home builder: The 20 Year Regret - 07/01/19 02:51 AM
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
– Chinese Proverb
This is a great quote because… everyone wishes they started something earlier.
I wish I had started exercising back in my 20s. I wish I had discovered being a YouTuber before it got saturated. I wish I had invested $1,000 in Amazon in 1997. You get the idea. But here’s the thing. You DIDN’T do those things 20 years ago. Opportunities that are lost seldom present themselves again. But, you have the chance right now to change the way you will live for … (1 comments)

home builder: Fact or Fake: The Truth About Today's Modular Home Construction - 03/11/19 03:38 AM
The home construction industry is changing. The way we have built homes in the past won’t continue to be the way we build homes in the future. With the shrinking construction labor force, the constant improvements in construction technology, and the constant march towards zero energy homes that are healthy to live in – something has to give. For most, everything you purchase is built in a factory today… except for one thing, your home. Modular is a method of construction, not a type of home. Over the years modular construction has become the superior way to build a new home. … (1 comments)

home builder: Deciphering the Alphabet Soup of Home Lending - 02/12/19 04:27 AM
Let’s face it, home lending can be complicated to understand. Every industry has its own jargon but the home mortgage industry can be particularly perplexing. Some of this comes from the fact that two large entities are involved in the process; banks and the government. When these two entities combine, you just know there are going to be lots of letters flying around. Let’s try to decipher some of the many terms you will hear when applying to get your new home loan. 
SOME OF THE MORE COMMON ACRONYMS  HUD – The Department of Housing and Urban Development was established in 1965. Its purpose is to provide housing and … (0 comments)

home builder: Ready for a Construction Loan? Get Your Credit Card House In Order - 02/04/19 03:57 AM
When you decide to build a new home, it doesn’t just happen overnight. Most home buyers that are thinking about building a home have been contemplating it for six months or even years. It’s the same with getting a construction loan. You should start thinking about getting your financial house in order well before you apply for a construction loan. While reviewing house plans, looking at home elevations, and picking colors are the exciting part of building a new home, one of the first things you should do is understand your current credit standing. A large part of most home buyer’s credit picture is their credit card debt. Credit card utilization is one … (0 comments)

home builder: Modular Homes: The 800 Pound Gorilla in the Room - 01/28/19 03:16 AM
Yes, saying that modular homes are the 800 pound gorilla in the room is mixing metaphors. But, I think it is appropriate. The term 800 pound gorilla refers to something so powerful that it would crush would-be competitors. It is mixed with the term “Elephant in the Room” which refers to a controversial issue that is obviously present but avoided as a subject for discussion because it is uncomfortable… it changes the status quo. Modular construction is just that. It is a building technique that is so powerful that it can change the way homes are built across the country. It … (2 comments)

home builder: How We Get Home Modules to Difficult Home Sites - 01/21/19 03:59 AM
Many times we are asked how we got the large sections of a modular home to a home site. Did we use a helicopter? A helicopter isn’t the standard way to deliver modules of a home to a home site. The Sikorsky advertisement from the ’70s shows an S-64E lifting a home. Today’s modular homes are typically too heavy. In some cases, a single module could exceed the capacity of even today’s largest helicopters. But, we have other ways to get your homes modular pieces to some of the most difficult home sites. Here are some unique tools we use to deliver a home to virtually any location. 
THE MODULAR ADVANTAGE  As … (0 comments)

home builder: The Reality of Home Building: 5 Things to Think About - 12/31/18 05:00 AM
Homebuyers today face a decision: Do you buy an existing home or do you build a new home? With tight home inventories, it makes it hard to find the perfect house. If you can’t find the right house, you have to define what you want and decide if building a home is right for you. With existing homes, you look, you buy, you move in. Building a new home is much more work. But for many, the advantages of building a new home make the effort worth it. You are able to design a home for your lifestyle. You can pick the colors, the finishes, and style. You even choose … (2 comments)

home builder: Modular Means More - 12/24/18 03:31 AM
Modular construction is a method that has evolved and grown over the years. The method itself, just like any other construction technique is being constantly improved. Factories are using new structural materials that allow for larger open spans. Home designers are able to create just about any home plan or design using modular construction. A modular home has evolved from its infancy and now leads in the residential construction industry in creativity, energy efficiency, design, and value while providing some of the safest and healthiest living spaces. 
MORE DESIGN CHOICES  Advancements in modular construction mean that virtually any home plan can be divided into modules, … (1 comments)

home builder: Is Student Debt Killing the American Dream? - 12/03/18 03:22 AM
There are more than 44 million borrowers who collectively owe $1.5 trillion in student loan debt in the U.S. alone. The average student in the Class of 2016 has $37,172 in student loan debt. The payment on that debt is directly impacting the ability of many potential home buyers to get the home they want or their ability to even purchase a home. College students don’t understand what the long term impacts are of taking on much of the debt that colleges make it easy to acquire. Only when they try to buy the first car or first home do they start to understand … (7 comments)

home builder: Think Off-Site Construction is Risky?, Try Traditional Construction - 11/19/18 03:05 AM
When many people think about building a home today, they naturally think about what they have seen in the past. The old, traditional way of home building. This means working with a home builder to develop a home plan, sign a contract, create allowances for items such as tile, flooring, cabinets, counter tops, etc., and then scheduling construction to start. But the traditional way means that you are depending on a builder to find skilled employees to build your home. He is depending on his suppliers to meet material delivery schedules. He is hoping the weather holds to allow him to build and that … (1 comments)

