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The Modular Homeby Andrew Gianino
Synopses & Reviews
Home buyers and house architects agree: the most exciting things on the housing market today are modular homes. They can be built and reach move-in condition in just a few weeks, and they offer a host of customizing possibilities.
Now Andy Gianino, founder and president of The Home Store, the largest dealer of modular homes in the northeast, has written a comprehensive handbook for prospective modular home buyers. The book is packed with everything you need to know about buying and building a modular home--or a modular addition to your existing home.
Gianino dispels the misconceptions about the limitations of modular homes and shows potential buyers that a modular home can be as good as, if not better than, houses built with traditional stick-frame construction. Then he gets down to the nitty-gritty: choosing a dealer, working with a general contractor, selecting a floor plan, choosing the customized details, even planning the landscaping around the house. Throughout the book the emphasis is on top-quality materials and cost-effective measures to ensure that the buyer gets their dream home at a great price. What's more, this book is equally useful for anyone already in the modular business or looking to get in as a dealer, manufacturer, designer, or specialized general contractor.
Illustrated throughout with a 16-page full-color insert, plus a host of house plans, The Modular Home shows home buyers how going modular can expand their choices, save time, save money, and prove to be more durable than conventionally built houses.
Book News Annotation:
Gianino, president of a modular home dealership, advises prospective home buyers on all aspects of buying a modular home, including selecting a general contractor, preparing the lot, financing and building on schedule. He includes checklists and copies of permits and underscores his instructions with examples from his own experiences. The text includes many design options and provides illustrations and photographs of building exteriors and interiors.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Modular Homes Come Out of the Box
Table of Contents
1 Why Build Modular?
2 Selecting a Dealer
3 Designing a Home
4 Specifications and Features
A Modular Home Gallery
5 Selecting a General Contractor
6 Finding and Preparing a Building Lot
7 The General Contractor's Responsibilities
8 Building a Modular Addition
9 Financing a Modular Home
10 Warranty Service
11 Building on Schedule
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