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Reasons Why Building an Accessible Modular Home Is Often Better Than Remodeling

Modular Home for Handicapped PersonsMany find it more efficient to build an accessible modular home than to remodel an existing home.  The amount of demolition and remodeling, in some houses, will make it financially difficult for you and your family to get the modifications you need.  Building with modular technology will help cut those costs.

Greater Resale Value

Accessible modular home will almost always have greater resale value than what you paid for it.

Because the value of your modular home will not increase as much as it will cost to remodel it, you often will lose much of the money you spent remodeling when you sell your home.

Accessible Modular Home has Full Accessibility

Since every room in your modular home can be designed to be accessible and located where you want it, you will need to make fewer compromises to get the features and functions that you want.

When remodeling your home, you will often be unable to get all the features and functions that you need or want. Because the remodeler will have to work with your existing structure, he might not be able change the home sufficiently to give you enough of what you need. For example, the remodeler might not be able to locate the accessible bathroom where it would most benefit you.

Efficient Use of Space

Your new modular home will provide you all the rooms you need and without wasted space.

When remodeling your home, you will often have to give up some existing rooms so that the needed features and functional space can be added. For example, one of your existing bedrooms might have to be donated to the remodeling cause so that your hallways, doors, and bathrooms can be widened. When the work is done, you may feel that you have lost space where you need it most and gained it where you need it least.

Lower Architect Fees, Modular Home Custom Design

Whether you wish to customize one of our standard plans or design a completely new custom plan, our fees are substantially less than those required for a sizable remodeling project.

When remodeling your home for accessibility, you will often need to hire an experienced architect to determine a remodeling plan.

Modular Home and Lot Matched in Size

You can match a building lot of appropriate size with a new home that is as big or small as you need and your budget allows.

When remodeling your modular home, your design choices will be limited by the size of your home and your lot. If your modular home is too small, and your lot does not allow for easy expansion, which can happen in city lots, your design options will be limited.

In case you still have question about modular homes, you may contact Legendary Homes Inc in Jackson, Michigan. A representative will be happy to assist you. Meanwhile you can check our modular home price sheets by signing up to our blog

Topic: Modular Home

Tips on Changing to Modular Home Floor Plan Accommodate the Handicapped

Modular Home in MichiganAt this time, there are only a couple of modular home manufacturers that will actually build a really accessible home for the truly handicapped. However, the modular homes that are built are done so in such a manner as to provide minimal coverage of the laws for handicapped access.

The following are the tips on how to have an effective and accommodating accessible modular home for the handicapped;

Incorporate Universal Design for an Accessible Modular Home

Generally speaking, most manufacturers will not make extensive changes in order to accommodate handicapped persons but will do some changes such as putting in wider doors, placing handicapped faucets, toilets, assist bars for tubs etc. Some will even lower counters and cook top surfaces so they are more accessible. Most manufacturers have pull out shelving available.

Almost anything that a manufacturer does when changing anything in a modular home is an extra charge if for nothing more than labor costs. Any structural changes have to be authorized by H.U.D. and design and engineering fees paid for those changes.

Design with the Person

If you are building a home to allow independence and function for someone with a disability, be sure the modular home is designed for the person who will be using the home not designed for the average person with average needs, get an occupational therapist involved many times health insurance will pay for services.

Check the Modular Home Dealers

If you are really interested in a handicapped access home, the best thing to do, as always, is to check with modular home dealers and see what they have to offer and what the home would cost as you would want it. We strongly advise people to do this anyway instead of purchasing a “lot” model that has been sitting around a long time with all kinds of people walking through it. This would also give you the chance to pick a floor plan that best suits your needs. Choosing the right floor plan is a crucial step toward accessibility.

In case you still have question about modular homes, you may contact Legendary Homes Inc in Jackson, Michigan. A representative will be happy to assist you. Meanwhile you can check our modular home price sheets by signing up to our blog

Topic: Modular Home

How to Build a Modular Home on Schedule

Modular Home General ContractorBuilding your modular home on schedule takes eats sweat like building it on budget. In fact, if you put a lot of effort into planning both, you are likely to find that keeping on schedule is considerably harder than staying on budget. That is because you can determine what you will get and how much you will spend before construction begins, and almost all of the required decisions for building a modular home are reasonably predictable and within your control. This is not true for scheduling, since there are so many other players involved who will not always bend to your will, including the surveyor, engineer, utility company, building inspector, dealer, manufacturer, and general contractor. You may even find that your own personal and family obligations become an obstacle to maintaining your schedule.