home builder: What to Expect When You're Expecting... a Modular Home - 10/15/18 03:12 AM
The term “modular home” is really a misnomer. Modular actually describes a method of construction, not a type of home. Some may think the difference is trivial, but it’s not. A home built using modular construction is built to the same building code as a home that is built onsite, however it is built offsite in modules and assembled in LEGO-like fashion on a foundation. The modular construction process creates a home that is superior in construction to one that is built onsite. The process produces a home that is built quickly, at a consistent level of quality, and at the … (2 comments)

home builder: Get The Day One Difference with Modular Construction - 10/10/18 03:39 AM
Modular Means More
When it comes to building a new home, modular construction offers the most advanced off site building method. In just a matter of hours, a home can go from a foundation to a home up to 75-85% complete. 
It's time to learn more about the Advanced Modular Off Site Solution. See the Day One Difference for yourself!

home builder: Construction Disruption: Modular Brings it with the Triple "P" Threat - 10/08/18 03:07 AM
noun: disruption; plural noun: disruptions
1. disturbance or problems that interrupt an event, activity, or process.
The term “disruption” gained wide usage when it was introduced in a 1997 book, The Innovator’s Dilemma. The author introduced the idea of “disruptive innovation.” He created a theory to explain how small companies with minimal resources were able to enter a market and displace the established system. Modular construction is the offsite building method that is ready to change a home building industry that is ripe for disruption.  Modular disrupts traditional home building in three critical areas: productivity, process, and people!
PRODUCTIVITYTraditional home building is wildly inefficient. Every home is … (1 comments)

home builder: Modular: A Better Way to Manage Your Home Building Budget - 10/01/18 03:26 AM
When you build a new home using traditional construction, the final cost actually paid for the home typically exceeds the original contract by 10 to 30%. That’s a big difference! That means if you agree to a contract for $250,000 for your home, you will end up actually paying your builder $275,000 – $325,000 for your home. How does this happen? Where does that money come from? How can you get control of your home building budget? The answer is fairly simple: Plan ahead, stick with original selections, and be decisive. The modular construction process actually helps home buyers better manage … (1 comments)

home builder: Confused by Home Building Lingo? Let's Decipher it! - 09/24/18 03:24 AM
Most homes purchased are used/existing homes. What you see is what you get. You don’t get to have any input into the design of the home, the construction of the home, or the way the home is built. When building a new custom home that all changes. There are hundreds of decisions to make and hundreds, if not thousands, of new terms to learn that are unique to home construction. If you are like most people, you are usually too embarrassed to ask what a term means. It is easier to take the “smile and nod” approach and avoid asking about … (0 comments)

home builder: Hydrostatic Pressure - What You Need to Know - 09/17/18 04:47 AM
Water always finds a way. The Grand Canyon was formed by the never ending flow of water over a long period of time. The result is a beautiful, majestic site that millions of people visit every year. However, water flowing into your basement is a different story. Now add some pressure actually pushing the water into your basement and you have a recipe for disaster. Water is the enemy of your new home. Let’s talk about what hydrostatic pressure is and how you can beat it to protect your home!
WHAT IS HYDROSTATIC PRESSURE?Hydrostatic pressure refers to a water pressure and is a … (1 comments)

home builder: 5 Simple Truths About Modular Off-Site Construction - 09/10/18 04:21 AM
Off-site construction is the planning, design, fabrication and assembly of building elements at a location, other than the final location where they will be installed, to support the rapid and efficient construction of a finished structure. There are several different types of off-site construction known as building systems. The modular building system takes a home plan, divides it into modules, and then constructs those modules to a level of finish that can be up to 85% complete in a factory. No other building system has the ability to maximize the advantage that building in a factory can provide.
TRUTH #1: MODULAR DESIGN … (1 comments)

home builder: What is a Blower Door Test? - 08/20/18 04:26 AM
States are slowly adopting more stringent requirements for energy efficiency. They have been doing this by adopting recent building code updates which means homes have to perform better. The question is, how do you measure energy efficiency and… what do you measure it against to know if results are good or bad? Introducing the blower door test! A blower door test is used to help determine a home’s airtightness. The key premise is that a home with lots of holes lets in lots of air thereby costing more to heat or cool. Heating and cooling is one of the highest consumers of … (0 comments)

home builder: Modular Homes: The Starting Point for Resilient Homes - 08/06/18 03:34 AM
(of a person or animal) able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions. “babies are generally far more resilient than new parents realize”
WHAT IS RESILIENCE?From a housing perspective, resilience is the capacity of a home to adapt to changing conditions and to maintain or regain functionality during a disturbance or stress. It is also the ability to bounce back after that disturbance or stress. In general, the term resiliency refers to a building’s ability to withstand and recover from natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires, and flooding. It also can extend to events like severe winter … (0 comments)

home builder: Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain... - 06/11/18 03:36 AM
Remember that scene from The Wizard of Oz? Dorothy, The Scarecrow, Tin Man and every other character in the movie had been DUPED! The Wizard of Oz was supposedly a magical solution for all their problems. And, it turned out… It was all a lie. Home building is changing. Home builders are busy; a shortage of skilled construction labor, rising interest rates, rising material costs, and a booming economy means there is a shortage of homes available. Most builders only know how to build the way they have always done it. They haven’t learned about the better ways to build and … (1 comments)

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