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Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in Blog |

Modern Modular Apartments

Prefab building is a type of building that consists of several factory-built components or units that are assembled on-site to complete the unit. The world’s first prefabricated, pre-cast paneled apartment blocks were pioneered in Liverpool. The idea was not extensively adopted in Britain, however was widely adopted elsewhere, particularly in Eastern Europe. Architects are incorporating modern designs into the prefab apartments of today. Prefab housing should no longer be compared to a mobile home in terms of appearance, but to that of a complex modernist design. There has also been an increase in the use of green materials in the construction of these prefab apartments. Consumers can easily select between different environmentally friendly finishes and wall systems. Broadway Stack is a 28-unit moderate-income apartment complex built with 56 prefabricated modules in New York City. The modules were assembled off-site in a former subway car factory and then shipped to Inwood, where they are stacked to form a seven-story tower. The Stack Modular Apartments The Stack Modular Apartments The Stack...

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Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Blog |

A Look at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Modular Buildings

From early modular construction to a portfolio of homes based in the Midwest, we take a look at the prefab residences designed by America’s most famous architect. If you were plotting a Frank Lloyd Wright tour of American architecture, the 2700 block of West Burnham Street in Milwaukee might not make your itinerary. But on this quiet street, you can find evidence of the architect’s career-long obsession with creating affordable, sometimes modular, housing for the masses. The only grouping of Frank Lloyd Wright’s early American System-Built Homes—built by Arthur Richards and designed with standardized components for mass appeal to moderate-income families—is situated in the Burnham Park neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The four model 7A duplexes, one model B1 bungalow (shown here), and model C3 bungalow were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. [Photo via McNees.org] Crafted between 1915 and 1917 with precut factory lumber to save cash and labor, a half-dozen duplexes and bungalows on this block—the American System-Built Homes, as they have come to...

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Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in Blog |

Ways a Prefab Home Can Save You Money

So you are in the market for a new home and heard that a prefab home might be a less expensive option? Given that prefab homes are built with the same materials and built to the same codes as conventional site built homes it would seem that the costs would also be the same. Generally speaking, the costs are comparable, but there are a few ways that a modular home can save you money. Construction Loan – During the construction phase of your home, typically you will have a construction loan. Payments (or draws) are taken from this loan to pay contractors, subcontractors and materials, with the borrower (home owner) paying the monthly interest payment. Once construction is completed, the construction loan will be paid off with your permanent mortgage loan. One of the key advantages of modular construction is the shorter construction schedule. Construction of your home is occurring at the same time as the foundation work. When the foundation is completed, it is generally only a matter...

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Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Blog |

US Modular Provides First Class Experience

Randy and Adrienne Trim wrote a letter to USModular Home Builders describing the great experience and first class customer service they received when working with USModular, Inc. We would like to take a moment to thank you for all that you have done to complete our home project. You assisted us when our first contractor left us hanging without much hope of finishing this project, and we cannot thank you enough. Your company even referred us to an attorney that assisted us in saving the large down payment we had made on our modular home when we thought for sure that money would be lost to us. The speed in which you stepped in to assist us is so much appreciated. Working with your company was amazingly easy. Your staff, namely Jack and Mike were so pleasant and helpful. They kept us informed of any bumps in the road, of which there were very few, and worked quickly to resolve those little problems. They truly are an asset to...

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Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Blog |

Senior Housing and Modular Construction

Modular buildings are revolutionizing the way some senior housing providers approach the development process from start to finish—driving costs down while creating more appealing spaces than some might realize. Tigard, Ore.-based assisted living provider Elite Care has used modular construction in the development of its campuses since 2013, starting with Sylvan Park in Vancouver, Washington and then Oatfield Estates in Milwaukie, Oregon. The company also has two more Oregon-based developments in the works. Knoll Summit is expected to open in 2016 and Oak Hills is expected to break ground in 2016. In addition, the company has plans to expand into northern California. “Modular construction gets a bad name,” Elite Care CEO Jason Hess tells SHN, noting the negative public perception may be due to images of tornadoes tearing through mobile home parks. “But modular construction is rooted in technology and sophistication. You wouldn’t want a BMW built in a muddy field. You would want that BMW built in a factory offering laser-guided precision. That’s how we view our developments.” In...

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Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in Blog |

Rebuilding After Cajon Pass 2016 Fire

Rebuilding After Cajon Pass 2016 Fire

Raging wildfires burning in the Cajon Pass in Southern California have devastated residents.  According to the Los Angeles Times, the Cajon Pass Fire has forced thousands of residents to evacuate and has burned more than 31,000 acres.   Cajon Pass Wildfire Rages Out of Control For the victims that are losing their homes and belongings – the road back to a normal life can be long.  However, there may be ways to shorten the trip.  Losing a home is a tragic event and rebuilding a fire resistant home as fast as possible will help to get your life back in order. Here are a few tips that may shorten your road back: Use local resources to help with temporary housing such as the Red Cross Contact your Homeowners Insurance to determine the available temporary displacement coverage and available coverage for a rebuild replacement house Contact a General Contractor Be sure to select one that can offer design/build services and one who builds with Modular Construction Contact your local building department to...

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