Construction Risks of a Traditional, Site-Built Home

 

If you want to build your own home, you’re probably trying to figure out which construction process would be better; modular home construction or site-built construction? It’s even harder knowing that modular home construction look exactly like traditional, site-built homes. Both can have any of the structural features you want, and they both come in various different home styles. However, aside from the cosmetics of the home, modular home construction is more quicker, safer, and forgiving than traditional site-built homes. Now these days, there are better and more effective ways to build a home, and it’s the modular construction way.

 

 

What Exactly are Site-Built Construction?

 

This construction method means that your home is assembled on site where it will permanently stand until it is finished. All the materials that are used to build the home are transported to the site for the assembly, which takes several months (even longer than modular and manufactured homes). During the construction process, because it is built on the site, the materials may be stored on the site and exposed to weather until the walls, windows, or doors are placed. With site-built homes, they are subjected to state and local building codes to make sure the homeowners stay safe.

 

How Risky is Site-Built Construction?

 

The traditional approach to building a home isn’t the best way to manage risk when it comes to custom homes. In fact, subcontractors are suffering from an extreme lack of skilled labor, and it won’t be changing anytime soon. Also, because the homes are built on the permanent site rather than an off-site location (like modular and manufactured homes), the unpredictability of weather is another risk factor during the construction process.

 

Modular homes are able to provide home buyers with well-built, high quality homes. Not only is the construction process much safer, but you get more with modular. When utilizing the efficiency of an indoor factory construction, energy efficiency and design flexibility is ensured! Modular is the better choice, and the old way of site-built construction just isn’t the most efficient way anymore! If you’re interested in either a modular or manufactured home, be sure to contact us!: Call us at (518) 580-1305, visit our Facebook, or send us your questions here!

The Increase in Need of Quality, Affordable Homes

In today’s world, manufactured homes now deliver outstanding quality homes with affordable prices, that can potentially be about 50% less per square foot than traditional site-built homes.These days, manufactured homes are primed for more growth to face the high prices of locally built, site-built home. This makes the manufactured homes more appealing option, especially since they’re much fancier now! Manufactured homes are customizable, and be upgraded.

 

 

The affordability around manufactured homes are because the indoor factory building process is extremely efficient. The manufactured homes are built to standard building code (the HUD code), with standard building materials, and are built mostly inside an indoor environment. The controlled environment removes any problems encountered with a traditional, site built home construction; which can include weather, theft, damage to material, and unskilled labor. The HUD code help regulates home design, construction, strength, durability, and energy efficiency.

 

 

The building materials for manufactured homes are the same as the materials used for traditional, site-built homes; which are engineered for wind safety and energy efficiency. According to the Department of Energy, the measures taken in an energy efficient manufactured homes are:

 

  • Adding insulation within your walls
  • Installing energy efficient windows and doors
  • General repairs such as caulking or ducts
  • Installing insulated skirting
  • Adding insulation to the belly
  • Adding insulation to your roof, or installing a roof cap

 

Manufactured homes are one of the safest housing choices that are available today.

 

 

The manufactured home business is growing, but houses aren’t getting cheaper; so why not look into buying an affordable, greener, manufactured homes?

4 Tips for Decorating for the Season

Decorating for all 4 seasons is a trend that is popular around the world! It’s very fashionable to make changes to your interior designs based on the upcoming holidays or seasons. These decors come in a variety, so there are MILLIONS of fun, yet simple ideas you could use in your home per each season. Here are some tips for decorating for the season:

 

Adding Some Color

Most of the homes have neutral rooms built, which consists of natural whites and browns all around the home. You can shake things up by painting an accent wall a bold color! Experiment with wallpaper if you want a new, bold look without the permanence of paint. To emphasize even more, be sure to use a seasonal color!

 

Holiday Parties

What makes a good party unforgettable? The difference in the details. Transform your home space into an area that your guests will rave about for months, maybe even years! Your times with your family and friends are special, especially during the holidays. Take the unnecessary stress of decorating a new space decorating with things you can use in multiple seasons!

 

Mantel As a Focal Point

 

The fireplace mantel is the perfect place to display unique decors, family pictures, and seasonal lights. Arrange your decorations neatly along the mantel. Some ideas can include: pine cones, pumpkins, candles, ribbons, flowers, and so on.

 

Adding Some Flowers

 

Plant some beautiful flowers and put them in your vases. If you are not interested in real flowers, perhaps artificial ones are more useful. There are MANY artificial flowers that look realistic, so if you come them in a clear glass or vase, you can decorate around them with other decors (ribbons, books, etc.) You can also put pots of colorful flowers in the front or back porch to give your guests a good first impression.

