Insulated Pre Cast Basements by Legendary Homes

Superior walls is a great option when deciding what type of foundation to do for the construction of your new home.

When building a new home there are choices when it comes to what types of basement or crawl space to do. Many people do poured wall foundations, but more and more people are realizing that there is a better option for a basement that is available. An insulated Precast Basement is a great option to consider.

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Insulated Precast basements have a lot of advantages.

They are very energy efficient and make for a very warm basement. The walls come as panels with concrete studs with a metal plate making them ready to attach drywall for finishing the basement and adding bedrooms. The concrete studs have holes in them for easy access to run wiring and Plumbing.

These foundations are built in a factory and experience the same benefits as modular homes being build in a factory. The panels are then hauled to the job site and set with a crane.

Legendary Homes has used Superior Walls for foundations for years.

It was probably around the early 2000’s when the first insulated pre cast basement was done for one of our customers.

At that time customers were paying an additional $5,000 to $7,000 for doing this type of basement and they still felt it was worth the extra. Things have changed and they are now around the same costs as a poured wall.

Michigan’s codes have changed to now require at least a R-10 insulation for foundations. These insulated pre cast foundations have a R12.5 insulated factor, so they exceed the building codes.

Todd the builder decided to call past customers to ask them what they thought of their foundations now that they had lived in their homes for several years. Everyone of them said they were very glad they went with Superior Walls.

There are certain procedures that need to be done to prevent future problems. That’s why having a builder that’s familiar with what needs to be done should be an important factor in your decision when building a new home.

If these procedures are not completed then there is a risk of the foundation pushing in when backfilled. For modular homes there is a strap that is nailed to the treated 2 x 10 sill plate and then once the home is set they are nailed to the home. There is also extra blocking required between the floor joists. This is something that we make sure to get completed before backfill is done.

Another benefit is the damp proofing is built right into the walls and so there is no need for spraying damp proofing. This prevents the chance of the unsightly black tar look above grade. Have you ever seen this? It’s a common problem and it doesn’t look the best on a new home.

The most common sizes of basements are as 9 foot or 8’2″. For crawl spaces can be done as 4′ or 6′ walls. Legendary Homes primarily do 6′ walls and backfill 1′ up on the inside. This give an approximate height of 5 foot.

Superior Walls Insulated Precast Foundation

When you are looking to build Legendary Homes is here to help with your building needs. We want to educate you so you know what to expect when building your new home. Give us a call today and let us replace your dreams with reality!

For more information and pictures of modular homes being built on a insulated pre cast basements go to Pictures of Complete Construction Jobs.

Call Todd at 517-206-2435 for more information about insulated pre cast basements.

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How Long is the Process of Building a New Modular Home?

How long is the building process for building a new home? Hi… I’m Todd Rutledge with Legendary Homes. That’s one of the most common questions I get is: How long will the building process take?

In this video below I explain how long the construction normally takes.

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The first part is getting the modular home ordered. Redman Homes is our main manufactured home manufacturer. They typically run around 8 weeks out to get the home built. I checked the first part of February and off line dates were middle of March. So they were about 6 weeks out to build the home at that time. As we get closer to spring they will typically run about 8 weeks. Closer to fall time can be between 8 and 10 weeks most years.

If you have financing to get. It’s critical to get the paper work into the bank so they can get that process going so we can order the home. The bank will want a signed contract with the costs and what’s going to be done on your new home. They will give the building contract to the appraiser. That’s generally the first step in the process of financing of building your new home.

The home will be built and scheduled for delivery for about 2 to 4 days after the off line date to give them time to be sure to finish it up. Once delivered to the building site it will be about a day or two after delivery when the house will be set on the foundation.

From that point, I tell people to plan on about 60 days from the day of set. I try to shoot for 30 days, but I’d rather tell you to plan on 60 days and have it be 30 days then to tell you to plan on 30 days and have it be 60 days.

Of course, there are variables that can come into play on how long it takes to complete the construction of a new home. Such things are weather. If too much rain then that can delay things.

