I was unable to find any forums which specifically deal with this but I was always under the impress a 'modular' home was like a trailerish type of house but recently there was someone down the street that has built one and we have actually been able to watch them build it.
They basically brought the 2 story house in five peices which was two bottom, two top and a roof and then built a garage to attach to it and they did all of it in about 3 weeks!
So I looked around the web at some places online who build here in MA and the prices are just very low, I realize you need land and that probably does not include many things such as a foundation, running power, water, sewage but it still seems too good be to true that a new 'modular' home is much cheaper than a 'stick' built older home.
Do any of you live in one of these or know someone who does?
Years ago (late 1970's) we had a modular home, we bought it new and watched it go up. We liked it quite well. No difference between it and a "regular" home that we could see. Ours was manufactured in our own town and we were able to go see the construction at the "factory". It was built the same way a "regular" house was built, except instead of building it all on-site, it was built in two halves (ours was a one story ranch, no garage) and then moved to the foundation from the factory. They put in a basement foundation, then put the two halves of the house on that, attached the halves together. Siding was already on the front and back and then more added on-site for the sides.
As to why the house was cheaper than a regular one, mainly it was because it was built indoors and in basically an assembly line sort of process. We were in Iowa at the time. Building like that meant that the homes could be built year-round without weather holding things up, plus the assembly line sort of way they did it got things done faster, which also saved money.
We were happy with the quality of the home way back then and I would guess things are done better now, but I don't know. I'd suggest a tour of wherever the house is built and then you can see how it's constructed before deciding whether to buy one or not.
Yeah I am going to go check out some model homes this weekend with my wife.. We are not quite ready to buy anything right at the moment but I would like to see all options ahead of time to get an idea of what we want.
I will have to check out the next extreme makeover when it comes on, I just thought it was pretty cool because they did this in a few weeks and usually the normally built houses around here seem to take 6+ months to get up and finished.
My parents built a house 13 years ago and it was a modular home, it came in 2 sections. The pricing is not that much different then a stick built house. You still need to pay to have a foundation or under certain circumstances a slab as well as you mentioned the water, septic (sewer), hydro, etc. Usually these houses do not come with siding, and sometimes they don't come shingled. Overall usually they are a bit better quality because they are built inside, out of the elements and it is much nicer that way, however when moving a house down highways drywall and such is prone to crack as are windows so overall the difference isn't that big.
Not sure if this company is in your area but google "Royal Homes".