Modular Homes FAQs

Supreme Modular Homes Faqs page

WHAT IS MODULAR HOME CONSTRUCTION?

 

Modular homes in many situations will save you tens of thousands of dollars and countless months over traditional site built construction.  Modular home  construction is a process of “stick building” your home in modular components within a climate-controlled factory environment. The components are set onto the foundation at your site, and the home is then completed to specifications using traditional finishes.  Modular Homes are found to be approximately 20 %- 25% less than traditional site built homes.

ARE THERE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN LIMITATIONS WITH MODERN MODULAR HOME DESIGN?

Supreme Modular, your NJ tri-state area modular home builder, has worked with clients and their architects on very complex architectural designs for homes ranging from approximately 5,000 square feet to over 8,000 square feet. When we begin the process with a client, we first meet the architect to provide the very basic modular information needed to design the  home. Thus far, we have not encountered an instance where the architect cannot meet the client’s design expectations. The architects with whom we have worked are excited to employ modern, modular-building technology to achieve a superior-built home to complement their designs.

CAN I MAKE ALTERATIONS TO FLOOR PLANS?

We can alter the floor plans within our design system to accommodate your design needs. Many of our homes are designed specifically for the client, and we can  modify an existing factory plan, or we can custom design our client’s home.

CAN I DESIGN A MASTER BEDROOM SUITE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF A TWO-STORY HOME OR REVERSE A LIVING FLOOR PLAN?

Yes. Our design system can locate rooms according to your preference. As an NJ modular homes builder, Supreme Modular  has employed these design options within our homes.

CAN I USE MODERN MODULAR TECHNOLOGY TO BUILD A SEASHORE HOME?

Yes. We are experienced with seashore architectural designs, floor planning, seashore-friendly building materials, and construction techniques. Supreme Modular has built many homes specifically for the seashore.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES TO STICK-BUILDING MY MODULAR HOME IN A FACTORY, VERSUS HAVING IT BUILT ONSITE, IN THE TRADITIONAL METHOD?

Modular homes built within the factory are built in less time, and engineered cuts ensure a square and true fit during the assembly process. During construction, none of the building materials or components are subjected to inclement weather, minimizing the warping and damage that can affect site-built homes left exposed during the construction process. With modular homes, the final product is more stable and more energy efficient.

WHY ARE MODULAR HOMES BUILT WITH MODERN MODULAR CONSTRUCTION SUPERIOR TO CONVENTIONAL, SITE-BUILT HOMES?

If “a picture says a thousand words”,  a tour of the modular home factory explains the superiority of modern modular construction. Modular home construction is just as much “stick-built” as any site-built construction because it is built in a climate-controlled factoryusing engineered, laser-precise cuts by technicians working on ground level (not straddling a 2×4 or balancing from the peak of a roof). The frame of a modular home contains nearly 30% more lumber than a site-built home, so it is much more stable, and the interiors of our modular homes are built with the same components used in any conventional house. You can customize your modular home to be built with the same fine luxury appointments expected to be found in a conventional, custom-built home.

 

DO MODULAR HOMES REQUIRE DIFFERENT FOUNDATION SYSTEMS THAN A CONVENTIONAL, SITE-BUILT HOME?

No. Modular housing is set onto traditional foundation systems, including poured concrete, concrete masonry units, precast concrete systems, and pilings.

 

ARE THERE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR BUILDING A HOME AT THE SHORE ON A PILING FOUNDATION?

No.

 

WHY DOES A MODULAR HOME FRAME CONTAIN NEARLY 30% MORE LUMBER THAN A CONVENTIONAL, SITE-BUILT HOME?

The modular components of our frames must have sufficient strength and stability to withstand the rigors of over-the-road transport to your home site and the lifting of the components with a crane onto your foundation. This increased strength of the modular home translates into better overall construction of your home.

 

ARE MODULAR HOMES ENERGY EFFICIENT?

Yes. Modular homes generally enjoy a high efficiency rating from utility companies as air infiltration is minimized due to the engineering process. Supreme Modular’s “green” design and construction process saves energy and natural resources by minimizing waste and recycling materials. The factory process also has less of a negative environmental impact on the home site, and a modular home uses less energy, water, and natural resources. Supreme Modular supports the Energy Star and LEED programs that are designed to encourage the development of “green” building.

 

ARE MODULAR HOMES SUBJECTED TO MUNICIPAL INSPECTIONS?

Your site and the building plans of your modular home must be approved by the local municipality. Once your foundation is built, it must be approved by the local code official. During construction in the factory, a certified third-party inspector will verify upon completion, that your modular home has been manufactured in accordance with the approved plans and conforms to all municipal and state code requirements.
IS A MODULAR HOME LESS COSTLY TO BUILD THAN A CONVENTIONAL, SITE-BUILT HOME?

