A Better Way to Build
Building Your New Modular Home
Modular home construction combines the best practices of traditional site-built construction with the technological, economical and environmental advantages of assembling a good in a controlled environment. The components in any home (for example, a faucet or a roof truss) are manufactured in a controlled environment according to precise specifications and tested to ensure that they meet applicable standards. Pleasant Valley Homes are no different – we build homes using similar techniques for the design, manufacture and assembly of your new home as do the makers of each of the high-quality components in the home, from plumbing and electrical components to flooring, cabinetry and lighting fixtures. The modular process – and specifically many of Pleasant Valley’s proprietary design and construction techniques – result in a home that is built better, greener, faster, and with a fraction of the headaches presented by traditional site construction.
Our 140,000 square foot manufacturing center was constructed in 2004, and is one of the newest and most advanced of its kind. With precise temperature controls and a laser-leveled factory floor, all floors,walls and roofs are built square and simultaneously. Building materials are not adversely exposed to the weather for extended periods of time. Additionally, each module must be strong enough to be transported to a home site and lifted by a crane onto the foundation, as compared to site-built homes that are rarely built to exceed minimum code requirements.
Every home is built with each floor joist, wall stud, and roof truss 16" on-center. Each roof is built to a 100-pound ground snow load (more than double the minimum requirement in most of the northeast USA), and the entire home -- including the marriage walls -- is wrapped in OSB sheathing. In addition, hundreds of additional construction features are standard on every Pleasant Valley home.
The Modular Advantage
On-site, stick-by-stick construction can take, on average, six to ten months. Moreover, waiting for a home can present a number of complications, including the need for a place to live in the interim, storage of your belongings, and the like. During this time period, costs on materials fluctuate, which can result in cost overruns. With a Pleasant Valley Home, delays and cost overruns are never an issue. While the factory has a backlog that varies with the building season, it runs everyday and you will be able to know about when your home can ship when you order it. Pleasant Valley Homes, along with your local builder, can construct your new home in a third of the time required by traditional construction.
Pleasant Valley’s centralized assembly and proprietary manufacturing techniques are more environmentally friendly than traditional, sitebuilt construction, and the homes that leave our factory are more energy efficient, too. Because we operate from one central location, there is no need for craftsmen to travel to and from isolated job sites each date. Much of the lumber we use is pre-cut to the exact size necessary for the application, resulting in less waste. Instead of a drawn-out period of disruption to the surrounding area, a modular home can be erected and finished in a matter of weeks, resulting in decreased debris, traffic and noise. Moreover, Pleasant Valley Homes are more energy efficient than most site-built homes. Every Pleasant Valley Home is built Energy Star® ready, with the insulation values and energy-efficient windows, doors and appliances that comply with the EPA’s Energy Star certification guidelines.
While we can’t promise that building a new home will be completely stress-free, building a Pleasant Valley Home presents fewer headaches than traditional construction. Because your home is built in a controlled environment, there are no contractor no-shows, nor any delay on account of rain or snow—only when it is dangerous for our employees to get to work does the construction stop. Moreover, costly and fragile materials are not left out, exposed to weather and the possibility of material theft. Finally, the inconvenience that is naturally a result of building a new home is condensed into a few short weeks during erection and final completion, instead of a traditional, extended building time.
The Pleasant Valley Process
Budget & Financing
To help you decide how much to spend on your new home, you should consult with your local bank/lender to learn about your financing options and become prequalified. This is best done prior to deciding on your new home plan, so you know up-front the size and style of home and the amenities you can afford. As a general guideline, your monthly loan payments shouldn't exceed 25-33% of your monthly gross income.
Choosing Your New Home & Your Amenities
When you're ready to take the next steps, visit your local, independent Pleasant Valley Homes builder/retailer, who can help guide you through the numerous plans and options available. Our home plans are designed for families needing their first home, their next home, their dream home, or their retirement home. Your builder is a specialist in new home construction; speak with them to help narrow the choices and select the home that makes sense for you.
Place Order & Sign Purhcase Agreement
After you have selected your home and its options, reviewed final plans, and secured financing, it's time to place your order. A builder sales consultant will provide you with a purchase agreement for the home and the remaining construction. This agreement is required to begin production of your new home. A deposit is usually required upon signing the agreement, in addition to the drawing deposits.
Building of the Home, Transportation, and Move In
While your new home is being built in our factory, your builder will begin site excavation and construction of your foundation will take place. Roughly 6-10 weeks after placing the order for your home, it is ready for delivery. Your home will be transported to your building site and will be securely placed on the permanent foundation. Depending on complexity, your home should be 70 to 90 percent complete at this point. Your home builder will complete all remaining facets of construction, per your contract. Depending on the amount of site work, your new home can be ready within a matter of weeks!