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Custom Home Design Doesn’t Have to Mean Expensive

December 18, 2020 Buying Tips and Info, Modular Homes

In today’s world of subdivisions and mass production, new home construction lacks a lot of the custom features most home buyers crave. Home design comes off as cookie-cutter, and plug and play. New homes are built one after another and look surprisingly similar inside and out.

As true brick and mortar homes have shifted to this design style, many have assumed that modular homes lack custom designs, and will fall into a cookie-cutter style as well. However, these are common misconceptions around modular builds and how they differ from true custom designs.

Too many consumers assume that custom homes are too expensive which means the only alternative is an unoriginal design. Consumers also believe that modular homes are always rectangular and plain, meaning if you want a custom home design, an expensive site built home is your only option. However, neither could be further from the truth.

Modular homes are not always rectangular and plain

A few minutes of research on the internet will turn up hundreds of plans and pictures that clearly show modern modular construction has come a long way over the last thirty years.

New home construction offers a variety of styles including the styles below and virtually any other style imaginable.

Ranch style homes are short in stature, with one story, and a low, flat roof. hey are typically rectangular but can also be “L” shaped or have bumpouts and indentations to give dimension and movement to the façade.

Chalet homes feature large windows and glass-filled walls. These homes are perfect for wooded settings with a great view.

Cabins with a modular design can be customized in any way, or shape needed. Modular log cabins are also built stronger than traditional log homes due to the additional stresses placed on the logs used.

Cape Cod homes have a steeper roof to feature attics or additional loft areas above. This is a classic New England Style home. Dormers can be added to this style of home to bring light into the second level.

Colonial homes feature long porches that may wrap around the entire house. They are also usually two-stories and relatively large. Classic colonial homes use symmetry to balance the façade.

Other styles of homes include single, double, and triple-wide’s, multifamily, green homes, and more.

Custom home building does not have to be expensive

Modular construction is the perfect way to provide a truly custom home at an unbeatable value. On average, modular homes will cost 10-20% less than stick-built construction. Today’s modular home design capability means you can get the details you want to make your home a reflection of you. It is precisely this ability to produce a custom home to an exact specification, at a value that cannot be beat that makes modular homes a favorite of leading-edge architects.

Architects prefer modular homes

Today’s modern architects enjoy the design flexibility, as well as the quality, control, and style that modular construction can provide to their residential customers. Architects embraced modular construction for commercial project years ago. The Bauhaus movement in Germany dates from the 1920’s – 1930’s.  Famous architects like Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe experimented with mass production of architecture in this era.  Architects have been fascinated with how to create affordable design for everyone for nearly 100 years.  Today’s technology and manufacturing facility and practices allow for design customization that they could only dream. 

With educated customers and a new understanding of modular construction capabilities, todays’ architects are now utilizing the quality and speed of delivery provided with modular construction for the custom home customers.

How to plan your Custom Home Design

A custom home can come in the form of simply personalizing a standard plan or designing your own home at your dining room table.