What is a System Built Home?

What a System Built or Modular Home is and their benefits!

Stick Built House

Built to state and local codes-can be built anywhere

Inspected by the State of Indiana and the destination States

Qualifies for FHA/VA or conventional 30-year mortgages

Constructed of 2x10 floor joists, 16" on center nominal with 3/4 floor deck

Framed with 2x6 exterior walls, 16" on center nominal, covered with sheathing

8' ceilings and standard cabinet heights, 9' ceilings and optional cabinets heights available

Built with drywall, seams taped and mudded and walls prime painted

Sidewalls and ceilings insulated to local code, additional insulation optional

Floor covered with FHA conforming carpet and resilient vinyl

Moved onto the site on special carriers

Home picked up by a Crane and set onto a crawlspace or basement foundation

Home and Property that appreciates (Real Estate)

What they are not....

  • Not-Manufactured home or trailer
  • Not-Made of materials (decking, paneling) containing formaldehyde
  • Not-Constructed with I-Beam underneath axles
  • Not-Constructed with 2x6 floor joists
  • Not-Insulated with R11 sidewalls and R11 or R19 in the roof
  • Not-Built with paneling or open seam interior walls
  • Not-Moved to the site on its own chassis
  • Not-Slid onto blocks or a perimeter and rail blocked foundation
  • Not-Personal property that tends to depreciate

Some other benefits of System Built Homes and FEMA

Known price-no overruns or material price changes for new construction

Built in an indoor environment, workers and house are sheltered from the weather

Brand name components

Half of the time to complete of that of a site built home

Modular homes built to our standards have been used as safe houses in hurricane stricken communities

No visual difference between Modular/System Built and site built homes



Modular Homes Stronger Than Site Built Homes, FEMA Says

Planning on building near the coast line? A modular home is likely your best choice for safety. While no modular home builder would ever be so bold as to say that their homes are hurricane-proof, it has been proved time and again that modular homes stand up to extreme conditions much better than their site-built counterparts.When Hurricane Sandy hit the northeast and homeowners went to tally up the damage, modular homes fared significantly better. FEMA has continually praised modular construction for sound workmanship dating all the way back to a report they issued back in 1993 about Hurricane Andrew hitting Florida.Proponents of modular homes have long maintained that the building system produces structures that are far stronger than site-built housing. For instance, the modular sections are well built to withstand the stresses of highway travel, containing up to 30% more building materials than a comparable site-built home. To withstand the stress of transportation and being lifted by a crane, drywall is often both glued and screwed to wall studs and triple-headers are used over window openings and around stairwells.The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confirmed that modular home withstood a hurricane far better than site-built housing. In its report “Building Performance: Hurricane Andrew in Florida,” assessment teams from FEMA concluded that modular homes withstood the 131-155 mph winds of Category 4 storm in August 1992 far batter than site-built housing.“Overall, relatively minimal structural damage was noted in modular housing developments. The module-to-module combination of units appears to have provided an inherently rigid system that performed much better than conventional residential framing. This was evident in both the transverse and longitudinal directions of the modular buildings,” cites the report. (Get your free copy by calling 800-480-2520, publication number FIA-22, item 3-0180)