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What are Manufactured Homes & What Makes them Special?

May is National Home Improvement Month, so why not go the extra mile and begin the process of building an entirely new home?! With manufactured homes, it’s a whole lot easier than you might think. As builders of manufactured homes in Springfield, the experts at Carbide Construction would like to discuss some of the many benefits of investing in a manufactured home and define them a bit further for you. That way, when considering a new modular home for you and your family, you can take all of these many great factors into account.

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Prefab homes are built in a factory. And because these homes are built in this type of setting, there is less waste when building them and not as many construction materials left over to go into landfills. Manufactured homes are also generally seen as more sturdy and energy efficient than almost any other type of home available today. They are built to be able to withstand being transported to the construction site.

One of the main advantages of manufactured homes is that they generally do not have the same scheduling delays as a traditional stick built homes. And, because manufactured homes are built in a factory, there is no need to worry about the weather delaying the construction project. Your home will still be worked on no matter what the weather is like outside. Not needing to worry about time delays means your home will be built on schedule as promised. And fewer delays means construction equipment and materials will not be sitting around on your job site for any longer than what they need to be.

While manufactured homes come with standard features like every other home, these homes are easily customizable and are available in a huge variety of floor plans. So don’t hesitate, get started on your new prefab home today!

There are so many reasons to choose a prefab home! Interested in learning more about manufactured homes in Springfield, Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax and the surrounding areas? Call Carbide Construction at 703-550-8711 or you can Contact Us.

Take Your Home to the Next Level with a Second Level Addition

Thinking about a modular second level addition for your Arlington home? There are so many reasons to take your home to the next level this year! You and your family can benefit from the extra living space without the hassles and stresses that comes along with a stick build. We at Carbide Construction specialize in second story and all types of modular home additions for the Northern Virginia area. For modular second level additions, we are available all year round! And, as this just happens to be a great time to get the space you want, here are some of the many reasons to consider a second level addition:

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They’re eco-friendly and cost-effective. Any modular home can be designed to be energy efficient, creating not only greater benefits to the environment but your wallet as well. A modular second level addition is a great way to add space to your existing home, and the best part is you can continue to stay in your home during construction!

They’re customizable. The look and design of your second level addition is ultimately up to you. At Carbide Construction, we do our best to match your second level addition to the rest of your home. And we will be there every step of the way. Window locations and other pre-existing elements of your home must be factored into the placement of your second story. We can design your ideas with these elements in mind before bringing it to life in your new second story addition.

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And, second level additions can completely blend in with the older parts of your home. The look of the second story can be made to match the existing first story. You also have the option of removing the siding from the first story and starting anew. If your current siding is wooden, you may simply need a paint and stain session to allow for all to match. And don’t worry; the experts at Carbide Construction will take care of this design and placement.

We work fast. Spring, summer, whenever! With Carbide Construction, the second level addition you have always wanted can be here before you know it. You can have one built based on what time of year is best for you and your family. And, why not make that today? Out with the old and in with the new!

Are you interested in learning more about second level additions in Arlington, Alexandria or any of the other surrounding areas? Call Carbide Construction at 703-550-8711 or you can Contact Us.

Addition Decision: What Makes Modular the Right Choice for You

When you consider adding a new wing to your home or an entire second story, it is important to educate yourself before deciding what’s right for you. Modular additions are similar to traditional home additions in many ways, and it is important to learn about their many benefits. Modular home additions are continuing to grow in popularity, providing families with more room to grow and change within their home. Carbide Construction is a trusted name in construction, specializing in home additions in Fairfax, Arlington and the surrounding areas. And, our team of construction experts has put together some information on modular additions and their many advantages.
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Modular home additions have been around since the early 1900s, known in the earlier days as “house kits.” Since then, modular builds have come a long way, offering a high quality, customizable and cutting edge option in home additions.  Compared to standard construction, modular home additions are constructed off-site making them not only a quicker, more efficient process, but a less painful one as well. Here are more fantastic benefits to modular home additions:

Quality

Modular home additions are held to the very same building codes and standards as traditionally built additions. You will never have to sacrifice safety, quality or style when it comes to your modular home addition.

Economic & Environmental Benefits

A second story can add resale value to your home! They can also help you get the space you need without breaking the bank. Any modular home can be designed to be energy efficient, creating not only greater benefits the environment but your wallet as well.  Read more and decide if this approach is right for you!

Also, with a modular addition, far less waste is created than with traditional builds. In traditional on-site construction, it is estimated that up 30% of materials end up in the dumpster by project completion.

Fully Customizable

Modular homes are designed to easily blend in with any architectural style, virtually seamlessly. Get the space you’ve always wanted! Whatever your vision, we will work with you to create the right addition to match your home’s style and needs. Whether you need a second story for a new baby or for a family member to live in, a modular home addition makes an excellent choice.

ADA Options

The experts at Carbide Construction are well-versed in the many ways to help you comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We can help you build an ADA-friendly modular addition that helps better the mobility and comfort for you or a loved one. Get a gorgeous home addition that also meets the necessary ADA requirements. Trust us to help you through every step in the process.

