Modular or prefabricated homes (MOD) are stick built homes made in a factory. The individual pieces or “modules” are constructed, like Lincoln Logs, and then assembled on your building site. They are set in place just like traditional building.
Modular home technology is constantly improving offering cheaper and quicker building options. The factory settings allow superior quality builds and the design software creates almost unlimited customization.
Modular homes are built to the same building codes used by conventional site-builders. Before a modular home manufacturer begins construction, all building plans are reviewed, engineered, and approved specific to the state where the manufacturer intends to sell homes, in this case Indiana. The homes must be designed and built to state code where the home will be shipped for its final location. The manufacturers contract with state approved review agencies, which conduct plan reviews on behalf of the state.
The modular manufacturer also has an inspection agency that is licensed by the states to perform the in-plant inspection while the home is in production. When the housing sections or modules are complete, the inspector places a label on the home certifying that the home has been manufactured in compliance with the approved plans and the building code. This results in fewer mistakes and lower costs. Once the home is completed on site, more inspections are completed. At Thorne’s Homes we meet with each of these inspector personally, whether it be a septic, foundation, electrical, or a structural inspector.
As long as you stay within your state building codes, you can modify or upgrade the standard construction specifications, design your own floor plans and elevations, pick the style of windows or siding, along with the style and layouts of your cabinetry, choose colors of vinyl, carpet, countertops and bath fixtures. The possibilities are endless. Whatever your preferences, Thorne’s Homes provides the flexibility and skill with design software (CAD design) to meet them.
Although we don’t offer financing through our company, we are very experienced in working with banks. We will prepare a banking packet for you, so you can be prepared when going to speak with your loan officer. Our homes qualify for all conventional mortgage programs, and our homes meet the same mortgage rules and regulations that site-built homes do. Keep in mind our homes are not the same as mobile/manufactured so you don’t have to get a chattel mortgage.
It is completely safe for the home to be shipped. Multiple inspections are performed on the home to ensure it doesn’t sustain any damage. Furthermore, we offer warranties and make sure your house is sound and new.
After construction in the factory, the modules are loaded for transport. To handle the shipping process, each modular home is constructed with roughly twenty to thirty percent more material than a traditional stick-built home (for example, drywall is typically glued with a special adhesive and then screwed to the framing). This greatly increases the structural strength of the home.
That is one of the main benefits of working with Thorne’s Homes. There are no hidden costs. We will walk you through the entire process and do almost everything for you. This includes permits, the foundation, septic, and anything else to do with your unique home building situation. We know it can be a very stressful process and a huge decision. That’s why we are here to make everything flow smoothly for you.
You can come by our office anytime during normal business hours or give us a call to get the process started. We have lovely models you can see in person and a multitude of samples and brochures. Get a feel for what your future home will look like!