A modular home is constructed using three-dimensional boxes or “modules”. The home is built to site-built code, but created in a factory. Interior and exterior sheathing, utility lines, interior partitions and stairs are all completed in the factory. The modules are 90-95% complete when they come off the assembly line in the factory.
After completion in the factory, a modular home is shipped to the site, then attached to a permanent foundation at the building site. Several modules can be connected side-by-side or stacked to create a finished home. When completed, modular homes are composed of several modules fastened together. Once the home is attached, it is considered real estate and appraised against other custom site-built homes.
Michelle Kaufmann’s designed modular homes are built in state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities with built-in quality control methods. We work with only the highest quality factories with consistent and experienced workforce that ensures a better-built home. Built to the highest standards, every home we design meets or exceeds all federal and state regulation codes, and we aggressively pursue new and innovative ways to preserve the environment at the same time.
Not all factory-built homes are on a level playing field. Among the many classifications of prefabricated homes are modular homes, manufactured homes, and mobile homes. Each of these home types is very different. Although they are all built in a factory, they are built to different building codes, with modular construction at the highest construction/quality level.
Many city and county zoning ordinances restrict the locating of manufactured/mobile homes to limited areas, whereas modular homes are more widely accepted.
Michelle Kaufmann Studio can work with you to design a home that is based on modular construction, or site built construction, depending on your site and your needs.