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Modular Construction Gains Popularity in Western North Carolina

With buyers focusing more and more on energy-efficient home designs, modular home construction has become increasingly popular in the Black Mountain and Asheville area.

Modular constructions provides other advantages, including a more environmentally-friendly building process that helps minimizes construction waste.

Some modular companies are North Carolina-based, like the Discovery Custom Homes plant in Albemarle, NC. Building homes indoors protects the home from inclement weather during construction and reduces construction time at the site. David Rand of DRA Living in Asheville, a modular home specialist, estimates 3-4 months to complete a new home. "We have two new subdivisions in Black Mountain that feature modular construction, and we can usually have someone in their new home with 3-4 months," says Rand. "But we can also build homes for customers on their land, what we call 'scattered site' builds."

One of Rand's developments, The Hamlets at Rustling Pine Trail in Black Mountain, features Energy Star-ready homes with 2x6 walls and Superior poured-concrete basement walls.  "The thicker walls make the home much more efficient in terms of heating and cooling, and the Superior walls are excellent at sealing a basement," according to Clint Farish, Business Development Manager for DRA Living.

Modular construction also lends itself to "systems building," according to Charlie Sparks, owner of Black Mountain Bungalow Company. Sparks has several decades' experience as a "stick-built" home-builder in Florida and Black Mountain, and is now offering this modular spec home on West Cotton Avenue in Black Mountain.

"Modular construction allows the manufacturer to perform more rigid quality-control inspections before the home even reaches the customer's lot. Modular homes always meet and many times exceed local and state building codes," says Sparks.