The most common delay is getting power to the house. To get power to the house we need to get the house set and then the electrician will come and install the service on the house. Once he’s done the electrical inspector will come and inspect it and then it’s the electrical inspector that notifies the power company. Most commonly Consumers Energy for most of our areas.

We are at the mercy of the power company at that point and sometimes they will show up fairly quickly and sometimes it can take them a while to get there and run power to the house.

Once power is on. The plumbers will come and run the drain lines and connect the water lines and they will check to make sure there are no leaks. They can usually get this done in one day shortly after power is on. Once done they will call and get the plumbing inspected.

Once power is on we can also get mechanical and electrical finish inspections. And then once those 3 inspections have passed we can call the building inspector and get the inspection done for the final. That is what we need in order to get the certificate of occupancy.

That’s the process of building a house. If you have any questions or anything Legendary Homes can help you will, please call Todd at 517-206-2435

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Top Questions to Always Ask Your Home Contractors

After months or even years of planning, you’re finally ready to make your dream of building your own home a reality. But before you get started, your first step should be hiring a reliable contractor. Finding someone who is trustworthy and skilled in new home building is important, because hiring the wrong contractor could cause a huge headache for your family and cost you a lot of unbudgeted money.

One of the keys to finding the right contractor is knowing the right questions to ask. Be prepared for each potential contractor you interview with these important questions.

Are You Licensed?

General contractors should carry a license granted by your state that permits them to make major renovations and build new homes. Asking for proof of licensure from the start will guarantee that your contractor has met the basic requirements for working legally in your state.

Do You Have Insurance?

Before hiring a contractor to build your home, always make sure you are fully aware of what insurance they carry. All contractors should carry general liability insurance that will cover any damage that could occur in your home or to their tools as well as workers’ compensation to protect you from liability if one of their employees are injured in your home.

How Many Homes Like Mine Have You Built Recently?

Avoid working with a contractor who cannot provide proof that they have plenty of experience building homes like yours. The best way to be sure your contractor is skilled and experienced is to ask for a list of homes they have built over the last few years.

Can Your Provide References?

Here at Home Improvement Leads, we know that one of the best indications of a contractor’s reliability is their past work. As your contractor to provide a list of references from previous clients so you can follow up to see how satisfied they were with their new home. Since most contractors will only provide positive references to potential clients, it is a good idea to do your own research by reading reviews online or asking friends and family about their experiences with local contractors.

Will You Be Hiring Subcontractors?

When taking on a project like building a house, it isn’t uncommon for a general contractor to hire subcontractors for jobs that require more specialized skills. If this is the case for your contractor, you will also want to research the reputation of the subcontractors that will be working on your home.

What is the Typical Timeline for Building a House Like Mine?

Waiting for your new home to be built isn’t just exciting, it can become an inconvenience if it extends beyond your expected timeline. This is especially true if you have relocated to a rental or a family member’s home while your home is being built. Before hiring a contractor, make sure you have an honest conversation with them about the timing of the job.

Doing your research before starting your home building project can make the difference between a terrible experience and smooth sailing. If you’re well prepared and know all the right questions to ask, you’ll not only save yourself the headache of errors and oversights on the job, but you’ll ensure that the home-building process is as enjoyable as possible.

Top Questions to Always Ask Your Home Contractors

By: Mary Sauer

Seven Subcontractors You Didn’t Know Are Involved in Modular Home Construction

Subcontractors for Modular Home with Insulated FoundationAside from the manufacturer, general contractor, and modular home dealer, there are subcontractors involved in the construction process. These persons are essential in erecting the modular home in Michigan.

Subcontractors in Modular Home Construction

Engineers and Architects

The general contractor will need to hire a local engineer or architect to complete the modular home construction process. At times you will be required to hire an environmental engineer to insure your home’s excavation does not interfere with wetlands or neighboring building lots. Contact your local permit office for more information of you requirements for an engineer.