 

 

Avoiding Disasters this Thanksgiving Dinner

 

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to meet up with family and friends for a grand feast during the colder days, maybe even catch up with football! With Thanksgiving dinner being the focal point of the holiday, the kitchen can be the most perilous rooms in the home if sound practices in cooking are not observed. According the National Fire Protection Agency, Thanksgiving is the peak day of the year for fires; so we want to help you ensure that you have a plan for safely celebrating your holiday!

 

The Basics

 

  • Keep close watch on your cooking.
  • Turkey cooked in a deep fryer can potentially be more dangerous and require extra care. The NFPA provides the following precautions:
    • Turkey fryers should be used outdoors and away from buildings or flammable materials.
    • Do not use a turkey fryer in the garage, porch, or wooden deck.
    • Never leave the fryer unattended.
    • Place fryer on a flat surface.
    • Do not let children or pets near the fryer.
  • Be careful with the cords of the electric appliances.
  • Unplug appliances that are not in use.

 

Cooking Safety

 

Buying your turkey. Avoid fresh, stuffed turkeys if you can. Perhaps you should try to buy a turkey that is a couple days before cooking it. Make sure you store it properly in the fridge or freezer.

 

Defrosting your turkey. If you thaw your turkey in the fridge, you will need a day for every 4 to 5 pounds of turkey. If you want to de-thaw your turkey under water, just remember that water is cold, and expect each 1lb to take about a half an hour. Use a microwave safe pan and remove any additional packaging if you wish to de-thaw your turkey in a microwave.

 

Be careful of carving. You should wait 20 minutes to let the juices of the turkey settle before carving a turkey. No one likes waiting but it’s better than an upset stomach.

 

Avoiding choking hazards. Make sure you keep choking hazards away from your kids and pets. Be especially careful with turkey bones.

 

Champion Homes, Impressions A96278

Charming, adorable family home with breathtaking natural light. If you’ve been searching high and low for a perfect home that blends homey charm with a modern flair, look no further! Impressions A96278 is a 1,653 square feet home that includes 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms; as well as a luxurious master bathroom, spacious kitchen, a cleverly concealed laundry room, and an open living and dining area. Some options can also include an entertainment center with barn doors, furnace and water heater in the utility room, and sliding glass doors! The generously proportioned interior flows effortlessly through the open living space, this home provides all the elements for relaxing, comfortable and easy care living.

 

 

Champion Home’s environmentally conscious design maximizes efficiency in this modern family home and provides plenty of space for entertaining. This is the perfect home for a family of 4!

 

If this floor plan is perfect for you and your family but needs a bit of tweaking, we can help you with that here at Showcase Homes! For any questions or requests, please call us at (518) 580-1305.

 

Champion Homes, Essentials A25002: Cozy Home for a Growing Family

It won’t be easy to click off the relaxation mode in this spacious, contemporary, 1,333 square foot family-home. The floor plan encompasses three spacious bedrooms with plenty of room for study, sleep and storage; as well as a utility room to set up your laundry machines! From the open concept living and dining room, to the quait kitchen and the modern bathrooms, there is plenty of room for the whole family to enjoy. A home that can be situated to your liking, this home is sure to be likeable.

 

 

As all homes we offer, this modular home is completely customizeable! We’ll help in any way we can to make sure you find a home that is truly a dream abode for a growing family. For any questions or requests, please call us at (518) 580-1305.

 

 

 

Managing the Modular Home Process

 

Modular technology has enabled modular designers to create any styled house of your liking. Due to the progress of modern technology and the increasing popularity of modular homes, traditional, site-built construction became more and more inefficient, since it would require the mobilization of tools, materials, or equipment. However, modular construction takes the process of traditional home building and converts it to a manufacturing process; which basically helps reduce costs and increase efficiency. The modular home construction delivers higher quality products than a traditional built home, because it is built in a controlled factory environment.

 

Built Faster

 

Waiting for a home can prevent several complications with traditional built homes. Costs on materials can fluctuate, there may be overruns, and weather can create an obstacle for building a home. With modular home construction, delays and cost overruns are not a common issue. Although modular home manufacturers do have backlogs that vary between seasons, you will still be able to know when your home can ship and order.

 

Eco-Friendly

 

Showcase Homes offers manufactures that use manufacturing techniques are more environmentally conscious than traditional, site-built homes. Modular construction helps eliminate many variables by bringing the construction process into a controlled environment. Thus, allows to store materials inside out of the weather, reducing moisture content in lumber and other building materials. The modular construction process also produces less waste, reduces labor costs, and conserves energy much more than site-built homes.

