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Modular Home Construction has so Many Benefits

3 July 2013

Are you in the market for a new home? If so, you have probably realized that new home inventory is very low. How about building a new home? But there are many drawbacks to site built construction. First and foremost is the time it takes to build a new home. But, this is not the case with modular construction.
Modular home construction has many advantages and benefits:

Modular homes take far less time to build than site built homes. Once the design phase is completed, your move in date could be just a couple months away. This means within a couple months you could have a new home; less time to wait and less stress on your family. If you begin now, you can be moved into your new home when school starts.
Modular construction is a less expensive way to build a new home. The shortened construction time, means less payments on construction loans and fewer payments where you live during construction is always a money saver. Shorter construction time also means less time spent paying for your new home plus your living arrangements while your home is being built. And, once you receive your quote for construction, there will be no additional or hidden fees.

Modular homes are higher quality than traditionally built homes. Modular homes are built in a factory with constant quality-assurance inspections.  They are built to meet or exceed all local, state and federal building codes.  
For more information on modular construction, contact Avalon Building Systems.

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Modular Homes are More Efficient than Traditionally Built Homes

24 June 2013

A modular home is not the same thing as a manufactured home or a mobile home. In fact all of these homes have different sets of standards.

Modular homes are built to the same or higher standards as conventional stick built homes. Banks recognize the difference as well. Modular homes are treated the same as stick-built homes by all banks and mortgage companies. Why? Because modular homes appreciate in value just like traditional homes do. Understand that mobile homes lose value. In fact, mobile homes depreciate in value immediately, as soon as they are driven off the lot.

Modular homes are built in a factory setting according to a specific set of plans designed with you, the homeowner,  with your needs n mind. Modular homes can be custom designed. With Avalon Building Systems, many of the materials used in the modular construction of our homes is of higher quality than you would find in a site built homes. We use only Energy Star appliances, energy efficient windows and our walls and floors are constructed with SIPs, or structural insulated panels. All of these materials differences makes your modular home more energy efficient than a traditionally built home.

Additionally, with modular construction, the price you receive on the home is the final price you will receive for the home. Modular home construction has no surprises, no materials or labor delays and the price stays consistent.

Avalon is the general contractor for your home construction project. So there will be no surprises when working with us. Our price is our price and we are committed to your home construction project.

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

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Modular Home Manufacturers in Neighboring States Get You in Homes Faster – New York, New Jersey

21 June 2013

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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Modular Construction is Faster, Better, Stronger – New Jersey

14 June 2013

The construction crew arrived at the building site at 8 a.m.  By 2 p.m. that same day, a new three-story modular house was standing. The kitchen and bathroom cabinets were in place, each sink had its faucet, all the interior trim was finished.

This house had arrived in six pieces, with many of its interior components in place. Before its trip of more than 200 miles on five flatbed trailers, another team of builders — working in a massive house-making factory — constructed the modular parts that became a three-bedroom, three-bathroom house.

A crane lifted and placed each module, weighing as much as 25,000 pounds, and the crew bolted the parts together, making sure the 2,400-square-foot house was tight and waterproof.
Over the next few weeks, the finishing work will be done. That includes putting in utility connections and installing the exterior siding that will cover the connection points. Builders who work with modular, say it’s the future of construction.

With modular construction, there is much less waste, fewer truck visits to the site, more recycling of materials, making modular homes efficient and cost-effective.

Modular homes are indistinguishable from their site-built neighbors.

The fact that the modules have to be made for transport — and lifted by cranes — also gives them a unique advantage. They have to withstand the transportation, so they are engineered to much higher specifications. There is a lot of steel in these houses — up to 20% more framing, which makes them very safe in hurricane force winds.

Modular homes will have the same kind of finish, the same (or better) level of quality. And because they are built indoors, construction will never be delayed by weather. There are no unknowns with modular construction. All of these factors make modular construction an invaluable option for those rebuilding homes ravaged by Hurricane Sandy.

For more information on modular construction in New York and New Jersey, contact Avalon Building Systems. Recently we have also begun working with two new modular home manufacturers, Excel Homes and Professional Building Systems, so we can offer more options and work with even more homeowners in New Jersey and New York.

