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What Modular Home Manufacturers are Bell-Ayr Homes associated with?
Bell-Ayr Builders, LLC is an independent builder for some of the most respected and highest quality modular home manufacturers in the Northeast.
Please click on the links below to view their website.
Bill Lake Modular Homes - A New York based manufacturer of high quality homes.
Simplex Modular Homes - A Pennsylvania based manufacturer of high quality homes.
What are the Standard Specifications for each home?
For Bell-Ayr Homes Detailed Specifications and Options, click here.
For a comparison sheet of Bell-Ayr Homes Standard Specifications vs. others, click here.
For Bill Lake Modular Home's Standard Specifications, click here.
For Simplex Modular Home's Standard Specifications, click here.
What is a Modular Home?
A modular home is a home that is “stick-built” under roof inside a factory, under ideal working conditions. Unlike "traditional" homes constructed on site,
modular homes are built under ideal conditions in a controlled environment. There are also no long delays in construction that could be associated with
inclement weather and the houses are never subjected to the vagaries of the weather. The lumber doesn't warp because it doesn't get rained on, and
then baked by the sun. It doesn't lie in the mud exposed to the elements, as sometimes happens on construction sites. Skilled craftspeople construct
each home to exact specifications, with brand name building products that you know and trust, and they don't get rained on or frozen. It's a lot easier to
perform quality work when you're comfortable. Both in-house personnel and an independent agency inspect all homes during and after construction to
ensure that every home meets our high standards and code requirements as quality control is a more efficient function when inspectors are "on the job"
at all times. In fact, Bell-Ayr Builders, LLC takes pride in itself by exceeding many of the state and local coding requirements.
A traditional modular home will use significantly more lumber, up to 30% more, than a home stick built on site. The reason for this is simple. The
modular sections must be stronger because of transportation from the factory to the building site, and because each section will be lifted by a crane from
the carrier and placed on the foundation. When each home is completed, it will consist of a series of modules. Trucks deliver the modules to the
building site. Assembled together on the foundation, the modules form a permanent structure. Your new custom built modular home will be
manufactured and delivered to the building site where Bell-Ayr Builders, LLC will handle the acquisition of all necessary permits, site preparation, setting
of the house, and the completion of all necessary work required to obtain a certificate of occupancy.
What Do Modular Homes Cost?
When you add up all the labor, material and time savings inherent in the modular building process, you will find that the price of a modular home is
generally lower than a site built home of comparable size. This is achieved through the building system efficient methods and bulk material purchase
savings passed to you the home owner. Plus you will keep saving money year after year, as your energy efficient home keeps your heating and cooling
Why So Inexpensive?
You will no doubt wonder why modular homes sell at such competitive prices and offer so much in them! The efficiencies of factory production allow
modular homes to sell for less than comparable site-built homes. Industry analysts cite average savings ranging from 5% to 30%. Our modular
products come from high-end modular factories. The cost savings are derived from the labor force, which is a cross between old Yankee craftsman and
the computerized mechanics of today. The factories have a cost of labor that is much lower than site built homes. In addition, the factories, which are
building many homes per year, purchase most of the materials at prices much lower than local lumberyards and supply houses. The combination of
lower labor costs and lower material costs passed through the factory to you the consumer results in a quality home or addition at the best possible price.
Why Choose a Modular Home?
Modular construction allows for hundreds of options and design possibilities. You can modify or upgrade the general construction specifications, design
your own floor plans and elevations, pick the style of windows or siding, choose colors of carpet, countertops, hardwood floors, and bath fixtures. The
possibilities are endless. Your modular home can be the size of your choosing by simply adding additional modules. You can customize the size by
adding as many additional modules as needed to meet your requirements.
The old adage “time is money” has never been more important than when used in the context of home construction. Constructed in a manufacturing
facility within a one to three week time span, all homes conform to state and local building code requirements. All homes are finished within 70-90% of
completion before they leave the factory.
