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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!

Thank You and Happy Holidays from Carbide Construction

With the end of 2017 quickly approaching, we want to take a moment to thank all our wonderful clients for their support. We are grateful to have served the northern Virginia area with our modular construction services for more than 30 years. We could not be in business this long without the support and patronage from so many of you!

As this year winds down, we just want to thank each and every one of you for your patronage. We hope you will trust us for all your future modular building needs!

We wish each of you a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

The Design Possibilities are Endless with a Modular Home

So, you’re looking into building a modular home or modular addition? Congratulations! There are so many great benefits to choosing a modular home or modular home addition and we would be happy to tell you all about them! With the holidays approaching you might be noticing your home could use more space to allow for a more comfortable and enjoyable place to entertain guests.

Modular Addition In Springfield Interior

As experts in modular homes for Springfield and the surrounding areas, we have heard many myths circulating about the limitations of design in modular homes. And, one of them is that they don’t allow for an open floor plan. But, we want everyone to know that modular homes are completely customizable! Contrary to what you may have heard, all kinds of layouts and designs are possible! We can even design an open floor plan for your modular home. In fact, we have done so in the past with some incredibly stunning results.

Why an Open Floor Plan?
Open floor plans are becoming more and more popular in modern homes as they give the illusion of a bigger space, provide more natural sunlight and outdoor views, as well as create a more safe and social environment. By opening up a space and removing any visual barriers, the interior spaces appear much larger. And, when you eliminate extra interior walls to open up the space, the windows will bring more sunlight into your home and give you a better view of your outdoor landscape.

Modular Addition Interior SpringfieldAn open layout makes entertaining guests not only easier but also more enjoyable. You don’t miss a moment while cooking and entertaining and with a more open flow between spaces.

Whether you decide an open floor plan is the right choice for your family; allow a modular home or modular addition to be the solution for you! Whatever your vision, we will work with you to create the right modular home or construction to match your unique style and needs. Overall, modular construction is better on the environment, better on your wallet and provides safety and style that can’t be beat. Get started today and you could have the home you’ve always dreamed of!

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