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How Modular Puts a Second Level Addition Within Reach

If you search second level additions online, you’ll likely find many results outlining the high cost, long timeline and extensiveness of such a project. But that’s for a stick built second story addition. These simply don’t apply when it comes to a modular second level addition like those from Carbide Construction. While a modular second level addition is still an in investment in your home; a modular build can offer your family a second-story modular home addition quickly, efficiently and cost effectively without displacing your family for months on end. Are you interested in a second level addition for your Fairfax area home? The experts here at Carbide Construction are here to tell you more about how a modular second level addition can put this goal within reach.

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First of all, a modular second level addition can happen much faster than a stick built one. In as little as a month, your existing ranch home could be expanded to a spacious colonial with a modular second level addition. Whether you need the space to provide bedrooms for a growing family or simply need to expand the living areas or storage space, we can design the second level story modular addition to suit your needs.

A modular second level addition is simply a great way to add another story to an existing building. They offer you the benefit of high-quality construction at an affordable price and, quicker build time. We work hard to keep up with timelines, and our construction is faster than any traditional on-site construction method.

Our modular additions 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. 

A second level can also add resale value to your home! Second level additions 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. A modular second level addition from Carbide Construction is even environmentally friendly. Few building materials are wasted and because the additions are factory-made, they are more tightly constructed to withstand being transported to your home.

There are so many ways a modular second level addition puts the dream of having a second story within reach! To learn more about a second level addition for your Fairfax area home, call Carbide Construction today at 703-550-8711 or you can Contact Us.

Make Your Home More Accessible this Summer with an ADA Addition

Do you ever wish your home had more room for your family to enjoy? Does your family require special ADA amenities? If so, we have the answer for you; an ADA addition. A modular addition can offer the living space you’re looking for with the ADA requirements your family requires. 

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Now is a great time of year to rethink your home and as experts in home additions, we would like to tell you more about how an ADA addition can benefit for your Falls Church area home.

Make your home more accessible with an ADA addition! Perfect for family members who require certain adjustments to help make their lives easier and safer. Carbide Construction has many ways to help you comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you or a loved one falls under this provision, we’ll help you build an ADA-friendly modular addition.

An ADA addition from us means you’ll get the same great service from Carbide Construction and a gorgeous addition that meets all the necessary ADA requirements. The process will be the same as any other modular home addition. We’ll help you design a custom prefabricated addition with all your ADA specifications included. We’ll help you through each step in the process so that your loved one has everything they need in their day-to-day lives. Some of the design aspects we will consider for your ADA addition include:

  • Easily-accessible bathrooms. Custom hand rails should be placed throughout the bathroom and zero threshold showers should be installed to allow safer accessibility and even wheelchair accessibility. Toilets should be higher than the standard toilet. And, vanity height should be customized to allow easier accessibility to sinks. 
  • User-friendly kitchens should be another consideration in any ADA addition. Countertops should be low enough to use as a work space. And, sinks and cooktops should have enough leg room to safely reach the faucet and cook-top controls.
  • Entranceways and hallways are other design elements that should be taken into consideration to allow for those who require a walker or a wheelchair. 
  • Light switches should also be located in easy to reach places.

And, these are just some of the considerations that can help make your home and ADA addition safe and comfortable to suit your family’s ever-changing needs.

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 an ADA addition in Falls Church, Fairfax, Arlington or any of the surrounding areas, call Carbide Construction at 703-550-8711 or you can Contact Us.

Why You Should Begin Construction on an Eco-Friendly Prefab Home Today

Earth Day is April 22nd and to help celebrate we thought we would take a moment to remind local residents of the eco-friendly nature of prefab homes. While prefab homes of the past had a bad rap, the modular or prefabricated homes of today offer the latest in green architecture and technology. And, as the trusted experts in prefab homes for Springfield, we would like to tell you more about them and why they make a great option in eco-friendly home construction. 

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Reduction in Waste

Limited waste is one of the greatest and greenest benefits of prefab homes. Prefab homes are built in factories according to specific measurements so there is no need for excess material, which reduces building waste significantly. The prefabrication of trusses, frames and other parts can reduce waste by more than half compared to stick built homes. 

And, since a very small amount of construction occurs on-site or outdoors, pollutants, adhesives and other waste materials have little to no impact on the surface environment and neighboring properties.

Healthier Building Techniques 

Modular or prefab homes are often held to higher sustainable standards than stick built homes. There is a real focus on clean and green energy as well as in using non-toxic or low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) materials.

Higher Efficiency

Since prefab homes are built to be transported; they are more sturdily built than traditional homes and offer increased efficiency. And, by building indoors, builders are able to more easily make sure that energy-saving features like insulation are carefully and properly installed for maximum effectiveness.

