What exactly is a modular house? For one thing, it is not a trailer. Constructed on a non removable steel chassis, a trailer is considered a manufactured home. Though a modular home comes from a factory, it is built into modules using stick-framing techniques, says the Building Systems Network (BSN), a Gainesville, Ga., outfit that assists modular builders with lead generation, merchandising, and marketing. The home is then carried in sections to the site, where a builder assembles it on a traditional foundation.
“As far as what we offer, there is no distinguishing difference from a site-built product,” says Grant Smereczynsky, CEO of BSN and modular builder BSN Homes, www.buildingsystemsnetwork.com also in Gainesville. “Every code and every system is the same as [with] a stick-built home.”
A site-built house and a modular home are at once similar but different. Both use the same codes and methods, but modular is built to a higher standard—at least in theory. “It is strong and rigid,” Because modular homes are built under controlled conditions, components are never exposed to the elements, so lumber products remain completely dry.
The module-based system coupled with the manufacturing efficiency often result in a house that is cheaper for the builder and the home buyer. “The key for the builder is job control, efficiency, and the ability to complete the [home buying] transaction quicker,” Smereczynsky says, adding that “the time line for a job might be about 30 days.” “Today's factories have almost unlimited designs, but most companies do not have in-house design staff to work with customers,” says Smereczynsky. Building Systems Network Based in Atlanta Georgia builds Modular homes for consumers and builders. They can be reached at 770-888-2761.