If you are currently living in a modular home or are thinking of building one, you may be wondering about building home additions in future. Many people go for modular homes because it allows for easy addition of rooms and even an entire level as their families and needs grow. To this end, we show you how the process of building a modular home addition will go in this article.
Building A Modular Home
Before we get into home additions, you will first need to understand how a modular home is built. In contrast with traditional housing that is built onsite, modular homes are built in a factory before being transported to your desired location. This comes with the advantage of each part of the home being assembled as a “building block”, with the option to add on more as the need arises. On top of that, the process of building modular homes is much quicker as it not affected by adverse weather conditions. This translates into lower costs and less material wastage and has made modular homes an increasingly popular option.
Building an Addition
So, how does the process go when you decide you want an addition? After a consultation with the builder to get your requirements ironed up, the additional room or level is built off-site in a factory. While the building process is ongoing, the relevant parts of your home will be demolished, depending on where the addition will go. Once the addition is completed, it is transported to your home and the finishing touches completed.
Attached and Detached Additions
There are many reasons modular homeowners require additions. The simplest is the addition of a single bathroom as the family grows. Other reasons include new bedrooms as children grow older, and even the addition of an entire apartment to accommodate a married child’s family, for instance. The two types of modular home additions are known as attached and detached additions.
- Attached: These additions are added to the side or back, or even the top of your modular home. Many families opt to expand even if they do not have to accommodate more people; sometimes it can be as simple as a need for storage space or somewhere to receive guests.
- Detached: Detached units are essentially standalone homes built on the same property. Also known as an Accessory Housing Unit or Dawdy House, always check with your local unit whether you are permitted to erect a detached unit on your property. Oftentimes, this addition will require its own piping and sewage system, separate from that of your original modular home.
Build Your Modular Home Addition with Michigan Home Zones
Are you looking to build an addition to your modular home? Whether it is just a new room or an entire level, Michigan Home Zones is here to help. We are able to guide you throughout the entire process, from building and demolishing to financing options. Please feel free to contact us if you have any inquiries or would like a recommendation.