What do you picture when you hear the words “modular construction?” Sometimes this term is associated with standard box homes that seem to all look alike.
Well, the first thing you might not realize is this is no longer the case. Today, a modular home can deliver everything a traditional stick-built or site-built home offers. Modular homes are built to an extremely high standard, completely customizable and well-appointed with many upgraded finishes and features.
Our factory building partner, Westchester Modular Homes, has been in business for more than 31 years and has become an industry leader in modular home design, customization, craftsmanship and energy efficiency. As an independent, authorized Westchester Modular Builder, we can offer a unique custom modular solution.
Now that you know a little bit about Westchester, let us share a few things you might not know about modular construction.
#1: You can design your own floor plan
Do you want an open-concept kitchen, living and dining room area? Maybe you need a first floor master suite or you’re just trying to make the best use out of limited square footage. Whatever your needs are our design team can take your concept and turn it into reality, using the latest drafting software. Our drafters produce full color, life-like renderings and give you a virtual tour complete with paint colors, flooring, appliances, cabinetry and furniture so you can really visualize what your new home will look like.
#2: You can have all of the upgrades you would find in a site-built home
With the ability to customize any design, you can incorporate upgrades to fit your taste and budget. Take your home to the next level with popular upgrades like a gas fireplace, hardwood, stonework, custom interior trim or upgraded cabinets. Add a bay box to your kitchen to for some extra square footage and dress up your home’s curb appeal with attractive window shutters and grilles. There are so many options.
#3: Typically, you’re looking at a faster construction timeline
Modular construction is inherently faster than site-built. In just a few days, within a controlled factory environment, your home is 80 percent complete. The typical timeline for a move-in ready modular home is 16-31 weeks. In either case you will still need to locate and purchase land, perform a site check, site prep and complete the foundation, which can take between six and nine weeks.
#4: They’re built super weather tight and structurally sound
Just because the modular process is fast tracked, it does not mean lower quality. In fact, studies by the Federal Emergency Management Agency have found modular homes to be safer than site-built, based on assessments in storm impacted areas. This comes down to the manufacturing process behind a modular home. The controlled factory environment allows for accuracy and precision in every step of assembly. Modular homes also have to withstand many miles highway travel before they arrive at their final destination, therefore the home must be built to the highest standards of durability.
#5: There’s less of an environmental impact
Since modular homes are built mainly in the factory, there is less travel to and from a construction site and far less construction site waste. Westchester Modular’s is also the first on the East Coast to be a certified Energy Star building partner. To earn this rating, Westchester has made energy strides in all aspects of the home building process, from more effective insulation to high-performance windows, efficient heating and cooling equipment and the use of Energy Star rated lighting fixtures, ventilation fans, appliances and more.