- When purchasing a home from Higher Purpose Homes, what is included?
- Are modular homes more environmentally friendly?
- What home options do you have?
- Are modular and mobile the same thing?
- I am interested in buying a home from you, what does that entire process look like?
- How does modular differ from on-site construction?
- What design limitation exist in modular?
- Can you use my custom home design plan and make it modular?
- Looking at “Work Force Housing” how are you able to protect price hikes?
- Is it easy to add Solar panels to my home from Higher Purpose Homes?
- What regulations do I have to meet to prepare my home site? What land use codes are specific to me?
When purchasing a home from Higher Purpose Homes, what is included?
We provide a complete home, ready to set on a permanent foundation. All interior and exterior finishes are completed. Depending on the size of the house there may be 1, 2, 3 or more “boxes” being shipped to your location to be connected together on-site. These “boxes” will be complete with exterior siding, paint, completed roof, interior wall complete, painted, trim, flooring, cabinets, sinks, faucets, toilets, showers, tubs, plumbing, electrical, appliances, etc…. The home is shipped and place on the foundation by a third party. We have partners that we work with for this service.
Are modular homes more environmentally friendly?
Yes! From this Green Home Gnome article titled Modular Homes vs Stick-Built Homes:
Waste is one, and there’s a lot of merit to this claim. In the residential construction industry, waste is a huge and industry-acknowledged problem. Modular homes, by contrast, produce less waste. Because facilities manufacture the same component parts for multiple projects, they can plan, cut and reuse materials more efficiently. Offcuts that might be scrapped in a conventional build, for example, are more likely to be used on another project. Additionally, our CEO has developed a custom cut-station that utilizes cut-optimization software to further reduce waste. We care about our community and our world.
Emissions is another area in which modular homes may have an edge on new stick-built homes. The Journal of Industrial Ecology published a 2012 study that compared construction data from five conventional builders and three modular home companies. The study authors found that greenhouse gas emissions from the modular construction companies were 40% lower than emissions from conventional homebuilders.
That said, the study authors noted that that data can’t adequately be extrapolated because a). modular home manufacturing processes can be very different and b). emissions from manufacturing facilities will depend on unique factors like the size and geographical location of the facility, how far the facility is from the build site and even how far the facility is from its workers’ homes.
We are committed to building a net zero factory. It will be all electric and most likely use a geothermal heating system.
The energy efficiency of the home itself might be a third area in which modular homes have a leg up on stick-built homes. It’s possible for modular homes to achieve a much tighter building envelope than conventionally-built homes since they’re often made with materials and techniques that create less thermal bridging. They can also be put together with greater precision and therefore fewer gaps.
What home options do you have?
I am interested in buying a home from you, what does that entire process look like?
Great question! We are building a relationship with Rocky Mountain Modular who can take care of site prep (excavation, foundation, utility hook ups).
- Pick out a home design: this could be from our available homes or from a custom design you provide that we would need to “revamp” to become a modular home design. We can help with this process.
- Home design approval: Once the home is picked we would send the design to the State for approval unless it’s an existing design that has already been approved. There is a cost involved if we need to send it to the state.
- Your specific permitting process: Each municipality has their own laws and regulations. You will need to check with your local planning department to see what your specific requirements are.
- Purchase the home: Once home is approved, the customer would sign paperwork with Higher Purpose Homes and provide a down payment to start the construction of their home. We work with 1st Southwest Bank, and they offer modular home loans. After the home has been paid for in full the customer can expect to pick up their completed home in approximately 6-8 weeks (depending on current back log of homes in our pipeline).
- Excavation: Customer would then hire an excavation company (we have partners we will refer) to prep the land for a foundation for the home. -Rough estimate of $15K-$25K.
- Foundation: Home buyer would then hire a concrete company to pour the foundation in the prepped site that the excavator has completed. – Rough estimate of $20K, but location, size and type all have influence on the price.
- Shipping & Stitching: During the initial talks with Higher Purpose Homes the customer will hire a company to transport the home from our factory to their home site location. This same company or a separate company of customers choosing will connect the boxes (pieces of the home) together on-site. They will also connect the utilities. This is called stitching the home together. We have partners that offer this shipping and stitching service as an all-in-one solution.
Are modular and mobile the same thing?
No. Modular homes are also called factory built homes. They go on a permanent foundation and qualify for traditional home loans. Mobile or Manufactured homes go on a temporary foundation and do not qualify for traditional home loans. Modular homes are held to IRC construction codes which is a much higher standard than a mobile home needs to meet. Resale values of modular homes rival on-site built homes, where mobile doesn’t even come close.
How does modular differ from on-site construction?
Modular is built in a fraction of the time and you get a high quality stick-built home. Your home is built indoors, out of the elements and meets IRC building code requirements, the same code requirements for on-site. The factory setting also allows us to reduce waste significantly. Just due to the fact that our homes are built in weeks and on-site takes multiple months, the carbon foot-print of your home construction is much smaller with modular. All this leads to a much lower price per sq/ft. Forbes: The future of real estate is modular.
What design limitation exist in modular?
The designs are almost infinite. However, the cost is relative to the level of customization that is used. We have designed our factory to be able to build single family homes, multi-family homes, custom homes, etc… We can take a custom home plan and modify it to be able to be built in our factory. While the modification may not be noticeable, it could potentially change the original design significantly. It will be handled on a case by case basis. Depending on the level and amount of revisions that need to be made to the design plans, this service may be free or a quote for needed services may be provided. There will never be a charge for this service unless agreed upon beforehand.
Can you use my custom home design plan and make it modular?
Most likely, yes. Our team will need to look at your plans and see what modifications are needed, make the changes and send them back. While the overall design may change slightly we should be able to help you. This will be addressed on a case by case basis.
Looking at “Work Force Housing” how are you able to protect price hikes?
There is a lot to unpack here. We are providing the Southwest United States with affordable, high quality homes. It is the local governments responsibility to create rules around affordability to their residents. With that being said, we are are wanting to be part of these conversations and are actively taking part in them to help promote solutions for “affordable workforce housing” to become a reality in the Southwest.
Is it easy to add Solar panels to my home from Higher Purpose Homes?
Yes! We are in initial partnership talks with Shaw Solar. Every home will come with required runs of wiring in conduit needed to easily connect solar panels to your house. Higher Purpose Homes is committed to a greener future for the world.