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Hurricane Proof Modular Homes Are Helping Rebuild New Jersey

6 June 2013

A modular home being set in place in New Jersey will be featured on a segment of the PBS program 'This Old House'.

“This Old House,” the PBS home-improvement and remodeling television show, was on location in New Jersey to film the installation of a hurricane-proof, custom modular home.

The house is on East Main Street and belongs to Rita Gurry. Her former home, which sat at the same location, was demolished as a result of damage from Sandy.

“I had a little Cape that then Sandy came to town and I had 3 ½ feet of water in my home.”

Her first floor was ruined, and mold was a threat to claim the rest. Gurry decided then to have the home knocked down and have a new modular home installed. Her new residence is a Cape with a Salt Box shape roof.

She didn’t want to deal with all the individual contractors when building a stick built home. Building a modular home made this a “cakewalk.”

The house was fabricated in a factory and delivered to the site in two boxed sections. It was placed on a foundation of 37 pilings.

The pilings will be enclosed by masonry with smart vents built in. The vents, one for every 200 square feet of concrete, will allow water to flow in and out in the event of a flood. Water recession and pressure is what blew out a lot of foundations during Sandy.

This modular home was also hurricane strapped and bolted to survive 120 mph winds.

The home was delivered at 8 a.m. and by noon it was already snapped together on its foundation. It has four bedrooms, and 2½ baths.

Modular homes might become very popular during rebuilding New Jersey after hurricane Sandy.

“We’ve told the modular home story before. But my thoughts is you’re going to see a lot more folks down the Shore doing this because of the efficiency, speed and cost.”

The home is almost finished. There is work left installing siding, roofing, hardwood floors and marble counter tops. But for Gurry it was relief to see her new home coming to life.

“At 8 o’clock this morning there was just pilings. I was still in limbo. At noon I have my life back,” said Gurry. “They turned something that was so dramatic to me, into one of the most memorable moments of my life.”

For more information on building a modular home in New Jersey, contact Avalon Building Systems.

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Financing Modular Homes on Boston's South Shore

31 May 2013

We often get asked questions regarding financing a modular home. We thought we would address that subject in this blog post. If you are considering financing a modular home, there are few things you need to know.

Modular homes are built in sections at a factory and transferred to the building site on large truck beds. Modular home manufacturers and local contractors will put together the sections and local inspectors make sure that the modular home meet local, state and regional building and permitting requirements and all finish work is done properly and beautifully. Therefore, modular homes are considered the same as far as financing as traditional stick built homes.

A title company needs to provide acceptable recorded evidence that the modular home was converted to real property and is covered by a standard real estate title insurance policy. Your lender might also request a satisfactory licensed structural engineer’s report that certifies the foundation is in compliance with guidelines. Your property appraiser will need to thoroughly inspect the home and include photos. Modular homes appreciate in value the same way traditionally built home do.

Your appraiser will note whether your home has been connected to a septic tank or sewage system and other basic utilities as well.

Lastly, the modular home must conform to the neighborhood and have sufficient living area and room dimensions to be acceptable to the market.

Although there are numerous modular home lenders, you should plan in advance on the best way to finance one. Modular homes manufacturers or local contractors can refer you to the lending institution they usually use in your area if you need assistance in finding a lender. If you buy a modular home with cash and want to refinance it or even sell it later on, your resale strategy should take into consideration the tighter lending requirements and higher interest rates for these properties too.

For more information, contact Avalon Building Systems in Stoughton, MA.

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Differences Between Modular Homes and Stick Built Homes

24 May 2013

Most everyone has seen a home under construction. Picture all of that work - framing, drywall, fixtures, and electrical work - going on in a sprawling plant.

Basically, that’s the difference between modular construction and stick-built homes. Quality, style, customizations, design options, floor plans, and size – all of these are the same in modular homes and stick built homes.

Modular homes are different from manufactured houses as well, and the two should not be confused. Manufactured homes tend to be constructed as single units, usually without second levels, and are designed in many cases as affordable housing for lower to moderate income residents.

Modular homes are typically geared toward the middle to upscale buyer. They are two-or-more-story houses, and the second floor modules are lifted by crane to the upper stories by crane.

Modular homes can produce cost savings because they’re built under climate-controlled conditions — no construction delays from weather or material delays. Additionally, because they are built in a factory, there are no labor shortages, and the homes are built efficiently. This allows for not only a price savings, but a time savings as well. Modular homes can be built in 4-6 weeks once the design stage is complete.