Typically, yes. A modular home manufacturer that builds at a high volume buys its materials in bulk and pays less than a single builder would pay at its local supplier. Also, the manufacturer’s local representative, in this case Supreme Modular, usually has less work to do than a local custom home builder to complete the modular home, incurring less in overhead costs and operating on a lower profit margin. As a result the customer can anticipate a cost saving by building a home with Supreme Modular

ONCE A MODULAR HOME IS COMPLETED ON MY SITE, WILL I BE ABLE TO DISTINGUISH IT FROM A CONVENTIONAL, SITE-BUILT HOME?

No, Due to advancements in technology and the manufacturing process, it is virtually impossible to distinguish a well-designed and well-built modular house from a site-built house.

 

WILL MY MODULAR HOME BE BUILT AND READY FOR OCCUPANCY QUICKER THAN IF I BUILT WITH TRADITIONAL METHODS?

Yes, generally in half the time. A typical modular home is completed in the factory within seven days and ready for delivery to your site. Once your modular home is delivered and set at your site, we can do utility connections, minor exterior and interior finishes, and final site grading and improvements.

CAN MODULAR COMPONENTS BE USED IN AN EXPANSION PROJECT?

Possibly. We can project floor plans and architectural styles for your expansion initially; however, we cannot be certain that your existing structure and its foundation can support modular home construction until your structural engineer provides an assessment. After your engineer concludes affirmatively, you can be assured that your project, using modular home components, will be completed in less time and at a lower cost than similar site-built construction.

 

IF WE HAVE A SMALL HOUSE AND ARE CONSIDERING BUILDING BIGGER, SHOULD WE CONSIDER TEARING DOWN OUR HOUSE AND REBUILDING WITH A NEW MODULAR HOME?

We believe that the best choice is to demolish and rebuild. Your existing home may have some characteristics that you want to preserve, but in many instances, existing homes do not have the features many people desire with modern architecture: high ceilings, two-story ceiling heights, functional basements that can accommodate an 8-foot minimum finished ceiling height, and other modern features. If you choose demolition, you can be assured that your rebuild with a modular home will still be completed in less time and at less cost than conventional, site-built housing.

 

IS A MODULAR HOME DIFFICULT TO FINANCE?

No. Today’s residential lenders are all very well informed and find it appealing to finance a modular home. The construction lender knows that, when it advances its first draw, the modular home is nearly complete, thereby minimizing any chance of the house not reaching completion. Those same educated lenders also understand the superiority of modern modular homes. Supreme Modular does not provide licensed mortgage specialists, but we have experience in the field and relationships with multiple lenders that can help secure the most favorable lending terms.

 

HOW DO WE GET STARTED ON OUR FINANCING?

Modular homes are easily financed through conventional mortgage financing because lenders are assured of a completed project with a higher degree of both quality and cost control. Today, our clients have more financing options than have been generally available over the past three years. If you need both construction and permanent financing, we have very active lenders offering attractive financing terms, and if you already have your permanent mortgage, Supreme Modular will find banks to finance your construction loan.

This list of FAQs pertaining to modular home construction will grow as clients raise additional questions; therefore, please check back to this page frequently to learn more about the “start of the art” of modern, modular home construction.

This list of questions pertaining to modular home construction and the modular home process continues to grow as clients raise questions. Therefore, please check back to this page frequently to learn more about the “start of the art” of modern, modular home construction.

 

The project milestones

SITE ACQUISITION

If you are searching for a new home site, we can refer you to an experienced, local Realtor to assist you in the process. As you search for that new home site, Supreme Modular will continue to guide you in the critical issues of matching your site needs to your lifestyle and architectural desires.

SITE PREPARATION

We provide demolition, excavation, and grading to prepare your new home site for the building of your modular home.

HOUSE DESIGN

Architecture can be simple or complex. You can select from one of our available models, and we can make a few simple and quick in-house modifications, but we often provide custom designs, saving our clients the cost of engaging an architect. If necessary, custom New Jersey modular home builder Supreme Modular can integrate the consulting services of an experienced architect for a special design.

BUILDING SPECIFICATIONS

Benefit from the “standard” building specifications of a Supreme Modular home, but remember that every home can be totally customized to your specifications!

HOME OWNERSHIP WARRANTY

New Home Warranties may be provided by 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty, widely recognized as the leading new home warranty program in America. Your warranty will provide your custom New Jersey home with limited warranty coverage from frame to foundation and from interior systems to exterior finish. Please see your sales representative for warranty details.

FINANCING

Supreme Modular works with leading banks in the area of construction financing.  Additionally, we have banking relationships with regional and community banks throughout our markets to properly assist you in financing your home, if necessary.

 

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