Modular housing is the WAY OF THE FUTURE!
The Advantages of Modular Construction:
Consistency in Quality
Thorne's Homes utilizes modular building system technology in constructing your home. Each home is designed and built in a climate controlled environment to your specifications. The modular part of your project is not controlled by the weather and that means materials that go into your home are never exposed to harmful weather. Because modular homes are built in factories, manufacturers are able to utilize tools unavailable to the site builder such as custom manufactured jigs which
ensure that all walls, floors and ceilings are square and plumb. In addition, interior walls are lag-bolted to the exterior walls and bracing and insulation
are installed on all electrical outlet boxes, and straps then brace the wall to the floor. After construction in the factory, the modules are loaded for transport. To handle the shipping process, each modular home is constructed with roughly twenty to thirty percent more material than a traditional stick-built home (for example, drywall is typically glued with a special adhesive and then screwed to the framing). This greatly increases the structural strength of the home as noted in a recent FEMA study on 1992's Hurricane Andrew. The study concluded, "the module-to-module combination of units appears to have provided an inherently more rigid system that performed much better than conventional residential framing." Building Performance: Hurricane Andrew in Florida, FIA-22, Item 3-0180.
Speed of Construction
Because modular homes are built in about one-third the time of typical on-site constructed homes, and are delivered to your site over 85% complete. Delays in construction due to weather, contractors not showing up, or missing materials are eliminated. With proper planning and coordination you can be living in your new home in a matter of weeks. Although speed of construction is realized through a modular building system approach, we never sacrifice the quality of materials and attention to detail. Below is a modular construction timeline.
Thorne's Homes offers a wide variety of home styles and plans to chose from. Our wide variety of floor plans and options allow you the flexibility to customize your
home to meet your distinct personal tastes. If you don't see a plan that meets your needs, we have the flexibility to revise an existing plan, or work closely with you on creating your own personal plan. As long as you stay within your state building codes, you can modify or upgrade the standard construction specifications, design your own floor plans and elevations, pick the style of windows or siding, along with the style and layouts of your cabinetry, choose colors of vinyl, carpet, countertops and bath fixtures. The possibilities are endless. Whatever your preferences, Thorne's Homes provides the flexibility to meet them.
Because our homes are constructed faster, and are built in a controlled environment, utilizing modular building systems technology, we are ultimately able to pass along a cost savings to you. We feel confident that our large selection of floor plans, styles and options will allow you to find a home that fits your budget. Going modular offers several cost savings opportunities for the customer. One of the benefits is the reduction of cost overruns. This term is used often from the consumer of a conventional built home. However, cost overruns are typically not heard of in our type of industry. As mentioned above, climate controlled factories ensure there are no weather related delays. In addition, there are no cost overruns from "no-show subs" (as may often be the case with site built homes). Another cost advantage is due to the volume of homes a typical manufacturer builds in a year. Additional savings occur through volume purchasing of the materials that are purchased from the suppliers to build your home. Although we have already touched on speed being a benefit, cost reduction also occurs from that benefit as well. Because of the reduced construction time there is reduced interest on your construction financing, which means you pay less on your loans. Our homes qualify for all conventional mortgage programs, and our homes meet the same mortgage rules and regulations that site-built homes do. Generally you can save $15 to $25 per square foot as compared to total site built constructed to our specifications.
Quality engineering and the most up to date building systems technology and quality materials, drastically increases the energy efficiency of your home. We carry a high level of standards when it comes to insulating and sealing your home against the elements, which means you will save money on utility bills into the future.. This ensures it will be economical to own and comfortable to live in regardless of the weather. Modular homes also have much less air infiltration, which
is one of the largest causes of heat loss in a home. The fact that these types of homes are constructed in a factory allows the manufacturer to place more sealants,
such as caulking and spray foam insulation in problem areas that site builders have no access to. For example, a manufacturer is able to create a better seal around electrical outlets and fixtures because they can access the walls behind, above and underneath these areas.Multiple Inspections
Modular homes are built to the same building codes used by conventional site-builders. Before a modular home manufacturer begins construction, all building plans are reviewed, engineered, and approved specific to the state where the manufacturer intends to sell homes, in this case Indiana. The homes must be designed and built to state code where the home will be shipped for its final location. The manufacturers contract with state approved review agencies which conduct plan review on behalf of the state. The modular manufacturer also has an inspection agency that is licensed by the states to perform the in-plant inspection while the home is in production. When the housing sections or modules are complete, the inspector places a label on the home certifying that the home has been manufactured in compliance with the approved plans and the building code. This results in fewer mistakes and lower costs. Once the home is completed on site, more inspections are completed. At Thorne's Homes we meet with each of these inspector personally, whether it be a septic, foundation, electrical, or a structural inspector.
Modular home construction is more environmentally friendly than your typical site-built home. Engineered construction materials are utilized, and effective in-plant recycling is in place at most modular home manufacturing facilities. This means that all the excess materials are able to be recycled.
According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center, the "typical" waste for a new 2,000 square foot site built home is eight
thousand (8,000) pounds or fifty (50) cubic yards. Consequently, while waste from a site built home typically goes in a landfill, waste from a modular home is recycled.