Frequently asked questions
About Kozyra Construction’s Premier Modular Homes

1. Why have Kozyra Construction build your modular home?
2. What are the benefits of building a modular home?
3. Why should I buy a new home?
4. How can you consistently beat your competitor’s prices?
5. Is there a warranty on your modular homes?
6. Do you offer any options on your modular homes?
7. What is a “drop off” modular home?
8. What is a “turnkey” modular home?
9. Can I make changes to your standard modular home floor plans?
10. Do you build additions?
11. How much of the modular home is completed in the factory?
12. Why do modular homes cost less?
13. Can modular homes be built in the winter?
14. Is it difficult to finance modular homes?
15. How long does it take to build a modular home?
16. Who obtains a building permit for a modular home?
17. What is the Stretch Energy Code?
18. Do you charge for custom designing on a modular home?
19. Why do you get better prices from subcontractors than I would?
20. What is Green Building?
21. What is Universal Design?
22. What is a HERS rating?

1. Why have Kozyra Construction build your modular home?

• Kozyra Construction is the best place to buy a quality custom modular home. They provide the best value, quality modular home at a fair price due to their low overhead. They don’t spend a lot of money on office space, model homes and advertising.
• You get peace of mind dealing with a reliable, trustworthy modular home contractor that was established in 1972 making it the longest established modular home builder in Massachusetts.
• Kozyra Construction can handle your project from concepts to completion. They are the builders who work on your home:-not salesmen. A family member will be involved in your project from design to completion and your home will be completed on time and on budget!
• Kozyra Construction can do a “drop-off” modular home or they can provide a “turn-key” home.
• Kozyra Construction incorporates Green Building practices while building your modular home.
• Universal design features can be incorporated into the construction of your modular home.
• They have the experience of working with HERS raters so your modular home will be energy efficient and comply with the Massachusetts Stretch Energy Code.
• Great customer service.
• For your protection Kozyra Construction is fully licensed and insured including Workers Compensation and Liability Insurance.
• A ten year structural warranty provides peace of mind.
• They can tear down an existing home and construct a new home to replace the razed building.
• They have a large selection of homes—Ranches, Raised ranches, T-ranches, Capes, Colonials, Split levels, Contemporaries, Duplexes, Multifamily, and In-law apartments.
• If you already have a plan, Kozyra Construction can provide you a quote. Let them put their years of experience to work for you as your housing consultant.
• Any option you desire can be included in your home.
• Kozyra Construction can help you find a site for your new modular home or they can check the building site you intend to buy.
• Kozyra Construction also builds garages, decks, porches, installs septic systems and performs site work. They have a team of licensed and insured conscientious plumbers, electricians and concrete contractors. They have their own equipment, bulldozers, backhoe, excavator, Bobcat and trucks which allows them to maintain a tighter control while scheduling work on your home. This also means you don’t have to look around for someone to finish your modular home.
• They build homes with a maintenance free exterior.
• Kozyra Construction has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
• They are also members of Quaboag Hills Chamber of Commerce and Homebuilders and Remodelers Associations of Western Massachusetts.
• They have experience working with insurance companies to replace homes that were destroyed by fire or natural disaster, thereby quickly getting you back in your home.
• For more information or an appointment, contact us.

2. What are the benefits of building a modular home?
• Modular homes are the best value due to low price and high quality.
• Each modular home is built with quality brand name products that are purchased in large volume to keep costs low.
• Modular homes are stick built homes that are built in a factory environment using state of the art technology to design and construct your home.
• The handling of materials using forklifts and overhead cranes makes for greater efficiency.
• The modular home building process can be completed in a more timely manner leading to less interest on your construction loan as well as less time paying for insurance.
• Your modular home can be completed in less time because on site work can be done simultaneously while the house is being built in the factory.
• There are fewer weather related delays- no waiting for rain to stop, shoveling or plowing snow, no slipping on ice or walking in the mud. This allows a modular home to be built even in winter.
• Kiln dried wood does not get wet during construction.
• Fewer problems with theft and vandalism.
• Building materials for your modular home are kept in a dry and secure area keeping them protected from the weather while the house is being framed and decreasing the likelihood of vandalism or theft.
• Less waste is generated when building a modular home which means a lower cost while protecting the environment.
• Modular homes are built stronger using glue and structural foam so they can be transported to a site and set on a foundation by a crane.
• There are full time quality control personnel, including third party independent inspectors in the factory.

