But if you’ve not yet considered a modular home, you’re not alone.
Of the nearly 140 million housing units in the United States, just 22 million people live in manufactured houses. A remarkable 90% of those folks report feeling satisfied with their prefabricated home; tiny houses continue to rise in popularity, while manufactured log homes have been on the market since 1978. It’s clear that the overarching concept of a modular home is neither new nor unfavorable.
So why aren’t more homebuyers taking a closer look at modular homes?
What Is A Modular Home?
The key is in the name: “module.”
A modular home is a house that is built, section-by-section, in a factory setting. These are massive, climate-controlled facilities that assemble homes according to the International Residential Code (IRC), which requires compliance with all state and local building regulations.
IRC is similar to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in that both put forth standards for quality and safety. When it comes to manufactured homes, HUD requires each home to have an attached steel chassis to help with transport, whereas homes constructed to IRC specifications are set on a permanent foundation — just like a site-built home.
When a modular home has been fully fabricated, the sections are then transported to the building site (usually via semi-truck) and, with the use of cranes, are assembled on a poured foundation.
Once assembled, the construction process of a modular home is just like that of a conventional build: It’ll be hooked up to utilities, and the interior will be fitted with appliances, cabinetry, flooring — all the bells and whistles.
What Are The Advantages Of Building (Or Buying) A Modular Home?
Aside from the made-for-you adaptability of the modular home construction process, there are several additional perks to taking this increasingly popular route to homeownership.
Modular Homes are Completed Faster
Because these houses are fabricated indoors, there are no construction delays due to adverse weather conditions. This allows modular homes to be built year-round, finishing major components in weeks rather than months.
Modular Homes Are High-Quality
Thanks again to the indoor construction, modular homes demonstrate an exceptional level of quality and consistency. Whereas a site-built home is exposed to the elements and thus subject to rain, wind, and temperature changes during the construction process, a modular home is fabricated in a climate-controlled setting that ensures straight walls and corners that meet perfectly every time.
Plus, modular home sections have to be transported to the site, meaning they must be resilient enough to withstand handling.
Modular Homes Can Offer More Bang For Your Buck
By streamlining the construction process and avoiding on-site delays that can arise due to anything from inclement weather to supplier mishaps, modular homes simply cost less to build.
While a shorter lead time contributes to lower costs, manufacturers also buy their materials in bulk, resulting in cost savings that are easy to pass along to the consumer.
Modular Homes Are Environmentally Friendly
The efficiency of fabrication helps to reduce excess materials and overall construction waste, and due to the exceptional construction quality, modular homes are reported to operate approximately 15% more efficiently than site-built homes — saving you money in annual heating and cooling costs.
What’s more, because modular homes are so adaptable, yours can be designed with self-sufficiency in mind, like solar panels, energy batteries, low-energy light bulbs, or even the chance to go completely off-grid.
And if you’re not in a position to build but are considering making an offer on a house that happens to be a modular home? These advantages still apply. You’ll enjoy the high-quality materials and craftsmanship, the energy efficiency, and you’ll have the same opportunities to finance as if you were looking at a site-built home, thanks to the proper foundation and the fact that modular homes are considered permanent structures.
Custom Modular Homes & Prefab Home Builders in Colorado.
At Rocky Mountain Base Camp we offer a turn-key service for modular homes in Colorado. We help you design your perfect modular home, either based on a standard floor plan or completely customized. Whatever your vision is for your home, we can bring it to life. We can help you choose materials that fit within your budget and will complete the look you desire for your home, both inside and out.
We make sure all the logistics are in place from the start so your home can be finished in a timely manner. As timely as we are in building your home, we never compromise on our workmanship. We adhere to all the relevant standards and codes, and all modules are inspected to ensure they meet our standards for quality.