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!

 

Material

 

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.

 

Window Ideas for your New Modular or Manufactured Home

 

Whether you’re building your home from scratch, choosing a pre-made floorplan, or moving into a move-in ready home, windows will be an important aspect in your design. For windows, home builders across the country use materials such as vinyl, wood, and fiberglass. Windows provide more than just the basic functions, such as providing a view and letting the light in.

 

What are your needs?

 

There are many different types of windows. The windows you choose for your manufactured or modular home can help define the style of your house; whether it’s traditional, modern, or other. You can customize any window to suit your tastes and needs here at Showcase Homes.

 

Types of Windows

 

Double-Hung Windows. This window has two sashes that slide up and down, vertically, within a frame. A sash is a frame that holds the glass.  These types of windows have been here since the Medieval times and are the most common types of window in America.

 

Single-Hung Windows. With a single-hung window, only the bottom part of the window operates while the top part remains still. Due to the fact that only one part of the window operates, single hung windows cost less to buy usually.

 

Casement Windows. These windows are hinged and operate by turning a crank in an operating mechanism. These types of windows are most common in newer homes. Casement windows are easier to operate because of their slide rail mechanism, which carries the weight of the window.

 

Awning Windows. Awning windows are hinged at the top, and open outward to let in air from the left, right, or the bottom of the window. These can also be installed alongside a stationary or an operating window.

 

Picture Windows. Picture windows are fixed and do not allow airflow to pass through, because they do not open. They are usually installed high on walls or hallways and lets in the maximum amount of light and views from the outdoors.

 

Bay Windows. Bay windows create angels and projections on the exterior of your home, by allowing light to enter through different angles. They can be opened to create airflow with their lateral panels.

 

Transom Windows. Transom windows are narrow windows that operates to let in air, but it can also be stationary and mounted right above a door or a window.

 

How to Reduce Humidity in Your Home

 

Certain features in your home and appliances can help the process of excess humidity. A home needs some moisture in the air for comfort and health, but if it’s too high, it can be trouble. Your hands get clammy and the smell of mildew is in the air. How should you reduce indoor humidity quickly?

 

How to tell if your home is too humid

 

It might be blatantly obvious that your home has too much moisture. It may feel like you’re entering a sauna when you walk into your home. Less obvious signs could be water stains on walls and ceilings, mold inside the bathrooms, or condensation on windows. High levels of humidity can potentially have negative effects on your health, sleep, and home.

 

How to reduce indoor humidity.

 

Dehumidifier. The best way to reducing humidity indoors is a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier can help lower the moisture in the living space by drawing water out of the air. You can usually find portable dehumidifiers in any department or hardware store. For permanent residence, an HVAC specialist can be contacted about installing your appliance. If you do not own a dehumidifier, there are a few hacks you can use to dehumidify your home without one! These methods are fairly easy and uses equipment you would already have at home.

 

Ventilate your room. Keeping your home ventilated, especially in areas that create more moisture (such as a bathroom or kitchen). Open the windows and doors as much as possible and keep vents or fans on to ensure ventilation.

 

Cat litter. Spreading cat litter on to a shallow baking pan, and then placing it in a secluded area of a room can lower the humidity. The cat litter will draw moisture from the room.

 

Air conditioning. Turning on the air condition not only cools a room, but It can help reduce humidity especially during humid weather. Cleaning your AC filters units regularly can help ensure dehumidifying. If AC filters are clogged, they can slow down air flow and won’t be as efficient in reducing humidity.

Fun Activities for the Fourth of July

Whether you’re attending a neighborhood block party or having a small gathering at your abode with your close friends and family, these ideas are guaranteed to make you holiday fun!

 

Go for a bike ride. Have an active day on your day off and grab some friends or family for a group bike ride before the party begins!

 

Have a pool competition. Set up a game between family and friends with swim races and games, such as a cannonball contest or Marco Polo!

 

Celebrate on the beach. If you live near enough to a beach, pack up and plan a fun day out in the sun! More than likely, there will be fireworks if you stay until the evening.

 

Making homemade ice-cream. Have your family meet you in the back porch for some scrumptious homemade ice cream!

 

Find a firework show. Watch the sky light up with your family and friends by attending a local firework show!

 

Reducing your Environmental Footprint for this Summer!

In the summer, people usually assume they use less energy and have less of an environmental impact; and although this could be true, many activities in the summer can also have negative effects on the environment. In other words, turning the thermostat down and keeping your house cooler may bring you joy, but it doesn’t help the environment nor your wallet.

How should you change this? Well, there are a few ways to reduce carbon footprint!

Ride a bike or walk. The weather is gorgeous during the summer, and it can give you the opportunity to walk any place that you’d like! Walking everywhere can be unlikely, but if you’re headed just down the street or visiting a family that’s few blocks over, traveling by walking or riding your bike will be a more affordable and green way.

Closing your shades. One of the easiest and most affordable ways to keep the temperature down in your home over the summer. By closing your curtains, shades, or blinds, you can block out large amounts of light and heat from your home! Keeping the heat out of your house can help you save money on air conditions, as well as take less energy to cool down the home.

Using less hot water. It’s the summer and it’s extremely hot, so why use hot water? It takes a lot of energy to heat up your water, so reducing the amount of heated water can lessen the energy bill and help the environment!