You will need an excavator to dig your modular homes foundation, clear the building site, back fill the foundation and complete both rough and final grading. In addition, your excavator can remove or add soil to your building site as required to build your home.

Foundation Company

Your modular home will require a foundation, either a crawl space or full basement or pilings for your home. The foundation company could install block walls, poured walls, a wooden foundation, precast wall system or insulated concrete forms for your modular homes foundation.


After your modular home is set on the foundation, you will need carpenters to finish out the exterior trim, build porches, decks, garages and other on site construction elements. You will also need a carpenter to complete minor work inside the modular home. This includes positioning stairs, installing doors, adjusting windows and doors and more. Your modular home dealer will help you understand the required carpentry work for your new home.


During the modular home construction process, the sections are delivered with the plumbing stubbed through the first floor of the home. Homes with two stories will need to have plumbing connections completed in access panels in the modular homes ceiling or floors. Plumbers will also install waste lines for sewage and the modular homes water heating system.


General contractors of modular home construction will need electricians after modular homes are set on the foundation because 95% of the electrical work is completed. The last five percent or so of electrical work will include wiring the panel box, connecting the main power source to the panel box and any interconnection between modules.

HVAC Contractor

Most modular homes come standard with electric baseboard heating. Unfortunately, most people doing the modular home construction desire to have forced air heating and cooling systems or hot water radiant heating systems. If you are opting for a forced air system for your modular home, your HVAC contractor will install the heating and cooling system and also any required duct work.

In case you still have questions 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 Construction

General Contractor and Other Persons Involved in the Modular Home Construction

Modular Home ConstructionA general contractor is an individual who engages in the planning, developing and coordinating of activities which coincide with the modular home construction. The general contractor is the individual who oversees the construction and ensures that all necessary measures are taken to result in the completed finished product.

A general contractor will need to other key persons to complete the site work during the modular home construction. He will need to the manufacturer, home builder, and home dealer.

Other Key Players in Modular Home Construction

Modular Home Builder

Modular home builders are not just focused on the standard modular home design. They also channel their skills and knowledge in providing custom- designed homes. These homes get the incorporation of personal preferences of the home buyers. With the assistance of a custom modular home builder, modifications laid out by home buyers are installed in high quality.

Modular Home Dealer

A modular home dealer’s primary job is to design, price, and order a modular home from the manufacturer. The job of turning it into a livable home is that of a general contractor. Most dealers also function as general contractors or work closely with specific general contractors, and this is a good route to follow.


Manufacturers see to it that modules for the prefab home are built in a climate controlled area. The finished sections are transported to the building site and then assembled with giant cranes. This process quite resembles a child building with Lego blocks. It is important to talk to your manufacturer as each manufacturer operates with a different set of guidelines. If you are designing your own home, it is important that you ask very specific questions.

In case you still have questions 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 Construction

Responsibilities of a General Contractor in Building a Modular Home

General ContractorIn the construction of a modular home, what are the responsibilities of a the general contractor? Does he oversee everything? Does he manages and organizes the project to provide a high quality abode?

The following are some of the responsibilities of a general contractor before, during and after the modular home construction;

Reviews the Modular Home Floor Plan

The modular home general contractor is responsible for making the final floor reviews. This includes making sure all electrical fixtures, telephone jacks, television jacks and ceiling fixtures are included on the plan. A modular home floor plan review also will require making sure the windows; doors and walls are all correctly located. After the floor plan for the modular home has been approved, your home will be built to the plans you have reviewed.

Secures Modular Home Building Permits

Most municipalities throughout out the United States require a building permit when you build amodular home. With a modular you will be required to have at minimum a foundation permit set and a construction permit. Go to your local building code office for all of the permit requirements for modular home construction.

Ensure Financing is Properly Done

While your modular home is being built, it is the responsibility of the general contractor to report to the lending institution who has written the construction loan as per when draw items have been completed. After the bank inspector inspects the completion of construction tasks, the bank will reimburse the general contractor with a draw check to pay sub contractors.