Benefits of Starting on Time

Most people building a new modular home are prepared for the modular home construction to take longer than planned. They have heard that subcontractors, inclement weather, utility companies, and inspection officials all contribute to delays. Few people, however, anticipate how long it takes to complete those tasks that must be done before they begin construction. Consequently, they budget too little time for these tasks and then try to compensate by skipping some tasks and rushing through others. When this strategy fails, they miss their desired move-in date and pay for it with stress with their family, conflict with their dealer and general contractor, and cost overruns with their budget.

It can take you as little as five weeks or as much as a year or more to complete all of the tasks that must be done before your modular home is delivered. Your responsibilities can take as little as one day, if you order a standard modular plan with no changes, select only standard features, agree all decisions are final, have cash to pay for everything, have a modular home general contractor lined up and ready to go, and have a building permit in hand or don’t need one. If this is true for you, you will be an exception.

Financing and Permit Tasks for Modular Home Construction

Learning the financing and permit permit tasks help you in understanding the sequence of steps in modular home construction. You must complete from the time you order a modular home until it is built and ready for occupancy. It organizes the following dealer, financing, and permit tasks steps into fifteen phases and spells out your responsibilities for each phase in detail.

The General Contractor’s Construction Schedule

Your general contractor is responsible for meeting two modular home construction schedules. The first, the pre-set schedule, includes those tasks he must complete to have your site and foundation ready for the delivery and set of your modular home. The second, the post-set schedule, involves those tasks he must do to complete the excavation on your property, button-up your home, and build your site-built structures.

In case you still have question about modular homes, you may contact Legendary Homes Inc in Jackson, Michigan. A representative will be happy to assist you. Meanwhile you can check our modular home price sheets by signing up to our blog

Topic: Modular Home


Mistakes in Designing the Modular Home Floor Plan and How To Avoid Them

Modular Home and Universal Design

Modular Home in Michigan

You choose a modular home that you think will be ideal for you and your family and once you move into, and then you wonder why that floor plan doesn’t work. Many homeowners make common mistakes when looking for the best floor plan to fit their needs.

Whether you are getting ready to design your floor plan with an architect, choosing from a list of modular home floor plans with your modular builder, or house hunting for an existing home in Jackson Michigan, you won’t want to miss these tips on how to avoid the mistakes on designing a modular home floor plan.

Don’t Assume every Modular Home Floor Plan fits your Lifestyle

One of the biggest mistakes when choosing the right modular home floor plan is that you forget to picture your own family cooking in the kitchen or you don’t take into consideration how your bad back may not like going up 3 flights of stairs throughout the day.

Assess your lifestyle before choosing a floor plan. Do you like a single story or multistory home? Do you prefer an open floor plan or are individual rooms with partitions better? Determine what you have become accustomed to in a comfortable home.

Don’t Assume You Have No understanding on Modular home Floor Plan Drawings

If you recently started looking or designing your next modular home, more than likely you will need to review architectural drawings or floor plan drawings. While for many design professionals it is second nature, for many homeowners the symbols and jargon can be difficult to understand. Don’t assume you are supposed to know what every door swing, window, stair, and multi-story space looks like on a floor plan. Don’t make the mistake of assuming just ask.

Ensure Modular Home Features won’t Cost you more in the Future

There is nothing like getting excited about modular home features that look beautiful on a floor plan and feel even nicer when standing inside of the finished home. Details like expansive floor to ceiling windows, skylights and other architectural features could have an impact on heating and cooling your home when your energy bill arrives. While it may not be a concern now, think of green cost savings on your modular home features of your floor plan for future living too.

Consider the Location of the Modular Home

While you can change your modular home floor plan in the future, remember you can’t change the location. With this in mind, don’t make the mistake of falling in love with a floor plan and forgetting about the property and surroundings of your home. If you fall in love with the layout of a master bedroom in floor plan, but don’t like how it looks out over the street in the model home – chances are your home in your location will have a totally different aesthetic and view resulting in a completely different feel. Remember when choosing a floor plan; ensure the interiors will fit with your location.

Choose a Modular Home Floor Plan that works with your Budget Now

One mistake modular home buyers often make when looking at floor plans is over spending for the future, rather than planning for the present. You can always upgrade your modular home. From finishes and innovative additions to possibly adding area and amenities. Don’t get oversold from a home selling agent or a developer’s representative – only you know your budget. It is always great to plan for your budget now so you will feel comfortable living in your home and not feel “financially strained. Legendary Homes Inc. offers many modular home options that include unfinished space which can be a great way to fit today’s budget while leaving the potential to improve and expand in the future.

