Modular Homes Offer Infinite Possibilities: Part 1
So, you’ve been thinking lately about a building modular home? After all, what’s not to like? They offer shorter build times, less labor costs, ease of maintenance, no delays due to adverse weather, outstanding quality control and air-tight design, to name just a few features.
However, you want to be able to custom build your home. You want to build your new home to your exact specifications.
Can’t be done with a modular home, you say.
Truth is, modular home design can really be summed up in just two words: “Infinite Possibilities.” Modular homes are no longer limited to just single story or even two-story buildings. There’s no “standard” modular floor plan, and anyone who says a modular home is less well-built than their on-site counterparts clearly haven’t opened their eyes in the past 15 or so years.
Modular building does not mean sacrificing the things a home builder has been dreaming of in their new home.
A home should mirror the personalities of the people who live in it and should be specifically built for an individual homeowner. Colors, materials and fixtures, as well as the floor plan, ought to be chosen to create a home that appeals to the home builder’s sense of beauty and charm.
You want multi-use bonus space, built-in entertainment centers or beautiful fireplaces…don’t stop there.
Today’s modular homes offer hundreds of personalized features. Cathedral or tray ceilings, luxury bathrooms, open foyers, hardwood floors, crown moldings, oak staircases, custom cabinetry, built-ins, solid surface countertops and upscale lighting are all now quite normal. Cutaways, bump-outs and staggered configurations are breaking up the once boxy interiors.
Today’s modular homes can have elaborate roof pitches with various roof lines, thanks to hinged roof systems, piggy-back trusses and other such innovations. Homeowners can even specify dormers or vertical siding.
You can add most any style of exterior, windows and doors or architectural detail that you want to a modular home.
Some buyers prefer beach cottages or the look of a mountain retreat. Others seek a two-story Colonial for a growing family.
The number of modular homes being built is growing, as is their acceptance. Modular homes are a faster and less trouble-free method of creating a homebuilder’s perfect living space, so it’s no wonder they are becoming more and more popular.
Truth is, some the world’s most imaginative, innovative, and farsighted architects, designers, and builders are employed in the modular home domain these days, and the technical know-how looks as if it’s moving forward with each new project.
After all, modular homes offer INFINITE POSSIBILITIES!
Before proceeding, for the sake of those reading their first blog from Westchester Modular Homes, let’s go back to a previous blog wherein we detailed exactly what comprises a modular home and how it differs from a home built on-site.
Conventional home construction has been relatively unchanged for nearly 200 years. Materials arrive at the site and are individually cut and assembled outdoors in the elements by various workmen. The method causes needless waste and difficulty keeping on schedule. Plus the materials are exposed to moisture which creates a would-be breeding ground for mold and mildew. True, the process produces charming, even stunning homes, but has always struggled to produce homes that foster a healthy and safe environment for families that present-day modular building methods provide.
Conversely, a modular home is built indoors in a factory-like setting.
The finished products are enclosed and transported to their new location where they’re assembled by the builder. Each module typically arrives complete with interior fittings – plumbing, electrical, doors, closets and stairs – so there’s minor finishing work to be completed when the home is assembled. These homes are frequently referred to as factory-built or prefab homes.
Modular homes look just like “normal” homes, and you’ve no doubt come across them without even recognizing what they were. They look terrific and one would be hard pressed to find the difference between them and a customary home built on-site.
It’s important to note that if you’ve already found your dream home design, almost any set of plans can be turned into a modular home.
If you haven’t decided on a specific home design, a modular home builder will be more than happy to help you choose the design that provides all you want in a home.
So, now that you know you can build anything you want, the only question that remains is, “What do you want to build?”
Making changes to an existing modular home plan
Even if you opt to completely build your new home with one-of-a-kind blueprints, many homebuilders realize it’s useful to begin the process by looking at pre-existing modular home plans. Many modular home builders possess a database that has hundreds of floor plans for you to look through.
You may uncover a floor plan that is just about what you want. If you do, don’t be alarmed that it’s not exactly what you would like. You can make any design changes you wish. The majority of modular home manufacturers allow adjustments to their standard plans, however, as you’d imagine, you’ll get the utmost value by remaining within their usual design options.
Let’s say you fancied changing the style of the tile in the bathroom or relocate the sink to the other side of the kitchen. Those types of alterations won’t cost you much, if anything, to make. If, however, you would like to add a new wing onto the house or an additional room or two, those changes will begin to increase the cost of both designing and manufacturing your new home, not unlike when you make major changes to a house built on-site.
Either making changes to an existing modular home floor plan, or designing your own unique modular home… the choice is yours! Remember, INFINITE POSSIBILITIES!
As we’ve seen, modular homes offer almost limitless design opportunities.
And as noted, your home should reflect your personality and your lifestyle.
Westchester Modular Homes will take your custom design and build it specifically for you. We’ll take your ideas and needs and turn them into your dream home.
Our team of modular home professionals are among the most knowledgeable in the industry. During the design stage, they’ll present a wide range of choices as you create a truly unique home. Just knowing what choices you’ll have, and when, can go a long way toward making your custom home building process smooth and result in the home you’ve always dreamed about.
Our technicians, craftsmen and assemblers are well trained and professionally supervised, resulting in built-in excellence.
We pride ourselves on being the custom home builder that has the answers when you need them most.
Why not take advantage of modern modular construction for your new home?