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Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Blog |

Smart Decisions You Can Make When Building a New Home

Stay awake and alert while spending money on building a new home! Plan, Then Build – Have the details in place before you start building. That means not just knowing how the floor plan will look but knowing how the rooms will be finished.  This process takes place before you sign final construction contract.  Pick your finishes including cabinets, flooring, tile, windows, doors, etc. Hire the right people.   Make sure you get all licensed contractors and professionals. Make sure they are properly insured.  Make sure the General Contractor has experience. Don’t build too big. Sure, you may have a lot of stuff, and you might look longingly at mansions and want the same thing.  But if that’s the route you want to take, then think long and hard about what you’re about to do. What may be right for you now may not be right for you in 10 years, or even next year. A larger house is just more expensive and harder to maintain and clean. Think about the resale value...

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Posted by on Dec 27, 2016 in Blog |

Old Hollywood Desert Modernism Meets Modular Shipping Container Homes

Old Hollywood Desert Modernism Meets Modular Shipping Container Homes

Palm Springs a mere 2 hours from Los Angeles, Orange county and San Diego has been a hot bed of modern contemporary architecture  since the 1920’s when visionary modernist architects  designed sleek, modern homes that have embraced the desert environment.  These homes are known as Desert Modernism homes and have been home to many of Hollywood royalty including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., George Hamilton, Bob Hope, Albert Einstein Bing Crosby, Kirk Douglas, Cary Grant, and Jack Benny Desert Modernism design are homes that have a lot  of glass, clean lines,  and contemporary  features while focusing  on outdoor/indoor living to take advantage of the fabulous desert weather   The style grew out of the architects use of inventive materials, modern construction techniques, new technologies ..Which today includes Prefab homes, Modular Homes and Shipping Container Homes – all which  have elements of Desert Modernism  such as contemporary designs with modern construction techniques that are not only cost effective , but are much faster to build and have less...

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Posted by on Dec 27, 2016 in Blog |

Custom Homes Built Using Shipping Containers

Custom Homes Built Using Shipping Containers

Shipping Container Homes are environmentally friendly and can also be an affordable option that allows people to make homes they otherwise couldn’t afford to if they used conventional building materials. Homes are springing up around the world featuring the latest trend in green building: Transforming a shipping container into a home. As a home building material, these containers actually have a lot to offer. Because they are abundant, recycling them as a living space is both environmentally friendly and inexpensive (they typically run between $1,000 and $2,000 per container). The steel bones are structurally stronger than a wood frame. They are mold proof, fire proof and termite proof. On top of that, the containers can be converted into residential uses off site, transported and then assembled on site, saving time and money on construction. Architects and designers have managed to do a lot with them, as seen in these seven shipping container homes. shipping container house shipping container house shipping container house shipping container house shipping container house shipping...

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Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Blog |

Turning Shipping Containers Into Tiny Homes

Turning Shipping Containers Into Tiny Homes

In the world of tiny houses, gone are the days of mere conventional timber framed housing. Tiny homes are built from a wide assortment of materials and structures. From micro eco-pods to converted buses, tiny homes are revolutionizing the way in which we view housing. One of the current trends within tiny home architecture is re-purposed or ‘up-cycled’ shipping containers. This Re-Purposed Shipping Container Turned into a 1 Bedroom ¾ Bath Home is a stunning example of the type of home you can manufacture with a wild imagination on a shoe-string budget. Shipping container construction also referred to as ‘cargotecture’, is a form of architecture that utilized steel intermodal shipping containers as a structural element. Due to their relatively low expense, wide availability and inherent strength, the use of shipping containers as a building material has grown in popularity over the last several years. In many ways shipping containers are an ideal building material. They are designed to resist harsh elements and due to their strength, may be easily...

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Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Blog |

Developers & Architects Turn to Prefab Construction to Solve labor Shortage

A persistent labor shortage of construction workers across the U.S. is prompting some of the nation’s largest home builders to experiment with a model they once derided: factory production. In the U.S., only about 2% to 3% of homes built in recent years are classified as modular, according to the Census. In other parts of the world, that share is significantly higher. More than a third of all homes in Austria and Sweden are built using off-site methods, and in Japan more than three-quarters of all detached homes are pre-assembled, according to industry research. But throughout the U.S. housing recovery, builders have suffered from a shortage of skilled labor, making it tough for them to keep up with demand. The number of workers employed in the industry this year is nearly 30% below the peak in 2006 and more than 15% below the average during the 2000s, according to the Labor Department. Contact US Modular Home Builders to learn more about modular construction.  We are the experts in California!...

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