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Are Modular Homes More or Less Expensive Than Those Built on Site?

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 3:39 p.m.

Are Modular homes more or less expensive than those built on site? Pre-fab homes can typically save you quite a bit of money. Because they are constructed in a factory they can be built fairly quickly, a matter of weeks as opposed to months, which can be quite significant. The reason for this is that there are no extreme weather delays. Furthermore all inspections are performed at the factories during each phase of construction by a third party inspector, and are completed before the homes are transported to their new locations. It is important to note, however, the more complex the design and specs, the more money your home will cost you. Other factors to consider such as electricity, plumbing, duct-work are often not factored into the initial pricing, so your final cost may be 20% more than what the builder is quoting you. You may need to install a septic system, install natural gas or a basement, these too will add to your bottom line. What are the benefits to owning a modular home? Modular homes can be more affordable. Their shorter build time will save you money on the overall construction. Home inspections are not needed as these are all done in factory. They are much more energy efficient, therefore your monthly expenses will be substantially less. Modular homes are environmentally friendly due to their efficiency. There are a great variety of homes from which to choose, there are many top architects that specialize in designing modular homes. As with any home, modular homes can be built on to and expanded.

10 Basic Facts You Should Know About Modular Homes

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 3:31 p.m.

What is a modular home? A modular home is one that is built indoors in a factory-like setting. The finished products are covered and transported to their new locations where they will be assembled by a builder. A modular home is not a mobile home; it is simply a home that is built off-site as opposed to on-site. These homes are often called factory-built homes, system-built or pre-fab homes. Modular and Manufactured homes are NOT the same. Manufactured homes are not placed on permanent foundations. Manufactured homes, sometimes referred to as mobile homes, but are not always mobile homes, can be moved from one location to another. There are specific laws and regulations regarding these relocations. Thanks to publications such as Dwell, the popularity of the modular home is growing. How do modular homes differ from houses built on-site? Because modular homes are built indoors they can be completed in a matter of a few weeks as opposed to months. These home constructions do not see the typical on-site delays that are predominantly caused by the weather. Modular homes must conform to specific rules, guidelines and building codes that often surpass those of traditional on-site homes. However, it is important to shop around. Not all companies that make factory-built homes are alike. There can be significant differences in quality, price and service. As with purchasing or building any home, it is crucial to do your research. Modular Home Facts: • Modular homes appraise the same as their on-site built counterparts do. They do not depreciate in value. • Modular homes can be customized. • Most modular home companies have their own in-house engineering departments that utilize CAD (Computer Aided Design). • Modular home designs vary in style and size. • Modular construction can also be used for commercial applications including office buildings. • Modular homes are permanent structures – “real property.” • Modular homes can be built on the following on crawl spaces and basements. • Modular homes are considered a form of “Green Building.” • Modular homes are faster to build than a 100% site-built home. • Home loans for modular are the same as if buying a 100% site-built home. • Insuring your modular home is the same as a 100% site-built home. • Taxes on a modular home are the same as 100% site-built home. • Modular homes can be built to withstand 175 mph winds. • Modular homes can be built for accessible living and designed for future conveniences.

July Newsletter

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 5:06 p.m.

