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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.

Learning About the Prefab Home Revolution

Nowadays, prefabricated or prefab homes have been growing as a popular choice among homebuyers because of their numerous benefits. And, as the experts in prefab homes for Fairfax, Arlington and the entire surrounding areas, we’d like to tell you more about them. As prefab homes continue to grow in popularity, more and more homeowners are enjoying their many benefits including faster build time, sustainability and more. And, if you haven’t yet fully grasped the concept of prefab homes, we are here to help you learn more about them! And, when you’re ready to get started on a prefab home of your very own, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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First of all, it is important to note that prefab homes are different from mobile homes and for many reasons. Trailers were an interim solution, which took root and is now seen as rows and rows of uniform, rectangular houses in subdivisions around the county. The concept of pre-fabricated homes has come a long way from trailer houses. Today’s modern prefab homes are working in an entirely different direction. They are sustainable, environment-friendly and green in all aspects of production. They are also completely customizable and unique in design; these are not your basic square and rectangular homes! While manufactured homes come with standard features like every other home, these homes are easily customized and are available in a huge variety of floor plans. And, they are not limited in size the way trailers are; prefab homes can be as large as several thousand square feet with multiple stories.

The evolution of trailer homes to current prefab homes also includes an evolution in building codes, modern trends and concepts like sustainability. Prefab homes can be modern creations, environment-friendly, and viable for luxury living yet be created at a lower cost than stick built homes.

With prefab or modular homes, the future is now! They offer, safer and faster setup as well as a unique  options in affordable housing. Prefab homes are usually built faster than traditional homes. Your home will be built in a factory, and at the same time, the construction site can be prepped. So both of these things can happen concurrently.

There are so many great reasons people all around the country are choosing prefab homes! Interested in learning more about prefab homes in Fairfax, Springfield, Arlington, Alexandria and the surrounding areas? Call Carbide Construction at 703-550-8711 or you can Contact U for more information.

Happy Holidays from Carbide Construction

As 2018 is coming to a close, we want to thank our clients for another successful year. We are grateful to continue serving northern Virginia with our modular construction services. This would not be possible without the support and patronage from all of you!

We want to thank each and every one of you who has used our services this past year. We hope you will trust us for any modular construction needs you have in the future.

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