A report by Maine listings shows that the number of homes sold in the state increased by 12.4% in June 2020 compared to June 2019, according to Press Herald. Maine’s housing department could see significant changes after a compact home was fitted onto a foundation in Milbridge last month. Despite homes in Maine selling fast, the state is confronted with scant affordable housing units and mandates to minimize carbon emissions.
The majority of Maine’s housing units are old and energy inefficient, making it expensive for more than half of its residents to afford the home median price. In a draft proposal, Maine Climate Council’s building, infrastructure, and housing group suggest renewable, ready-made construction that utilizes locally-made zero-emission materials to minimize consumer energy costs. So, to dig deeper, here’s what the production and construction of compact and efficient or modular homes will entail.
Permits and Design
Before you can start building your home, familiarize yourself with the zoning laws for modular homes and apply for the right permits. Next, hire an architectural designer to design your house based on the number of floors and rooms, roof-style, and floor design you want. During the design phase, your design contractor will factor in the site’s climate and environmental conditions to determine the number of floors they can erect. Based on the location’s climate, your designer will also recommend building materials that guarantee energy efficiency and low carbon emissions.
Once you’ve obtained building licenses, home designs, and finances, start preparing the foundation. Keep in mind the production of compact homes begins in an off-site factory during the foundation prep phase. To achieve the best results within the set deadlines, you need to invest in high-quality excavation and grading equipment. According to skidheaven.com, down-time is the most costly expense in the construction industry. Fortunately, you can enhance efficiency by using skid steer loaders equipped with the right attachments and tire tracks.
Assembling The Home
After the modular home fabrication process is complete, the manufacturer transports the modules to your site and then assembles them. When installing the panels and joints, modular construction experts use cranes for permanent grade foundation. The contractor will then fix solar panels, utilities, and electrical components per the state’s building codes.
The construction of modular homes gives potential homeowners a low-risk alternative to own their dream home. Additionally, property owners stand to save thousands of dollars in energy costs because compact homes are energy efficient.
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