The Modular Payoff
Stronger, faster, less expensive — how? Consider the following points.
- Lower building costs. Most modular homes cost six to 15 percent less to build than a traditional on-site structure. Much of this
comes from material savings and from labor savings to the builder. Modules arrive on site approximately 80 to 90 percent
complete. Bell-Ayr Homes is concerned about the looming shortage of skilled tradesmen, and we see modular as a way around
that rising cost. The more labor becomes an issue, the better modular looks. Our modular products come from high-end
modular factories that have a cost of labor that is much lower than site built himes. The cost savings are derived from the labor
force, which is a cross between old Yankee craftsman and the use of today's computerized mechanics. In addition, the factories
are building many homes per year, and they purchase most of their materials at prices much lower than local lumberyards and
supply houses. The combination of lower labor costs and lower material costs is passed through the factory to you the
consumer, and results in a quality home or addition at the best possible price.
- Strong structures. A modular house has to be strong enough to be shipped and lifted by a crane with straps. Homes are built
using 2x6 studs, all plywood sub-floors, and features such as Delta fixtures and Andersen windows - all the things a high-end
stick builder would use. Modular manufacturers always build to International Residential Code (IRC) standards, even if that isn't
required in a local market. They meet any local code requirement, including high-wind zone criteria. Code compliance is checked
- Fast completion. The factory can build a home in 1-3 weeks. While the factory is building the home, we are busy prepping the
land and constructing the foundation. Once the house is delivered, an experienced modular set crew can assemble the modules
in a day or two. Bell-Ayr Homes then finishes the home in two to six weeks, based upon the complexity of the home itself.
Building houses faster means you can build more of them. Materials don't sit around on the job site, attracting mold or thieves.
For example, there is a huge push to doing tear downs in urban areas, where people are replacing junky houses on their valuable
property. Building a modular house can compress the time those people are out of their home into a few months. This is a huge
advantage, not to mention less time disturbing your neighbors with construction.
- Automatic green. Because of the material-resource use and the energy efficiency of the factory-production process, a modular
home can get a builder halfway to LEED certification just by taking it off the truck. Additional green features can be added at the
factory, where recycling is an obsession. The green advantage is a driving force in modular's growing appeal. Modular homes
are built in a controlled setting with a full-time crew: no weather delays, storm damage or labor diversions. The process is friendly
to the environment. There’s less energy consumption because workers are not traveling to the site for 12 to 15 months.
- Reduced builder risks. Going modular significantly reduces a builders' risks and associated costs, such as insurance, project
management and supervision, inventory holdings and securing the jobsite.
For an overview of the modular construction process, click here to download the Modular Building Systems Association Guide.
For more information on modular construction, go to www.NAHB.org/modular.
More House. Less Money.