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Running Out of Room? Try a Home Addition

As your family grows, you may begin looking for ways to make your house grow as well. A modular home addition for your Washington DC area home can achieve just that. And, compared to stick built additions, offers a variety of great benefits for you and your home. Modular home additions are made off-site, brought to your existing home and made a permanent part of the house. Our building professionals are experts in their field and will provide quality, dependable construction you can depend on. As the experts on modular home additions, we would like to tell you more about them and why we think they’ve been growing in popularity throughout the entire Washington DC area.

There are many ranch homes in the area and these are fantastic candidates for second story home additions, master suite additions and much more. And, much cheaper than standard construction, modular home additions offer a quicker process and a far less painful on-site experience. That’s why modular home additions are becoming a highly sought after commodity in Arlington, Fairfax, Montgomery County and all points in between.

But you won’t be able to tell just by looking at them! When we install your home addition, it will look completely seamless. Our modular home additions can be made to easily blend in to any architectural style, a seamless or no evidence approach in regards to there being an addition added on to a home. The goal is to make it look as though any modular home additions have been part of the house all along.

Another reason modular home additions have increased in popularity homeowners generally do not have to move out of their house at all during the on-site portion of the modular home addition installation. In contrast, people often have to move out for half of a year or more for a stick built home addition job.

Modular homes also have greater efficiency than stick-built homes; a major concern for local homeowners. Climate controlled factory conditions optimize thermal insulation & barrier installation, resulting in a tighter and better insulated home that requires less energy to heat & cool. And, thanks to high quality engineering and innovations at Carbide Construction, our modular homes are energy-efficient and easier on the environment too.

Are you interested in learning more about home additions in Washington DC, Arlington, Fairfax and Montgomery County? We can easily help you design your own unique and one-of-a-kind addition! Call Carbide Construction at 703-550-8711 or you can Contact Us.

The Many Benefits of Adding an In-Law Suite

One of the latest trends in remodeling and home additions has got to be the in-law suite. An in-law suite is an area transformed into a living space for your parents or your in-laws. It makes one of the greatest, most meaningful gifts for aging parents. Although some may say that it is hard living with an aging parent, an in-law suite addition allows more space for everyone for a more comfortable and harmonious living situation. At Carbide Construction we specialize in in-law suites for Arlington and have worked on our fair share of them. That’s why we’d like to tell you more about them and provide you with a few of our favorite benefits to having them built.

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In-law suites provide a private living area within a house. Some may be as simple as a separate room and bathroom, while others are more like an apartment with a separate entrance, full kitchen and living area. A good design team like those at Carbide Construction can even help you predict the needs of your loved ones. This goes more than just the usual bed and shower. You will also be given other ideas to think about too like considerations for their hobbies. Does Grandpa need a workshop? Does Grandma need an art studio? A space like this can be a great feature on your in-law suite design.

One of the main reasons people choose to add an in-law suite is the square footage it adds to the existing home. This additional footage is not only useable, but anyone can benefit from having the extra living space. Another is peace of mind knowing that their elderly parent is close by if they need help.

An in-law suite allows you to be closer to your parents while still providing privacy for all. It can resemble a small apartment, allowing older adults to enjoy their privacy and independence in a safe environment.

If your parents aren’t necessarily ready to move in just yet, an in-law suite can be used for many things until they are. This extra space is quite versatile. And, one of the best benefits of adding an in-law suite is the value it can add to your home. Room additions increase the value of your home due to the added space and additional luxury it adds to your current home.

With an in-law suite from Carbide Construction, you will get a fully finished space as a modular addition. As always the plan can be customized to meet your specific needs and to work with the space available. By going with a modular addition rather than a stick-built addition, you will save time and money on construction.

Are you ready to add an in-law suite onto your Arlington home or want more information about the process? Call Carbide Construction at 703-550-8711 or Contact Us.

Why Modular Homes May Be Better for the Environment

Earth Day is April 22nd and in its honor we would like to discuss modular homes and why they may be better for the environment than their stick-built counterparts.

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Today, technological innovation, higher costs, and the need for sustainable construction are challenging traditional stick-built processes. And, modular homes are the solution. As professional builders of modular homes in the Alexandria area, we are proud of the many benefits this type of construction offers and are excited to share one of our favorites with you here.

First, did you know that our modular homes are built to much higher standards and create less waste than stick built homes? All of our materials are ordered to exact fitment requirements, there-by reducing waste. And, since our homes are built indoors, there is no likelihood of materials being damaged and wasted or left behind.

