Magnificently Built Modular Homes
We would like to share with you an interesting trend in American lifestyle associated with the “graying of America”. It is the trend of extended families investing in multi-family housing designs to “keep the family” close.
First, what is "Multi-family Housing?" Multi-family housing is a type of residential structure with more than one dwelling unit in the same building. For the sake of this blog post, think of multi-family housing as “town homes”, homes of any style that share common walls. You can view a number of examples on the Avalon Building System multi-family home plans product page.
The growing trend is for American families to “circle the wagons” to both care for aging parents and to combat the poor U.S. economy. The trend is for extended families to liquidate their individual properties and pool the equities into multi-family projects to both cut housing cost and to co-locate the family to pool human resource to care for a special-need family member (ie aging parents).
The traditional method to keep “Mom and Dad” out of assisted living centers is to build additions or “in-law suites” onto existing property. However, building restrictions, land availability, and land cost make this increasingly cost prohibitive. Americans are finding they can consolidate and co-locate entire extended families by owning and occupying multi-family housing units.
You won’t see this on the front page news, but it is something to celebrate in American culture. Americans still love and sacrifice for our elders who loved and sacrificed for us. An alternative solution (if common walls is not right for you) might be to co-locate two or more ranch modular homes on a double-lot of your choosing.
When and if this idea of co-location becomes a topic within your extended family, we hope you will consider any of the fully customizable Avalon Building Systems custom modular homes as your building solution.
Very few are aware that a $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers (and the $6,500 tax credit for repeat home buyers), although expired for most, is still available to some active duty military personnel. Military service members who were on official extended duty outside of the United States for at least 90 days between Jan.1, 2009 and May 1, 2010, may qualify for a one-year extension. We kept our home buyers tax-credit page live (even though it no longer applies to non-military) because it remains a great resource for our most valued active duty members and their families. Remember we provide a custom modular home frequently asked question page as an additional ready resource for you.
Congress has acknowledged the unique circumstances affecting members of the military, the Foreign Service and the intelligence community by making the following exceptions that apply to both the $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers and the $6,500 tax credit for repeat home buyers. “Qualified service member” means a member of the uniformed services of the U.S military, a member of the Foreign Service of the U.S., or an employee of the intelligence community. “Official extended duty” means any period of extended duty outside of the United States for at least 90 days during the period beginning after December 31, 2008 and ending before May 1, 2010. It is our privilege to offer a wide variety of customized ranch style modular homes which are perfectly suited for our wounded warriors.
The bottom line, qualified service members have until April 20, 2011 to take advantage of the tax credit. All of us at Avalon Building System offers deep respect for our military family compels us to publicize this little known fact and to ask all of you to pass the word to your military family and friends wherever they may be. If this message results in a single military family getting educated and ultimately saving money on their new home purchase, then we will be most grateful and humbly celebrate. If you have any other questions contact us today.
Avalon Building Systems is approaching our tenth year of building quality custom modular homes. Bud did you know that modular construction has been around for over a hundred years? Did you know that almost everyone has been inside of a modular home or modular general office building and never realized it? Modular homes design, from traditional colonial style to multi-family units are quite the extraordinary design. The history of modular homes is quite interesting as well as the evolution of modular homes keeps expanding because of new technology.
Modular buildings are pre-fabricated buildings taken to a new and larger scale. We avoid the term "pre-fabricated" because of the erroneous association that that term has with mobile home construction. The use of pre-fabrication goes back over a hundred years. It started gaining popularity early in the 20th century between 1910 to the mid-1940s. The end of World War II caused the modular market to truly explode and evolve. Returning soldiers came back to America looking to buy homes and start families. This drove a demand for homes greater than the marketplace could handle via the traditional building process. This led people to look for solutions to increase efficiency and lower the cost of new home construction. The modular building process answered both of these needs. There are still 1950-era modular homes in service today.
Over the past twenty years, the sophistication of modular home design greatly increased. The leap in sophistication relates in part to the pioneering support of overhead cranes with the capacity to lift 100 tons or more. This allowed larger modules to be constructed and shipped cross-country. The only limitation in the size of each individual module is rode width and weight restrictions. Today's modular buildings normally consist of 3-6 different modules.
As the size of modular homes has increased so have customization options. We deliver custom modular homes where the owners themselves participate in the design engineering. The final product is tall, wide, and as unique as the owners themselves are.
