For a couple days now, we have been talking about how difficult it is to buy and build a new home. The Supply (people looking to sell) is much smaller than The Demand (people looking to buy) So, what is the best way to move forward? As all Renters in Vermont know it is silly to continue renting! Since there is such a big demand it is very easy for Landlords to constantly raise their rent. Monthly rents are often more than a monthly mortgage payment would be for a comparable home.
Yesterday we started our series of the process of building a new modular home and that story continues today.
This afternoon we were pricing out a home to be delivered in southern Vermont and there was a Material Sur-Charge. Let’s face it, a Sur-Charge is a price increase. Typically, Sur-charges are a percentage of the material costs as compared to raising the cost of a specific piece of material a percentage is added. That dollar amount can easily be adjusted upward and/or downward simply by quickly changing the percentage amount.
In our recent discussions about insulation we mentioned that in vertical applications (exterior walls) we prefer to use Roxul “rock wool” insulation and in horizontal applications (the attic) we prefer sprayed in Cellulose. And on several occasions, we have walked away from sprayed in Foam.
Insulation is probably the most talked about part of preventing Heat Loss. And as we all know insulation comes in a wide variety of products such as:
As everyone knows we have been talking a lot about Heat Loss, the process where heat escapes from your home out into the cold. There are many ways that a well-built home loses heat but one of them is seldom thought about.
Lumber, the material that every home is built with, is an excellent conductor of heat. Look at your kitchen pots and pans, I’ll bet 90% of them are aluminum. The really good pots and pans also have a copper bottom.
Last week we talked about how many local builders are swamped with the huge amount of knowledge needed to keep up with the plethora of Building Codes. Modular homes are constantly inspected and are guaranteed to be 100% Compliant with all building codes! Included in our building process are Professional Engineers and Professional Architects. Do local builders have that depth of resources on their staff? I doubt it.
We have been talking about Energy Efficiency, Cold Air Penetration, Heat Recovery Ventilation systems, and a host of other Energy concerns all of which are very very important!
When you consider building your new home how much direct attention is paid to complying with all of the various Building Codes? Here at Vermont Modular Homes we believe there are basically two ways to build a home:
Yesterday we had another home set on its permanent foundation. This home is located in Southern Vermont up in the mountains. You may recall seeing a post of ours last week when the home was delivered. We received several email inquiries and phone calls with questions about this house.
Yesterday we set both of the modules on the foundation and assembled the ceiling and roof of the great room. The front half of the house is going to be a fully vaulted ceiling and a wall of glass looking out at the view.
For weeks now we have been talking about how to stop Heat Loss and how to stop Cold Air Penetration. To make a very complicated topic easy to understand; to stop Heat Loss is a matter of sealing up a home and insulating it very well. Or, in other words, we are going to make your new home Very Tight. Remember, homes do not breath, you and I breath but not homes.