Southern New England Modular Homes, Inc.
420 South Main Street
Colchester, Connecticut 06415
Manufacturing Plant & Engineering
Here is a sample of our standard Cape home plans offered by Southern New England Modular Homes.
Southern New England Modular Construction Advantages
SUPERIOR STRENGTH - Homes are built with 1/3 more structural material for better strength and structural integrity than traditionally site-built homes.
EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY - The modular building process generates consistent building techniques, resulting in superior quality. All structures are built in a climate controlled environment so building materials are never exposed to the elements.
SPEED OF MODULAR CONSTRUCTION - Modular homes are typically built in about 1/3 the time needed to construct a site-built home. Site work and manufacturer can progress with the project simultaneously, the foundation and utility work can proceed as units are being built in the factory.
COST SAVINGS - Because modular homes are constructed faster and built in a controlled environment cost savings are natural. Compared to on-site construction, modular construction can save the consumer 10 to 20 percent, depending on the size and design of the structure. Cost savings can be accrued through production efficiency and bulk purchasing of construction materials.
FLEXIBILITY OF DESIGN - Hundreds of floor plans to choose from, all offering the flexibility of complete customization or the option of designing your custom plan with the in house engineering department. Each customers request is designed with durability, functional reliability and cost efficiency in mind.
SUPERIOR PRODUCT - The modular building process generates consistent building techniques, resulting in superior quality.
DETAILS MATTER - Top brand materials, modern fixtures, trim and surfaces along with skilled Craftsman ensure that every detail of your project meets your expectations.
QUALITY CONTROL - Internal quality control systems, in conjunction with third-party agency inspections, are performed at every stage of the construction process to ensure that each module is compliant with state codes. A third party seal of approval is stamped on each structure before leaving the manufacturing facility.
EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE - Knowledgeable service technicians in house and in the field are available to troubleshoot and take necessary action.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY - Homes are 50% more energy efficient than the model energy codes.
10-YEAR STRUCTURAL WARRANTY - Every home comes with a written 10 year structural warranty.
What is a Modular Building?
A modular building is a custom-designed structure built in sections called modules. The module sections are constructed in an off-site production facility, then delivered to the intended site and set on a foundation as a permanent structure. Construction of the modules, in most cases, is 95% complete prior to shipment. Completion is done on-site after the modules have been set onto the buildings foundation and joined together to make a single structure. The modules can be placed side-by-side, end-to-end, or stacked, allowing a wide variety of configurations and styles in the building layout. Modular buildings are built to the same or higher building standards as a complete on-site stick built home.
Plumbing - By Paul Straker, Plumbing & Heating
Your new modular home will arrive from the factory with the kitchen, bathroom including tubs, vanities and toilets set in place and stubbed into the basement. If you will be heating with hot water the factory also supplies and installs the baseboard units and stubs each tail into the basement. The venting for these fixtures will be stubbed into the attic space for on site connection. Your plumbing contractor will connect all drainage lines for waste from each fixture (toilet, sinks and showers) to the exit location leading to the septic or city sewer system. He will then complete the domestic water for the kitchen and baths. Water entering the basement will either include a well tank or city water meter; this will be cold water supply. From this point it will feed a hot water maker (either on demand boiler or electric hot water heater) then will feed each fixture. The basement work will also include supplying two exterior faucets for hose connections and depending on fuel, either a gas line or oil tank with fill lines. The heating system either oil or gas will be supplied, installed and vented. The hot water loop from each baseboard unit can be connected and water added to the system. The plumber then goes to the attic to complete all vent stacks that are stubbed into this space. With the completion of the attic vents the home is plumbed and ready to go! Keep in mind if you will be installing ceramic tile in the baths or granite countertops in the kitchen those fixtures will need to be installed in addition to the standard connections. Also be sure to your plumber test all connections prior to adding water! The factory air test their connections at the factory which is great, the same needs to be done on site!
