Ryzen Homes Blog

Ryzen Homes blog. Providing tips and information on building a new modular home or panelized home in Maine and New Hampshire.

No Heating Bills for 2 Years!!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Ryzen Homes will pay your heating bills for 2 Years up to $3,000.00 when you build an ENERGY STAR rated Custom Modular or Panelized Home. This offer is good from April 1st to September 31st 2009. This is a great way to get into your new home and not have to worry about heating bills for the 1st 2 years you own your home. Contact Ryzen Homes today. This offer is valid in Maine and New Hampshire only and cannot be combined with any other offer.

New England Homes - 15,000 Homes and Counting

Sunday, March 22, 2009
I wanted to share with you a little more on New England Homes.

New England Homes, founded in 1961, is more than its impressive manufacturing facility, its well trained modular home building, experienced and knowledgeable staff or its long history. New England Homes is about supporting builders, like Ryzen Homes, and helping New England homeowners benefit from the highest quality
modular home experience, on time and on budget.

New England Modular Homes, they have built well over 15,000 homes using 21st century modular home building technology. As the northeast's oldest modular home manufacturer, they supply a growing network of Builders throughout New England. This relationship allows the modular home builders to build better, quicker and more efficiently.

Contact Ryzen Homes today to take a tour of the New England Homes manufacturing facility and to tour the model home.

100 Questions & Answers to Buying a New Home

Sunday, March 22, 2009
If you are new to the home building process and want to learn more about it, check out this great resource from HUD. It's called the 100 Questions & Answers to Buying a New Home. 

Topics Covered

Part I Getting Started
Part II Finding Your Home
Part III You've Found It
Part IV General Financing -- Questions:The Basics
Part V First Steps
Part VI Finding The Right Loan For You
Part VII Closing
Part VIII How Can HUD And The FHA help Me Become a Homeowner
Part IX Mortgage Insurance
Part X FHA Products

As always, Ryzen Homes is here to help you through the home building process. Whether you are considered a custom modular home in Maine or New Hampshire from New England Homes or a panelized home from Barden Homes.

Now is a Great Time to Build a New Home

Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Now is a Great Time to Build a New Home
Yes, now is a great time to build a new home. For one, you and your family deserve it. If you have good credit, qualify for a mortgage, and are sick of renting or the current home you are living in just isn't what you want, building a new home today is a great decision.

  • Interest Rates are really low - Most are under 6%
  • Material Prices are down - Lumber has fallen up to 60% for some items!
  • Land Prices are the lowest they have been in years
  • Spending money on a new home helps stimulate the economy
  • Labor rates are the lowest we have seen in awhile
  • Building an ENERGY STAR home will save you money on energy costs
  • A new home is safer, more comfortable, and easier to maintain
  • A custom home is built the way you want - don't get stuck with buying something that isn't what you are looking for.

Now is the time to build. Don't wait until interest rates rise, material prices increase, and labor rates climb back up. Act today to build the new home your family deserves.

We can help you find land in Southern Maine, Southern New Hampshire, York County, Cumberland County, Rockingham County, and Stafford County.

Know Your Dirt - Land Buying Tips

Friday, March 13, 2009
Know Your Dirt

Buying land in Maine and New Hampshire usually means dirt, or, if you prefer, soils.
Most buyers visiting a lot for sale or those that already own property look at the view, setting and try to picture where their new home will be located—more or less in that order. Ryzen Homes can help you with your land buying alongside your real estate agent.

But next time, you are out looking at land, start with the dirt.

Soil qualities will largely determine what an owner can and cannot do with the property, from which crops and trees will grow best where, to the suitability of particular soils for septic-system drain fields and the ability of soil in a particular spot to support house construction. Septic system requirements change greatly from lots near water in Maine and New Hampshire versus those not near water.

Soil information is found in the county’s Soil Survey, a publication of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) whose portal is
http://soils.usda.gov. Click on “List of Published Soil Surveys” to go to county information via each state. Print surveys are usually available from NRCS field service centers, which can be found at http://offices.sc.egov.usda. gov/locator/app.

Some 2,300 surveys—covering most of America’s counties--are available. Each survey includes soil maps that show the location of each soil type throughout the county. Every soil type is classified according to steepness, rockiness, engineering properties (depth, texture, plasticity), physical and chemical properties (clay, density, permeability, water capacity) soil and water features (runoff estimates, flooding, high water table) and productivity for agriculture, trees and wildlife.

Why does this help a buyer? Before submitting a contract, a buyer can determine:
• Septic absorption. Is there dirt near a house site that’s likely to pass the town’s current drain-field test, either percolation or soil
color? Would the drain field at an existing house pass the current test? If the dirt won’t “perc,” the cost of installing a septic system
rises from about $4,000 to about $20,000.
• Construction uses. Are there soils on the property that can be used for roadfill, sand, gravel or topsoil?
• Water management. Is there a spot where the soil is suitable for a pond?
• Flooding. What is the frequency of flooding on a particular soil?
• Wetlands. Where are they?
• Water table? Is the water table too high for what you plan?
• Bedrock? How deep and how hard?
• Agricultural productivity. How much corn, oats, wheat and hay can each soil produce?
• Timber. Which soils grow trees the fastest and where are they?
• Buildings. Which soils are suitable for dwellings with and without basements; which can be used for roads?
• Wildlife habitat. Which soils support what?

