How to Save Energy at Home

Posted on Dec 15th, 2015 by Westchester | Posted in: Home Trends

In today’s world, there are hundreds of reasons for everyone to save energy. From the rising costs of electricity to the damage inflicted on the environment by energy waste, future generations are counting on everyone here today to conserve more, drill less, and recycle as much as possible. Read on to find tips on how to go green, including a variety of simple ways to save energy with advice on how to use less electricity, heat and water. The Importance of Going Green The world is going to go green. While it isn’t necessarily happening overnight, people throughout the U.S. and abroad are gradually coming to the realization that green energy is the best thing for this planet. So what […]

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The Advantages of Building Inside

Posted on Dec 11th, 2015 by Westchester | Posted in: Home Trends

Building a home outside on the lot was once viewed as tried and true, but as we progress, is really tried and untrue. Building a home inside in a climate-controlled environment makes more sense in many ways. Other than th e obvious unpredictability of the weather, there are many reasons why you should consider building your new home with modular-system-built technology. Below are some of the things to consider. Weather Weather is the enemy of the home builder—and the new construction home buyer. Building on site utilizing the outdated stick by stick method may lead to problems later on down the road. The bottom line is rain and untreated wood do not mix. With many potential problems that can happen, […]

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How a Modular Home is Constructed- Part 1 Floors

Posted on Dec 4th, 2015 by Westchester | Posted in: Home Plan Central

Have you ever wondered how modular units come together to become a quality built home? In the next series of blogs, we will be pulling back the curtain, so to speak, and educating you on what specifically happens behind the scenes in the building of a modular home. In these blogs, we will be taking you through our factory one production stage at a time to discuss the specifics of how a modular home is built. A modular home is built via what is called a Building System. A “Building System” is simply a systematic approach to constructing homes. Experienced craftsmen build homes inside a modular home production facility. These components are called units, sections or modules. These units later […]

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Westchester Homes’ Vineyard House Community Awarded Prestigious LEED Platinum Certification

Posted on Nov 25th, 2015 by Westchester | Posted in: Home Trends

                             Leading Northeast Manufacturer and Prominent Massachusetts Builder partner together to build First LEED Platinum Project on Martha’s Vineyard   Westchester Modular Homes is pleased to announce with the recent completion of the Vineyard House, a sober living community in Martha’s Vineyard has officially been awarded the highest possible rating of Platinum in the US Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for homes program. The campus was completed in December of 2014 by Squash Meadow Construction, Inc. and Westchester Modular Homes Inc., was certified through a rigorous rating process and achieved enough points to meet the threshold required for platinum certification. Vineyard House […]

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2015 Kitchen & Bath Trends

Posted on Nov 12th, 2015 by Westchester | Posted in: What's "IN" In Design

  What happens in the remodeling world is usually a precursor to trends that appear in new construction. Every year the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) releases the results of its annual 60,000 member survey that tracks design trends in kitchen and bathroom remodeling. As an overview kitchen and bath design has definitely trended towards the contemporary. Clean simple lines and glossier and sleek finishes are in. Out of favor in kitchens are rustic, country and Tuscan cabinetry styles with heavy glazing and distressing. In bathrooms people are demanding a spa like atmosphere with cool white and gray color pallets. Multiple storage opportunities are also tending in the cabinetry plus a people are looking towards universal design so that […]

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Bigger is Better VS Less is More

Posted on Nov 4th, 2015 by Westchester | Posted in: Home Trends

Have you ever walked into an average home from 50, 75 or even 100 years ago? What was your first reaction? Was it that the rooms seem really small? Why are the closets tiny? Were the ceilings low? There is a simple reason why your observations are true. Housing at that time for most people was a basic need and what you were able to purchase was purely based on what you could afford on little or no credit. Times have definitely changed, but it seems after years of incredible home starts and the age of McMasions, the concept that big is always better is rapidly becoming passé. This has become an undeniable fact in homebuilding. In recent years, people […]

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Modular Building: Smarter, Greener, Faster

Posted on Oct 28th, 2015 by Westchester | Posted in: Home Trends

Modular Building: Smarter, Greener, Faster   Today’s buyers are looking for energy-efficient, affordable homes. In the age of skyrocketing energy prices, homeowners want to live in houses that conserve energy. In addition to saving money, they’re also doing their part to protect the environment and keep the planet healthy for future generations. On the other side of the equation, today’s builders are looking to reduce their costs as much as possible, particularly while confronting an uncertain economic future. To protect their bottom lines, builders need projects to be wrapped up as quickly as possible. This also allows them to sell more properties over the course of a year. To satisfy all of these needs, many buyers and builders are turning […]

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Why Renovate When You Could Have a Modular Home Rebuild?

Posted on Oct 28th, 2015 by Westchester | Posted in: Home Trends

What do you do when you love your neighborhood but not your home? Should you renovate or rebuild your home? Most people renovate to make their home work for them. However, more people are turning to modular rebuilding as a way to build their perfect home in a neighborhood they love. Many people consider rebuilding a home when a natural disaster has caused extensive damage, while others have ongoing structural issues such as mold or pests and demolish the house when other options fail. Rebuilding your home can also increase your property value, particularly if nearby homes have a higher value. If you’re trying to decide between renovating or rebuilding, this guide will help you determine the best option for […]

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Building in the winter months could save you money!

Posted on Oct 26th, 2015 by Westchester | Posted in: Home Trends

Did you know winter is a great time to build a home? One fact that new home buyers should know is that your building window is much wider when you choose to construct your home via the modular building system. Since modular production facilities run all year around unlike traditional stick building, stick building is much more limited and vulnerable due to the weather. They are only able to build during a small part of that winter season if any.   A fact that is not often shared with people outside the industry is that production for manufacturers sometimes wanes during the winter months, but that is good news for you. During the winter months manufacturers may have promotions that […]

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The Relationship between You, the Modular Manufacturer and the Modular Home Builder

Posted on Oct 14th, 2015 by Westchester | Posted in: Home Trends

As mentioned in the blog “The 9 Best Ways to Choose a Modular Home Manufacturer”, your builder plays a vital role in the home building and purchasing process. To break it down there is three essential components to building a modular home. The manufacturer works together with the modular builder to construct your home but each has very different responsibilities. If your initial contact is with the modular manufacturer they will put you in touch with a builder that is a part of their builder network. If the reverse is true and you contact the builder first, he or she will probably use the manufacturer that they have an established working and business with. In any case the modular builder […]

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