Why I Hired Southern New England Modular To Build My New Home! - By Lee Hinson
Preparing the site properly is a crucial step in the modular building process. Your new home will typically arrive in two, four or possibly more sections. These "boxes" as they are called require adequate access which may mean removal trees, rock walls or creating spaces to temporarily store the boxes. The site must also have a crane area a clear, level unobstructed area from which the crane will set to pick the boxes and place them on the foundation. The excavation contractor must be aware of these requirements and keep them in mind while developing the site. The contractor will be responsible for clearing trees and stumps, excavating the foundation hole, installing drainage piping around foundation, backfilling the foundation and installing the septic system or piping for city utilities. The excavation contractor will provide trenching for well or city water and underground piping for electric if required. After the home has been set the contractor will complete septic installation, final grading and driveway and walk ways. Again each site is different and will have its own specific requirements. You as the homeowner may also want to be involved and take on items such as raking and seeding or landscaping as a way to save a few dollars and complete yourself. Excavation is a very crucial step - the site must be prepared properly to ensure a safe and suitable working area, short cuts with site improvements will create very expensive and in some cases dangerous situations. Talk to a qualified experienced excavation contractor - you'll be very happy in the long run!
Your new home comes wired with a 200amp electrical service including the panel box and breakers! The factory pre wires the kitchen module mounting the panel to a piece of 3/4" black plywood which is temporarily fastened to the gable end (Shown in photo right). This pre wired panel will be removed by the set crew and lowered into the basement during the set. The on site electrician will take over from here! The factory provides a as built electrical plan which has all information regarding circuit layouts, smoke detector junctions and required on site connections. Your on site electrician will be responsible for mounting the panel to the foundation wall, running leads from other modules into the panel, installing the meter can and main service, installing basement and attic lighting, wiring for on site items such as your well pump, generator (If you plan for one), site built garage or porch lighting. The factory ships all exterior light fixtures and interior light globes loose these must be installed by the electrician after the home has been set. Your electrician will make arrangements through your building inspector to get the service inspected and the request for new electrical service to the power company for hookup.
When calculating the cost to build a new modular home you must first understand the process and the associated cost that are involved. Begin with the modular building: By John Valentine
1. You have selected a plan from our web site and see the estimated cost of the modules built by the manufacturer. This price includes what we use as "Our Standard Specification". This specification describes type of framing, sheathing, windows, doors, trim. ect. This gives you a good starting point, adjustments can always be made if necessary. It may not seem like a lot but the specifications can increase or decrease the cost substantially! An example of this would be changing all carpet to hardwood flooring or vinyl siding to wood siding!.
2. Next comes the cost of the on-site contracting work needed to physically place the modules on the site. This includes items such as foundation, excavation, tree removal, water and sewer lines or well and septic system depending on the lot, modular finish, electrical connections, plumbing and heating system.
The cost of the construction tasks needed to complete your modular home is governed by the amount and type of site work, button-up work, and site-built structures your project requires. It's not that we don't want to give you a on site construction price it's that it cannot be done without knowing all of the variables involved. Common questions would include:
Has the building lot been surveyed? Is the lot wooded? How far off the road will the home be built? If you are 1000' feet off the road it will naturally cost more to build a driveway, bring power to the house and increase clearing cost than if you were 50' off the main road!.
Is the lot on a hill or in a hole? Will additional fill need to be brought in for final grade? What are you personally looking for? Do you want to be involved and do things like building your own deck? Install your own landscaping? Doing some of the work yourself is not only rewarding but can save you money!
Step one to get useful ballpark estimates for both your modular home and contracting cost begins with your floor plan, building specifications and site plan showing requirements for the property. Remember the more detailed the information, the more accurate the modular home package cost will be. Southern New England Modular has been in the modular business since 1986 and can offer our simple tools to help in this estimating process. Good luck with persuing your dream of building your new home! Please feel free drop us a note or give a call with any questions!
Southern New England Modular Homes, Inc.
420 South Main Street,Colchester, Connecticut 06415