If you would like to learn more about modular home additions in Fairfax, Arlington and the surrounding areas, call Carbide Construction at 703-550-8711 or you can Contact Us.

Kitchen Remodeling Considerations

You really love your house. You see it as where you will be spending the days that matter most during the rest of your life. All of this despite the home being a little dated. What can you do to enhance its aesthetic value to you and its financial value should the day come that you wish to unload? Renovation is the way to go! One of the most popular forms of remodeling is one that unfolds in your kitchen.

The hub of action within the home for so many families, the kitchen as enhanced by a remodel allows it to operate properly as the focal point in the functioning of your family unit. Why not have your hub set up with all of the doodads, what-nots, bells and whistles that will enhance the life of home and family? Kitchen remodeling in Alexandria and the neighboring towns is indeed a specialty of ours at Carbide Construction. As experts in the trade, we thought it wise to share with you a crash course in all things you should consider before starting your renovation project.

Kitchen Remodeling

The main uses for a kitchen being obvious, what else do you use it for? Do you entertain guests there? Do the kids do their schoolwork in the kitchen? What storage needs do you have beyond cookbooks? Before heading in to your kitchen remodeling project, start pondering on all of the alternate ways you can or want to put that room to use in your home. Using kids and homework as an example, consider the installation of an island or a desk that is built-in to the kitchen itself.

Maybe the real joy of the kitchen for you involves its common usage, baking and cooking? Perhaps the money should most be directed in the direction of higher end or more efficient appliances that enhance those abilities? You can always go with two ovens over just one, allowing for multiple items to bake simultaneously at different temperature points. Perhaps you want a built-in wine rack? Make a list of what your dream kitchen would contain on the baking and cooking front. Chip away at it focusing on what is realistic within your budget.

Lighting within the kitchen is certainly a matter of consideration. Lighting does not always come down to which chandelier or track set-up you are looking for. It relates often to the set-up of your windows. How much natural light are you looking to achieve within the kitchen area? When it comes to artificial lighting, scour the internet or a local home wares box store to scope out lighting styles that pique your interest.

When it comes to kitchen remodeling, the sky is the limit. You have the freedom to place within it whatever you choose. These are only a few things you should think about when remodeling your kitchen. We can give you even more suggestions if you need them!

For more information on kitchen remodeling in Alexandria and the surrounding areas, call Carbide Construction at 703-550-8711, or you can Contact Us.

Smoke Alarm Safety Tips for Fire Prevention Week

The content for this blog is taken from the National Fire Protection Association. October 9-15 is Fire Prevention Week with a focus on replacing smoke alarms every 10 years.

Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.

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Safety Tips

  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of alarms in the home.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
  • Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan.

Plan your Escape

  • Your ability to get out of your house during a fire depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.
  • Get everyone in your household together and make a home escape plan. Walk through your home and look for two ways out of every room.
  • Make sure escape routes are clear of debris and doors and windows open easily. Windows with security bars or grills should have an emergency release device.
  • Plan an outside meeting place where everyone will meet once they have escaped. A good meeting place is something permanent, like a tree, light pole or mailbox, a safe distance in front of the home.
  • If there are infants, older adults, family members with mobility limitations or children who do not wake to the sound of the smoke alarm, make sure that someone is assigned to assist them in the event of an emergency.
  • If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Respond quickly – get up and go, remember to know two ways out of every room, get yourself outside quickly, and go to your outside meeting place with your family.
  • Learn more about home escape planning.

Children and Smoke Alarms

NFPA is aware of research indicating that sleeping children don’t always awake when a smoke alarm activates. While this research is worrisome, we shouldn’t allow them to obscure the fact that smoke alarms are highly effective at reducing fire deaths and injuries.

NFPA reaffirms the value of the smoke alarms already available to protect people from home fire deaths and voice its concern about the number of U.S. households without these early warning devices. While 96 percent of American homes have at least one smoke alarm, no smoke alarms were present or none operated in two out of five (41%) of the reported home fires between 2003-2006. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

NFPA emphasizes the need to continue planning and practicing home fire escape plans and to make sure everyone in a home can be awakened by the sound of the smoke alarm. NFPA suggests practicing the escape plan during which the smoke alarm is activated so all family members know its sound.

Every home fire escape plan is different, and every family should know who will – and who won’t – awaken at the sound of the smoke alarm. If someone doesn’t wake up when the alarm sounds during a drill, the family should design an escape plan that assigns a grown-up who is easily awakened by the alarm to wake the sleepers, perhaps by yelling “FIRE,” pounding on the wall or door, or blowing a whistle.

Carbide Construction wants everyone to be safe in their home, specifically from the threat of a fire. If you would like more information about smoke alarms and how to keep your family safe, please visit the public education section of NFPA’s website. For information on home additions or remodeling and how we can implement smoke alarms and other fire safety features, please Contact Us.