Here are a few current examples of just how widespread modular home construction is in today’s society. Modular units are part of the construction design of the new Queen Mary 2 cruise liner. The Queen Mary 2 is the largest and most expensive cruise liner ever built. The ship owners choose to use modular passenger cabins to ensure all cabins met the higher standards possible. Even the VIP suites utilized the modular building process. The McDonald's Corporation uses modular building design. Virtually every Americans has entered modular structures. Since finished modular buildings look the same as traditionally constructed buildings, no one realizes they are in a modular building. However, trained eyes surveying for structural integrity will see a marked difference between modular and non-modular construction.
With quality of product and service being of paramount importance to us, we thought we’d take a moment to discuss the Better Business Bureau (BBB), what they do, and what it means to earn their respect. Most if not everyone is familiar with the BBB, but relatively few are familiar about the details of their evaluator process. You’ve seen the BBB logo on our home page, by reading below you’ll learn about how we earn the right to proudly display that logo.
The BBB deals with a wide assortment of industries with home building being just one of many. They pride themselves on being an unbiased ethical agency and their long history truly trusted business practices has empowered that pride. All of us at Avalon Building systems carry that same pride in our quality of product and service in part due to our uninterrupted qualification for the BBB seal of approval. We are contractually obligated to uphold the BB’s “Standards for Trust” and we also agree to prioritize and resolve complaints that are filed against them with the BBB. This sets us apart from other businesses. Non-BBB business is not required to be ethical or resolve complaints. Care to guess how many BBB complaints have been filed against Avalon throughout our entire history? You guessed it…NONE! Only compliments. Who would not be humbly proud of such a record.
When evaluating a business, BBB looks at many different factors. Being accredited doesn't guarantee that a business earns the top grade of “A+”. In fact, there are many non-accredited businesses out there that treat customers well but do not rate near the perfect grade. Good business often get “C” ratings and below. You need to realize that “A+” earners like us have demonstrated to the BBB that they are “over the top” in quality and service. There are close to half-a-million Accredited Businesses in North America with a fraction of those rated A+.
When you ask us about a custom home or speak with us about one of our floor plans you will see the service reflected from the BBB. If you’d like to see the exact factors we were judged against by the BBB, navigate to and review the BBB review ratings page.
When you team with Avalon Building Systems, you team with true and PROVEN professionals. Let us go to work for you today!
It's no question that modular houses are the strongest of all frame homes built. A typical modular home contains 30 percent more lumber. Floors and walls are both glued and screwed to hold out the rigors of over-the-road transportation and crane lifting when setting the house on a foundation. Make no mistake, modular is just a better way to build! So it should come as no surprise that the modular home industry is rising and advancing month-in and month-out. This is not just happening across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and indeed across the globe as well.
There are some great benefits to going with a modular home over a site built home. Not only can the modular home direction save funds in actual construction costs, but it may also save a lot of time. Since there are many opportunities for lower costs, a lower potential for problems, energy efficiency and better quality, people in and out of the industry are beginning to be aware of the amazing value of modular homes.
Typically, modular homes are bought through a licensed manufacturer such as us at Avalon Building Systems. After a floor-plan strategy and options have been agreed, a state-approved third party reviews the plans to verify that state building codes are adhered too. Simultaneously, a third party inspection agency licensed by the state conducts inspection at the plant while the home is being manufactured and assembled. You, the modular home consumer, are one of the most protected buyers in any American industry.
Once inside your new home, your continue to be protected at the highest level. We are able to insulate our modular homes to a much greater degree than an on-site home. The home is caulked all at once; no delays due to poor weather will interfere with the construction of your home.
Home building industry experts on average state that home buyers can save up to 35% on new home construction by going modular. Why modular? Better product....less cost. We don't know what more needs to be said.
A home is one of the largest purchases that someone will make in their lifetime so it’s important to know the facts – all the facts – before buying. Most people will buy a stick-built home just because it’s all they are aware of. But what they don’t know is that they will save money, time, and get a better product by choosing custom modular homes.
The biggest challenge facing the custom modular home industry is that it continues to fall victim to the old adage..."too good to be true". But that sentiment is on the decline as more and more independent consumer advocates come on board and verify the superiority of the modular home product over all other forms of construction. But with that said, we know misconceptions remain as evidenced by the repeat questions that we get based on myths that just won't die. Here we present to you the top five myths followed by the facts regarding that myth:
Myth: “Custom” means expensive, right? After all, if I choose something for my unique needs, it should cost more.
Fact: The buyer works with a designer to take units and assemble them into a floor plan that suits them. In this way, homes are fully customizable. Homeowners can design the house of their dreams.
