Modular homes — or manufactured homes — are designed and constructed off-site, then are brought to the homeowner’s property for assembly. This approach to home building saves time, since the weather does not play a factor in the actual building of the home, and since the construction and site preparation can be done simultaneously. After the home is assembled on-site, it looks exactly like a traditional home.
With the amount of time that is saved from building a modular home, you can spend more time planning the landscaping prior to moving into your home. The landscape of your modular home can be constructed like that of a traditional home. You must plan carefully, as with any landscaping project, for both soft and hard landscaping: Prior to planning a layout for the flowers, trees and plants — called soft landscaping — you must first have the hard landscaping in place. This includes walkways, patios and driveways. The soft landscaping provides decoration — or “softens” — around the hardscape. Plan to build a front patio or porch with a walkway from the driveway up to the front door. You can also purchase a statue or fountain for your front yard if you have enough space to do so. Add greenery to the front porch as well by placing plants in the corners of the patio and as borders around the outside of the windows.
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When choosing a plan for the interior design of your modular home — as with a traditional home — you have many options from which to choose. You can either work within a specific color scheme featuring your favorite colors, or you can focus on a particular theme that incorporates a color scheme. If you want to focus on your favorite colors, purchase any type of furniture that appeals to you. As long as the colors complement each other, your furniture will unite each section of your home.
If you decide on a specific design theme to decorate your home — such as traditional, contemporary, modern or country — the color scheme will largely depend upon the theme. If you are a minimalist, you will most likely feature a lot of white surfaces without many color variations. If you like a funkier style, you will likely prefer bright colors for furniture, accessories and paint.
When it comes to a floor plan for your modular home, you might prefer a single-story ranch style or a two-story style. Ranch styles can accommodate a small, two-bedroom home as well as larger five- and six-bedroom homes; the design depends on the amount of acreage you have to work with. If you want more bedrooms, but do not have much space to work with, you may find it more beneficial to construct a two-story modular home. Whichever option you choose, the plan can be designed in an easy-flowing manner.
One drawback to having a modular home is that when your home is assembled on-site, the builders place molding at the connecting points. Take advantage of this molding and paint it to match the rest of the room. You can also purchase additional molding and design it to match the molding that is already in place. To go a step further, create frames for artwork or pictures that you plan to hang on your wall; these frames should be designed to match the molding so that the entire room comes together.
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