In case you still have question about modular homes, you may contact Legendary Homes Inc in Jackson, Michigan. A representative will be happy to assist you. Meanwhile you can check our modular home price sheets by signing up to our blog

Topic: Modular Home

Mistakes You Should Avoid To Have a Successful Modular Home Construction

Modular Home with Precast Concrete BasementPeople choose modular home because they offer time and cost savings. Not all savings are necessarily a wise decision. Before you proceed with your factory built home you should read this article and learn which shortcuts to avoid. By avoiding these modular home mistakes you will be much happier and richer in the long term. The “mistakes” we list are generalized. They may not apply to you but more often than not they will.

Do Not Purchase the Modular Home based on Cost per Square Foot

The common question of asking how much a modular home cost per square foot is not an informative value and is often misunderstood. An example is like asking how much floor covering cost is per square foot. You may receive a price quote for inexpensive linoleum tiles, however your expectations are for ceramic tiles. This is one example of the hundreds of variables that will affect the price of your project. Certainly, you will receive a quote for the cheapest flooring material just to get the sale. The same misconceptions are true in home construction. Modular home floor plan costs vary greatly due to the differences that are unique to each home as a result of the quality of construction. A lower cost per square foot home is due to a lower quality construction and material used in the home and the reason why the cost per square footage cost can be a very misleading number.

Do Not Purchase from Modular Home Retailers who are Not Licensed Builders

The majority of modular home sales centers are only licensed to sell homes, and are not licensed builders. As a result, there is a tendency to underestimate the total cost that includes the site work required to prepare the land for your home. Dealers give the homebuyer the illusion of a low price, not only because they don’t have the experience of the actual construction costs, but also because they want to sell you a home and send you on your way. Modular home dealers who are not licensed builder do not have the expertise to provide a cost estimate for a foundation, well, septic, driveway, tree clearing, land excavation and all the others costs to make sure your home is properly built.

Do Not Act as your own Modular Home General Contractor

Perform a risk assessment before you act as your own modular home general contractor. An assessment will help you understand the risks involved if you choose to act as your own general contractor. Compare the savings versus the risks involved if something goes wrong. Understand that a subcontractor is only responsible for their specific part, not the entire project.

Do Not Purchase based on the Lowest Price

Be an educated buyer and confirm everything that is included in the price. If you are unsure, do not be afraid to ask what is included in the price. If the price only includes the house, then you must price out the home preparation work. The entire home cost should also include the excavation, septic system, foundation, electrical, mechanical, permits, well, and other necessary prerequisites before you take delivery of your home. Obtain a complete detailed list of the items included from your home retailer. Review everything on the list so that your home will be built to the quality level you expect and includes all the necessary items to complete your project.

Know the Difference between Modular Home vs. Mobile Home

Understand the difference between a modular home and a mobile home built to modular specifications. The differences can affect the price of the home and its resale value, as well as the finance costs. Some mobile home manufacturers are building floor plan designs to meet the higher standards of modular building codes, instead of the standard HUD codes that apply to mobile homes. These homes are priced less, however there are differences in the quality and design of the homes that homebuyers should be aware of before purchasing these homes. These mobile homes are generally one-story and are designed to go on a crawl space therefore the heating system does not have the capacity to heat a basement area, and the structural integrity does not have the same quality as a modular home.

In case you still have question about modular homes, you may contact Legendary Homes Inc in Jackson, Michigan. A representative will be happy to assist you. Meanwhile you can check our modular home price sheets by signing up to our blog

Topic: Modular Home


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Apr 30, 2013
Jennifer Plank

We first met Todd Rutledge from Legendary Homes of Jackson MI online while we were searching for a new home. After our first conversation with him, we felt that he was honest and trustworthy. These feelings were confirmed by another of his clients who let us see her home and told us of her experiences working with Todd. Todd arranged a visit to the Redman Homes factory for us so we could see for ourselves how they are made and their quality. Todd helped us thru the process of selecting what we wanted in our home. He made himself available to answer our questions thru out this building process. If he didn't know all the answers, he found out and got back with us promptly. We now are the Happy owners of our Redman home and are very thankful to Todd Rutledge of Legendary Homes for his help. Sincerely, Burt and Mary Hooker 5/16/13

May 18, 2013
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May 25, 2013
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