Stick-Built or Modular Home
Deciding to build your own home and move is a daunting, yet rewarding decision, providing you and your family with the opportunity to start from scratch and find a home that meets your unique needs. When exploring your house building options, you’ll come across two different types: stick-built and modular homes.
With two very different but also similar building options, many prospective home buyers will be swayed by compelling arguments for those passionate about stick-built homes and those who favor modular home options. Both building types offer a range of benefits and drawbacks, but the most important aspect to consider when building a new home is finding a quality-constructed option that meets and exceeds your long-term expectations.
Modular vs. Stick-Built Homes
If you’re looking to build a new home, you’ve likely spent time considering modular vs. stick-built houses. Many full-service building companies will construct both modular and stick-built houses, and will work closely with you to determine which option works best for your needs. The best way to approach building a new home is by fully understanding the differences and similarities of modular and stick-built homes.
Qualities of Stick-Built Homes
A stick-built home is a wooden house that is built and completed onsite at your lot. Many prospective home builders are drawn to stick-built homes because of their customization options, designed to exactly meet their aesthetic and architectural preferences. With a traditional stick-built home, you can expect:
- Local craftsmanship and focused attention to detail
- Total completion at five to six months, depending on local weather conditions
- A home that maintains its value or increases over time
While stick-built homes offer a wide range of personalization and long-term value, it’s important to note that depending on the level of customization and amount of upgraded building materials, stick-built houses can be quite costly projects upfront.
What Is a Modular Home?
Modular homes are sections of a new house built at a factory then transported by truck to your location and joined together by skilled local contractors. Many will question the quality and appearance of modular homes — however, once completed, many modular homes will resemble the look and condition of stick-built homes and are built using the same state, local and regional building codes as stick-built houses.
When building a modular home, you can expect:
- The same longevity and performance as stick-built homes
- Total completion of approximately four months for turnkey projects
- Appreciation in overall value over time
Modular homes are ideal for families that desire unique finishes but don’t require total customization. With a modular home, you can choose from distinct window, door and architectural styles, but due to transportation requirements and timely manufacturing needs, modular homes typically have a size cap and prefabricated floor plans.
Cost Comparison of Stick-Built and Modular Houses
There are many myths surrounding the costs of stick-built vs. modular homes, some claiming modular homes to be cheaper while stick-built can soar in upfront expenses. When comparing factors like materials and finishes, the costs of constructing a modular or stick-built home are very similar.
The most effective and efficient method for determining the cost of a stick-built vs. a modular home is by working with a local building company and outlining your needs, then actively comparing the prices. At Green Diamond Builders, we offer pricing options for both building options, so homeowners can choose which type of home works best for their needs and budget.
For Your Dream Home, Reach Out to Green Diamond Builders
Don’t settle for just any type of home readily available in your neighborhood. Experience unmatched satisfaction and long-term benefits by building a stick-built or modular home with Green Diamond Builders. We’re a local Delaware full-service building company with more than 25 years of experience working with residents throughout the Delaware and Maryland areas. We strive to always find beautiful homes that meet your needs and expectations.
Learn more about our selection of stick-built and modular homes today by completing our online contact form or calling 302-284-1177.