[font=franklin gothic medium]anybody have a modular home? how was that experience having it set up, etc.? are you happy with it? was the cost close to what you thought when all was said and done?
[font=franklin gothic medium]anyone have a home built for them? same questions......
[font=franklin gothic medium]were the costs about what you expected? are you happy with it?
[font=franklin gothic medium]we currently have a a home we purchased as the third owners. it is very lovely and nice, but we want to sell and either get a modular or build a small house on a piece of land.
[font=franklin gothic medium]thanks.
Apr 17, '04
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the modular homes here are much different than manufactured homes. the later has wheels under it. the modulars are houses, albiet not as well contructed as a frame house, but better than most mobile homes. i've watched them bring the modulars out and set them up. they are built in sections off site, then the parts, the ones i watched were four sections put together on site, each section bolted to the others. in the end the modulars look like frame homes. they go up quick and are less expensive than frame homes. the manufactured mobile homes are also now looking more like real houses but still feel the same inside, and are not as well constructed as a "stick home". in my area, all manufactured home residents must evacuate during a storm, a stick home-you can stay in. this is enough to tell me which is better constructed. the modulars are also not evacuated unless in flood zone, same as a frame home. the manufactured mobile homes here in my area are lovely to see. all shiney and new. loads of amenities. the fixtures are top of the line but what's underneath is thin wall boards and sidings with insulation between. it looks good, but is not the quality of a frame house, not even close. my freinds put one on there property and even though it is newer, it still feels and looks like a trailer to me. i reccommend, spending the extra money to build a frame home, it will last a lifetime, have a better resale value, will appreciate better rather then depreciate. i have heard complaints about the modulars they built during the '80's but all the construction around here in the 80's was sub par compaired to what they are doing now. the modulars are having problems with settling in that the peices shift and then you have cracks between the parts. of course in florida, the ground is sand, and sink holes are common, so i guess it depends on what kind of soil is under the home as to how much settling will occur.
i was going to build a home on the 3 acres we owned and was seriously considering a dome home. very economical, easy to build, environmentally freindly, and extremly energy efficient. we ended up buying another peice of property with a house already on it, so we sold the 3 acres and now don't have to worry about it. mother earth has lots of articles on building homes. there are so many options out there, like homes built from hay bales, homes built in trees, homes built from scratch. good luck in whatever you decide and have fun with this endevour!
[font=franklin gothic medium]i too was talking about modular (not a double wide, etc.) my husband believes that the modular should be at least the same quality as a stick built because they are built in temperature controlled environments, indoors....at least some of them here in ny. i think modulars are mostly pretty localized. we are looking at one company out of canada that does come into ny and some very northern states. also, my husband has said that the cracks have something to do with how they are set on the foundation or not set on foundation....i am not sure of the particulars.
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