Custom Modular Homes USA 

15 to 20 or even 25 to 30 percent more wood

Yes, CMHUSA will build a house the ordinary way, with lumber trucks dropping off building material at an outdoors site. But there's a better way: CMHUSA strongly advocates re-engineering the house plans in order to build it with modules, use as much as 15 to 20 or even 25 to 30 percent more wood, and not raise the price to build. (The 15 to 20 on up to 25 to 30 percent more wood is the goal. To determine the actual percentage difference for a house plan, there can be a takeoff of the two competing building approaches. For the analysis to be meaningful, the sales price and margin of the two homes, all else being equal, should be the same.)

Using less wood in building a house outdoors (the ordinary way) can help overcome cost inefficiencies that hurt profit. Or, developers may explain that they are using less wood in order to preserve trees. Actually, there are national programs such Building America that tout "optimal value engineering," where the OVE goal is to use as little wood as possible, yet still pass a building code inspection. For geographic areas where there may be seismic and wind concerns, building officials may not allow some of the OVE measures. (To keep OVE houses from seeming too flimsy, thicker sheetrock may be used. The thicker sheetrock may also help make the OVE house seem less noisy.)

The goal of CMHUSA is to build a better house, put a smile on the homebuyer's face, use heavy-duty modules and hold down the cost of the new home by harnessing the benefits of factory engineering, not by building a weaker product or using less material.

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