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

How a Two Story Home Plan Can Help You Get the Most for Your $

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
If you are looking to get the most house for your money, a two story home plan probably makes the most sense for you. As long as you and your family members are willing and able to climb the stairs several times a day, a two story home plan can provide you with significant cost and functionality benefits over a one story design.

Cost Savings: With a two story design, you can essentially double your square footage without doubling your building cost. How? You don't end up paying for roofing on the first floor square footage or foundation on the second floor footage. Also, when you stack the square footage over two floors, you decrease your home's footprint, enabling you to build your home on a smaller lot which may save you on land purchasing costs.

Energy Savings: Once your home is built, you will save money in heating costs by having a second floor. Why? As we all know, heat rises, and the second floor will absorb some of the heat from the living space downstairs. Additionally, all Ryzen Homes are built with an
energy efficient home envelope, which ensures that the heating and cooling you are paying for stay inside no matter what the weather outside.

A two story home plan significantly decreases your cost per square foot to build. In fact, Ryzen Homes is running a special on the Tamworth Colonial, starting at $135,600 through April 2010. That is less than $85 per square foot! Click
here for more information on this exclusive limited time offer.

First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit Not Just For First Timers Anymore

Friday, November 13, 2009
Great news for homebuyers - the first time homebuyer tax credit set to expire 11/30/09 has been extended and expanded. The new buyer tax credit, which will be valid through 6/30/10, is more inclusive of higher income ranges and existing home buyers. Here are the highlights:

•  Existing Homeowners Are Eligible if they have lived in their primary home for 5+ years and are looking to purchase a new primary home.
•  Date Extension to include homes closing on or before 6/30/10.
•  First Time Homebuyers Still Receive Largest Credit of up to $8,000 or 10% of the purchase price, whichever is less.
•  Find out more

What does this mean for Ryzen Homes customers? That there has never been a better time to buy a new home! This buyer credit, combined with our current special offers means that you could be in a new home for as little as $105,600! So start shopping today and set up an appointment with Ryzen Homes to start the process of building your new home now.

Building a New Home in Maine and New Hampshire - Are We Stick Stuck?

Monday, April 06, 2009
Why are we stuck on stick built construction in the US versus Modular Building Systems?

I came across a great article on Building Systems Magazine in regards to the United States home building market being dominated by old fashioned building techniques. Home building has evolved greatly and with modular home building technology and panelized systems gaining more and more market share, there is a lot of hope that we can economize the home building process similar to the automobile market.

The climate in Maine and New Hampshire makes life very difficult when building a new home. Using a building system can help make life a lot easier on the client and the builder. Modular homes come up to 90% complete when delivered to the job site. This allows us to complete your home a lot quicker, for less money, and protect it from the elements.

Read the full article called "Stick Stuck by Sarah Williams Goldhagen.

"Technologically, there is no reason why houses, like cars, cannot be mass-produced, and in other countries they are constructed that way. Prefabricated, mass-produced homes, like mass-produced cars, offer myriad advantages. Fewer resources, material and labor, are wasted. Weather does not dictate construction schedules. Higher and consistent quality is more easily and reliably achieved, because the product is fabricated in the controlled setting of a manufacturing plant, with all the attendant cost advantages. The Swedish residential building industry has long been dominated by prefabricated construction: nationally uniform building systems made possible an abundance of companies manufacturing high quality kit and modular homes and prefabricated housing components. By the 1980s, prefabrication was used in 85 percent of new residential construction. (Not surprisingly, Sweden-based Ikea offers its own prefabricated house.)"

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.