Modular homes offer significant savings over an on-site stick built home. Our manufacturers build hundreds of homes a year, allowing for substantial
savings by volume purchasing and yearly buying contracts suppliers. The manufacturers can then pass these substantial savings along to you, which
makes modular homes a solid value. Affordability, style, elegance and construction speed allows you to get the most for your money.
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.
Tell Me About The Modular Construction Process?
Today's modular systems are models of efficiency and quality assurance. The building process begins with the design phase. Our manufacturers use
state of the art Computer Assisted Design (CAD) software to produce customized floor plans, construction drawings, and material requirement lists.
Once designed and finalized with you, the building process begins. The construction of homes being built in your neighborhood is not all that different
from the construction of your modular home. The quality materials and care for detail, and the same building codes and standards are observed.
How Long Does The Building Process Take?
Speed and consistent quality are two of the many advantages for choosing modular housing. On the average, a home consisting of two sections will be
built in the factory within a week. Once the manufacturing process is complete, the unit must then be transported to your lot for placement on the
foundation. A set crew will connect the boxes, erect the roof sections, and make the house weather tight. Connection to utilities and a short list of finish
work is completed by Bell-Ayr Builders, LLC. Normally, a modular home is can be completed in a matter of 2-6 weeks after being set on your lot
foundation. It is important to remember that site preparation work differs for each property and we will be able to provide you with a more exact schedule
for your home.
Is a "Modular Home" the same as a "Manufactured Home" or "Mobile Home" and what are the Difference Between them?
No. "Manufactured homes," often referred to as mobile homes or trailers, represent an entirely different type of building system than modular homes and
are constructed to a different building standard. This standard, the Federal Construction Safety Standards Act (HUD/CODE), unlike conventional building
codes, requires manufactured homes to be constructed on a non-removable steel chassis. Also, “Manufactured homes” “depreciate in value”, while
based off environmental factor and location, many “Modular homes” just as Site Built homes “appreciate in value.” Numerous communities in the past
have had restrictions on where manufactured homes can be located. Modular and site-built homes on the other hand, are constructed to the same
building code required by your state, county and specific locality and therefore are not restricted by building or zoning regulations.
How Can I Tell If a Home Is a Modular Home?
You can't, unless you were there when the home was delivered. Modular homes look like any other home. Today's building technology enables Bell-Ayr
Homes to create almost any style of home from a simple ranch, built in two boxes, up to extravagant Mansions built in five, six, eight or more boxes.
Modular construction isn't limited to single family homes, either. Bell-Ayr Homes can be your source for duplexes, townhouses, motels, and dentist
offices. From inside to out, you will be amazed of your inability to see the difference between a site built home and a modular home, until you look at the
overall quality, efficiency, and many times the final cost.
Can I Design My Own Modular Home?
Yes. Bell-Ayr Homes works with you in design flexibility. We have many designs to choose from, and with your touch, a custom home all your own will be
the final result. Engineering capabilities and product specifications will vary from home to home. Only you know what your true dream house would look
like. We can build practically any home design as a modular, from a cozy bungalow to a modular mansion. Bring your own plan, a photograph, or even a
rough sketch of your dream house design. Begin by reviewing our large catalog of homes and then let your imagination and budget combine to design
your new home. We can also build office buildings such as Doctor and Dentists Offices.
Is A Modular Home Better Than A Site Built Home?
The decision is clear. With a modular home you get efficiency and quality control. Efficiency starts with modern factory assembly line techniques. Your
home moves through sectional phases on the main floor, with all the professional building trades represented. Work is never delayed by weather, un-
skilled labors, subcontractor no-shows or missing materials. A quality control process provides 100% assurance that your home has been inspected for
code compliance and workmanship. They are precision engineered homes for a lifetime of trouble-free structural durability, which will insure a safe and
secure trip to your property using high quality materials. For a list of these high quality materials, please click here. In-plant inspectors along with
independent inspection agencies inspect the home on behalf of your state and local government.
