Modern Modular: Changing the Old Habits of Construction

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Home Builder with ExpressModular.com Licensed Nationwide

Habits are powerful. Much more powerful than most realize. It’s just human nature to do what we are used to, what we have done in the past, instead of making a better choice. In the study of breaking bad habits, detrimental behaviors can be modified by focusing on changing patterns and forming new neural pathways. Home buyers and builders alike have been stuck in the habit of building homes the way they have always done it for almost 200 years. How do you break out of the cycle of building the old way?

BAD HABITS

Habits are comprised of three distinct stages:

  1. Cue
  2. Routine
  3. Reward

When you want to build a home, most start with research on the Internet. Google has become our best friend when it comes to finding things. It’s easy to type in custom home builders and get a list of builders to build a home. Google will serve up a list of builders and off you go… down the same old way of building a home. And you are on the path to now get a home built the old way. The bad habit of just taking what is most easily available continues.

Modern Modular HomeNow is the time to break that old habit. Don’t just accept that list from Google. Search for modern methods of construction. Learn about building systems and better ways to build. Research energy efficient homes, healthier homes, and home designs. Break the habit of talking with a builder and accepting as fact that your home has to be built outdoors in the elements. Break the habit of accepting that your home has to take 6-9 months to build. Break the habit of accepting the inefficiency of building a home outdoors and the waste and lower construction quality that comes with it.

YOU HAVE CHOICES WHEN BUILDING A HOME

Research terms in building such and Zero Energy Ready. You can learn from the Zero Energy Project website and the Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready program. These sites will help you understand that have cost effective choices that will help you conserve energy and save money.

Learn about heating and cooling systems. Research terms such as ERV and HRV. Learn about home ventilation and how important it is to you and your families’ health to have quality fresh air move into your home in a controlled manner.

HYBRID CONSTRUCTION: GET THE BEST OF TWO BUILDING SYSTEMS

Learn about moisture control and building science. Even the lower quality homes today are typically built much better than homes of 20 and 30 years ago. Moisture that gets trapped in a home can lead to mold and mildew. Do your research and learn about how to avoid these issues.

Selecting a home plan can be fun. Don’t just assume you have to use traditional construction methods because you chose a design that is complicated and a builder tells you that you can only build something like this onsite. Check out the Modular Home Collection at ArchitecturalDesigns.com.

MODULAR CONSTRUCTION: THE VEHICLE TO BREAK BAD HABITS

Many states today don’t require builders and contractors to be licensed or take continuing education. While improvements in traditional construction have come slowly, modern methods of construction have been taking off. Construction won’t continue to be done the way it has always been done.

Building in a factory means that factories have been certified to build homes that conform to current building code. Many rural home buyers live in areas without home inspections. No third party is verifying a home is built to current building code. Modern modular construction solves that.

Today’s modular construction creates beautiful homes in practically any design. Building indoors means that those homes are built with the benefit of not being rained on. The quality behind the walls is just as important as the quality in the finishes. With modular construction, you get both. Healthier homes mean your family breathes easier and lives better.

Form a new habit when it comes to your new home. The habit of not accepting something the way it has always been done. Discover the possibilities with modular construction.

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Sham Reddy CRS
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Great ideas, thanks for sharing!!!

Search for modern methods of construction. Learn about building systems and better ways to build. Research energy efficient homes, healthier homes, and home designs. Break the habit of talking with a builder and accepting as fact that your home has to be built outdoors in the elements. Break the habit of accepting that your home has to take 6-9 months to build. Break the habit of accepting the inefficiency of building a home outdoors and the waste and lower construction quality that comes with it.

Jul 30, 2018 04:32 AM #1
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Ken Semler I think the modular home reputation of not meeting the mark is from the first modulars that were introduced.... 5 pitch roofs and not at all appealing....today, modular is much better quality than a stick built.... there's quality control in the factory and the custom features and designs are up to par with whatever is available on the open market..... 

modular is gaining strength but at a slow pace in my area.... builders are 100% in favor of it but are worried about past stigmas....  

I sold a builder a parcel of land and we cut out three "Form A" lots (subdivision approval not required) from it... I convinced him to do modular duplex homes on each lot and create a small condo community....6 townhomes.... he made a "score".... very big score....

Jul 30, 2018 04:45 AM #2
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John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Excellent post Ken.  Modular has been with us for quite a long time.  Entry level merchant builders are framing walls indoors and erecting them on slabs.  Good idea to do this in areas with no building inspections or even requirements for licensed architects and builders.  Amazing how many counties may ask for simply a structural engineer's stamp.

Much building technology has come out in the past 20 years.  Aerated autoclaved concrete, by the name of Ytong and others, was attempted here but failed to gain any traction.  ICF seems like a good idea but both systems slower and more tedious to get right than simple framing.

The construction industry looks at what's out there and takes the easiest path to gettin' 'er done.

I think Green is also getting passed up, oh well.  There has been a bit of bureaucratic cheating there I hear.

Thanks for the info.  I'm going to look up a couple of terms!

Jul 30, 2018 04:55 AM #3
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Joe Pryor
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We do not have requirements for builders in Oklahoma and we have found a great modular builder and now looking for a location to do a neighborhood.

Jul 30, 2018 09:07 AM #4
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