Why A Modular Home?
FAQS by Catskill Modular Homes
The Most Frequently Asked Questions & Answers About Modular Homes
Modular Homes: The New Face of Home Building
WHAT IS A MODULAR HOME?
Modular homes are the ultimate prefabricated building system. These highly customized, environmentally-friendly homes are built almost entirely in a factory setting, saving home owners and builders in time, effort and money.
Once the main modules of a new home are constructed— complete with attached walls, floor, ceiling, wiring, plumbing and interior fixtures—they are transported to the home owner’s chosen lot and placed on a permanent foundation by a crane. Each home is designed and constructed to meet all state and national building and fire codes. A local builder then does the final finish work.
Modular homes are green by their very nature. Assembly in an enclosed indoor environment allows them to fulfill key components of green building certifications, including the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard. Going modular means that material waste is reduced at both the factory and the job site. As a result, the environmental impact on the land and the community where the house is being delivered is lessened. Modular homes are often more tightly built and thus more energy efficient, which can result in lower heating and cooling costs for the home owner.
FLEXIBLE HOME DESIGN
While most manufacturers have a portfolio of home plans to choose from, computer-assisted design (CAD) allows limitless design and customization possibilities when planning a new modular home. Modular construction allows for a quick turnaround between groundbreaking and occupancy. With nearly 90% of a home constructed offsite, a highly customized modular home can be built in a controlled factory environment while the building site is simultaneously being prepped. This means a typical modular house can be move-in ready in about three months. And more often than not, the finished product is indistinguishable from a site-built home.
All homes are inspected by an independent, third-party home inspection agency before leaving the factory. Once on site, they are again inspected, this time by a local building inspector. These homes meet and often exceed all requirements of locally adopted building and fire codes.
MODULAR CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES
Modular homes are built "from the inside out," ensuring tighter construction.
We only use quality materials that pass rigorous national standards and are protected from the negative effects of weather in our state-of-the-art factory. The enclosed environment prevents excess moisture and mold issues.
All modular homes are also “over-built” – using 20-30% more materials, giving you a home that’s actually stronger than a site-built home. And when it comes to products, we only use well-known national brands with proven track records in quality. You can be confident your home is built to last for years and years to come.
The modular process offers a level of efficiency you can’t obtain from a traditional site-built home. Our innovative factory system allows us to save on material cost by buying in bulk. That’s why when you build the Excel way, you can save 5-10% in overall costs, while getting your house in a fraction of the time – as little as six weeks.