Building a New Jersey Modular Home of Your Own

In the 1950’s modular homes were built to increase efficiency and lower the cost of a new home for returning veterans. Today, homeowners opt for modular homes because of lower cost, less man-hours, energy efficiency and customization options.  Savvy homeowners also consider building a modular home as an alternative to remodeling ‘this old house’ because a new custom-designed home often raises the value of their property. 

Since Super Storm Sandy, many New Jersey residents have turned to modular homes. Modular homes are factory-made in a controlled environment and are structurally stronger than “on-site” built homes to withstand shipping, lifting and setting down the home. One of the huge pluses of the modular home is the specialized inspections that take place at every step of construction. The homes are also subject to the same state and local inspections as site-built homes.

RebuildNewJersey.com  reports that for about $100 per square foot you can get an actual modular home and some finishing work. So for about $200,000 you can build a 2000 square foot home. But first, you must find a reliable builder and manufacturer of modular homes.

Many modular homebuilders do not publish the cost of construction or additional costs like engineering, house demolition, debris removal, tree removal, lot improvements, foundations and land price. So knowing these costs up front will help you stay on budget. A local realtor can inform you about lot or land prices, if you are building a modular home from the ground up.

The best New Jersey builders for customized modular home plans, comprehensive floor plans with printable Standard features for construction materials, exterior, interior, roofs, kitchens and baths, electric, heating and plumbing are found at Southview Homes, Zarrilli Homes, Excel Homes and Miller Homes.

Southview Homes of Manasquan, NJ has standard specifications including things like “Fir” Plywood Sturdy-Floors, R-19 wall insulation, vinyl siding, Owens-Corning Architectural self-sealing roof shingles, Anderson doors and windows, 6 panel hollow Masonite doors, a choice of 100% Nylon carpets, 200 electric amp service, hot water baseboard by Slantfin, “Merillat” oak cabinets and Lasco fiberglass tub/shower. Upgrades are available such as whole house surge protection, oak or maple staircases and hardwood or porcelain tile floors. Southview Homes offer a 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty, a limited warranty coverage from frame to foundation, interior systems to exterior finish. Ten years of coverage is for structural defects, actual physical damage and two years of coverage for major systems, such as air conditioning and heating units, plumbing, electrical wiring and some appliances. Southview Homes offer testimonials at their “About Us” link and have a sampling of modular houses at their “Gallery of Homes”. You can visit their design center at 29 Union Avenue, Manasquan, New Jersey.

Zarrilli Homes of Brick, NJ has over 40 years of experience and is customer focused. They offer 3-D Virtual Walkthroughs at their design center so the homeowner can look at their new home prior to construction. From construction to design their standard design includes a Timberline HD Lifetime Roof, R-19 wall insulation, tongue and groove floors, one hardwood and one tile floor, Merillat Maple or Oak Cabinets with a gooseneck Kohler faucet, Kohler bathroom features, forced hot air heat, central air conditioning, 200 Amp electric service and they partner with companies like Anderson and Therma Tru for windows and doors. Plumbing fixtures and appliances included but are not limited to are Maytag, American Standard, GE, Kitchen Aid, Lasco Bathware and Rheem. Vinyl siding is by Certain Teed although there are several other options. Zarrilli Homes offer a 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty. They have a large gallery of shore homes, colonial style homes, cape cods and ranches to choose from. They were featured in “This Old House, PBS series in 2013 during Hurricane Sandy.

Excel Homes  based out of Liverpool, PA., say they are “the nation’s largest custom modular homebuilder”.  They too were featured by “This Old House” and were a building force at the Jersey Shore in 2013. Excel boasts experience, quality, efficiency, a 5-10% saving in overall costs and hundreds of floor plans and models. They operate as a modular manufacturer and work with independent home builders to build your home in your local area. Excel Products include Anderson and Pella windows and doors, Armstrong and Mohawk flooring, Whirlpool and Energy Star Partners. If you are interested in giving your 83-year-old Sears home a facelift, check out their “Modular Musings” at their Blog on their website.  Go to the “Gallery” to see featured homes of New Jersey builders, such as award winning Alburtus Modular Homes from Belmar, NJ and Heritage Homes from the Amish countryside of Ronks, PA. Heritage Homes builds modular homes in several states and their model home sale center is in Lancaster, PA.

Miller Homes, Little Egg Harbor, NJ is a full-service, custom modular home builder dedicated to the customer. Miller Homes uses premier modular home manufacturers like Durabilt Custom Homes which appears on Facebook. Miller Homes offers a comprehensive 10-year warranty. Their partners in quality are, but not limited to, windows and doors by Anderson and Silver Line, cabinetry and countertops by Merillat and Corian, roofing and siding by Certain Teed and Timberline, plumbing and appliances by Jaccuzi and Maytag and exteriors by TimberTech. Homes specs include foundations and basements, 30-year architectural fiberglass shingles, forced hot air heat with options for hot water base board, radiant heat or electric heat. Kitchen cabinets are Merillat, with oak, maple or hickory finishes and include dovetail, silent door closers and rollout shelves in most base cabinets. Their testimonials are worth researching.

Other experienced New Jersey modular home builders are Heritage Homes, Alburtus Homes, Sica Homes, RBA Homes and Atrium Development Co. 

Alburtus Homes of Belmar, NJ boasts excellent construction. Their list of benefits are 2”X6” load bearing walls, R-19 fiberglass wall insulation, 25 year roof shingles, Anderson vinyl double hung, tilt windows, Dutch lap vinyl siding and trim, 30% more lumber with a choice of either hot water baseboard or forced hot air heat. Additional information, available by appointment.

Sica Homes of Toms River, NJ http://www.sicahomes.com/index.html have been building homes for over 46 years. Their website provides you with a comprehensive list of specifications. Items like construction debris removal, a tree and stump removal allowance of $1000 and lot improvements are standard at their list of services. They also offer home demolishment, assistance with lot purchases and the usual ten year homeowner warranty. Sica Home operate out of the Central and New Jersey shore area.

RBA Homes of Red Bank, NJ, modular home builder, give you full service from financing to finish. Comprehensive specs for their Standard Specification for RBA Modular Homes can be seen under the “Construction Pages” link. Listed are building code standards, most covered and excluded items such as warranty, site work, driveways, septic systems, natural gas, utilities, foundations,   floor systems, walls and roofs. The kitchen lists solid wood cabinets and laminate countertops. Corian, granite and marble are optional. Appliances are not included. Baths boast oak vanities and cultured marble counter tops with one piece molded fiberglass tub/shower. Heating and air conditioning systems are gas fired and electrical service is 200 Amp. If you desire a garage, a porch or an asphalt driveway, they are optional and cost more.

Proudly serving Morris, Passaic, Warren, Sussex, Bergen, Essex, Somerset, Middlesex, Hudson, Union, Hunterdon, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties of New Jersey is Robert J. Mazzola of  Atrium Development Co., Montvale, NJ.  Atrium Development Company’s home website has a wide photo gallery of homes. The company was awarded best builder award of single family modular home from the Metropolitan and Contractors Association. This modular home builder offers superior quality and construction plus precision engineering for a lifetime of structural durability.

Modular homes are growing in popularity for charm, comfort, convenience and endurance not just in New Jersey, but throughout the nation. For the savvy shopper, locating a reliable expert in the modular home industry expert is task-worthy. Finding a modular home that offers you both quality and affordability is noteworthy.