If the NRCS office is no longer distributing print copies, photocopies of the particular map you want can be made. The local library, county extension agent, and Farm Service Agency office should have complete copies.

Soil surveys are more than dirt-cheap--they’re often FREE.

Finding the right lot to build on is half the process when building a new home. Make sure you have experts involved to help you make the right choice. We can help,
contact us today to learn more about finding the right lot for your new home.

Connect to Ryzen Homes on Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Ryzen Homes is on Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook. We are adding new information, content, videos, and more each and every day. Connect with us on any of these social media channels. We would love to hear from you, learn more about you and your family, and share make some friends. 


Bobvilla.com - Modular Homes Makes Sense

Saturday, March 07, 2009
I just came across this article posted on Bobvilla.com. One of the worlds most trusted experts in home building and remodeling Bob Villa, is sold on modular homes. Building your new home in Maine or New Hampshire using a modular building system just makes sense.

Read the article here:


The best insulation on the market

Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I get asked all the time what insulation do I prefer when building a new home. Hands down my favorite is Nu-Wool Cellulose. I prefer cellulose over foam and fiberglass for many reasons. Fiberglass insulation really is not a great insulator and should never be used in attics or basements, the 2 most critical places in a home for heat loss. Foam is a better insulator, but I am not sold on the idea of foam. Foam is filled with toxic chemicals and it remains to be seen whether or not foam is safe when fires occur in a home or whether or not foam off-gases after installation.

Cellulose is 99% recycled newspaper which is a great way to re-use aproduct that would end up in our land fills. It is installed at 2-3x's the density of fiberglass, which gives it a superior performance factor over fiberglass. Homes we build with cellulose that are independently tested by HERS Raters, are 40% more efficient! This amounts to a lot of money per year in energy savings. Cellulose is also fire retardant, mold resistant, and pest and rodent resistent. To me it offers more benefits then foam and far more then fiberglass. It also offers the best sound attentuation of all the insulations. You notice the difference right away when you enter a home insulated with cellulose, its so quiet.

Watch this video. Its a good one about cellulose.

The contractor I recommend for cellulose insulation is WarmTech Solutions in Yarmouth, ME.

Advantages of panelized homes and what they are.

Monday, February 23, 2009
Panelization, the most widely-used form of systems-building, refers to a construction method where housing components are prefabricated in a climate-controlled facility before being shipped to a home site.

  • A majority of today’s production and portfolio builders use factory-made floor and roof trusses, the most commonly known form of panelization.

  • Component panel types include simple pre-cut floor and roof trusses and strong and efficient structural insulated panels (SIPs).
  • Geodesic domes, the highly energy-efficient housing pioneered by Bukminster Fuller are constructed of hundreds of triangular panels. The National Dome Council is part of the BSC’s Panelized Council.
  • A BSC study, in conjunction with the Wood Truss Council of American, found that construction of a 2,600 sq. ft. home with trusses and panels used 26% less lumber, generated 76% less waste, and was constructed in just 37% of the man hours of a similar, stick-built home.
I personally love panelized homes. They do tend to cost more then modular homes, but offer incredible design flexibility, construction speed, and virtually unlimited customization. Building a custom panelized home in Maine and New Hamsphire is a great idea. Forget trying to build a custom home stick by stick, its time to use a building system to help get you in your new home faster, at less cost, and with more precision.

Building blocks of modular homes.

Monday, February 23, 2009
The following information was provided by the NAHB. I thought it was a good reference point to those looking to build a new modular home in Maine or New Hampshire. The Northeast continues to be a huge supporter of modular homes, with good reason. Maine and New Hampshire tend to be the toughest climates in the country to build homes. We deal with snow, rain, and harsh cold through the winter months which makes building a home a slow and painful process. But building with modular or panelized homes greatly helps the process along and eliminates a lot of weather issues that may arise.

  • The building blocks of modular homes - individual modules - are housing componenets constructed in a controlled factory environment.
  • Individual modules are up to 90% complete and shipped from the factory to the home site. All walls, flooring, ceilings, stairs, carpeting, and even wall finish are completed in the factory before shipment.
  • Once all building materials arrive at the factory, some manufacturers can assemble modules in a single day. Typically, a two-story, 2,500 sq. ft. home can be constructed in a factory in under a week.
  • Aside from any cost savings, modular homebuyers benefit from the short assembly time of their home – reducing any amount of weather damage or home site vandalism. Over the life of the home, modular homes save money because they are incredibly efficient.
  • In 2004, 42,700 modular homes were constructed in the United States
  • From 1992-2002, modular housing production increased 48%
  • One of every ten homes built in the northeast is a modular home. That region accounted for 29% of the nation’s modular activity in 2001. The South Atlantic region was a close second with 26%, and the Great Lakes region third, accounting for 24%.
  • The most popular states for modular construction are North Carolina, Michigan, and New York.