many people think of modular homes, they think of boxy, cookie-cutter structures
with no creativity and no style. That couldn’t be further
from the truth.
Today’s modular homes come in as many styles, shapes,
and sizes as you can imagine. The sky is the limit when considering
the kind of modular homes you can build. These homes can be
built as ranch styles, traditional, farmhouses, European inspired,
and many more. They can be one-story, two-story, or more.
They can even include a basement foundation.
Building Systems Network has been building modular homes in
the Atlanta area since the 1990's. They have built modular
homes of varying sizes, including a $700,000 home and an 11,000
square foot mansion. The possibilities available for modular
homes are endless, and custom-designing for is available as
homes should not be confused with manufactured homes,
which is what many people think of when they hear about modular
homes. Manufactured homes are built to comply with the Federal
Construction Safety Standards Act (HUD/CODE), which requires
homes to be constructed on a non-removable steel chassis.
Many communities have restrictions on where manufactured homes
can be located.
Modular homes are constructed to the same building code required
by your state, county, and specific locality and therefore
are not restricted by building or zoning regulations. They
are built using a highly engineered method of producing buildings
or building components in an efficient and cost effect manner.
They are built in a factory and then carried by sections to
the sites where they are put together by a local builder.
Building modular homes, compared with building traditional
site-built homes, offers great savings to the home owners.
Becausethey are built in factories, labor is used with maximum
efficiency, with skilled craftsman moving between workstations
on the factory floor. Superior quality control, reduced waste,
and faster completion (30-90 days versus 4-9 months for site-built
construction) are primary benefits.
The combination of reduced cycle time, more efficient construction,
unlimited customization, and a growing shortage of skilled
trades are the primary reason many builders and homebuyers
are switching from traditional site-built homes to modular
popularity of modular homes is growing at almost ten percent
rate over the last five years. Forecasters see modular homes
increasing in market share by twelve percent annually well
into the next millennium (Frost & Sullivan). In fact,
modular homes have received a lot of press recognition this
past year. 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
If you are looking for a good value in your new home, consider
modular homes. Contact Grant Smereczynsky of Building Systems
Network in northeast Georgia or continue to search our web
site for more information on the fast-growing industry of