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Bolivar Goes Modular

Often referred to as modular homes or system built homes, off site construction homes or system built homes are all names used of homes constructed within a controlled environment. Highly skilled construction workers are assisted by cutting edge machinery which assures accuracy of all floors and walls thus promoting the structural integrity of the homes. Quality control is much more manageable in the factory setting than a site built homes.

Modular homes are popping up all over the Bolivar Peninsula in all price ranges.
Popular on the East Coast for many years, they are finally coming to the Texas coast.

The homes are held to the same quality and structural integrity standards as a typical 'Stick Built' home. It is important to know that system built homes are built to the same state building codes as any conventional "on-site" newly constructed home.

Upon completion of the home's construction, the home is shipped out to the home site in sections, sometimes referred to as "boxes". The sections are set on the foundation and are then joined to form a single home. A "set crew" is then responsible for completing the home by adding the finishing exterior and interior details. This crew is also responsible for obtaining final building inspection and permits.

As a result of this unique construction method the homeowner is permitted to move into their newly constructed home within weeks.

Modular homes are built in sections in a factory setting, indoors, where they are never subjected to adverse weather conditions. The sections move through the factory with the company's quality control department checking them after every step. Finished modules are covered for protection, and then transported to the home site. They are placed on a premade foundation, joined, and completed by a local builder.

Modular homes are not manufactured or mobile homes and they are as sturdy as site or stick-built homes.

  • A well-built modular home should have the same longevity as its site-built counterpart, increasing in value over time.
  • Unless you were there to see the house delivered and assembled, you might not guess it's a modular home.
The amount of time it takes to build a modular home depends on the design and the manufacturer. Some modular homes can be built in the factory in as little as one to two weeks. Since they're built indoors, there's never a weather delay. Completion time at the site depends on the size and design of the home.

Modular home manufacturers use computer aided design programs to draw plans to specifications or to modify one of their standard plans to suit the homeowner's needs.

Rapid Construction will return Bolivar to Prosperity

"The man, who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed."
Henry Ford

The Cost of Going Modular

Let me see if I can shed some much needed light on this elusive problem. Traditionally, a rule of thumb for homebuyers was a cost per square foot calculation. However, when one talks about traditional cost per square foot, one is talking about a total cost turnkey price. Unfortunately the marketing boys have gotten a hold of these figures and in modular home pricing you will see prices quoted per square foot from 59 dollars to 109 dollars. Then the site built marketers not to be outdone jump in and make claims that they can site build or stick build a home for the same or slightly more. I say enough already. Here are the basic facts which will enable you to arrive at a cost per square foot estimate.

Sample steps to building modular - typically homes can go up in less than 3 months

On Bolivar, you have a choice between installing a septic system and connecting to a privately owned sewer system. There is not a whole lot of difference in cost. It’s about 10 thousand dollars either way. That amount for my example is in fact a little on the high side actual cost is closer to 8 or 9 thousand. Next you will need a lot. Now lots sell from a low of 10,000 and up. However, let’s not kid each other a good beach side lot in a nice subdivision will run 25 thousand and up depending on how far the lot is off the beach. The closer you get to the beachfront the higher the price will be. So here is my example:

5th row lot in Emerald One Subdivision are currently selling for about 28,500 asking price. Negotiate your own deal but I am close. Add 10 grand for septic or sewer and that puts you at about $38,500.00. Now, a modular with some serious upgrades, let’s doll it up and say 100 dollars a square foot installed on your lot. Next pick the size of home you want. Using 1500 square foot as an example, we have the following: 1500 square foot home for $150,000.00, our lot in Emerald One at $28,500.00 and about $10,000.00 for sewer or septic. Now let’s throw in $7500.00 for concrete pad under house and driveway. Total price: $196,000.00 for an actual cost of 131.00 a square foot. These figures are a little high or low depending on the upgrades.

That being said one just like I described just sold in Emerald in the mid 180’s. That my friends, is what is called a bargain, for coastal property anywhere in the world, even in today’s market. You know what they say “you snooze you lose”. Better get down to Bolivar and check it out. May just be the chance of a lifetime. To add icing to the cake, summer rentals can generate $700.00 or more a weekend and $1200.00 and up a week. Guess what is in short supply after the Hurricane? You guessed it sparky, vacation rentals.

Don’t believe me? Then contact Anne Willis at Swedes Real Estate, the premier realtor on the Peninsula and ask her for the gospel. Better yet, check out the rental rates on Swedes Webpage. The time is now, the place is Bolivar. Don’t let a chance of a lifetime pass you by again. Ask Anne, she will tell you the demand for rentals is far greater than the supply and will be for the next five years or so, maybe even longer. Opportunity knocks. Question is: Are you listening?

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