And, since construction occurs at our factory, there is therefore educed car/truck traffic, noise, pollution, and quality of life impact in areas where the construction of a new home would occur. 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.

Modular homes also have greater efficiency than stick-built homes. 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. Modular homes are also generally seen as more sturdy than almost any other type of home available today since they are built to be able to withstand being transported to the home site.

Thanks to high quality engineering and innovations at Carbide Construction, our modular homes are energy-efficient and easier on Mother Earth. So, celebrate Earth Day by learning more about modular homes and why they just may be the solution for you. There are so many wonderful benefits to choosing this type of construction and we look forward to sharing them with you!

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

Important Considerations for Your Second Story Addition

So you know you want a second story addition, but you’re not sure where to start. Well, there are a few things you should consider before beginning your exciting new construction project. As experts in the second story addition for Washington DC and the surrounding areas, we’d like to tell you all about these essential topics to help you get started today.

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Modular or Stick Built?

This is a big one. Whether you choose modular or stick built will determine the price, timeline and your overall comfort level for the duration of the project. Modular second story additions are typically ready in about a third of the time as a stick-built additions and can help save homeowners big money.

What is a modular second story addition? It is a complete addition including the roofing, floors, insulation, plumbing, and wiring—built off-site to your specifications. When the addition arrives, it will take the crane operator and crew about a day to set it in place and weatherproof it.

Hotel Costs?

Cut out the cost of a hotel stay with a modular addition. With a lengthy and extensive stick built second story addition, you could be displaced from your home for weeks.

Does Your Home Meet the Necessary Requirements?

First, the exterior dimensions of your existing home must be compatible with the modular manufacturer’s production sizes. Second, the home itself, its framing and its foundation must be able to carry the additional weight of your second story addition.

How about Your Heating and Electric?

You may need to increase the size of your furnace as well as the capacity of your electrical system to accommodate your second story addition. You’ll need the assistance of a company experienced with modular transitions such as Carbide Construction.

Your Siding & Windows?

Siding on the second story addition will need to match that residing on your existing first story. You also have the option of removing the siding from the first story and starting from scratch. Shutters and trim will need to be thought of and dealt with as well.

Exterior elevation of all four sides of your finished home must factor in existing first-story bump-outs or structures. Bay windows, porches, sunrooms, recessed entryways or garages must all be taken into consideration.

Thinking about a modular second story addition for Washington DC and Alexandria area home? We can easily help you design your own one-of-a-kind addition to match your unique home! Call Carbide Construction at 703-550-8711 or you can Contact Us.

Getting the Facts about Modular Home Additions

When it comes to investing in a home addition, many homeowners don’t have all the facts. Too often, due to lack of information, they fail to consider modular home additions for their remodeling needs. As the trusted professionals in modular home additions for Fairfax, we’d like to provide you with some interesting information to help you choose the right addition for you.

  • Modular home additions are convenient. One of the best parts about getting a modular home addition compared to a stick built addition is their limited interference with the homeowner’s routine. Even when Carbide Construction is in the thick of building your modular addition, you and your family can remain in your home.
  • Modular home additions can be built from start to finish in a matter of two weeks at the factory, not months. You can continue to live life like you did before, but all the while, a brand-new modular addition will be springing up around you.
  • They’re affordable. Modular home additions are usually more energy-efficient, stronger and are of better quality than stick built additions., Plus they are usually less expensive overall to build.
  • Modular additions and homes should not be confused with mobile or manufactured homes. They are not the same thing. Mobile homes are not placed on permanent foundations and are subject to different building codes and regulations than modular homes.
  • Modular additions are built in a factory setting and then covered and transported to their final destination. This means construction materials for modular home additions won’t be affected by the weather so you can start on your addition any time of year!
  • Modular home additions are unique and customizable. There are no design limitations.

And this is just some of the great information you can learn about modular home additions! Give us a call to learn more about them and you could be enjoying a beautiful, affordable brand-new living space.

Quality design from our trusted experts will ensure a great final outcome. Once we have preliminary design, the project can be sent to the modular company for preliminary pricing and get started. The process begins with an analysis of your existing house location survey which helps determine feasibility. Once the analysis is complete, the design/engineering phase can be established.

Let’s get started! Call Carbide Construction today at (703) 550-8711 or contact us online for more information on modular home additions in Fairfax!