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You Own the Land, Where Should You Build Your New House?

1 September 2011

You have decided that you want to build a new modular home. Now you are shopping for land, or perhaps you own the land already, your existing house is on it. Perhaps you’ve never liked where on the property your house sits, or you just want to change it up. Where should you build your new modular home on the property that you own?

When you first start thinking about this, you will most likely think about how you want your new home to look from the street, and how close you want to be to the neighbors. Your lot's location compared to the surrounding properties will affect your decision. If you have a corner lot, you may need to consider which street you want as your address, or where you would like the driveway.

You also should consider where the sun comes up and goes down in relation to the lot. In New England, taking advantage of natural sunlight in the winter can greatly reduce your heating bills. What you want to do with the yard once your modular home built is also important.

The shape, size, and slope, or grade, will play a big part in where you put your new home. Consider if you’ll need to use stairs to enter your home if you face the front door to the east? If you put the house in below the hill, what do you do when it rains?

Other factors include trees and open spaces, and existing stone walls and driveways.

At Avalon Building Systems we can help you consider your lot and where to build. Building a new home is exciting; we don’t want you to get stressed trying to make all the decisions alone. We are experienced at building homes and at looking at land. Let us help, there may be interesting facets to your property that can be accentuated in the construction process.

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Building A New Modular Home Could Take Less Time Than Buying a Home

27 August 2011

Right now with mortgage rates staying so low, you may be thinking about buying a new home. However, that means getting your own home ready to sell. Have you thought about building a new home? New construction is exciting, you can build the rooms you need, where you want them.

Building your dream home may seem more challenging than buying a home, but the rewards are plenty.

When you buy a new home you are also buying the problems and design of that house. Your new modular home can be customized to meet the needs of your family. You can feel free to add an exercise room, a home office, or surround sound. But best yet, down the line, your home may be more resalable because of the modern customizations.
Building a modular home takes far less time than building a traditional home. So,  keep in mind, the building process of a modular home could be shorter than the new home buying process in today’s housing market in New England.
Contact Avalon Building Systems if you are interested in a new home.

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Modular Homes Sell For the Same Money as Traditional Homes, But That isn't the Best Benefit

18 August 2011

One of the most common questions asked to bankers, builders and realtors regarding modular homes pertains to their resale value. “When I sell my modular home, will it sell for the same price as a stick built home that is comparable?

Many people wonder about the resale value of a modular home. Oftentimes however, your profit will be higher, provided you have maintained and cared for your home, because modular homes cost about 10-15% less to build. Modular homes are appraised to the same standards as a site built home, so both types of homes are assessed at the same amount.

So now that this question has been answered, let’s point out some of the other benefits of modular homes. They are built much faster; in approximately 10 to 12 weeks from the day you decide to build a modular home is when you will get the keys to move in. The modules are built in a factory and delivered to your building site. From that day the process takes about 3-6 weeks to complete.

However, these benefits above are not the best part of building a modular home. Talk to anyone who has built a traditionally constructed home and they will tell you that it cost far more than they had initially planned. When building a modular home, your budget is solid. The pricing is guaranteed, unless you make a change in the building process. When you decide on a floor plan, the cost of building that home can be priced to the dollar. At Avalon there are no surprising material costs or labor costs. That is the biggest advantage to building a modular home.

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Special Features for Modular Homes

11 August 2011

As you already know modular home floor plans can be custom designed to fit your style and needs. But you can also incorporate more details to your design. There are many customizations you can add to your modular home. Keep in mind that each add-on changes the price, as with any newly constructed home, the fancier you get, the higher the price.

However, usually, if it is possible to incorporate it into the budget at the time of build, you should, because it is more expensive and challenging to, say, add hard wood flooring later on.

When looking at and comparing Modular Home Companies, be sure that the add-ons you are considering, such as cabinets, flooring and windows, are the same.

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Modular Log Homes are Cost Effective and Less Time Consuming to Build

4 August 2011

New England and Upstate New York speak of log homes. They are the perfect place to live and fit in so nicely with our mountainous vistas and hearty living.

At some time or another, most of us have day dreamed of living in a log home. But log homes are expensive and very time consuming to build. But modular log homes are fast, cost effective, and authentic.

Avalon Building Systems combines craftsmanship and aesthetics with modern product ion technology to produce Modular Log Homes and Cabins that you will be proud to call home. Building a log home with modular construction combines quality with affordability in  a much shorter time frame.

Modular log homes are built in the regular modular style. Each section of the house is built as a box in a factory, and transported to the site of your new home. The home is built with the same strenuous standards and high quality of all of our modular homes. These modules are assembled using cranes and are superior in quality to regularly built homes.

