We got our Penn Grove modular home in the spring of 2006. We were looking to buy a home closer to my husbands employer, but were having trouble finding anything we liked. So we opted to buy a lot in a development and build. Well the developer that was selling the lots did modular homes. Almost all of the neighbors had modular home and they were just beautiful.
So the process began of looking at floor plans. Again, we couldn't find anything that we really loved, so I totally designed our floor plan myself! Modular homes can come in just about any shape and style now. These are not mobile homes or double wides. These are "stick built" homes, just built indoors and then transported to your home site in sections. There are all types of these homes in our neighborhood; ranch, "L"-ranch, split level, split entry, cape cods, and 2-story. We really wanted a ranch, so we won't have to climb stair when we get older. So I designed our 60'X30', 4 bedroom, 2 bath ranch!
The contractor then put in our basement while the home was being built at Penn Grove. The timing was perfect and quick. Start to finish was about 3 1/2 months. Much shorter than building a home on-site out in the PA weather! The house was then set on the basement and the finishing touches were done.
We really like our Penn Grove house. It is dry walled and well insulated. It is very energy efficient. The only thing we have ever had trouble with it the kitchen counter has separated from the wall a tiny bit leaving a small gap. Not sure what has caused this, and it is probably not even noticeable to anyone but us!