In case you still have questions 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’s General Contractor

Different Tasks of a Modular Home General Contractor

General ContractorThe completion of a modular home is a task overseen by a general contractor. He is responsible to see how much work is done for the day and what has to be done for the other day. His tasks can be divided into discrete locations involve in modular home construction. These locations are the manufacturing factory, and project site.

Modular Home Factory Tasks of a General Contractor

Modular home general contractor gathers and checks the necessary permits before the commencement of the sections of a modular home. He works with the manufacturer in monitoring the evolution of the building process. He is also tasked to channel the modular construction process with a third party person or the housing department and financing representative. In the entire time the sections are built-in the factory, the general contractor is expected to check whether the construction is on schedule or not.

While the sections or modules are being created in the manufacturing factory, general contractors are required to monitor the quality of each module. He must evaluate if each of them complies with the building codes. Interestingly, the general contractor can commence his tasks in the project site immediately after the start of the construction of modules in the controlled indoor factory.

Tasks of a Modular Home General Contractor in the Project Site

Tasks in the project site involve those works needed to prepare the land for the home. Permits prior to building the modular home in the preferred land are accomplished by general contractors. Then if the land has pre- existing trees or shrubs, general contractors need to hire workers to cut them down. Once the permits are in, foundation or basement hole can be started. Septic system and drainage system are also part of this phase.

When the modules are made on the site, he is expected to monitor how his team assembles and secures the modules properly. He sees to it that each module is connected securely to each other to avoid having leaks that may cause problems later on. He also has the power to take the work on schedule.

The work of a modular home general contractor does not end in the setting up of modular homes. He is tasked to oversee the installment of plumbing and electricity system, HVAC system and the exterior finishes. Interior features are also installed by the general contractor and his team. Addition of garage, porch, or decks is also included in the project site tasks of a modular home contractor.

In case you still have questions 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’s General Contractor

An Excellent General Contractor in Michigan to Build a Modular Home

General Contractor, Two Story Modular Home in Allen, Michigangeneral contractor is a person assigned to monitor overall work in the whole duration of the construction process. He has a responsibility to monitor the progress of every task and to check and answer any issues concerning the building process. But why do we need to hire only the best general contractor in town?

Here are some of the reasons that hiring an excellent general contractor in Michigan is a wise move:

A General Contractor Revolutionizes Modular Home Building Process

There are numerous reasons why most home buyers employ an excellent general contractor to construct a modular home. One of which is because he and his team have revolutionized the building process of modular homes to give utmost living comfort to home owners. They have incorporated both traditional and advanced technologies. Some general contractors have not fully embraced the new strategies of modular housing, but they have been integrating these strategies slowly. The combination of old and new strategies has been found to be reliable in building a high performance modular home.

A General Contractor Is Organize

Most general contractors have the best organizational skill. They are meticulous in how their work must go through. They follow a scheme so every phase in the building process is done appropriately and with no mistakes. When hiring a general contractor, it is better to look at the number or impact of delays they encountered in their previous works. An effective and organize general contractor has lesser to no delays when it comes to modular construction.

A General Contractor is Transparent and Trustworthy

Important characteristics of an excellent general contractor are being transparent and trustworthy. He is fair in the presentation of floor plans and modular home prices. He put transparency on how much had been done with the modular home and what needs to be done. If there are glitches during the modular construction process, it is his job to inform the home buyer for details. When he has been transparent and honest even before the start of the construction process, you are confident that he is trustworthy. You can leave a trust that he can complete your modular home.

In case you still have questions 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’s General Contractor

Required Permits For Building a New Home

Watch this video to get more educated about the building process and learn the requirements for getting a building permit in Michigan.

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There are many permits that are required before obtaining a building permit. While every area will vary some these are the main permits required in order to be able to get the building permit.

Well and Septic Permit
Driveway Permit
Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Permit
Zoning Permit

Generally once these permits are obtained they will issue a building permit.


