Frequently Asked Questions

Can Bayshore Homes quote and build custom plans?

Yes!  Our staff has the IN-HOUSE drafting resources to assist you with modifications to existing floorplans, or custom design a plan that is uniquely yours in every way.  Whether it’s a drawing of your own that you scratched out on a piece of tablet paper or a scale floorplan that caught your eye somewhere else, bring it in and we’ll make it yours.

 

How do Modular homes compare to conventional site-built construction?

Proponents of modular homes have long maintained that system-built manufacturers produce structures that are far stronger than site-built housing.  For starters, in order to withstand the rigors of highway travel and craning, the modular sections contain up to 30% more building materials than a comparable site-built home.  Framing components are doubled [if not tripled] over door/window openings, and drywall is both glued and screwed to wall studs to add structural integrity.

FEMA did a study on building performance as it relates to hurricanes and concluded that modular homes withstood the 131–155 mph winds of the Hurricane Andrew (a Category 4 storm) far better than site-built housing.

Here’s an excerpt from that report: “Overall, relatively minimal structural damage was noted in modular housing developments.  The module-to-module combination of units appears to have provided an inherently rigid system that performed much better than conventional residential framing. This was evident in both the transverse and longitudinal directions of the modular buildings,” according to the report. (ref: FEMA publication # FIA-22, item 3-0180.)

How long will the building process take?

When most people ask this question, they tend to be focused on the actual construction period which is usually just 8-12 weeks.  However, many fail to realize that they will spend considerable time – often 90 days or more – tweaking their floorplan and options, arranging their financing, appraisals, permits, etc…  In many cases this turns out to be the most time consuming part of the process, so it’s never too early to start.

What are the advantages of modular construction?

There are many advantages to system-built construction but the ones our customers focus on most are TIME, COST and CONTROL.

  • Time – the construction period for a site-built home is generally 6-8 months because builders are constantly fighting delays associated with weather, material shortages and undependable labor.  The modular construction process, on average, is usually just 8-12 weeks – sometimes less.
  • Cost – 90% of your home will be built in a climate controlled facility by a manufacturer with enormous purchasing power and state of the art building technology.  These factors along with many others help keep the overall construction costs down.  That savings is ultimately passed on to the homeowner.  Our customers usually find that they’ve saved somewhere between 10% to as much as 35% over site-built construction.
  • Control – When a site builder quotes a price for construction, that price inevitably will include “allowances” for things like carpet, cabinetry, light fixtures, etc…  When it comes time, the homeowner will have to pick and choose what amenities they want in their home and “hope” they can stay within their “allowance”.  If they don’t stay within the allowances, they either have to settle for something less or face cost over-runs.  With modular construction, you are given all those choices up front.  You will see, touch, and feel each and every component of your home – trim, carpet, appliances, fixtures – you’ll know exactly what you’re getting and exactly what the cost will be.