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Anybody have experience with Modular homes? The GF and I are looking at buying a plot of land about 10 acres and having a prefab home built.

We're looking at a bungalow with a basement.

Potentially looking at land with wood for energy sources. Water for water mills and/or storing water on an elevation to store energy. Geothermal heating. Wind turbines etc.

There are SO many options out there now with pre-fab homes.

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Shotzee wrote:
Anybody have experience with Modular homes? The GF and I are looking at buying a plot of land about 10 acres and having a prefab home built.

We're looking at a bungalow with a basement.

Potentially looking at land with wood for energy sources. Water for water mills and/or storing water on an elevation to store energy. Geothermal heating. Wind turbines etc.

There are SO many options out there now with pre-fab homes.


Sorry cant help you with the house design other than I helped a friend build a container house.

Just a word of warning, buying property with water on it means you generally have to do impact tests and stuff on it. I looked into buying a SUPER cheap 15 acre plot a few years ago. was only about 150 foot wide but it was VERY long and had a decent drop. The problem was only about 1 acre was usable land the rest was considered wetland. Geothermal is interesting, however unless you live next to a volcano. Your geothermal will most likely be a trench dug into the ground to keep you cool in the summer, but in the winter it usually is only about 56 degrees. So you'll need to add a heat pump and exchange into it and they are rather expensive.

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Modular homes are great. My father lives in one. And a good friend turned a 100k piece of property into 300k simply by putting a modular home on it. Long story. But they are great. And affordable. Evergreen iirc in WA state makes great ones.

I've even looked into mobile homes. And have stayed in a couple of nice ones. I'd live in one of those no problem if it was a temp thing until I got a modular built. I'd rather invest in land. Than a house that wasn't built for you. Or not in this era.

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Have you looked into SIP? The energy efficiency can be pretty great, though initial costs may be too high; the impression I gathered when I looked a few years back was that SIP prices were less variable than stick-built, so a better deal in areas with relatively high housing costs.


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There is a wide disparity in what is considered a modular home. The high end ones are virtually indistinguishable from a stick built home. The low end is still a lot better than even the best mobile home built in the 90's.

The builders are also facing high demand due the hurricanes this year. Prices and availability may be limited.

Be sure to check any property restrictions. In my area many places significantly limit the ability to put in a mobile home and that definition may apply to manufactured homes.

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