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Building a Modular Home in Los Angeles

by Jon Nunan

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It is difficult to find an empty space in any populous area where you can simply build a house. However, in many of the areas surrounding Los Angeles, modular homes are a viable option for anyone who wants a place of their own that is designed with their interests in mind. Available with just about anything you can think of that would be found in a more conventionally built house, a modular home is an efficient and cost-effective alternative to traditional construction.

Los Angeles Modular Homes vs. Manufactured Homes
The only real similarity you'll find between a mobile or manufactured home and a modern modular home is that, at some point, they must travel between where they are made to where they will stand. A manufactured home is built to a specific federal code that requires it to have certain limitations. A modular home, on the other hand, is built following the same codes that other houses in the area where it is to be erected follow. This means that the all too familiar look of a mobile home is a far cry from what is available in a modular home. Los Angeles residents who choose to build a modular home will have a hard time telling the difference between the home they own and others in the same neighborhood once it is complete. They will, however, easily be able to spot the difference between their new house and any manufactured home.

Benefits of Modular Homes
The biggest reason to opt for a Los Angeles modular home is efficiency. These houses are built piece by piece indoors, and are then assembled on site. Why is this more efficient? Mainly because you don't have to deal with any unforeseen environmental problems that can be found in on-site construction. Additionally, since most of the work is done indoors, Los Angeles modular home builders can literally work in shifts around the clock. This means faster, more effective construction, and a closer move in date. In many instances, it also spells savings for the home buyer!

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Modular Home Drawbacks
Though Los Angeles modular home builders are every bit as skilled as those working on conventionally built homes, and though modular homes use many of the same high-quality materials you'd find in any other house, they simply aren't as customizable as a traditional home. There are just some specific things that a homeowner may want for a house they're building that are too difficult to transport. The price of a custom built home far exceeds that of a modular home, but buyers with a very specific vision in mind might simply have to take on a little extra expense to get what they want.

Price and Duration of Los Angeles Modular Home Construction
Having the ability to work 24 hours a day and 7 days a week has its advantages when it comes to building a home. It is likely that it will take 8 to 10 weeks in the warehouse, and another 8 to 10 onsite to complete a new modular home. Los Angeles residents that are tired of high prices (for just about everything) can also take heart in the fact that, on average, modular home construction is generally between 10 and 15 percent less expensive than building conventionally. Many modular homeowners find that these savings translate pretty well into high-end accents such as granite counters and spa bathtubs or showers!

Jon Nunan is a freelance writer who draws on his experience in construction, ranging from landscaping to log home building, for his articles on home improvement.