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The Modular Home

 

The Modular Home

 

Before moving to the mountains, it’s safe to say that, we had never had the occasion to really look at how a modular home fits into the scheme of building a new home.

 

To start, we poured over pages and pages of floor plans and designs, trying to decide what style and size of home would be the best fit for us. The “best fit” was dictated by our desire to live in comfort, yet get the best price.

 

We finally settled on a style and floor plan, but wanted to change the floor plan, ‘just a smidge’. Our changes were reviewed by the modular plant engineers, and approved.

We were ‘on our way’ to having the best and last house we could live in.

Of course, ‘best’ just means that it fit into our budget.

 

Having chosen our plan, we set out to prepare our land to accept our new home. The home itself would be ordered and produced in a modular home factory in two pieces.

The actual building of the ‘boxes’, as they are called, would only take two weeks!

Amazing! We were so excited at the prospect of having our new home.

That order would be held until we were two weeks from being ready to ‘set’ the boxes on the property.

 

Foundations had to be built. First, a concrete footer had to be poured, and then concrete blocks to form a full two-car basement garage. Finding someone to complete that task was not easy, but it was finally done by February of 1997.

 

The ‘boxes’ were built in the modular factory, and were scheduled to be driven here on trailers, behind specially outfitted trucks. The drivers were also part of the ‘set crew’, and traveled from the factory with a few other men that were specially trained to ‘set’ the ‘boxes’.

 

During the months since we had moved to our little rental in town, my husband had been working for the local builder for the modular company, and he had learned a lot about how to properly ‘set’ and finish a modular home. It’s my belief that had he not had that experience, we would have had much more trouble with the processes involved. He knew, for example, that iron piers had to be ordered from the local welding shop, to be placed down the center of the basement, to support the weight of the ‘boxes’ and secure them to each other. He had to follow up to make sure that the correct lengths were ordered and shipped to the welding shop. Advance preparation and measuring was of the utmost importance in this step. Once the ‘boxes’ arrive, it’s too late to decide that the dimensions are off.  The same steps had to be taken with the block and sill plate. Of course none of the steps could be completed without the inspections from the county building inspector.

That’s another story………    

Building Inspections:

 

Each county has its own building codes that are based upon the state’s codes. Each county has its own inspectors. Their job is to visit a building site to determine whether the codes are being followed for each step of the building process. The fact that every home owner and builder hopes to pass every inspection, leads to conflicts and sleepless nights.

We had our share of conflicts. We had our share of sleepless nights.

Through it all, we kept our hope alive by visiting our building site to just stand and look at the view of nature that would some day be ours.