Posts made in August, 2009


Mother Nature Network has a great blog article about manufactured housing: A to Zeta.  It shows just how far sytems built technology has come with efficient green building.  Pay attention to the list of green features.  What it shows is that it is available – if not the norm – yet.  Modular building is all about making your home what you want it to be.  If you are looking for an energy efficient green building, ask for that and voila, it’s in there.  If you want more closet space – ask for that and like magic, it’s in there.  Your new home should be everything you want it to be.  The energy conscience townhouse seen in this blog may be just what you have in mind.  A country ranch might be more to your liking – we can do that, too.  If you’ve never watched a modular home craned onto a foundation be sure to watch the short You Tube video of the townhouse being set into place at the bottom of the blog post on Mother Nature Network.  It’s fun to see it done in a mere 4 minutes with the men scurrying around so quickly.  Of course it takes longer than that in the real world, but it is still a much faster process than stick building on site.  If you’ve never considered a modular home before I encourage you to consider it now.  Call us to find out how it would work out for you!

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New Home Inventory


Posted By on Aug 8, 2009

You’ve moved into your new home and love it…but have you taken an inventory for insurance purposes?  It is an important step in getting settled to take a home inventory in the event something happens to your new home.  Unfortunately we do have to be prepared for the unthinkable; the only thing worse than losing your brand new home to a disaster would be to lose your home and not have an inventory of the contents.  If this seems like an overwhelming task read this brochure I found on www.housing-information.org.  It is a guide to help you know what you need to keep a record of in case of loss.  You will rest easier knowing you have taken this practical step.

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Spend a Little, Save a Lot


Posted By on Aug 8, 2009

In this economy where we are all looking to save money and energy, these products found at ThisOldHouse.com make a lot of sense.  Some of them might seem a little pricey, but if you factor in the energy savings, the net cost can be zero in just a matter of months.  My favorite item is the washer and dryer that can complete a clothes cycle in 30 minutes.  The energy saved in two years pays for them, but if I included in my time value – conservatively saying $30 per hour – with the amount of laundry to do in my house, I figure they could pay for themselves in six months.  Now, if This Old House would find a way that every item is folded and pressed when I open the dryer door, that would be priceless.

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What to Expect


Posted By on Aug 8, 2009

The July 2009 Builder Magazine published results from their recent survey in an article titled Brave New World. They have taken a good look at what the home builders of the future will be expecting in the housing market.  There are  three distinct markets that will drive these expectations according to the newest information.  Immigrants will still be dreaming about being able to build a home big enough for extended family, Baby Boomers will be looking to downsize without giving up quality, and the “Millenials” will be looking for urban, uncluttered and well designed homes.  All three groups will be looking at affordability due to economic constraints that were not there in the past.  The builders of the future will need to accommodate a variety of expectations and keep the cost down.  This is where sytems built technology has a head start.  Design, affordability and meeting expectations have always been the foremost concerns in a modular building process.  As we look to the future we can expect that modular building will be in a prime position to help anyone build the home they are looking for.

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