Alternative Construction Options To Save Time and Money

Considering alternative construction methods is a way to save time and money while achieving the quality that you desire. There are several Alternative Home Building Options available to you, but we will concentrate on only two: modular homes and panelized home building.

Alternative Construction Options - Bamboo HousesWe are not talking mobile homes here. These are better-built homes that exceed local government code requirements.

If you are interested in building a “standard” home without all of the custom features like vaulted ceilings or increased wall heights found in your custom homes, then you could consider the panelized home building option. It involves prefabricated wall panels constructed in a factory and transported to the job site for erection. It is cost effective and does save time in the construction process. For additional information check out AmeriPanel Homes Corporation at

Modular homes, an alternative construction option, are the wave of the future. These homes, built in a factory and transported to the job site to be erected by a crane, are NOT MOBILE HOMES!! They are constructed in a factory under controlled conditions and have features that exceed the government code requirements. These modular homes can be set on a crawl space foundation or even a basement.

I built a 2,100 square foot ranch on a full walkout basement. It is stronger than conventional construction because the exterior walls are 6 inch instead of the standard 4 inch providing additional energy conservation.

When I embarked on this project, I researched numerous modular home manufacturers. There are three that I thought offered the most flexible designs and features. They are: All American Homes, Nationwide Custom Homes and Genesis Homes. They build homes throughout the country. You can check them out at:

Alternative Construction Options - Bamboo HousesModular homes are also known as system-built homes or industrialised dwelling units depending on your local code identifications. They are a viable alternative construction method to the conventional method of construction because they can be built quicker, stronger and more efficient than site-built construction.

You do not have to worry about subcontractors not showing up on the job site or late material deliveries. You also do not have the inclement weather conditions to deal with that delay the construction process and cost you time and money.

When I was building the ranch modular home, an older lady stopped by and was griping about my “mobile home.” I told her that it was not a mobile home but an alternative construction option and invited her to come in and check it out.

Alternative Home Building Option - Stone HousesIf you jump up and down on the floor, it does not bounce like a mobile home does. Once the house was completed with a garage, porches and rear deck, it looked better than all of the houses in the neighborhood and appraised for more as well.

Lenders like modular homes as an alternative construction option because the costs are established at the beginning and will not vary, unless there is some unusual site condition that appears suddenly. In addition, you will save on construction interest because the schedule for completion is shortened dramatically.

Today the alternative construction option of building modular homes affords the home owner the opportunity to select an almost unlimited variety of standard or custom styles, designs and price ranges to fit your budget. While you are researching modular homes, your first step is to consult with the local zoning department to see what restrictions there are regarding the construction of modular homes. This is a must.

Modular Home Advantages

Alternative Home Building Option - Straw Houses1. Modular homes cost less per square foot to build than a conventional home. This is because skilled craftsmen can be used with maximum efficiency moving from workstation to workstation.

2. All of the building supplies can be purchased in bulk; thereby, saving a great deal of money and passing the savings on to the customer.

3. Modular homes are built under a roof and within four walls of a climate-controlled factory. No rain can warp the subfloors because they are not exposed to the elements of nature.

4. Constant inspection during construction and precision engineering helps to ensure the homeowner a lifetime of trouble-free structural durability.

5. There is no high energy costs. The modular home is an efficient energy conservation home because of additional factory insulation and precision building techniques. This cost saving continues every year that you live in the home, a great feature of the alternative construction method, and it is a great selling feature if you decide to sell the home.

6. At the urging of of the National Modular Housing Council and the National Association of Home Builders, Fannie Mae has agreed to treat site-built homes and modular homes the same for appraisal purposes on their Uniform Residential Appraisal Report (Fannie Mae Form 1004).

7. East Carolina University researchers found that modular homes with fixed foundations (crawl space or basement) whether they are on scattered lots or in subdivisions appreciated at comparable rates with site-built residential properties.

Modular Home Disadvantages

1. Even though the popularity and acceptance of modular homes is growing rapidly throughout the country, there are still some localities that do not permit this type of alternative construction. You must check with the local zoning departments before you begin.

2. One feature that I did not like about this alternative home building option is the fact that you cannot achieve the type of vaulted ceilings and tray ceilings that are found in conventional construction. This is because the units must be able to be transported across the highways and under bridges.

However, high ceilings can be achieved by stacking two modules in a two-story configuration in your design. This gives you a high flat ceiling in lieu of a vaulted ceiling.

As new ideas and technology regarding modular homes as an alternative construction option becomes available, I will pass this information along to you in our FREE monthly newsletter. Please refer to the NavBar buttons to the left or click on to learn how to subscribe to this FREE publication.

The point of this presentation is not to confuse you, but to offer an alternative home building option for you to research and consider. This might be a viable option for you if you have time and budgetary constraints.

We have come to the point of making a major decision: Do you want to build your own home yourself? For important information, please click on the NavBar button to the left or click on This is a critical decision that you have to make before proceeding from the alternative construction stage in the home building process.