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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a building system?
Simply put, a building system is a highly engineered method
of producing buildings or building components in an efficient
and cost-effective manner. The use of building systems
is common in many different types of residential and commercial
construction. A modular home is the culmination of one type
of building system. Apex modular homes actually begin as componentsindividual
unitsdesigned, engineered, and assembled in an indoor controlled environment,
sometimes hundreds of miles away from their final destination.
When these components come together on your building site
and final construction is completed by your builder, they
become a new home for you and your family.
Tell me more about the modular construction process.
The modular construction process is similar to what you've seen during the construction
of other homes in your neighborhood. The same quality materials
are used, the same care for detail is followed, and the same
building codes and standards are observed. What's different?
Efficiency and quality control.
The modular construction process begins at the design phase. Most modular home producers use
state-of-the-art computer-assisted design stations which aid
them in quickly customizing floor plans and producing drawings and
material requirement lists. Once a home has been designed,
the modular construction process begins.
Efficiency begins with modern factory assembly
line techniques. Your modular home travels to workstations,
with all building trades represented. Modular construction
is never delayed by weather, subcontractor no-shows, or missing
materials. In addition, quality engineering and modular
construction techniques significantly increase the energy
efficiency of your modular home. A quality control process
provides 100% assurance that your modular home has been inspected
for code compliance and workmanship, and in-plant inspectors
as well as independent inspection agencies inspect Apex modular
homes on behalf of your state and local government.
How long does it take to build a modular home?
Speed and consistent quality are two of the many advantages
of modular construction. On average, a modular home consisting
of two modules will be factory-processed in six or seven days.
Once the manufacturing process is complete, typically with
interior finish right down to carpets and wall finish, the
unit must be transferred to the building site and placed on
its foundation. Final modular home completion is usually handled
by a local builder or general contractor and includes connection
of utilities to the modular home and a short list of finish
work. Normally, a modular home is completed in six to eight
weeks after it's set.
I get confused when I see the terms "manufactured home" and "modular
home." What's the difference?
"Manufactured homes," often referred to as mobile
homes or trailers, represent an entirely different type of
building system than modular homes and are constructed to
a different building standard. This standard, the Federal
Construction Safety Standards Act (HUD/CODE), unlike conventional
building codes, requires manufactured homes to be constructed
on a non-removable steel chassis. Many communities have placed
restrictions on where manufactured homes may be located.
Unlike manufactured homes, however, modular
homes are constructed to the building codes required by your
state, county, and specific locality and are not restricted
by building or zoning regulations. Modular homes are inspected
during every phase of construction, and evidence of this inspection
is normally indicated by a State or inspection agency label
Can I design my own modular home instead of using a standard modular home plan?
Yes! With Apex Homes, you have complete design flexibility.
I know that modular homes are built to the same codes as site-built homes. Is
financing any different?
There is no distinction between modular and site-built homes
as far as appraisal or financing. Banks and lending institutions
treat both types of construction in the same manner. Likewise,
there is no difference in insuring the modular property.
How do I buy a modular home?
Most modular home manufacturers market their homes through
local builders or developers. This is because modular home
manufacturers are just that, manufacturers of modular home
components. Modular home manufacturers rely on the experience
of builders within local communities to assist homeowners
in many areas, including lot selection and site preparation.
When dealing with such a large purchase, it is always best
to have expert advice.
What do modular homes look like?
Modular homes look like any other home. Today's modular construction
technology has allowed modular manufacturers to specialize
in homes, ranging from small, simple designs, to highly customized
contemporary houses. And modular construction doesn't stop
with houses. Today's modular producers are busy building banks,
schools, office buildings, and hotels. Chances are you've
been in many modular structures and not even realized it.
What are SYSTEM-BUILT homes?
SYSTEM-BUILT homes incorporate the most advanced developments
in the modular construction industry into the modular home
Built using a combination of panelized and modular
construction, Apex SYSTEM-BUILT homes benefit from the latest
in total modular construction technology. Under our SYSTEM-BUILT
program, every modular home design is analyzed to determine
the best and most cost-effective manner to construct the home,
while maintaining the utmost level of customization. The homeowner
can finally get exactly what he or she wants while benefiting
from the structural and economic advantages associated with
How was the SYSTEM-BUILT technology developed?
Most modular home companies began as an offshoot of the
industry. These companies set out to create an upscale
product using low-tech construction techniquesa philosophy
that helped create the modular construction business in the "starter
home" market but was much too limited to attract custom-oriented
homebuyers in the mid and upper markets.
Apex Homes' SYSTEM-BUILT technology, however,
directly resulted from taking stick-built construction techniques
and adapting them to modular construction principles. By combining
the high-end construction methods already in use by the stick-built
industry with the convenience and precision of the modular
construction world, Apex Homes was able to successfully produce
modular homes ranging from economical starter houses to million-dollar
estate homes. Today, our ability to bring you the best of
the modular, panelized, and stick-built industries results
in homes which are not only more affordable than traditionally
built homes but are also higher in quality.
For more information on Apex Homes and the modular construction
industry, e-mail us today or call 800-326-9524.