NEW RESEARCH ON CONCRETE CRACKING. Concrete Foundations Associations of North America A common adage is that there are two guarantees with concrete. One, it will get hard and two, it will crack. Cracking is a frequent cause of complaints in the concrete industry. The Concrete Foundations Association has produced a new flyer to help contractors educate their customers about the causes of cracks and when they should be a concern. A more detailed explanation of cracking is presented in this article. Cracking can be the result of one or a combination of factors such as drying shrinkage, thermal contraction, restraint (external or internal) to shortening, subgrade settlement, and applied loads. Cracking can not be prevented but it can be significantly reduced or controlled when the causes are taken into account and preventative steps are taken. Another problem associated with cracking is public perception. Cracks can be unsightly but many consumers feel that if a crack develops in their wall or floor that the product has failed. In the case of a wall, if a crack is not structural, is not too wide (the acceptable crack of a crack depends on who you ask and ranges from 1/16” to 1/4”) and is not leaking water, it should be considered acceptable. It is in the best interest of you, the wall contractor, to educate your customers that the wall will crack and when it should be a concern to them. Cracks that occur before hardening usually are the result of settlement within the concrete mass, or shrinkage of the surface (plastic-shrinkage cracks) caused by loss of water while the concrete is still plastic. Settlement cracks may develop over embedded items, such as reinforcing steel, or adjacent to forms or hardened concrete as the concrete settles or subsides. Settlement cracking results from insufficient consolidation (vibration), high slumps (overly wet concrete), or a lack of adequate cover over embedded items. Plastic-shrinkage cracks are most common in slabs and are relatively short cracks that may occur before final finishing on days when wind, a low humidity, and a high temperature occur. Surface moisture evaporates faster than it can be replaced by rising bleed water, causing the surface to shrink more than the interior concrete. As the interior concrete restrains shrinkage of the surface concrete, stresses can develop that exceed the concrete's tensile strength, resulting in surface cracks. Plastic-shrinkage cracks are of varying lengths spaced from a few centimeters (inches) up to 3 m (10 ft) apart and often penetrate to mid-depth of a slab. Cracks that occur after hardening usually are the result of drying shrinkage, thermal contraction, or subgrade settlement. While drying, hardened concrete will shrink about 1/16 in. in 10 ft of length. One method to accommodate this shrinkage and control the location of cracks is to place construction joints at regular intervals. For example, joints can be constructed to force cracks to occur in places where they are inconspicuous or predictable. Horizontal reinforcement steel can be installed to reduce the number of cracks or prevent those that do occur from opening too wide. The major factor influencing the drying shrinkage properties of concrete is the total water content of the concrete. As the water content increases, the amount of shrinkage increases proportionally. Large increases in the sand content and significant reductions in the size of the coarse aggregate increase shrinkage because total water is increased and because smaller size coarse aggregates provide less internal restraint to shrinkage. Use of high-shrinkage aggregates and calcium chloride admixtures also increases shrinkage. Within the range of practical concrete mixes - 470 to 750 lb/yd3 (5- to 8-bag mixes) cement content - increases in cement content have little to no effect on shrinkage as long as the water content is not increased significantly. Concrete has a coefficient of thermal expansion and contraction of about 5.5 x 10-6 per °F. Concrete placed during hot midday temperatures will contract as it cools during the night. A 40°F drop in temperature between day and night-not uncommon in some areas-would cause about 0.03 in. of contraction in a 10-ft length of concrete, sufficient to cause cracking if the concrete is restrained. Thermal expansion can also cause cracking. Structural cracks in residential foundations usually result from settlement or horizontal loading. Most (but not all) structural cracks resulting from applied loads are nearly horizontal (parallel to the floor) and occur 16” to 48” from the top of the wall. They are much more prevalent concrete block construction. They can be brought about by hydrostatic pressure or heavy equipment next to the foundation. Diagonal cracks that extend nearly the full height of the wall are often an indication of settlement. In either of the above conditions, an engineer should be consulted. Diagonal cracks emanating from the corner of windows and other openings are called reentrant cracks and are usually the result of stress build-up at the corner. Diagonal reinforcement at the corner of openings can reduce the instance of crack formation and will keep the cracks narrow. Other procedures which can reduce cracking in concrete include the following practices. Minimize the mix water content by maximizing the size and amount of coarse aggregate and by using low-shrinkage aggregate. Use the lowest amount of mix water required for workability and placement; do not permit overly wet consistencies. Use calcium chloride admixtures only when necessary. Prevent rapid loss of surface moisture while the concrete is still plastic through use of spray-applied finishing aids or plastic sheets to avoid plastic-shrinkage cracks (more important in slabs) Provide contraction joints at reasonable intervals, 30 times the wall thickness is a good “rule-of-thumb”. Prevent extreme changes in temperature after placement and initial cure. Properly place and consolidate the concrete. Cracks can also be caused by freezing and thawing of saturated concrete, alkali- aggregate reactivity, sulfate attack, or corrosion of reinforcing steel. However, cracks from these sources may not appear for years. Proper mix design and selection of suitable concrete materials can significantly reduce or eliminate the formation of cracks and deterioration related to freezing and thawing, alkali-aggregate reactivity, sulfate attack, or steel corrosion.

What is a Modular Home?

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 3:50 p.m.