The difference is in the siding. We use real log siding to complete the look of your modular log home. Log siding gives you an authentic log look with less maintenance than full log homes with no caulking in between joints, no waste, and no cracking or splitting.  Log siding is available in various woods.

Contact Avalon Building Systems for more information on Modular Log Homes.

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Modular Log Homes are Easier Than You Thought

28 July 2011

There is something very New England about a log home. However the money and time invested would certainly put them out of reach for most homeowners. Not to mention the upkeep that comes with a log home. There is a simple solution. Avalon Building Systems can build you a modular log home.

Actually, we can build you a beautiful modular home and finish it with log siding. Log cabin siding can be manufactured from many types of woods, and it has a rustic look. This is a cost effective way to build your log cabin modular homes; and the siding is maintenance free with no fading, splintering, or settling. The log siding is very aesthetic and very efficient.

Modular homes are built in climate-controlled factories. They are then brought to the property, assembled atop the foundation, and made air tight. Electric, plumbing, and insulation are already taken care of at the factory, so modular homes can be completed in a very short time frame. We can custom design your modular log home, install the log-cabin siding and you have your own log home. Contact Avalon Building Systems about dream log cabin homes, perfect for New England and upstate New York.

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Consider Modular Commercial Buildings for Your Offices or Business

21 July 2011

A good solution for your business office needs are modular commercial buildings.  They are built in a factory to exacting standards, this makes the building costs lower because there are no surprising labor or material delays. Like stick built construction, modular buildings appreciate over time.  Modular buildings are not the same as trailer type offices.

The modular buildings can be made to meet your business needs. With custom floor plans, or production style models, you can have an office space that is specific to your needs. From school or daycare facilities, to dental offices to standard office buildings, modular office space is a great and efficient solution.

Small to mid-size modular commercial buildings take around 6-8 weeks to build and deliver.  The larger the bulding the longer it will take of course, but modular construction is still much faster than on-site construction.

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Modular Garages can be Added to Any Home

7 July 2011

Modular garages are becoming more common as additions to traditionally built homes, and they are becoming more of a standard option for some modular homes. The modular garages are generally less expensive to build than a stick built garage and are completed in much less time. They can also blend in perfectly with the house exterior. This is a good option for those who want a garage added to their home before the winter starts.

These residential modular garages are best suited for family living. They can be attached to a home or self standing.

When deciding to add on a garage, think about a modular garage. You will benefit from the increased efficiency that a climate controlled factory can deliver as well as the convenience and time savings because of the reduced time needed on your property.

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Modular Home Checklist

29 June 2011

In order to ensure your modular home construction project flows smoothly, here is a brief checklist to make ensure you have considered everything and there are no work stoppages in the process.

Modular Homes Checklist

  • Determine your entire budget for land, home, labor, transportation and ensure that all these items are covered
  • Arrange financing - interest rate, length of loan, closing costs
  • Determine your needs for your new home– size/ sq. ft, bedrooms, bathrooms,
  • Pick floor plan and home style - colonial, ranch, split level, cape cod
  • Select your customizations, flooring, cabinets, etc
  • Select home extras or additions such as decks, garages
  • Choose foundation type - basement, slab-on-grade, crawlspace
  • Check references on the modular manufacturer and their local builder
  • Site preparation work (clearing, grading, etc.)
  • Shop for insurance

Original article- Modular Today

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Modular Construction Myths Busted

22 June 2011

Modular construction is confusing for new home buyers and for people in the construction industry. Modular construction has been around awhile, but has been increasing dramatically therefore,  the concept seems relatively new. It is also confusing trying to discern the information you do come across about modular homes and modular home manufacturers.

This blog is to help clarify these myths and to help you make a good educated decision for your personal situation.

MYTH: Modular homes are far less expensive
FACT: Modular homes are still quite an investment; and the price increases obviously as the square footage increases.  Usually, they cost 10-35% less than stick built homes, or $20- $30 per square foot. In making your decision between traditional and modular construction, be sure you are comparing the same type of house.

MYTH: Modular homes are stronger
FACT: Yes, this is true. Modular homes are built to be shipped on a truck. So, rather than using nails, modular homes are built with screws and glue. 

MYTH: Modular homes don't last
FACT: Many of the modular homes  that were constructed in the 50's are still around. With the proper maintenance and repairs, modular homes last just like stick built homes, and they also appreciate over time.

MYTH: Modular buildings all look alike
FACT: Modular homes can all be customized. You can choose from many different floor plans of modular home from the manufacturer. Those floor plan designs can be further customized. With modular homes you can have a custom home at an affordable price.

Source:  Modular Today

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