Frequently Asked Questions

General questions asked by clients:

What is a building System?

Simply put, a building system is a highly engineered method of producing buildings or building components in an efficient and cost effective manner. Modular homes actually begin as components; designed, engineered, and assembled in the controlled environment of a modern factory. It is when these components come together on your building site and the final finish is completed by your builder that the components become a home for you and your family.
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Tell me more about the modular home construction process.

Most modular producers use state of the art computer assisted design stations which aid them in customizing floor plans and producing drawings and material requirement lists. Once designed, the building process begins. Efficiency begins with modern factory assembly line techniques. Your home travels to workstations with all the building trades represented. Work is never delayed by weather, subcontractor no-shows, or missing material. Quality engineering and modular construction techniques significantly increase the energy efficiency of your modular home. A quality control process provides 100% assurance that your home has been inspected for code compliance and workmanship. In-plant inspectors as well as independent inspection agencies inspect the home on behalf of your state and local government.
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How long does it take to build a modular home?

On the average, a home consisting of two modules will be factory produced in six or seven days. Once the manufacturing process is complete, the unit must be transferred to the building site and placed on its foundation. Final completion is usually handled by Cottages to Castles and includes connection of utilities to the home, and a short list of finish work. Normally the home is completed in two or three weeks.
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What do modular homes look like?

Modular homes look like any other home. Today’s building technology has allowed modular manufacturers to build most any style of home from a simple ranch to a highly customized contemporary.
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Can I design my own home instead of using a modular manufacturers standard plan?

Yes! Cottages to Castles, Inc. offers the customer complete flexibility and will assist you from concept to completion.
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I know that modular homes are built to the same codes as site-built homes, but is financing any different?

There is no distinction between modular and site-built homes as far as appraisal or financing. Banks and lending institutions treat both types of construction the same. Likewise, there is no difference in insuring the modular property.
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I get confused when I see the term “Manufactured Home” and “Modular Home”. What’s the difference?

Manufactured homes, sometimes referred to as mobile homes, are another type of building system and are constructed to a different building standard. This standard, the Federal Construction Safety Standards Act (HUD/CODE), unlike conventional building codes, requires manufactured homes to be constructed on a non-removable steel chassis. Many communities have restrictions on where manufactured homes can be located.

Modular and site-built homes, on the other hand, are constructed to the same building code required by your state, county, and specific locality and therefore are not restricted by building or zoning regulations. Your new modular home is inspected at the assembly plant during each phase of construction. Evidence of this inspection is normally shown by the application of a state or inspection agency label of approval.
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