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What Is a Modular Home?
Watch this amazing animation of a custom Modular Home being built and then come to life!  
Custom Modular Home Animation
Custom Modular Home Animation
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Looking Back.....
It's hard to believe a year ago our Sales Staff was camping out at Camp Willy in the newly developed Lukenbill Estates Community in an RV Trailer.  With no roads, water or power it was quite an adventure!
Old Camp Willy
1 Year Ago
Now look at the the subdivision a year later! 61 of the 70 lots of Phase 1 are full! Only 9 lots left in Phase 1.  All of the Power and Water is turned on and ready to go! 
1 Year Later...
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What Is a Modular Home?

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Modular homes are built in sections in a factory setting, indoors, where they are never subjected to adverse weather conditions. The sections move through the factory, with the company's quality control department checking them after every step. Finished modules are covered for protection, and then transported to your home site. They are placed on a pre-made foundation, joined, and completed by your local builder.


How long does it take to build a modular home?

That depends on your design and the manufacturer, but some modular homes can be built in the factory in as little as 1-2 weeks. And since modulars are built indoors, there's never a weather delay. It usually takes another 2-4 weeks for your local builder to complete the home once it's delivered to the building site.


They sound like mobile homes. Are they the same thing?

Mobile homes, now called manufactured homes, are built to conform to the same federal code, no matter where they will be delivered. That code is called the HUD code.

A modular home conforms to the building codes that are required at the specific location it will be delivered to, and in many cases construction exceeds the required codes.


Don't all modular homes look alike?

No, and unless you were there to see the house delivered and assembled, you might not guess it's a modular home. Modular home manufacturers use computer aided design programs to draw plans to your specifications, or to modify one of their standard plans to suit your needs, so nearly any home plan can be turned into a modular home.

It's true that some modular's are very basic and resemble double wide manufactured homes, but the two structures are still built in different ways.

Each manufacturer is different, so be sure to ask questions about flexibility if you would like to design your own home.


Will banks finance a modular home?

Yes. Most banks, appraisers, and insurance companies treat modular homes the same way they do site built homes--a house that's constructed entirely on your property. Ask the mortgage brokers and banks in your area to explain how they finance modular homes.


Can I save money by building a modular home?

Sometimes. Construction costs for a modular home are sometimes less per square foot than for a similar site-built home. And there are other cost-saving features:

  • Many modular homes are very energy efficient, which helps reduce your heating and cooling costs.
  • Your home will probably be ready to move into much sooner than if you wait for a builder to construct a house on-site.

Try to visit model homes in your area. If you think modulars are ho-hum, you're in for a pleasant surprise


Janet Wickell, is a writer for About.com, a New York Times Company

From Jeff Luthe, Factory Homes Outlet, Williston, ND


Modular construction has come a long way and can save you time in all areas in which labor cost are rising. 
Our high quality of housing choices: help you to complete your dream
Modern permanent modular homes are
good looking and can be easily customizable to your preferred level design: from designer efficient to your most exceptional dream home
  • Modern materials and techniques create high quality modern homes that can stand for years to come. 
  • A Modular "slashes" construction time, hassles and costs. 
  • Our standard floor plans are 100% custom and the details is what turn your quality built home from ordinary to your dream home. 
  • Overall our time and labor costs saving can save you time and money on your investment compared to traditional construction methods.
  • A standard floor plan may suit you well. Or we can modify it, or work with you from scratch to custom design the make modular best maximize your building needs
  • Now is the time to finance your dream modular, interest rates are at an all time low  
  AR 6-12 Lukenbill

If you can DREAM it, we can BUILD it! Case Example: Lukenbill Estates in Williston, ND. Creating the cost efficient Subdivision 
Where housing has skyrocketed.  In the Boom area of North Dakota, the cost of labor has sky rocketed to record levels.  The regular labor worker can work in the oil field and make an exorborently higher wages; therefore to find a "Good" construction crew can cost you even more and add an even higher percentage more to your total cost of your overall new construction.   Modular can help you keep your overall housing cost down.

You can occupy 30 to 50% sooner, and can save 20 to 40% of project costs compared to "stick-built" construction.
The most important reason you can typically move it sooner, is primarily due to your new modular was constructed in a controlled environment, with a specialized work-force.  "Stick-built "construction is typically built "on an unfinished sight under unpredictable and seasonal weather conditions.
The saving of money on production cost is primarily due to the typical construction company might add extra materials, in case of on-site damages, theft, design changes or just to add to future "extra profits" with your "left over" material

Factory Homes Outlet modular homes are truly the highest quality in planning and design, in choice and quality of materials, in our demanding construction standards, and in our modern installation techniques.