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

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Modular Homes - What You Should Know

17 May 2013

The base price of modular homes is less expensive than a traditionally built home where you have a crew laboring on-site for months. Because the base cost is generally lower, new home buyers can then customize their modular home more generously than one can with a site-built home.

Modular homes have many benefits for home buyers who want to build. Here are some things you should know:

1. Modular homes Are Faster to Build
Depending on the complexity of the home, modular construction can take anywhere from one to three months to build and get it move-in ready. From start to finish, it takes about nine months to a year to construct a stick-built house.

Modules are constructed and inspected in a factory, where weather won't delay the process. The modules are then transported to the building site. It takes about three days to fully assemble the modules at the site.

2. Preset home plans, a-la-carte, or customized homes
Modular home manufacturers offer home plans. The base price of a modular home typically includes construction, transportation of the modules to the final build site, and setting the home on its foundation. However, buyers can change a  preset plan or they can fully-customize their modular floor plans.

3. Modular Homes Are Very Durable
Modular homes have an inherently rigid system that perform much better than conventional residential framing in hurricane force winds. Modular homes can hold up better in extreme weather conditions than traditional stick-built structures.

4. Modular Homes can be Remodeled
Just like a stick-built home, modular homes can be remodeled. Let  you contractor know before you begin the remodeling process, because there may be some slight differences in the structure of the beams that support the home.

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


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Rebuild with Modular Construction in New York

10 May 2013

Superstorm Sandy spared nothing of Michael Seemann's Long Beach, Long Island, home.
Seemann knocked down what was left of his beachside bungalow and commissioned a modular home, a sectional pre-fabricated house. Its levels are set on top of each other with a crane.

"We had about 4 feet of water," Seemann said. "It shifted a little bit and floors were all buckled and the cost to repair it was just greater than the cost to rebuild."

Modular homes are being used to help some Sandy victims recover from the storm in half the time it would take to build a traditional home.

"It just seemed that this was going to get us in the house faster with just as good if not better construction," he said.

Each modular home takes about one month to build and install, compared to two months for a traditional home. The homes cost between $250,000 and $300,000.

"There really isn't that much of a price difference, because again I'm building with the same materials. The difference is in the quality of modular homes and the speed that it can be built."

The foundation of Seemann's new home was set in about six hours. Just one day later, the home took shape.

For more information on building a modular home in New York, contact Avalon Building Systems.

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So Many Advantages to Modular Houses

3 May 2013

For more than 100 years, modular homes have been promoted by designers and entrepreneurs for their efficiency, speed and affordability. However, modular homes have remained a niche market, and many homeowners still do not entirely understand modular housing.

A modular house is constructed in sections in a factory, transported on flatbed trucks and joined together at the building site.

The aesthetics of modular homes are varied and essentially unlimited. Stylistically, modular houses run the gamut from traditional to contemporary. By current standards, the majority are modest in size; more than half of them have less than 2,500 square feet of living space, however they can be as large as you want them to be.

Home builders gravitated to modular construction because they have done their research and found that it is the best way to build a new house that is unusually energy-efficient and easy to maintain.

There are additional reasons to build a prefab house. One of the most important will surprise homeowners who are not familiar with the construction process. A factory built house minimizes waste; most site-built houses fill up a dumpster several times over. Factories, where the same house parts are assembled over and over, can predict what they will need so that waste is minimized.

A second plus with a modular house is its speed of construction. While a site-built house takes about four to 15 months to complete, a modular home generally takes weeks. Because most of the work is done in a factory, there are no weather delays and no damage to exposed framing when it is deluged in a summer thunderstorm. Perhaps most importantly for owners, speeding up the construction process reduces the amount of stress as their home is built.

Modular homes are built with higher quality control than site-built ones. In many factories now, the workers use sophisticated, computer-aided machinery that makes more accurate cuts so that the framing pieces fit together more easily; this in turn makes all the subsequent steps in the construction sequence, including the installation of interior and exterior materials and windows, faster and easier. And, modular homes can be custom-built.

For more information on Modular Construction, contact Avalon Building Systems.

Excerpts -Washington Post

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