How to Avoid Tragedies: All About Fire Protection


A national fire safety study conducted by the Foremost Insurance Company showed that traditional, site-built homes are more than twice as likely experience a fire than manufactured or modular homes. In this study, the number of homes is 17 per 1,000 site-built homes, while only 8 per 1,000 manufactured or modular homes.


So How Are Manufactured and Modular Homes Constructed While Prioritizing Fire Safety?


Manufactured and modular homes are required to follow construction and safety codes from HUD, including items to help prevent fires in your homes. The HUD standard has been enhanced over the years. Modular construction now requires containing factory installed hard wired (or 10-year battery source), interconnected smoke alarms inside all rooms, as well as devices for hearing and visually impaired people. As a result, according to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), manufactured and modular homes built to the HUD standards have lower risks of death if fire occurs.


Some Safety Tips


Plan, plan, and plan. Prepare a plan with your family, especially the children and the elderly, to get out of your home in case of a fire. Practice the escape plan to ensure your family is aware of what to do.


Keep smoke alarms working. Important note: DO NOT REMOVE OR DISABLE A SMOKE ALARM. This is emphasized because we, Showcase Homes, want to ensure you the best protection. If you do not have smoke alarms near or in every sleeping room, be sure to install new ones with fresh batteries.


Heating and cooking. Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn. Perhaps try finding space heaters that turn off automatically. Also, supervise your children when they cook or stay in the kitchen when they are using the stove. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires in homes in the U.S.


Tips to Get your House Ready for the Fall


We still have a few weeks left of warm weather, but those chilly months are just around the corner. I mean, it’s already mid-August! Cooler temperatures are on their way, and pretty soon falling leaves will serve as a reminder that autumn is approaching. A bit of attention now will save costly repairs and aggravation later, so here are some tips to start prepping now!


Cozy Bedding. The holidays are around the corner, now it’s time to take down those comforters, cotton sheets, and knits out of wherever you store them! When those icy nights come, you’ll have your blankets ready to go. There’s nothing worse than twisting and turning in the freezing cold night, wishing you had your warmest blanket.


Clean Out Your Gutter. This isn’t an enjoyable job, but everyone should do this annually. Inspect your roof for damaged shingles, flashing, or vents. You can also inspect the chimney for missing mortar.


Inspect Doors and Windows. Check weather stripping by opening the door and placing a piece of paper in the entryway; then closing the door. The paper should not be able to slide back and forth so easily; but if it does, you may need to recheck the windows and doors casings.


Stock Up on Firewood. Now is the best time to start your firewood pile! When the winter months roll in, you’ll be glad you stocked up. Perhaps you should invest in a firewood rack, and a carrier to transfer the wood from the outside to the inside.


Inspect the Boiler or Furnace. It’s good to make sure things run smoothly when the weather begins to drop! Change the filters on the furnace regularly, throughout the seasons. It can keep energy costs low and keep things less costly.


Regular Home Safety. For extra measure, replace the batteries in your smoke alarms or carbon monoxide monitors. Review your family escape plan and put together an emergency kit so that you are ready for outages during the cold, winter seasons.




How to Decorate Around the Big Screens


1.      Pallet Accent Wall


Create a pallet accent wall to mount your TV on! With the whole wall covered in wood, it can give you the rustic feel you are looking for!



2.      Use a Wall Unit


Specifically, a wall unit that matches your bookcases or hutches. This is a cohesive look that helps you add that extra storage you might need, as well as places to display your favorite decors or accessories.

3.      Sconce Effect


Going for a stunning wall light that illuminates with accent lighting can be the course of the action! This uses the beautiful light fixtures to frame your TV.


4.      Out of Sight


Having a new sliding barn door entertainment unit incorporates can be a great option that allows you to leave the sliding barn doors open for TV viewing or closing them to have the TV out of sight.



5.      Shelving


If you’re looking on getting into a more minimal approach to decorating the space around your TV, try hanging a shelf above and below the TV. The bottom can act as a cupboard and the top can be used to provide space for little decors such as plants or knick knacks.



To the Millennials Leaving Their Parent’s Homes, Modular Homes Should Be in Your Radar!