Climate controlled factory conditions and procedures optimize thermal insulation & barrier installation, resulting in a tighter and better insulated home that requires less energy to heat & cool.

A modular home builder like us adheres to the same strict building codes as traditional construction companies. And, as you can see, because of the way they are built, modular homes are more environmentally-friendly.

Thanks to high quality engineering and innovations at Carbide Construction, our modular homes are energy-efficient and offer a wide array of other benefits. 

There are so many wonderful benefits to choosing this type of construction and we look forward to sharing them with you! To learn more about prefab homes in Springfield, Alexandria, Fairfax, Arlington and the surrounding areas, call Carbide Construction at 703-550-8711 or you can Contact Us.

Top Questions About Modular Second Story Additions

Looking to transform not only the overall look of your home but increase its square footage as well? Not interested in a long, drawn-out and disruptive building process? A modular second level addition is your answer. It is the best way to increase your home’s square footage without a major inconvenience to your and your family. And, they look great too! But if you’ve never had one built before, you likely have many questions about them and how they work. As the experts who can build your second level addition in Alexandria, Arlington or any of the surrounding areas, we’d like to tell you more about them and answer some of the questions we’ve received about them.

Q: What is the benefit of having my second level addition built offsite? 

A: Nearly doubling your home’s square footage is extremely nice when it’s over, but it can come with a price if it is stick built. No one wants to suffer the ravages of turning one’s house upside down while enduring a stick built construction. Families have to stay in another location like at a hotel for the duration of the project for a stick build; not so with a modular second level addition.  Since a modular addition is built offsite in our warehouse, your family can stay in your home for the duration of the project! This is not just convenient, you will save a bundle of money on hotel stays you may have needed if you chose a stick built addition.

Q: Do I have to do full second level addition or can I do a partial one? Like adding a new master bedroom and bath as second story space above the garage?

A. With a modular second story addition, you can do it either way. Take a look at our before-and-after gallery to see some examples of the different kinds of additions we’ve worked on. We build modular homes and modular additions for homes of all shapes and sizes. A modular second level addition is also completely customizable and can be made to match the rest of your home.

A: Is a modular second level addition really better for the environment?

Q: Yes, what you’ve heard is true! Modular is the green choice in home additions. Few building materials are wasted and because the additions are factory-made, they are more tightly constructed to withstand being transported to your home; meaning more energy savings.

Still have questions? For more information about a second level addition for your Alexandria area home, call Carbide Construction today at 703-550-8711 or you can Contact Us.

Choosing the Right Modular Home Builders for You

So, you’ve decided on an efficient, environmentally-friendly and cost-friendly modular home. But, how  do you choose the right modular home builders in the Falls Church area for you? Deciding which modular home builders should build your home is as important a decision as deciding where you’ll build your home or what type of home you’ll be building. It’s important to remember that not all modular home builders are created equal. For example, some focus on only certain types of homes, while some can build a wide range of designs and styles. Some focus mainly on a specific budget range, while some have the ability to work on designs to fit anyone’s budget. Here are some more considerations to help you choose the right modular home builders for you.

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First, can the modular home builders you’re considering build the type of home you want? Some modular home manufacturers only offer certain types of designs like two story, ranch etc. And, some only offer smaller size homes or only work in on modern style homes. However, with modular home builders like those at Carbide Construction you get plenty of flexibility in designing your home. If you have something in mind, we can work with you and turn the home of your dreams into a reality. 

Looking for a home that will help you reduce your carbon footprint? Work with modular home builders that have experience building green homes. You’re already making the right choice by building modular since modular construction of any kind is already environmentally-friendly but if building green is important to you, you should choose modular home builders like Carbide Construction that can incorporate green features into your home.

What about ADA compliance? Do parts of your home or all of your home require ADA compliance? Carbide Construction has many ways to help you comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you or a loved one falls under this provision, we’ll help you build an ADA-friendly modular home or addition. You’ll get the same great service from Carbide Construction and a gorgeous addition that meets all the necessary ADA requirements. The process will be the same as any other modular home addition. We’ll help you design a custom prefabricated addition with all your ADA specifications included.

And, what about your budget? Unlike some modular home builders, at Carbide Construction we are up front with our prices and we work hard to meet or exceed your expectations. Many unexpected situations can come up during construction, but when you hire Carbide Construction, you can rest assured that we’ll work with you through every step of the way.

Ready to get started? To learn more about our modular home builders in the Falls Church, Arlington and surrounding areas, call Carbide Construction at 703-550-8711 or you can Contact Us.