Also, the key to a good home is always a good foundation. Factory built modular homes start off square in the factory and maintains that dimension
throughout the building process. On-site homes many times get-off square and the builder must compensate as they go through the construction. To
keep this solid foundation, factory built homes generally utilize 20%-30% more materials in the build of your home to securely maintain the structural
integrity during transport to you site location. Once the home reaches the lot and the foundation is level, your new home can be set with assurance that
the extra materials, squaring of the home, and quality of the build will give you many years of carefree enjoyment in your new home.
Are Modular Homes Difficult To Finance or Insure?
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 the modular property.
How can Building a Modular Home bring me “Peace of Mind"?
Bell-Ayr Homes has few unexpected costs!!! The job's half finished and your builder tells you he has some material costing more than last month and
now he is way over budget and needs more money or else he'll quit. Factory-built houses come at a guaranteed price, without cost overruns.
What happened to my Builder?
Everyone knows someone who's had this problem - just don't let it happen to you. You don't want an unfinished house slowly rotting away in the rain.
When you buy modular, you get your finished house product ready for installation. We don't try and build 2 or 3 houses at the same time and run back
and forth between them trying to coordinate inspections and sub-contractors. Bell-Ayr Builders, LLC works only on your house until the job is done.
Why do my new homes walls look like Sponges?
A site-built house open to the rain can cause your wood to warp or swell, problems you'll never get rid of in a lifetime of ownership. Modular houses are
built in controlled environments under the factory roof, all of our materials are stored inside, and are shipped in weather-proofed wrapping.
Looks good to me!!!
Often times you don't really know what quality you're getting with a site-built house. Modular homes are thoroughly checked out before they leave the
factories. A quality control process provides 100% assurance that your home has been inspected for code compliance and workmanship. In-plant
inspectors as well as independent inspection agencies inspect the home on behalf of your state & local government. In fact, Bell-Ayr Builders, LLC takes
pride in itself by exceeding many of the state and local coding requirements.
Can I leave this sitting here?
While building your home you notice material keeps disappearing from the site, and adding to your construction cost. Factory-built houses, allow you to
sleep soundly at night without the fear of possible theft. Many of the ship loose materials that accompany your home in the final stages of the build can
be locked-up securely in your new Modular home.
What do I do with this trash?
Every building site will have some form of material build-up, but with regulations changing all the time in areas, it has become much more difficult to
dispose of these building materials or trash. Factory-built houses can help eliminate many of the headaches with this disposal by keeping your on-site
trash to a minimum during your building process, and keep the little bit of unused material to build your home in the factory. Bell-Ayr Homes recycles as
much job site waste as possible. All scrap wood, plastic, paper, metal, and cardboard is brought to a recycling facility, and does not end up in a landfill.
Does Bell-Ar Homes have a model house?
Before we answer that question, let me ask you some questions:
1. Are you concerned about the quality of the house you are buying?
2. Would you like to know how your house is built?
3. Has the other company offered you a factory tour?
4. Has the other company discussed in detail or shown you the available options? If so, how many?
5. Do you want to put your money into your house, or pay for the carrying cost on another company's lot models?
We use the 3 model houses at the Bill Lake factory as our models. We do this for several reasons.
1. We believe it is vital that you know the quality of the product you are getting, so in conjunction with taking you on a tour of the model houses at Bill
Lake, we more importantly take you on a tour of the factory to see how your house is built.
2. When you look at a model house on a lot, you are only looking at a house that shows some of the options. One of the model houses at Bill Lake is
also the Design Center, so we are able to show you the hundreds of standard and custom options that can be put into your house. Special Order
options above and beyond those in the Design Center are also available.
3. Using the Bill Lake models helps us keep our costs down, and we pass those savings on to you. When you buy a house from a company that has
several model houses on their lot, a part of the money you are paying them goes for the carrying costs on those houses.