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 New innovative method utilizing modular dormers and extensions are driving the modular building industry in an unprecedented direction. Think of building modular homes, extensions and dormers as big building blocks with almost finished interiors and exteriors. The blocks are put in place to create cost effective almost complete units stacked next to or put on top of an existing structure. These units or modules are spliced into a preexisting structure to create a well thought out cost effective extension and or dormer. These advantages are too enticing to overlook as an alternative method of building. The build time is drastically shortened with far less inconvenience to the customer. Building with modules has many advantages over conventional methods in regards to cost savings that can be categorized as hard and soft costs. Hard costs are the cost of materials and labor. Soft costs are design and interest rate expenses on monies borrowed.

The hybrid concept is combining conventional or stick building with modular or manufactured building process as a way of combining new modules with an old house. This is done by having the foundation or preexisting structural plan reorganized or rebuilt to accept the boxes or modules. For example building or re supporting a foundation or installing I- beam to create a support for the new second floor or roughing in entrance in the old house to create access for the new extension adjacent too. With the right design this innovative approach can give your home an entire make over at a cost effective price. This can be accomplished with far less stress of conventional methods of building. When adapting a preexisting home with modular construction there is a blending of the modular and convention building methods. There is a melding of the new and old structures to formulate the desired outcome. A lot square foot area can be achieved by incorporating hybrid building methods at building cost numbers that make great sense. Building hybrid with modules can be the answer for customers whom want minimal displacement, less limitations from climate exposure with cost and time savings advantages.

Feasibility most be considered when considering the modular process because of the intrinsic cost of the crane and set crew. The cost of adapting this hybrid process has to be calculated by the overall cost effectiveness of building a hybrid project versus a conventional project. As long as the space you are looking to creating is approx, 800 square feet or more, a hybrid build is worth considering. The viability of this method is calculated by figuring the cost factors involved in re-rebuilding the existing structure for the integration of the manufactured modules. Other costs as far as excavation, foundation and re structuring costs should be similar to conventional building costs. You should be able to make some preliminary judgments on the costs on your own. Exploring costs can as easy as requesting a free estimates by contractors and of a course contacting A Modular Solution LLC. Building hybrid makes sense when the financial threshold points are met and the practicality of a hybrid build is established. This hybrid process saves you time, stress and money over traditional building methods.

The next step would have an architect or professional engineer evaluate the old structure and consider all the cost factors necessary to perform the building process. Be careful to pick an engineer or architect that have the knowledge and experience working with modular homes and or additions. The next step would be a consultation discussing your design expectations with all the possible design options that could be effectively engaged on your project. Cost factors questions can be discussed in regards to what can and cannot be accomplished on your budget. The quote for the modules comes from the manufacturer and quote you're by the representative or builder. Re-supporting and site work should be included with the final plans you receive from the architect or Professional Engineer. The module(s) plan is integrated with the necessary site by the architect or the professional engineer. The plans will depict the addition with the old structure with the necessary set backs on the plans within local regulations. The final plans are the only way to give contractors the specific information necessary to receive accurate quote on costs. After the modular plans get a state approval the architect incorporates the necessary site work and the final plan go for local approval.

There is a point that might be crossed finically that might favor a tear down of the old structure. Tearing down the current house is option when existing construction is so inferior and rebuilding makes no financial sense. The time and the money spent rebuilding would be imprudent, a bad investment. With the cost effective modular homes a new home might be far more affordable than adding and revamping an old structure. Working with old structures has inherent problems that are eliminated with a new structure. The savings in energy and expediency of building process of a new home eliminates many concerns from old windows to antiquated insulation and a poor floor plan. It always makes sense in doing everything to today's building codes and energy saving standards. The awareness of how cost effective manufactured or hybrid building can be answer to your building solution. Starting new eliminates frustration and allows the customer the freedom to build the house of their dreams with few limitations inherent to old structures. The modular process should always be considered where ever you are building a new structure over 1,000 square feet. Unless there are obstacles in bringing in a crane or extensive site work, it makes good financial sense to look at the feasibility of modular construction. Approx 80% of modular construction is complete when delivered and installed onsite. The finishing work onsite consists; of tie-ins of plumbing, minor drywall, electric, painting and finishing the HVAC system. The modular house has a big draw self confident for do it your self's with few draw backs for someone whom wants to act as their own general contractor. All the procedures to finish the building project are easy to follow, very manageable and the modules are practically finished when installed onsite.

For people who have mechanical ability and the fortitude this can be a highly rewarding experience and a highly beneficial finically. The savings can be significantly, well worth the sweat equity that is involved. Modular structures and hybrid buildings are highly manageable with easy to follow procedures. Combining modular and conventional onsite construction creates new exciting synergy, helping to build custom designs with numerous advantages over utilizing merely conventional methods of building. Why not act as your own general contractor with 85 % of the work finished and the new structure weather tight after installation onsite.

Today in well established communities where land is at a premium, modular extensions and dormers can bring a cost effective solution for growing families. This is the solution for people whom would like forgo moving to a new house and the relocating hassles of moving. In the past with relatively inexpensive material and labor conventional building method was the obvious choices. Now with escalating unending price increases of conventional building the scales have tipped in favor of the hybrid process way of building. With labor and materials escalating costs with soft cost of workmen's compensation going sky high there is a need to make building more affordable. Because of cost of interest rate charges and conventional building customers are rethinking there building solution. The idea of pre-engineered housing, extensions and dormers are an accepted cost effective building method in the 21st century. This is fueled by the demand of affordable housing and additions. The modular processes with the hybrid method are now a sensible decision in regards to cost effectiveness, time and efficiency compared to conventional building methods. Areas with very little exposure to modular building technology are exploring this method for several good reasons other than the obvious financial benefits. Advantages are in terms of time savings; limiting liabilities, quality assurance, overall efficiency and far less displacement of customers are big factors hard to overlook. Modular homes have shown to be tried and true for many years as a cost efficient alternative way of building. Modular technology utilized pre-engineered dormers and extensions are altering the status quo mind set of many people in the construction trade and the people who do their homework. The conveniences and the ease of this process are too obvious to be ignored by the savvy customers today with all the notoriety in the media. The bottom line is modular dormers and extensions can renovate your home into your dream home utilizing all the advantages of new pr-engineered building technology without the draw backs of conventional building methods.

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