 

 

 

Times are Changing: Modular Home Pricing

 

When a prospective customer is interested in a modular home, their first inquiry is about modular home prices. Modular home prices vary widely. However, standard modular homes usually cost around $90 to $150 per square feet. Any dollar amounts we give are estimates or base prices of the modular homes; your actual costs can and will be different depending on the customization options you want in your home and what type of home you’ll be building.

 

Base Price

 

The base price only includes the cost of manufacturing the modules for the floorplan you have chosen. None of the customizations are within this home price. The cost of a modular house depends mostly on its size as well. The bigger the design, the bigger the price will be. It’s best to compare floorplans to make sure they suit your needs as well as your land, and the design only has areas that you will use. Avoid buying a bigger space you won’t use to save money on square footage.

 

Custom Price

 

When you finally find the most appropriate home plan for you, it’s time to think about whether you’d like to have any finishes, upgrades, or customization options included in your home. All the upgradable, customizable options are added to your custom price. The more custom changes you make to the original floorplan, the higher the price will be to cover the extra labor or materials needed. You can discuss customization options with us, so you know how these options can impact your modular home construction price. It’s also important to note that the home style you choose can impact the price in the end as well. A bigger foundation carries a bigger price, so if you do want a large home, thinking vertically can save you money!

 

Energy Efficiency

 

Not all modular homes are built with energy efficiency in mind, but MANY are. This affects the price, due to the lower utility costs in the long-run. However, you potentially need to spend more money upfront on additional insulation, energy efficient appliances, etc. This can be a wise investment that could help you save money for a lifetime.

Champion Homes, Essentials A26804: The Bright, Luxurious Family Home

 

Elegant 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home modeled to perfection! This custom home offers unparalleled craftsmanship and exceptional amenities! Here are just a few of its wonderful features: spacious walk-in closet, contemporary styled bathroom, 1813 square feet of spacious elegance, cozy fireplace, and a modern kitchen. To top it off, your home is completely customizable; so, if you don’t like some of the features within the home, you can change it to your liking.

 

 

Beautiful, spacious floors and plenty of natural night flow throughout the home’s open, airy layout. Other special highlights include: beautiful hardwood flooring for the kitchen and entryway, fashionable lighting and ceiling fans, lots of storage space, and room for washer and dryer. Enjoy gatherings within the open-spaced dining and living room, graced with a fireplace and huge windows to let in all the natural light. The master bedroom includes it’s own luxurious bathroom with an indoor closet, including the shelving system and room to store your belongings.

 

Living is easy in this impressive, generously spacious residence. Perfect for anyone, especially a family. This truly resort style living can be yours! For any questions or requests, please call us at (518) 580-1305.

 

 

Times are Changing: Modular Home Planning

 

So, what makes a perfect modular home plan?

 

If you know what you’re looking for, all you must do is find the home right for you. One of the first concerns that every new homebuyer asks when looking for their perfect home is, “Is my home big enough?” Or perhaps “Does it have everything I need?” Or maybe, “Is this the right place to put my home?” Since everyone has different needs, only they can answer these questions. Think about what is most important to you. A covered porch? Extra storage space? Whatever it may be, think about how you, your family, and friends may feel in your new home.

 

Custom home planning

 

When you are planning your custom home, try not to focus on the size of the home yet; instead, you should focus on the details of your home in the reflection of your needs. Modular home construction to customize your home, since it takes less time to build it and are greener than traditional built home. Modular home construction can produce a home to your exact specifications, as well as ensure that it is inspected thoroughly. If you any questions, be sure to contact us for assistance in helping you create your custom home!

 

Coming with a plan

 

If you’re coming with a floor plan ready, whether you already had collected plans from different sources or drew it by hand, we can start from what you have and add on. If it’s a modular home plan, we can quote it after adding in the requested changes. Even if it’s originally a site-built home floorplan, we can also possibly turn it into a modular home design. Here at Showcase Homes, have amazed and even surprised our customers with our ability to provide a customized modular home they have always wanted. Who knows, maybe this could be you next!

 

Starting from scratch

 

If you’re starting from scratch, that’s alright! It means you get to start with a little help from us and our modular home design expertise. We can help you incorporate everything you and your family needs in your new home, just you name it! When you feel like you finally found the house of you dreams with our help, we can help you feel at ease with the rest of the home buying process!