Modern Modular Homes- Efficiency, Quality and ComfortApril 3rd 2009
When referring to Modular Homes, many people still refer to the conventional "trailer" or mobile home. In fact that couldn't be further from the truth. Today there is very little difference in both the look and livability of a Modular home in comparison to a "built on site" type of home.
With the building technology available today, you can build most any style of home from a ranch style to a Basement Model truss floor design. Modular homes are built to the highest standards of energy efficient living and can include high efficiency furnaces and heat pumps to reduce your carbon footprint on the environment and your utility bills.
Now developments such as Sunset Ridge, in Kamloops B.C. are starting to become very common, where a solid community is created with home & land packages. Low maintenance living with quality built interiors, siding, landscaping, underground sprinklers & stone accents! So how are Modular Homes built?
Modular homes actually begin as components; designed, engineered and assembled in the controlled environment of a modern factory, sometimes hundreds of miles away from their final destination. It is when these components come together on your building site and the final finish is completed by companies such as EAGLE HOMES, the largest modular home provider in British Columbia, that the components become a home for you and your family.
How long does it take to build a modular home? Speed and consistent quality are two of the many advantages for choosing modular components for your new home. On average, a home consisting of two modules will be factory produced in six weeks. The home must then be transported to the building site and placed on its foundation. Final completion is handled by a modular home specialized installation team. Normally the home is completed in two or three weeks.
Efficiency begins with every Modular Home factory assembly line techniques. Your home travels to workstations, with all the building trades represented. Work is never delayed by weather, subcontractor no-shows or missing material. Quality engineering and modular construction techniques significantly increase the energy efficiency of your modular home. A quality control process provides 100% assurance that your home has been inspected for code compliance and workmanship by in-plant inspectors
There is no distinction between modular and site built homes as far as appraisal or financing. Banks and lending institutions treat both types of construction the same. Likewise, there is no difference in insuring a modular property.
Contact the Manufactured Housing Association of B.C for more information.