Being on Your Own


Today, more young adults are living at home with their parents than any other time in history, according to the Pew Research Center. Since millennials now have a huge consumer influence in various industries, they begin to make up some of the prime consumers of products now that they’re all entering the workforce. However, millennials have notices that rent rates are high. Millennials also share different obstacles in obtaining a home ownership than those who came before them. Many first-time home buyers possess the household income to qualify the home ownership but struggle to save money for a down payment due to lingering debts. There are lower supplies available, affordable houses and a large pool of active buyers is driving up not only the competition, but prices as well. This just isn’t the most practical way of living in their eyes. They are the largest group of home buyers, which mean they consume quite a bit of power in the commercial world; so why not put hard earned into something comforting, and affordable that meets both their wants AND needs in a home?



Small Modular Homes


2,200 sq. ft homes are the size of the average new site-built home. Yet, there is a small but rapidly growing new home buyer demographic that is looking to go smaller. This group is not looking for big homes, they are scouring Google for smaller homes that under 1,000 sq. ft with unique features. Now they are turning to modular homes in increasing numbers.


Benefits of Modular Homes for Millennials


  • Affordable: One of the biggest struggles of being a millennial is being a first-time home buyer. They have had less time to save for major purchases, or even build good credit. With modular homes, millennials will often find them more affordable and cost efficient.
  • Freedom: Whether it was a landlord, residence hall, or living with parents, millennials have been living under someone else’s roof. Being a homeowner means privacy, comfortability, and freedom. Perhaps it’s time for millennials to break free and make the rules in their own homes, instead of following someone else’s!
  • Greener Homes: If you’re a millennial who cares about the environment, modular homes are the right option for you. We can assure that most of our manufactures create less waste, better use of resources, and better use of cost savings when building your modular home; millennial buyers, we are happy to let you know that every home was built by people who care about the planet as much as you do.
  • No Competition: When you are looking for a traditional, site-built home, you must compete with other buyers. Why not skip over the stress by choosing a new modular home? Home buyers can just choose a home suited uniquely for them, free of anyone else buying it before they can!
  • Custom Design: Depending on the model or manufacturer, millennial home buyers can potentially access variety of customization options. Their new home can fit their personal needs, wants, and style if they’d like!
  • Lifetime Investment (It’s A Good Thing!): Mortgage can be anxiety inducing, but it is also be an investment for the future that’s paid every month! Perhaps you don’t have a family yet, you can start planning early by already having a quality home ready for when it’s your time to parent!


Showcase Homes Can Help You


Simply put, Showcase Homes can meet all the items on millennials’ wish lists, while helping them save more money.


Resilient Homes


One of the biggest misconceptions about modular homes is that they fall apart easily. Newer modular homes are built as strong as or even stronger than traditional site-built homes. The house design for modular homes are individually made to meet the local code requirements to adapt to the natural terrain and utilizing foundation options that are available.



With occasional severe weather events or unexpected accidents, it makes sense to make sure your home is prepared for the worst. Resilient modular homes possess several qualities that make them resilient to disasters or harsh weather. They’re built structurally symmetrical, made with durable materials, lightweight, and able to withstand strong winds or vibrations of Earth.



Depending on the location as well as the condition of the soil, various approaches are employed to stabilize the home foundations.

Rain Gutters for Your Modular Home


What Do They Do?


Most people would think that the purpose of rain gutters it to protect the side of their home, but actually it’s to protect the home’s foundation by channeling the water away from the foundation. If it was otherwise, the water that’s running off the roof will dig a ditch within the sides of the foundation, and as more water soaks through the ground, water could potentially work through the foundation. If you choose not to install rain gutters, excavators will take extra care, so all sides slope away from your home; however, this isn’t as effective as installing rain gutters.


The gutters are also helpful for protecting the exterior of your modular home, especially from back splash stain and rot. They also help shield your landscaping as well as reduce erosion. Gutters can protect windows and doors from water infiltration. Gutters are especially helpful for preventing leaks around thresholds of exterior doors. Without the gutters, the doors on the exterior will be pounded with the pouring rain during heavy storms.



Homes without gutters are much more likely to have a leaky exterior door or a damp (or flooded) basement. Perhaps even both!




Gutters can come in 4 materials.


  • Vinyl: Vinyl gutters are lightweight and easiest to install; you can even do it by yourself! They’re also the least expensive. They won’t chip, dent, or corrode; but they can potentially become very brittle in extreme cold.


  • Steel: Steel gutters are the sturdiest, which means they can support ladders and falling branches without damage. However, they require the most maintenance and can rust if the water does not drain properly.


  • Aluminum: Aluminum gutters are the most popular because they don’t rust. They can dent and bend from too much weight, very powerful winds, or falling debris.