3. Why should I buy a new home?
There are many advantages in buying a new home:
• There are tax advantages since you can deduct interest payments and
Real estate taxes on your income tax return.
• When you sell your home you don’t pay taxes on most or all of your capital appreciation.
• You gain wealth since each part of your mortgage payment gives you greater equity.
• New homes require less maintenance with windows, siding and trim that do not require painting.
• New homes are more energy efficient.
• The electrical system is safer with Ground fault circuit interrupters, arc fault interrupters, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
• Homes are healthier – no lead paint is used
• Fire foam is used to seal wire and pipe penetrations which prevents the spread of flames.

4. How can you consistently beat your competitor’s prices?
There are several ways we keep our cost down:
• We have invested in several pieces of heavy equipment so that we can do the site work and install septic systems. This enables us to control costs and allows us to maintain tighter control while scheduling work on your home.
• When buying a modular home from Kozyra Construction you get more home for your dollar. You do not pay for high overhead.

5. Is there a warranty on your modular homes?
Yes, in fact there are four warranties. First there is a one year warranty (from the date your house is set on its foundation) provided by the manufacturer of the modular home. Second, there are warranties provided by the suppliers of the materials used in your home. For example, roof shingles have a 30 year warranty. Third, a ten year structural warranty is provided by a third party insurance company. Fourth, Kozyra Construction warranties the work we do for one year.

6. Do you offer any options on your modular homes?
The modular home company offers a long list of options and Kozyra Construction can provide additional options on site.

7. What is a “drop off” modular home?
A drop off is when Kozyra Construction sets the modular home on your foundation. Then Kozyra Construction makes the house weather tight, which includes the roof shingles and air infiltration wrap. We also install all bolts and steel strapping needed as well as foam insulation at joints in the home to prevent air leakage. You would then finish the house yourself, or hire a local contractor to finish the house.

8. What is a “turnkey” modular home?
A turnkey modular home is when Kozyra Construction does the complete project, from digging the cellar hole to the touch up paint. We can also include the well, septic system, and planting the lawn.

9. Can I make changes to your standard modular home floor plans?
You can make changes to our standard floor plans or Kozyra Construction can build from your floor plans to your specifications.

10. Do you build modular additions?
Yes, we usually stick build small additions, porches, decks, garages, and sunrooms. But if the addition includes a kitchen and bath it will probably be more economical to do it as a modular addition.

11. How much of the modular home is completed in the factory?
Depending on the design up to 90% of the modular home is completed at the factory. When the house leaves the factory the sheetrock, finish flooring, kitchen cabinets, plumbing fixtures and electrical circuits are installed.

12. Why do modular homes cost less?
There are many reasons, but the main one is mass buying power. The modular factory gets much better pricing because they buy all their materials in large quantities. The other is efficiency. Things can be done much faster and more efficiently in a factory’s climate controlled environment. There are no rain / snow delays. They have overhead cranes to move large pieces quickly and safely, and workers can specialize in one area of building (drywall, framing, roofing etc.).

13. Can modular homes be built in the winter?
Yes, if the ground work is completed before the ground freezes we can work on the homes during the winter.

14. Is it difficult to finance a modular home?
There is no difference in financing a modular home or a stick built home. If you have any questions about financing or need advice Contact Us.

15. How long does it take to build a modular home?
From the time you order your modular home, it usually takes 6-8 weeks to get the modular home from the factory and another 5-7 weeks to complete the onsite work.

16. Who obtains a building permit for a modular home?
In Massachusetts a licensed Construction Supervisor must obtain the permit. On a turnkey package home we obtain the permit. If you have someone else acting as General Contractor, they must obtain the permit.

17. What is the Stretch Energy Code?
The Stretch Energy Code was added to the Massachusetts Building Code on July 24, 2009. It uses provisions of the International Energy Conservation code that provides a more energy efficient alternative to the standard energy provisions of the code. This has been adopted by many Massachusetts cities and towns. There may be financial aid to help you meet the code requirements.

18. Do you charge for custom designing on a modular home?
No, we provide that as a service to our clients.

19. Why do you get better prices from subcontractors that I would?
We provide our subcontractor’s with repeat business. They know we pay our bills promptly and they have been working with us for a long time so they know what needs to be done.

20. What is Green Building?

The goal of green building is to use our resources wisely so that we get the greatest amount of good, for the greatest number of people for the greatest amount of time. The homebuilding industry can accomplish this in a number of ways.

Start with the selection and development of the building site.

1. Build the house on the site that disturbs the environment the least.
2. Do not remove all the trees from the site.
• Trees take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen
• Deciduous trees provide shade in the summer which keeps the house cooler. In the winter the leaves drop allowing the sun to heat the home.
3. Orient the house so that the greatest amount of glass faces south.
4. Utilize new technology for the septic system which requires less land clearing.
5. Protect the sites existing plants.
6. When bringing plants to the site look for plants that are drought tolerant, easily maintained and use mulch to conserve water.
7. During construction.
• Be careful to save all topsoil.
• Do not allow material to erode into ecologically sensitive area or drainage facilities.
• Utilize all parts of the trees cleared for construction including the stumps which can be ground and used for mulch.
8. For driveways use hard pack which is made of recycled materials.
9. Be sure to have proper drainage around the house. This includes grading away from the foundation, foundation coating, and foundation drains.

