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Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Blog |

Modular Homes “Back in the Day”

Modular Homes “Back in the Day”

Back In the day you could buy complete modular homes from the Sears, Roebuck and Company catalog and many people did. Between 1907 and 1940, more than 100,000 people ordered their homes — modular kits that included everything except the plaster and masonry materials. When the Sears Modern Homes catalog arrived the buyer could chose from three different lines of homes to suit their financial means. Honor Built homes were the most expense and finest quality. Joists, studs and rafters were to be spaced 14 3/8 inches apart and the exteriors were cypress siding and cedar shingles. The Standard Built homes were for warmer weather and the Simplex Sectional line contained simple design with only a couple rooms. The house was shipped by rail in a boxcar and came with a 75-page instruction book and contained 10,000 to 30,000 pieces and framing pieces were marked with numbers. Holt and Jean Connor own the Sears Roebuck catalog home, the Ashmore, at 200 Glenn Avenue. Holt wrote to Sears’ Company and...

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Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Blog |

Potrero Fire in 2016 – What’s the Next Step?

Potrero Fire in 2016 – What’s the Next Step?

If you, a neighbor, a family member, or a friend has been a victim of the Fires in California of 2016, then we would like to offer some tips on rebuilding a new home. 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. We’d like to help you understand the following critical things that can have a huge impact on your future and your new home: What is your best option for getting moved into your rebuilt home with as little delay as possible so you can avoid being displaced longer than necessary? There are newer construction techniques now available in California that will shave months off of your rebuild and we want you to know what they are. Imagine being in a new home in as little as 120 days…this is now not only possible but common with this newer design technique…and with zero sacrifice in quality. What new advances in...

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Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Blog, Featured, In The News |

California Wildfires in 2016 – What’s the Next Step?

California Wildfires in 2016 – What’s the Next Step?

If you, a neighbor, a family member, or a friend has been a victim of the Fires in California of 2016, then we would like to offer some tips on rebuilding a new home. 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. We’d like to help you understand the following critical things that can have a huge impact on your future and your new home: What is your best option for getting moved into your rebuilt home with as little delay as possible so you can avoid being displaced longer than necessary? There are newer construction techniques now available in California that will shave months off of your rebuild and we want you to know what they are. Imagine being in a new home in as little as 120 days…this is now not only possible but common with this newer design technique…and with zero sacrifice in quality. What new advances in...

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Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in Blog, Featured, In The News |

Los Angeles Modular Construction Industry Definitions

Los Angeles Modular Construction Industry Definitions

How many times a week do you hear the words ‘modular’, ‘mobile home’, ‘prefab’ and ‘manufactured’ used to describe what the modular construction industry builds? I see it just about every day and if you are a modular home builder you also hear it a lot. So what are the differences? Mobile Home, Double Wide, HUD and Manufactured homes are usually defined as a home regulated by federal law (Code of Federal Regulations, 24 CFR 3280): “Manufactured homes are built as dwelling units of at least 320 square feet (30 m2) in size with a permanent chassis to assure the initial and continued transportability of the home.”, the requirement to have a wheeled chassis permanently attached. They are built to the HUD, not IRC, building specifications and are the second largest type of homes built after site built homes. Prefabricated, Prefab, SIP and Panelized homes refers to any part of a building that has been assembled offsite in a factory or manufacturing facility and transported in complete or sub-assemblies...

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Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Blog |

Sustainable Design Unique to Traditional Construction Methods

Sustainable Design Unique to Traditional Construction Methods

This 2,465 sf 2-story Prefab Contemporary Home built with sustainable design and using modular construction in the North Park area of San Diego, California features a stucco interior, Level 5 Smooth hand applied interior walls, custom engineered hardwood floors, quartz countertops, hardwood cabinets, KitchenAid and Whirlpool appliances, Panoramic Doors, glass/metal stairway handrail, and split mini ductless HVAC Systems. Abe Ferriera, CEO of USModular states, “The home is a great example of the flexibility of working with USModular, Inc. as the owners are very talented and had specific finishes that they wanted to have installed to incorporate sustainable design.  They designed and installed the flooring, cabinets, tile and countertops to create a beautiful contemporarymasterpiece overlooking San Diego Bay Park in San Diego by using site installed Panoramic Doors while USModular, Inc. as General Contractor oversaw the house design, permits and construction of structure. This home is a true San Diego contemporary masterpiece. ” Anyone who still harbors preconceived notions about modular construction incorporating sustainable design should see what’s going on...

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Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Blog |

Prefab Home Review – USModular, Inc. Builds Another Winner

Prefab Home Review – USModular, Inc. Builds Another Winner

Dear Abe and Todd, I’m writing you this morning, scratching my head and thinking, “what the heck did I just experience”. I find myself, three days later, replaying October 9, 2012 in my mind and thinking “how was USModular able to make this happen”. When arriving at the lot Tuesday morning and seeing an enormous crane in my front yard with only a couple of feet of room on either end, I thought “there is no way this can work”! With a guy-wire running diagonal from the front of my yard to a vertical pole, trees branches dangling in every direction and power lines bordering our property, the only other obstacle left would be snow in L.A. To my complete amazement, the crane swung the first module into place as easy as my son playing with his Lego set. The day ran smoothly, and instead of our house being a construction site, it soon became a neighborhood block party. Neighbors, friends, business people and onlookers came in waves and...

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