If you're looking to get the most out of your "housing dollar," you need to consider a system-built home. Depending on the region of the country, construction costs per square foot for a new system-built home average anywhere from 10 to 35 percent less than a comparable site-built home, excluding the cost of land. Today's system-built homes offer the quality construction, modern amenities and livability you are seeking... at a price that fits your lifestyle and your budget!
A system-built home is constructed entirely in a controlled factory environment, built to the State of Minnesota Building Code. A site-built home is built "on-site" using traditional building techniques that are supposed to meet state and local codes, but some contractors are prone to taking shortcuts.
Today's system-built homes are built with the same building materials as site-built homes, but in a controlled factory environment where quality of construction is invariably superior to what can be done outdoors. There won't be any water-soaked and swelled subfloors, warped lumber, or damaged shingles from walking on them under a hot sun.
The State of Minnesota Building Code regulates and monitors the system-built home's design and construction, strength and durability, transportability, fire resistance, energy efficiency and overall quality. It also sets standards for the heating, plumbing, air-conditioning, thermal and electrical systems. The State of Minnesota Building Code also ensures compliance with these standards with a thorough inspection system that takes place at each step as the home is being constructed in the factory.
There are major benefits to having your home built in a factory:
Today's system-built homes come with many of the "standard" features that you would find in a site-built home. Many floor plans are available that range from basic models to more elaborate designs that feature vaulted ceilings, fully equipped modern kitchens, comfortable bedrooms with walk-in closets, and bathrooms with recessed bathtubs and whirlpools. You may also select from a variety of exterior designs and siding materials, including wood, hardboard, steel, or vinyl siding.
With the vast majority of manufacturers now using the latest in computer-assisted design, you have the flexibility of customizing your home's floor plans, interior finishes, and exterior designs. Your lifestyle and your budget are the only limitations to the options available to you.
We can also provide homes that are "accessible" for those with special needs. If you are interested in such a home, work with your sales representative to order a home with accessible features, such as extra-wide halls and doorways, accessible counters and appliances, and specially equipped bathrooms.
Like any home, while your mortgage payment may be your biggest expense, you will have other regular and periodic expenses, such as property taxes and service fees for water and utilities.
Some steps in the construction process are better completed when the home is on-site and set on your foundation. Tile showers, exterior rockwork, and some flooring are a few products that we finish on-site.
Content on this page is courtesy in part of the Manufactured Housing Institute; taken 6/5/15. http://www.manufacturedhousing.org/lib/showtemp_detail.asp?id=231#17