innovative method utilizing modular dormers and extensions are
driving the modular building industry in an unprecedented direction.
Think of building modular homes, extensions and dormers as big
building blocks with almost finished interiors and exteriors.
The blocks are put in place to create cost effective almost
complete units stacked next to or put on top of an existing
structure. These units or modules are spliced into a preexisting
structure to create a well thought out cost effective extension
and or dormer. These advantages are too enticing to overlook
as an alternative method of building. The build time is drastically
shortened with far less inconvenience to the customer. Building
with modules has many advantages over conventional methods in
regards to cost savings that can be categorized as hard and
soft costs. Hard costs are the cost of materials and labor.
Soft costs are design and interest rate expenses on monies borrowed.
The hybrid concept is combining conventional or stick building
with modular or manufactured building process as a way of combining
new modules with an old house. This is done by having the foundation
or preexisting structural plan reorganized or rebuilt to accept
the boxes or modules. For example building or re supporting
a foundation or installing I- beam to create a support for the
new second floor or roughing in entrance in the old house to
create access for the new extension adjacent too. With the right
design this innovative approach can give your home an entire
make over at a cost effective price. This can be accomplished
with far less stress of conventional methods of building. When
adapting a preexisting home with modular construction there
is a blending of the modular and convention building methods.
There is a melding of the new and old structures to formulate
the desired outcome. A lot square foot area can be achieved
by incorporating hybrid building methods at building cost numbers
that make great sense. Building hybrid with modules can be the
answer for customers whom want minimal displacement, less limitations
from climate exposure with cost and time savings advantages.
Feasibility most be considered when considering the modular
process because of the intrinsic cost of the crane and set crew.
The cost of adapting this hybrid process has to be calculated
by the overall cost effectiveness of building a hybrid project
versus a conventional project. As long as the space you are
looking to creating is approx, 800 square feet or more, a hybrid
build is worth considering. The viability of this method is
calculated by figuring the cost factors involved in re-rebuilding
the existing structure for the integration of the manufactured
modules. Other costs as far as excavation, foundation and re
structuring costs should be similar to conventional building
costs. You should be able to make some preliminary judgments
on the costs on your own. Exploring costs can as easy as requesting
a free estimates by contractors and of a course contacting A
Modular Solution LLC. Building hybrid makes sense when the financial
threshold points are met and the practicality of a hybrid build
is established. This hybrid process saves you time, stress and
money over traditional building methods.
The next step would have an architect or professional engineer
evaluate the old structure and consider all the cost factors
necessary to perform the building process. Be careful to pick
an engineer or architect that have the knowledge and experience
working with modular homes and or additions. The next step would
be a consultation discussing your design expectations with all
the possible design options that could be effectively engaged
on your project. Cost factors questions can be discussed in
regards to what can and cannot be accomplished on your budget.
The quote for the modules comes from the manufacturer and quote
you're by the representative or builder. Re-supporting and site
work should be included with the final plans you receive from
the architect or Professional Engineer. The module(s) plan is
integrated with the necessary site by the architect or the professional
engineer. The plans will depict the addition with the old structure
with the necessary set backs on the plans within local regulations.
The final plans are the only way to give contractors the specific
information necessary to receive accurate quote on costs. After
the modular plans get a state approval the architect incorporates
the necessary site work and the final plan go for local approval.
There is a point that might be crossed finically that might
favor a tear down of the old structure. Tearing down the current
house is option when existing construction is so inferior and
rebuilding makes no financial sense. The time and the money
spent rebuilding would be imprudent, a bad investment. With
the cost effective modular homes a new home might be far more
affordable than adding and revamping an old structure. Working
with old structures has inherent problems that are eliminated
with a new structure. The savings in energy and expediency of
building process of a new home eliminates many concerns from
old windows to antiquated insulation and a poor floor plan.
It always makes sense in doing everything to today's building
codes and energy saving standards. The awareness of how cost
effective manufactured or hybrid building can be answer to your
building solution. Starting new eliminates frustration and allows
the customer the freedom to build the house of their dreams
with few limitations inherent to old structures. The modular
process should always be considered where ever you are building
a new structure over 1,000 square feet. Unless there are obstacles
in bringing in a crane or extensive site work, it makes good
financial sense to look at the feasibility of modular construction.
Approx 80% of modular construction is complete when delivered
and installed onsite. The finishing work onsite consists; of
tie-ins of plumbing, minor drywall, electric, painting and finishing
the HVAC system. The modular house has a big draw self confident
for do it your self's with few draw backs for someone whom wants
to act as their own general contractor. All the procedures to
finish the building project are easy to follow, very manageable
and the modules are practically finished when installed onsite.
For people who have mechanical ability and the fortitude this
can be a highly rewarding experience and a highly beneficial
finically. The savings can be significantly, well worth the
sweat equity that is involved. Modular structures and hybrid
buildings are highly manageable with easy to follow procedures.
Combining modular and conventional onsite construction creates
new exciting synergy, helping to build custom designs with numerous
advantages over utilizing merely conventional methods of building.
Why not act as your own general contractor with 85 % of the
work finished and the new structure weather tight after installation
Today in well established communities where land is at a premium,
modular extensions and dormers can bring a cost effective solution
for growing families. This is the solution for people whom would
like forgo moving to a new house and the relocating hassles
of moving. In the past with relatively inexpensive material
and labor conventional building method was the obvious choices.
Now with escalating unending price increases of conventional
building the scales have tipped in favor of the hybrid process
way of building. With labor and materials escalating costs with
soft cost of workmen's compensation going sky high there is
a need to make building more affordable. Because of cost of
interest rate charges and conventional building customers are
rethinking there building solution. The idea of pre-engineered
housing, extensions and dormers are an accepted cost effective
building method in the 21st century. This is fueled by the demand
of affordable housing and additions. The modular processes with
the hybrid method are now a sensible decision in regards to
cost effectiveness, time and efficiency compared to conventional
building methods. Areas with very little exposure to modular
building technology are exploring this method for several good
reasons other than the obvious financial benefits. Advantages
are in terms of time savings; limiting liabilities, quality
assurance, overall efficiency and far less displacement of customers
are big factors hard to overlook. Modular homes have shown to
be tried and true for many years as a cost efficient alternative
way of building. Modular technology utilized pre-engineered
dormers and extensions are altering the status quo mind set
of many people in the construction trade and the people who
do their homework. The conveniences and the ease of this process
are too obvious to be ignored by the savvy customers today with
all the notoriety in the media. The bottom line is modular dormers
and extensions can renovate your home into your dream home utilizing
all the advantages of new pr-engineered building technology
without the draw backs of conventional building methods.
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