  • Copper: Copper gutters are very attractive, durable, never rust, and never needs painting. They have a 75+ year life-time and will oxidize to a pretty green color. However, they are the most expensive, and are a target among thieves.


You should regularly examine whether the gutters are fully attached to your house, as they can pull away from the roof due to the weight of snow, ice, branches, and small animals.



Customizable Floor Plans and Its Affordability


Traditional Homes That Are Custom Built Are Expensive


A custom-built home is best known for its shocking price tag associated with it. Factoring in design professionals, architects, and cost of each square foot; you’re looking at a price ranging high! However, this is JUST for designing the home, keep in mind you have to set aside extra money for landscaping, decorating, and furnishing your home to your tastes and lifestyles.


Variety of Floor Plan Options


Custom-built homes are PERFECT for anybody because they’re designed to fit each and everyone’s individual lifestyle. You get exactly what you desire when you can design everything on your own. Thanks to a variety of floorplans for modular homes, they are essentially customizable. We have floorplan options allow customizability for all types of family.





Determining your Budget with Modular Homes


If you are considering on building or buying a new modular home, and want to determine your modular home budget, perhaps start by shopping for financing and a lot to build on.


Shopping for Finance


When you are speaking to your mortgage lender to determine how much you can borrow, you should avoid common mistakes: eyeing on a more expensive home than a lender will provide or purchasing less home than you can afford. You should always ask how much will be lent, how much are the fees, how much are the other expenses, and how much you will need to invest for down payment.


Building Lot


Look to your local real estate and real estate advertisements and call a few realtors to find out what the building lot costs will typically cost in the communities you’re considering. Once you know how much money you will have lent and how much the land will cost, you can figure out your budget. Subtract the price of land with the amount of money you can spend, which is your loan amount plus your deposit less lender costs. Use the price as the maximum you can afford for building your new home.


However, you could potentially start with a price from us, Showcase Homes, since we can tell you how much money you have left to spend on land or how much money you should borrow. Regard

How Long Does It Take to Build a Modular Home?


One way our manufacturers build efficiently, is because most of their materials are cut and measured for the building process. Appliances, cabinetry, and many more are constructed by trained craftsmen and are ready to be properly installed within your home.


Why Does Construction Time Vary?


As you may have already seen, we offer a wide variety of homes here at Showcase Homes, from a wide variety of manufacturers. When a home has more rooms, sections, or customization options, it usually takes more time to build. The simpler and smaller home designs are faster to build, because they have less variance in the building process.


The trained team members working on the home will check that it your future home meets all expectations and building requirements before moving to the next step in the building process.


How Long Until You Can Receive Your New Home?


One of the most common question we get is, “How long will it take till I receive my new modular home?” Well, this actually varies on the amount of home orders and customizations our manufacturers receive. Each manufacturer has a different backlog, which refers to the build up of home orders, and the amount of homes in the backlog also varies seasonally! However, if you buy a modular home that’s already built and move-in ready on our Showcase Homes lot, then it takes a lot less time to get your home.


The Advantages of Building Your New Home Within the Facility of Our Manufacturers.


  • Minimize material waste
  • Protect your home from inclement weather
  • Maximizing building efficiency while minimizing your wait time
  • Periodic inspections of your home through the building process

How to Spice Up Your Outdoor Living Space


In the summer, more people are drawn to spending more time outside in their backyard! However, how can you enjoy the outdoors without having the space as comfortable as you’d like? Find out how you can spice up your backyard here:


Hang unique sconces. Add some unique accents overhead and extend your outdoor space hours by hanging sconces above your backyard dining table! Using sconces of different shapes hung at varying levels can provide a fun focal point for your outdoor living!


Covering up the ground. Adding grass or mulch to your ground covering for the backyard can be cozy, but it’d be cozier if you covered that with a nice rug. Adding outdoor rugs or even a deck can give your backyard a more inviting, comfortable backyard space.


Multi-leveled backyard. A leveled outdoor space provides the options for creating separate areas to relax, entertain, dine, or cook. Metal steps that connect to each level can give the space a naturally elegant vibe.


Pop of color in chairs. Your outdoor chairs can provide a small but bold change in your backyard. Having a wide assortment of different chairs in different colors can add flare and spice to your outdoor living space.


Fireplace as a focal point. A large fireplace offers a beautiful focal point. With a variety of seating options, dining table, chairs, and stools can make this the perfect spot to entertain by cozying up next to the fireplace.