It has been a busy year for Building Systems Network™
(BSN), a modular home builder. Since opening up their new
Design Center on Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville January
2004, they hit the ground running and haven’t stopped
Modular home building is a way of constructing
a home using quality materials and craftsmanship that costs
less and is more efficient than the traditional site-building
process. Using the latest technology and building methods,
a modular home is built board-by-board in a construction facility
then delivered in sections to the site where it is constructed
by a local builder. The use of “building systems”
is common in many different types of residential and commercial
Grant Smereczynsky, CEO of Building Systems Network, says
a common misconception (especially in the Southeast) about
modular homes is that they are manufactured homes. Manufactured
homes are constructed on a non-removable steel chassis in
Modular homes are built using the same materials
and framing methods as a traditional “site built”
home. A few exceptions include a consistent base of skilled
trades building the home in an enclosed facility and as BSN’s
tagline indicates, the Construction Is Improved Through Technology™.
The homes can be built in less time and less time equals a
significant savings in loan interest charges. Modular
home manufacturers buy materials in bulk so these savings
are passed onto the home owner. No mold, rain, ice or snow
gets on the inside of your home!
There has been a lot of media attention on utilizing systems
built homes in the construction industry. One of the most
exciting developments in modular home building is that Country
Living Magazine chose a modular home for its 2005 “Home
of the Year”. This is the first time a modular home
has been chosen for this honor.
In 2004, Bob Villa’s “This Old House’
television show did a 13-part special highlighting modular
homes. Clark Howard is still is a big proponent of modular
homes on his radio show and last but not least, Building Systems
Network was featured in the premiere issue of Builder’s
Edge Magazine a glossy upscale national publication. Building
Systems Network is able to build each of the homes highlighted
in both the magazine and the television show.
BSN currently has six houses in various stages of the building
process in the Hall County market. Smereczynsky says they
do about 30 homes per year in Hall and surrounding counties
and can efficiently build within a 100 mile radius. “We
can also build anywhere in the surrounding states by working
with an owner. It’s called our 80/20 plan, where we
co-contract with the owner”.
Building Systems Network has done very well with the Cost
Plus program designed to provide the homeowner with better
control of the job from a total construction cost standpoint.
Another common misconception about modular homebuilding is
that they are limited in size, shape, and design both inside
and outside the home. Nothing could be further from the truth!
Of the 6 homes currently under construction in Hall County,
two of the homes are within Water’s Edge, an upscale
lake community with homes averaging $300,000+. BSN is completing
a $700,000 home in Forsyth County and a $750,000 dental office
in Douglas County.
Smereczynsky is excited about the 11,000 square foot mansion
to be built in Newnan built with 11 of the largest modules
available. “We are building this home for an architect.
This will be one of the most high-end homes we’ve ever
worked on. It will be a national show piece”.
Building Systems Network has launched a new website at www.bsnhomes.com.
The site is designed to help even the “web novice”
navigate easily through home plans, educational articles,
FAQ’s, interior/exterior design options. . . just about
anything you need to know from start-to-finish on building
your next home using a building system.
Smereczynsky’s enthusiasm and vision for BSN has been
contagious! BSN has expanded bringing together a team of highly
trained and experienced individuals to help carry out BSN’s
Gwen Bigler is handling special projects and brings 20 years
of experience in the finance industry while also using her
sales and customer service experience to walk homebuyers through
the entire home building process.
James O’Neil is spearheading BSN’s web marketing
program. His background is with Infineon Technologies, the
fifth largest semi-conductor company in the word. James was
responsible for the entire IT infrastructure.
Jim Smereczynsky has been contracted as the Project Supervisor
to head up project relations with BSN’s customers. Jim’s
background includes 20+ years in sales and customer service
with Westinghouse and regional sales manager for I.C. Intracom,
Inc. an international computer company.
Donita Carter, formerly with National Real Estate Investor,
brings 16 years experience to BSN. She was responsible for
the sales, marketing and management of the country’s
#1 ranked commercial real estate magazine.
Smereczynsky’s vision for BSN is to duplicate their
Design Center format across the Atlanta area for homebuyers
where everything is centrally located. A homebuyer can visit
BSN’s office and compare homes built by 6 modular home
manufacturers. A network of reputable trades, lenders and
realtors also help make the home building process less stressful
and more enjoyable.
For builders interested in the modular home industry, BSN
provides an array of sales, lead generation, marketing and
training tools necessary to be more successful in the systems
Be sure to visit the Building Systems Network booth at the
upcoming Home Expo February 26 and 27 in Gainesville at the Georgia Mountain Center. Bring your custom
home plans or browse through BSN’s plans and get a special
gift. BSN can be reached at 770-888-BSN1.