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We're Moving on up to Lukenbill Avenue

Posted on May 21, 2012 at 10:57 a.m.



 Here are some new photos of the subdivision, we'd

say it's shaping up to look like a neighborhood!



41 Homes Sold in Lukenbill....Phase 2 is on the Horizon!

Posted on May 3, 2012 at 10:02 a.m.

We've been saying all along that Lukenbill Estates would fill up quickly and it certainly has.  In a short amount of time we've sold  41 homes, the first couple of families have moved in over the last few weeks and Phase 1 has only 28 homes left.



 Lukenbill Estates has a lot to offer for many reasons.  It's located in a wonderful rural setting removed from the hustle, bustle and traffic of Williston, yet conveniently located less than 4 miles from Wal Mart and other amenities.  It offers rural water, community sewer, cable TV, High Speed internet and more.  With 3-5 bedroom plans available Lukenbill Estates is a great solution for families and company executive housing.




Can You Tell me How to Get to Lukenbill Estates?

Posted on April 3, 2012 at 2:45 p.m.

Since December 2011 Lukenbill Estates has grown and developed very rapidly.  Each day we have a new home arrive that needs to be set and finished.  Most of you know how to get to the site but maybe your friends or family don't know how.  Here's a slick map that can help you out!  If you'll notice models homes are open DAILY from 1-6pm, if you can't make it during those hours give us a call and we'll be happy to set up an appointment. 

Driving Directions

An Inside Look at Lukenbill

Posted on March 16, 2012 at 2:16 p.m.

Come take a virtual walk through Lukenbill with these two new videos!  You can also see the most current map of Phase one.  To find out more give us a call or email us!



Phase 1 Filling Up!

Posted on March 5, 2012 at 3:45 p.m.

Congrats to our newest home owners in Lukenbill Estates! Take a look at Phase 1 ~ we'll be moving on to Phase 2 before you know it! 

Modular Technology can Provide Housing Solutions in North Dakota

Posted on February 13, 2012 at 11:14 a.m.


North Dakota town has thousands of open jobs but nowhere to live.

No matter where you live in this country, you have likely heard about Williston, North Dakota.  It has been featured on every national news program, featured in every major newspaper, and even highlighted on national evening shows like NBC’s 30 Rock.  It has been compared to a modern day gold rush, even to an economy reminiscent of the roaring 20’s.  If you need a job, you can find one in Williston.  Most of the jobs pay considerably more than in other parts of the country.  Truck drivers can earn 6-10 thousand dollars per month.  Oilfield services pay 8-12 thousand dollars per month.  Even fast food advertises help wanted paying $15 per hour!  There is however one problem….no housing.

People are staying wherever they can.  There is a waiting list at a new apartment building where the rent for a one bedroom apartment starts at $1,800 per month.  The going rate to rent a bedroom in someone’s home is $1,000 per month.  Some of the older apartment units in the area have raised their rental rates from under $500 / month to over $2,000, forcing long time residents to look for other options.  On any given night, you can find dozens of people living in their cars in the parking lot of the local Wal Mart.

It is not that there have not been any new housing units constructed; it is just that the new housing has not kept up with the demand.  A recent article by Jeff Zarling of The Williston Herald summarized a few statistics:

To define the scope of the problem, let's start with some basic facts and figures and a little historical perspective. The two most significant data points are population and housing units.


12,512 - Williston population in 2000 census

14,716 - Williston population in 2010 census

16,223 - Williston population in 2010 Housing Study

Below is a survey of numbers related to housing units according to the 2010 Housing Study. This includes single family homes, apartment units, and mobile homes. The units built data is sourced from the City of Williston building department. This information is also published on their website at www.cityofwilliston.com.

Housing Units:

5,944 - Total housing units in 2000

7,338 - Total housing units in 2010

738 - Housing units built 2003 - 2009

688 - Housing units built 2010

1,440 - Housing units built 2011

2,866 - Total built 2003 - 2011

48 percent increase in housing units in 9 years

We have increased our housing stock by nearly half and most of that has been in the last two years. An important note about 2011 units built is that less than 300 were single family homes.


