Modular Home FAQs, East Harwich, MA | Pleasant Bay Homes, Inc.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a modular home?

Modular homes are built in segments (dubbed "Modules") in a factory by experienced professionals using state-of-the-art machinery and methods. The modules are then assembled on the building site — after that, it becomes your home!

What’s the process like?

It all starts process with our utilization of computer aided design (CAD) systems to create your floor plan. Our engineering department saves you money by eliminating the need for independent engineering firms that can be incredibly pricy. When the design has been finalized, we start to build your home. And while this is similar to many site-built homes, the difference is in the control: you can count on quality materials, care for details, and reliability of the crew and conditions. Once the modules have been assembled, they’re delivered by truck to the site and then moved onto the foundation by crane. After the “set crew” finalizes and assembles the components and final detail work is performed, you move in!

Are modular homes green?

When a home is designed to be built from sustainable materials and with a sustainable design, then it can be considered green. Modular homes can be green! The homes that we build are very efficient, and many qualify as "green" homes with a few minor modifications. With a little bit of advance planning, the whole construction process has the potential to be green.

What's the difference between a "Modular" and "Manufactured" home?

Manufactured homes, which are sometimes known as “mobile homes,” are constructed to a standard called the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) code. Modular and site-built homes, meanwhile, are built to the codes required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We’re also sure to adhere to the following guidelines: the International Building Code, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Building Code 8th Edition, International Energy Conservation Code, and OSHA Construction Industry Regulations. Before your home is assembled, it is watched closely throughout all phases of construction, as well as by a third party inspection agency. Only then can it go to your building site — ensuring quality and structural integrity.

On average, how long does it take to build a modular home?

A popular benefit of modular construction is that it’s not very long between groundbreaking and when you move in. For example, a home that contains 4 modules can be completed in the factory in about a week’s time. After the modules are set on the foundation at the site of the building, and the final touches are done by our team of professionals, the construction of the home can be complete in a matter of months.

What exactly do modular homes look like?

There are no major differences between a modular home and a site-built home. The number of options that you have with modular construction is much greater than you might imagine, and it allows manufacturers to construct from the simplest to the most complex types of homes. Additionally, we can build for residential, multifamily and commercial settings.

Can I custom design my home?

Yes! We allow for incredible design flexibility and custom components within our homes.

Is financing a modular home different than financing a site-built home?

Absolutely not — there is no contrast between site-built and modular homes in regards to the overall appraisal of the property or financing plans. In fact, banks and lending institutions will look at both types of properties, and there’s no difference in terms of insurance policies, either.

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