Why a Modular Home?Modular Homes Offer Many Advantages

The overall quality and efficiency of modular housing is often better than typical stick-built homes; and, home buyers are realizing that fact more and more. Once a modular house is completed on a building site, it is virtually impossible to distinguish from a stick-built house. The range of styles and amenities is nearly endless.

Modular home construction will often exceed local building codes and are built to the International Residential Code.

People often confuse modular housing with the general term "manufactured housing". Modular housing is just a small portion of the manufactured housing industry. Manufactured housing usually refers to homes that are not built on a standard foundation.

In contrast, a modular house is basically a stick-built house which is built in large sections in a factory. The sections are delivered to the building site where they are placed on the foundation or basement using a large crane. East Tennessee Land & Home has erected modular homes up to 6,400 square feet in size.

The fact that modular houses are built in a factory makes them energy efficient, strong and secure. The modules must be built strong enough to withstand the stress of transportation on a truck. Factories are able to negotiate for the best grade of lumber and best pricing because they buy in volume. And, there is no waste, which green advocates appreciate.

Whereas a typical stick-built house is made with 2x4 wall studs on 16-inch centers or, at best, 2x6 studs on 24-inch centers, most modular houses use 2x6 wall studs on 16-inch centers. The 2x6 walls make them more rigid resulting in less settling and more airtightness over its life. The deeper wall studs also provide space for two extra inches of wall insulation (R-19.6).

Another advantage of being built in a factory is quality control. All of the wall, floor and ceiling components are sized and assembled in jigs and aligned with laser precision for exact dimensional and assembly control. You won't find some extra nails in one stud and too few in another.

The lumber used in a modular home has not laid outdoors in the weather around a building site so it is more dimensionally true. If you have ever been to an outdoor lumberyard and tried to find a straight stud, you will understand this very well. This results in less settling, nail pops, etc.

When selecting options in a modular home, amenities such as whirlpools, granite counter tops, hardwood floors, real cherry, maple or oak cabinets, six panel doors, etc., are available. Modular homes prices are very competitive with stick-built homes with savings up to 30 percent.