As you can see, there has been a shortage of single family homes.  One company, Bakken Development Group, has teamed with Champion Home Builders and with Factory Homes Outlet to solve this problem.  The group has been working on a new single family home community called Lukenbill Estates, named after the family that has owned the land for years.  The project includes 180 homes and features a community club house, open spaces, and an incredible location.  There focus is affordable family housing and a real feeling of community.  “People can actually get into a big 3 bed / 2 bath home on their own property for under $1,200 / month” says Tony McClellan, a certified housing consultant for Factory Homes Outlet.  According to McClellan, houses are available in sizes ranging from 1,500 to 2,200 square feet.  There are 3 to 5 bedroom plans and standard features that include hardwood cabinets, carpet upgrades, 6/12 roof pitches, and a North Dakota Arctic insulation package.  Home buyers customize their homes, choose their own colors, and can add options like jetted tubs and covered porches. 


You can learn more or reserve a home by calling the Lukenbill sales office at 701-369-0266.


The growth forecasts for the next decade or two are staggering.  The oil fields of North Dakota are indeed a modern day land of opportunity.  The estimates for recoverable oil from the Bakken formation are nine to eleven billion barrels.  That will take dozens of years to recover and forever to maintain.  Housing demand will not be met for several years and the prices will increase steadily.  The website, housingpredictor.com, states that housing prices in the area will increase by 4.6% in 2012 alone. 


If you are looking for a change in your economic situation, the two things that you need are the desire to work…. and a place to live.  You bring your desire and Lukenbill estates will help with the place to live.


 Here are some example of our homes designed for Lukenbill:

 927 Optional Porch


Phase 1

Posted on February 8, 2012 at 12:25 p.m.

Here's Phase 1 already filling in quickly.  Shortly we will have a video tour of one of the new homes set and complete.  Congratulations to our new home owners!


Foundations are Poured

Posted on January 6, 2012 at 9:49 a.m.

Factory Homes has Big Housing Solutions in Williston North Dakota

Posted on October 31, 2011 at 12:22 p.m.

With Williston "booming" there is a housing shortage. We have a solution for this problem! With 180 lots available ready to be built on at an UNBELIEVABLE monthly payment of $999!! Come and see what Factory Homes Outlet has to offer! Call us at  701-369-0266 or 701-577-3377 or stop by our sales location East of Walmart in Williston.  Don't spend another year in uncomfortable living conditions, live in the comfort of your own home at Lukenbill Estates!



Here are some video clips of Lukenbill Estates and what the country is saying about Williston North Dakota. 


Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

There's some movement out here!

Posted on October 12, 2011 at 2:10 p.m.

 Things are starting to happen in Williston North Dakota here at Lukenbill Estates. About a week ago, we started cutting the roads in! Here are some exciting photos of the development and the stage it is in. We are anticipating the installation of the utilities in a couple of weeks. Before you know it we will have homes being set! 

West Entrance




Teddy Roosevelt National Park

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 10:05 a.m.

Williston ND is right in the middle of lots of amazing country.  Come see some of this amazing countryside!  This photo is from our hike in the Teddy Roosevelt National Park.


Choke Cherry Festival

Posted on August 15, 2011 at 5:10 p.m.

We had a great time meeting so many nice people at the 5th annual Choke Cherry Festival in Williston this past weekend!  We even ran the 5k that morning!

Things are in full swing here in Williston!

Posted on July 28, 2011 at 7:52 p.m.


Are you needing a place to live here in Williston?  We just completed another beautiful 3 bed-2 bath home on a spacious 1.5 acre lot!  This home has 1,600 square feet and a seperate living room and family room.  The kitchen features rustic hickory cabinets and ceramic tile backsplash and bullnose edge on the counter tops.  Call me today if you would like to see this home before it is too late!  701-369-0220

May Newsletter

Posted on May 13, 2001 at 8:09 a.m.

[Trivia] Thomas Jefferson’s starter home at Monticello was 18’x18’. It had one room, no plumbing and of course no electricity. By today’s standards it could not be sold or financed as a home. Because there was no closet and the window to small to escape from in a fire, etc… it would list as 0 bedrooms, 0 baths, 0 kitchens, 324 sq ft handy man special, cash only. It would be considered unsuitable to rent to someone receiving a government housing subsidy. He spent 40 years building his home. Monticello is now over 9,000 sq ft. If you have a nickel in your pocket you can see a picture of it. He had to sell off land to pay the debts on it. He died considering it unfinished. In today’s world he would have spent millions of dollars on the construction interest alone.