Modular Home Interior Options
The interior options for modular homes has no rivals to any building system. The only limitation to interior finishes with a modular home is your building budget. Mark Rheimbold of Acorn Modular homes in Monmouth County, NJ is working with architects to design and suggest interior finishes for his custom modular homes.
Modular Home Interior Trim - Modular home manufactures offer colonial white trim as a standard interior trim package. To the left oversized colonial trim is shown with rosettes and fluted trim on the windows. Modern modular homes usually have a square five and a half inch natural base trim with dry wall returns on the windows. Each modular home factory offers a number of colors and sizes of interior trim. Interior trim make a major change to the appearance of a room.
Modular Home Interior Doors - Standard interior modular home doors are usually six panel colonial doors. These interior doors are hollow core doors which most site built homes have as standard interior doors as well. There a number of upgrades that can be made to interior doors in modular homes. These interior door upgrades include:
The opportunity to customize the appearance of your modular home with a variety of interior doors is available with prefab homes. Adding wide trim, keystones and rosettes can make a major change the interior of your new house.
Wains Coating for Modular Homes - Adding wains coating to your modular homes dining room can take a boring room and add a splash dimensional class to the house. By adding chair rail and wains coating to your home office or den the room comes alive and becomes warmer and more comfortable. Modular home interior options are only limited by your building budget. Often people on a budget can install chair rail and wains coating themselves. Adding wains coating and other low cost finishes can have a dramatic affect on a modular home's interior.
Modular Home Lighting Packages - Modular home factories usually offer three to four lighting packages. The base package is acceptable but is often changed out with a couple of years by home owners. In the past brass lighting fixtures were the standard. Today, brushed nickel interior lighting fixtures have become more the standard. Modular home interior lighting includes: kitchens; dining rooms; hall ways; stairways; laundry rooms and walk in closets. Many people include can lights in their homes.
Modular Home Hardwood Flooring - Modular home factories offer a wide variety of pre finished wood floors. Your choices will include: maple; oak; hickory and other popular species. Often it is wise to omit flooring from your modular home invoice and purchase and install hardwood on site. Small areas such as hallways and foyers cost less to be installed in the modular home factory.
Ceramic Flooring for Modular Homes - Some modular home factories install ceramic tile in the factory and other factories recommend you have ceramic tile installed after the modular home has been set and delivered. Ceramic tile is a forever flooring which requires a minimum of 1.25 inch subfloor. If you decide to have ceramic tile installed in your modular home, be sure to let the factory know. The additional height of the sub floor will affect stairs and thresholds between rooms. Ceramic tile can add to a homes beauty and increase the value of your modular home.
Modular Home Carpeting - Carpeting for modular homes can be installed at the factory or on site. Recently more and more factories are electing to have an on site carpet installation crew install carpet. Carpeting should be one of the last finishes installed in a modular home. Installing carpet before all sub contractors are finished working on the home leads to the risk of the carpeting being damaged or soiled. The standard carpet for modular homes is a 36 ounce FHA approved carpet with a six pound rebond pad.
Cork Flooring for Modular Homes - Cork flooring is rarely offered as a standard upgrade for modular homes. Cork flooring is considered to be "green" and sustainable. One of the biggest advantages of cork floors is the durability and appearance. Dropping a plate or glass on ceramic tile leads to broken stuff. Cork is soft and will minimize stuff from breaking when you drop stuff on a modular home floor. Cork is a wonderful alternative flooring material.
Modular Home Closet Shelves - The standard closet shelve in modular homes are vented steel shelving encapsulated in plastic. Over all these closet shelves suck. It is difficult to store smaller items on the shelf. The clothes bar does not allow hanging clothes to move easily. Hanging clothes in the closet is more difficult with an integrated clothing bar that with a stand alone clothes bar. One item I recommend omitting in a modular home is vented wire shelving with an integrated clothes bar. Spend the money for a closet bar and solid pine shelving for your modular home closet needs.
Custom Closets for Modular Homes - Modular home factories rarely offer custom closets as a choice at all. If you want to follow my advice on eliminating vented wire closet shelves, take it a step further and have a custom closet organizer installed in the modular homes master bedroom. Custom closets can easily double your closet storage and improve your quality of life in the morning. You can order custom closets on line and install them your self or hire a franchised closet company to design and install a custom closet in every roof in a modular home...including the garages.
Electrical Switches and Receptacles - Modular home factories offer standard and decora style light switches and receptacles. In addition the factory will install in your home cable and telephone jacks in the factory. You should take time to make appropriate selections where your modular homes phone and television jacks are located.
Ceiling Lights - All modular home factories offer a standard lighting package. The standard lighting packages will vary from factory to factory, but all will have an upgrade lighting package. Can lights are a very popular option in the kitchens and living rooms. Spot light cans can be located to high light a fire place or a special painting or other interest in your home.
Cathedral and Vaulted Ceilings - Tall ceilings in family rooms and great rooms have become more and more popular. I believe two story cathedral and vaulted ceilings are wasteful and uncomfortable. Single story homes that are small can benefit with an area of the modular home with a vaulted ceiling. Adding additional space and dimension to the room. In addition to wasted space additional costs are incurred including specialty windows in your modular homes two story walls. The cost for additional structural cost to comply with building codes will also add to the cost of these tall ostentatious ceiling heights. Plus they waste energy.
Stairs - It is important for you to check what the standard materials will be used to make your modular home stairs. Most factories will use a solid pine tread and riser where as some factories will install OSB for treads and risers. Most factories offer oak as their upgrade flooring. If you are installing maple flooring, matching the oak to the maple will be ugly.
Stairs Railings - The custom set of stairs in this modular home picture were installed on site. Depending on the factory you choose will determine if you must have stair railings installed on site. If you have a grand center hall foyer with a massive stair way leading to the second floor, you will most likely want to have the your modular home stair railings installed on site by a local craftsmen.
Modular Home Interior Finishes
Paint / Drywall
Stairs and Railings
Built In Furniture