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Why You Should Consider A Modular Home
By Mike Holmes
Thursday, December 13th, 2018 @ 3:02pm
When I started my Holmes Approved Homes program in 2012, my vision was to raise the standards of what a better built home is. To me, a better built home is one that’s energy efficient, strong and long-lasting, and one that has a greener building process, too. One that creates less waste.
Over the years, after meeting with some of the best modular builders in the business, I’ve become a fan of this style of construction. I proudly work with many modular builders like Karoleena in BC and Innovative Residential in Saskatchewan. RDC Fine Homes in Whistler, BC also adopted modular factory construction recently. I’m also proud to have Guildcrest Homes a modular builder in Ontario since 1991 that recently joined my Holmes Approved Homes program.
I’ve heard the misconceptions before, that “modular homes just aren’t the same quality as “precision-built” home, but I’ve been right to their assembly lines all across Canada and the United States – and I’ve done my homework! These modular homes are pre-fabricated in controlled factory settings, that when done the right way (like my guys do it), can have better quality control standards than you see when building on site.
Now that I’ve done my homework, let me help you with yours, and dispel some of the major misconceptions I’ve seen about modular homes.
Mobile and Modular Means the Same Thing
The words “mobile home” usually conjure the picture of a trailer park-like home, that’s low-cost, and not built well. For some reason, modular building often gets confused with mobile homes, but that couldn’t be further from the truth!
Modular, or pre-fabricated, doesn’t define the style of the home – it’s actually all about the manufacturing process. Pre-fab homes are structures that are built in modules in a controlled environment (usually a production facility). Those pieces are transported to the home’s location and assembled on a permanent foundation.
Modular Homes are the Definition of Cookie Cutter
Sure, when you hear that homes are prebuilt in a factory, it’s hard not to think that it’s not an assembly line of houses that look exactly alike. And that actually may be the case for some modular builders, but it depends on the quality of builder you choose.
My guys at Horizon North keep the homeowner in the driver’s seat when it comes to designing a unique, custom home that suits their needs. This starts with the layout, and the construction materials used, but tickles down to even the smallest details, down to the finishes.
I went on a tour at Horizon North’s world class facility to see first hand on how they manufacture these top quality homes and meet the forward thinking people behind it. Check it out below.
Modular Homes are Poor Quality
Quality comes down to one major factor: the skill and ability of the builder you choose. Before buying any home – do your research. Make sure the guys you’re going to hire will be the ones to make it right. Some of those that do, like Innovative Residential are already part of my program because I trust them to stand by their homes and their homeowners.
Modular Homes are Hard to Maintain
A benefit to modular homes is that they often offer new builds at lower a price point, but does that mean you’ll have to spend more in maintenance and upkeep in the long run? No, in fact, it can even mean the opposite.
Because modular builds are done indoors, your building materials aren’t exposed to Mother Nature during construction. With a controlled environment, you don’t get fluctuations in humidity, or materials getting wet because they weren’t properly covered at night. This keeps those building materials from warping or developing mold issues. In most cases, this means you get a stronger, more airtight home that needs less preventative maintenance – not more.
Like I always say – do your homework and explore your options. If you do that with pre-fabricated homes you will find a lot of advantages and a different way to think about building your new home.