Another component to consider in Green Building is Energy Efficiency.

1. Use low E Energy Star rated windows.
2. Install Energy Star rated appliances and tankless water heaters.
3. Frame using 2 x 6’s allows more insulation in the walls.
4. Insist on air infiltration wrap.
5. Use an insulated exterior door.
6. Programmable thermostats automatically reduce temperatures. At night while your sleeping.
7. Use high quality caulk to stop air infiltration.
8. Install a high efficiency heating system.

A third category would be efficient use of resources.

1. The use of trusses permits greater spans, and uses less dimensional lumber.
2. Roof trusses provide the same benefits as the floor trusses and in addition there quick installation allows the house to be made weather tight much faster.
3. Use precut lumber to eliminate waste.
4. Use finger jointed wood whenever possible.
5. Products such as OSB and LVL’s can provide a superior product without using our most valuable trees.

A fourth category would be conserving water.

1. Utilize low water consumption toilets.
2. Use low flow shower heads.
3. Use low water consuming appliances such as front loading washing machines.
4. Run the dishwasher only when it is fully loaded.
5. Fix leaks immediately.

The top priority of green building should be the health, safety, and comfort of the occupants.

1. To reduce the chances of mold in the attic:
• Be sure the air flows freely from the propa vents at the eaves to the ridge vent.
• Vent dryer, kitchen, and bath fans to the exterior
• Insure that there are no air leaks or missing insulation between the living space and the attic. Frequently overlooked is air leakage at the attic scuttle.
2. To reduce the chance of mold on the basement:
• Grade the yard away from the house.
• If necessary install gutters.
• Install 6 mil plastic under the concrete basement floor.
• Install a door at the bottom of the hatchway stairs.
• Install a dehumidifier.
• Use windows for ventilation.
• Do not store firewood in the basement.
• Use low VOC paints
3. Install provisions for a radon vent.

In the living areas control moisture

1. Install and use a range hood that is vented to the outside (Do not use a ductless range hood or vent into the attic).
2. Vent the dryer to the outside.
3. Use the bath fan which is ducted to the outside or open a window.

Another goal of green building should be easy or low maintenance.

1. In the construction of the home you can use vinyl windows and siding.
2. Exterior trim made of recycled plastic or aluminum is available.

Lastly the homeowner should read and understand instruction sheets and manuals provided for components used on constructing the home. Not following instructions may result in pre mature failure.

21. What is Universal Design?

Universal designs remove barriers that would limit a person’s full use and enjoyment of their home. Some suggestions to implement this plan include:

• Single level floor plan
• Design an open floor plan
• Wide hallways and 36” wide doors
• Use lever locks
• Have a 5’0” turning radius in the bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom
• If a home has two stories have a full bath, bedroom, and laundry on the first floor
• No threshold in interior doorways and a low threshold on exterior doors
• Use pocket doors
• Key pad at exterior doors in lieu of keyed lockset
• Have a shelf or bench near the exterior doors
• Intercom system
• Keep house low to the ground so the walkway can lead to the door without stairs
• Use smoke detectors with strobe light
• Motion detector lights for walkways
• Large easy to read thermostats
• Rocker style light switches
• Good task lighting
• Well lighted stairs and halls
• Instant light after dark at entrances and in hallways
• Shower stall at least 5’0” wide
• Shower head with a flexible hose
• Lever style faucets with anti scald protection
• ADA elongated raised toilets
• Towel bar for use as a grab bar
• Put blocking in wall for additional future grab bars
• Pull out shelves in Kitchen cabinets with full extension drawers.
• U shaped handles on cabinets and drawers
• Lights under kitchen cabinets
• Contrasting colors to define edge of counters
• Drive under countertop
• Range with controls to the front and easy access oven
• Drive under sink in kitchen and bathroom
• Front loading washer and dryer on a platform
• Phone in the bathroom and in the bedroom
• Telephone with a strobe light for hearing impaired
• Dishwasher that does not require bending or reaching to load.
• Recessed light in the shower
• Railings on both sides of the stairs
• Higher or lower bath vanities
• Install grab bar at entrance to shower

22. What is a HERS rating?

HERS rating is a process that calculates the relative energy efficiency of your home. The lower the number the more energy efficient your home is. For example a score of 60 means your home is 40% more energy efficient than the RESNET reference model.

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