Permits Needed to Get Building Permit

(Cost vary for each county and township)

Well and Septic PermitIn order to get septic permit a site evaluation needs to be done. – Quite often this will have already been done, but if not it’s a cost to figure in.

Costs To Consider for the Site Evaluation (Perk Test):

  • Health Department

  • Excavator to have Backhoe to dig holes for perk

If in the city or where Water and Sewer is available then the tap fees will need to be paid and the paper work from them will need to be provided.

Driveway PermitNeed to make sure of clearance on road. Can’t have drive coming out on a hill where you don’t have proper site distance.

Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control PermitMost local SESC permitting agencies require a permit when the project involves an earth change activity within 500 feet of a lake or stream or when the project will disturb an area greater than one acre in size. However, some local SESC agencies require the permit regardless of size or location. Contact your local SESC agency.

  • “Earth change” means a human-made change in the natural cover or topography of land, including cut and fill activities, which may result in or contribute to soil erosion or sedimentation of the waters of the state. Earth change does not include the practice of plowing and tilling soil for the purpose of crop production.
  • An authorized public agency, approved by the MDEQ, pursuant to Part 91, is exempt from the requirement of obtaining a permit for an earth change but must notify the appropriate enforcing agency, in advance, of the earth change activity.

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Zoning Permit(Requires having the above permits)

Many townships have their own zoning ordinances and can vary with the area the property is located at.

  • Land division approval, if required.

  • Soil Erosion (Act 45 1) , if required.

  • If Drain Commissioner services are required, the Road Commission may refer the project.

  • Application filled out.

This should include a plot plan scaled with size and location of structures on the property Including distances to lot lines, streets, roads, and property lines.

  • Legal description of the property

  • Well and septic approval by the County Health Department.

  • Two copies of your plans – which should include:

    • Floor plan. Include all room sizes, door and window sizes, and location.

    • Specification Sheet or Cross-Section Drawing. Including size, type and quality (grade) of materials to be used. (Spec Sheet)

    • A drive way permit is required for new access.

Building PermitBasically Same as Zoning Permit along with your application, include the following:

  • Zoning approval by the local government in writing.

  • A permit fee shall be paid before a building permit can be issued.

  • DO NOT start construction until the building permit has been issued.

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Topic:  Requirements for Building Permit in Michigan

Why You Should Trust a General Contractor from Jackson, Michigan?

Someone needs to be in charge of hiring all of the trades people needed for these tasks, coordinating their schedules, and overseeing their work and that is the job of the general contractor. The general contractor can be a modular dealer, independent professional, relative, friend, or even yourself. He may have years of experience, or this may be his first job. He may have worked on many modular homes over the years, or never seen one before. He may or may not be licensed.

As a general rule, the best choice for a general contractor should be experienced and licensed. He should also have prior modular-home experience. Most home owners seek for a general contractor who is also the dealer who sold the home or someone who has worked closely with the dealer in the past.

General Contractor Builds Efficient Modular Home

Any good modular home builder can build a garage, porch, or deck, or finish the basement in a modular home. A foundation contractor does not need modular experience to make a good modular-home foundation as long as he follows instructions. Many of the other jobs, however, benefit greatly from someone who has solid experience with modular homes. The excavation contractor, for example, must prepare the site for the delivery and set of the modules. Even contractors with years of excavation experience routinely underestimate the logistical difficulties of maneuvering modules that are often long, usually wide, and always heavy.

General Contractor Knows Warranties and Responsibilities

Seasoned modular home general contractors  understand the difference between their button-up responsibilities and true warranty issues. They know that manufacturers expect them to repair and adjust components of the modules that need some additional work because of the delivery and set. Repair of minor drywall cracks, adjustment of miter joints, and realignment of windows and doors are considered normal general contractor responsibilities. General contractors with modular experience know to budget time and money to complete this work.

General Contractors Save Money

General contractors with modular experience also save you money because they know how much to charge for specific tasks. They do not have to pad their price estimates to protect themselves from their own inexperience.

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

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