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Modular homes are becoming more popular each year. A search on modular homes in a popular Internet search engine can turn up over 3 million references. This past year, Country Home magazine chose a modular home as its House of the Year 2005. For 2006, a modular home was yet again the House of the Year! So, what is all the excitement about? What is a modular home and how is it different from a traditional home? What are the advantages of having a modular home?

Building a Modular Home

Modular home building is not a new idea, but it is an idea whose time has come. Modular homes are built in much the same way as a traditional home. You pick out the site where you will build your home. The foundation is poured and prepared. Yet, instead of building the rest of the home there on the site, the modular home will be built in a climate-controlled environment and then brought to your site in a ready form.

Traditional Site-built Homes

When you build a traditional site-built home, you must accommodate for weather delays. In the warm weather months, you can be delayed by rain or even by extreme heat. In the cold weather months, you can be delayed by rain, snow, ice, or extreme cold. This can delay the completion of your home by weeks or even months. Limited daylight hours can also be a delay.

This is not a problem when building a modular home. Your home can be completed in 30-90 days compared to 6 or 9 months with a traditionally built home. In the climate-controlled environment, your modular home will be built from the ground up, just as craftsmen have been building homes for centuries, but with fewer delays.

Modular Building Materials

The materials that are used to build your modular home are the same as for a traditionally built home. Modular homes are built to the same building code standards, which means you will get the same quality and durability in your modular home. Yet, when modular home builders buy these materials, they buy them in bulk, which means lower costs and savings for you. Labor costs are less since the homes are built with assembly-line technology, meaning the builders work at maximum efficiency. This is also a savings for you.

Are all Modular Homes the Same?

Does building a modular home mean that your home will be a “cookie cutter” design and look like every other home in the neighborhood? Not at all. Modular homes are available in numerous designs, styles, and square footage. You can even bring your own plans to your builder and have him customize your modular home to your design. Modular homes can be built from the simple all the way to the most luxurious homes. The possibilities are unlimited.

So, when you add in the savings on time, labor, and cost with the exceptional quality and customization of a modular home, you can see that there is a lot to be excited about!

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