a newly built custom home, contact Avalon Building Systems.

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Multi-Family Homes are in Huge Demand in Greater Boston

31 January 2014

You keep hearing about it, and if you are in the market for an investment property then you are living it. New home inventory, both single and multi-family is woefully low. Many of the homes that are available for sale are inadequate, or not what you are looking for. Here are the facts.

  • Up to 435,000 new housing home would need to be created in the Metro Boston area by the year 2040 to keep the region's economy growing.
  • The units would comprise mostly multifamily homes and be located, primarily, in urban areas
  • The aim of the additional units is to attract younger workers to the region from elsewhere in the country to keep the economy growing in the Greater Boston area.
  • The 435,000 new units are greater than the 305,000 new units needed in a "status quo" scenario
  • Attracting more young people to the region with the kinds of housing they prefer could potentially result in a "stronger region" with a total population increase of 12.6%.

As you know the real estate market has rebounded recently. That rebound has been mostly driven by real estate investors who are buying up inventory for rental and investment properties. If you are a real estate investor, or if you are interested in becoming an investor, consider modular multi-family home construction.

There is a significant need for new multi-family housing if we want to attract young people and families and grow our population in the Boston area. In fact, multifamily housing, both for-sale and rental units, will make up at least 48% and as much as 62% of demand. And, even in suburban municipalities, demand for multifamily units will make up between 28% and 37% of total demand.

Right now the market and need for multi-family housing is huge and growing. Modular construction for multi-family homes ensures high quality, faster construction that meets and exceeds state and local building codes.

For more information on multi-family modular homes for investment properties, contact Avalon Building Systems.

Statistics from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) Report

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Modular Home Additions are Easier and Faster than Stick-Built – Cape Cod, MA

23 January 2014

Recently a family moved to New England, and wanted a the perfect year round house near the beach. They moved into a pretty plain modular home. The house was in a great neighborhood, a short walk to some of the most beautiful sandy beaches and had a bit of a water view.  They added a modular home addition.

The home was a modular house to begin with, but modular additions can be added to any home.  There are so many pluses to renovating a modular home. Modular homes are built in factories, are made to adhere to strict codes and are structurally very sound. In fact, they stand up better through weather and over time than traditionally built homes. The house arrives to the site on a truck and is lifted onto the foundation with a crane. This makes them very sturdy in order to make the trip.

This renovation process included adding the modular addition onto the existing house which took a total of five days.

The modular construction for home additions is the same as that of building a new modular home, they are both made in indoor factories by skilled craftsmen.

A modular home is totally assembled at the factory and shipped out in sections on flatbed trucks. Each piece is lifted by a crane and put into place.  A complete modular home can be done in a few days, including electric, plumbing and complete finish work.

A modular addition is also built at the factory and is assembled at the job site.  The benefits for modular construction are many. You can have a quality built custom home for less than the time and cost of stick built homes and it takes from 3 to 14 days to put up an entire addition.

The modular additions are built as if it they are separate houses and are then added to the existing home. all It is easier than a traditionally built addition, is highly cost effective and no major renovations take place. In New England waste not, want not.

For more information on modular additions in New England, contact Avalon Home Builders.

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Reasons Modular Homes are Superior to Traditionally Built Homes - Massachusetts

17 January 2014

If you are considering building a new home, consider modular construction. There are plenty of reasons why industry leaders and homeowners believe that modular homes are superior to traditionally built homes. Here are some of the reasons why:

State-of-the-art home construction

Modular homes manufacturers can build custom designed homes faster and greener that are more efficient than traditionally build homes. With traditionally built homes, building materials are subject to weather and contractor error. Modular homes are built indoors in factory-like settings and then transported to the building site. During the construction process, modules are subjected to rigorous and constant QA inspections. This number of inspections is not economically feasible on a traditional construction site.

Manufacturing in every industry has evolved to a factory-type process.

Drive by a construction site during the snow or rain. Construction materials and half built homes are subjected to all types of weather conditions. The construction process itself on a traditional job site is also subject contractor and delivery delays. Modular construction is a systems built process where the cuts are precise and work is constantly monitored and inspected. On-site construction has little oversight.

Shorter construction time

While your modular home is being constructed in the factory, on-site work like foundation and water and sewer line tie ins are being completed at the same time. As a result modular home construction takes considerably less time than traditional construction. In fact, modular homes can be completed in 6-8 weeks once the design process is complete.

Built stronger

Modular homes are built to be transported and lifted onto the foundation with a crane. Therefore, all joints are glued and screwed. In fact, modular homes use up to 30% more materials than traditionally built homes. This means modular homes last better and longer through weather and time.

Quality Control

Modular homes are built to exacting standards because modular manufacturers have strong QC systems in place from third party inspectors. Traditionally built homes are subject to inspections only from the onsite supervisor.

No budget surprises

The price you get at the time your purchase a modular home is the price you will pay when the home is complete unless you make changes yourself along the way. Modular construction is easy to budget, so there will be no unexpected surprises.

Greener Homes and Greener Construction

Compared to stick-built homes, modular construction creates less trash, lest waste, less energy and are more efficient after they are built.

ENERGY STAR rated homes, and not just the appliances

For a home to be an ENERGY STAR  it must pass a series of inspections to prove that it meets new energy specs. This means that a modular home will use 15% less energy than a home built with traditional construction. Additionally, insulation, windows and appliances are all more energy efficient.

For more information on modular homes, contact Avalon Building Systems.

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Winter Has No Effect On Modular Home Construction - Massachusetts

3 January 2014

Did you know that you can build a new home in the winter in New England? If you are considering moving, but you are not interested in the new home inventory, consider building a new home instead. With modular construction, you don’t have to wait until spring to start either.

There are some advantages to building a home in the winter, not the least of which is zero lead time. After the design process is complete, we can immediately begin to build your modular home, which means you can move in faster; no wait. So, if you want to build a new custom designed modular home, winter may be the perfect time. In New England, many people don’t begin the home building process in the winter because of the weather. With traditional construction snow, wind, rain and storms can all adversely affect supplies and labor, causing delays. With modular construction there are no weather or labor delays because supplies are already in-house and construction is performed indoors.

Winter weather is irrelevant in modular construction. The individual modules that make up your home are constructed in a factory setting indoors and are then transported to your building site. The home is assembled that day, and within a few weeks, the home is completed and ready to move in. If you are interested in building a new home in 2014, don't wait until spring, start now.

Do you have questions about building a new modular home in the winter? Contact Avalon Building Systems.

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