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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.)"

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.