Myth: Isn’t a modular home a mobile home?
Fact: No! Modular homes look just like regular homes. They have a foundation, they are 1 or 2 stories, they may have an attached garage. In fact, if you drove down the street, you wouldn’t be able to tell a stick built from a modular home. Check out our older post about identifying the stick-built home from he modular home.
Myth: Modular homes are less efficient because they are modules that are stuck together.
Fact: Modular homes are more efficient. A recent study shows that modular homes exchange the air only 7 times per hour while a stick built home exchanges air 11 times per hour. That will translate into real savings on heating and cooling costs. And, because the home is built in a weather-free setting, insulation doesn’t lose its R-value by getting wet.
Myth: Modular homes are poorly constructed compared to stick built homes.
Fact: Modular homes are, in fact, constructed to be stronger than stick built homes. They’re built in units by professionals (and these professionals are supervised by qualified inspectors). They’re built in a controlled setting which means that the building materials stay dry. And, they come with a 10 year warranty, compared with most 1 year warranties that come with a stick built home.
Myth: Stick built homes are easier to build.
Fact: While it may seem that way because materials are brought to the site and assembled there, it actually takes far more work. Every stick-built project delay – from weather to crew problems – pushes the project back, and that is costly and management-intensive. However, a modular home is built in a climate-controlled setting on strict schedules. There are no weather breaks for our staff. Also, our products are built to exacting standards that stick-builders refuse to place upon themselves. So our process is precise and demanding, two critical prerequisites for enabling the delivery of industry-leading quality products.
Summary of Facts: Customized modular homes are stronger structures, are less expensive per square foot than stick-built homes, are constructed faster, and are much more environmentally friendly process due to significant less construction waste. It is patently obvious why the market share of custom modular home continues to rise while market share of stick-built homes continues to decline....better product for less money.
Avalon building systems offers a multitude of floor plans. Because of this, as a general rule, our customers usually find THE floor plan that directly matches their needs. . A subset of our customers choose to customize floor plans and we are happy to work with you toward this end. We enjoy being a part of our customer's dream for a magnificently built modular home. One point we’d like to make clear to you. If you select one of our standard modular home plans, it will save you time and simplify the home building decision process since the design, engineering, and pricing have already been done by us. If you're having trouble selecting a floor plan, read on as we will offer some quick tips on selecting a floor plan that is right for you.
All of our standard modular home plans typically include a floor plan and an exterior elevation. The modular floor plans show the location and size of each room, while the elevations provide an idea of what the finished house will look like on the outside. When looking through our selection of modular home plans, do not be misled by the pairing of modular home floor plans and exterior drawings into thinking that you cannot make adjustments. In fact, each of our floor plans for modular homes can have a multitude of exterior looks, and each exterior look can be applied to many different modular house floor plans. For example, all homes can have a garage and porch, even if the artist has not included them in the drawing. Likewise, you can adjust the slope of the roof, add dormers and decorative gables, and opt for over-sized roof overhangs if you choose, regardless of what you see in the drawing.
If you don't find any suitable modular home floor plans amongst the sampling we have put on our web site, please contact us to discuss what type of plan would better fit your needs. We might be able to help you with one of our many other standard modular house floor plans. If none of our standard floor plans for modular homes work for you, we'll be happy to help you design one of our custom modular home floor plans. If you already have some custom modular floor plans in mind, we'll tell you if they can be built as a modular. If your modular house floor plans cannot be built as a modular home, we will help you design one of our custom modular home plans offering similar features.
So the bottom line, whether your are dead set on a design or absolutely uncertain how to go, Avalon Building Systems is perfectly suited to help you navigate quickly into the home of your dreams.
Avalon Provides Quick Construction Service
Avalon takes pride in providing quality custom homes to its customers. For this reason we like to provide people their dream home as soon as possible. Unlike stick built homes, our modular homes only take weeks to complete. Stick built homes can take months to get the home constructed. Why are our homes quicker to build? Well the process of factory building allows for a controlled environment for the home to be constructed in. There are no concerns of weather conditions, unreliable subcontractors, late material delivery and human error. Avalon's modular homes are constructed by skilled workers who each have certain responsibilities and tasks, which they are responsible for during the assembly process. Because the tasks are being accomplished simultaneously, the structure fits together quickly and in an orderly fashion. A home is completed inside the factory in about a week's time. When the home is shipped to the building site, the building can be erected within a day and can be completed, ready for occupancy, within a few weeks.