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Why is Allen Home Builders the best option for your new home or cottage?

Experience, Expertise & A Commitment to Excellence

Todd Allen

Todd Allen is owner and general manager of Allen Home Builders, Inc. With over 23 years experience in residential home building, he personally guides each customer through the home selection & quoting process and actively manages the entire project from start to finish.

“Our commitment is to continually work to find the most cost-effective, high-quality, timely method for building your new home or cottage.”

Full-Service Approach & Turn-Key Completion

At Allen Home Builders, we walk you through the process of building your new home and provide expert advice and help throughout the all the different phases of construction. From the very first step of designing your home to clearing the lot to constructing the foundation, all the way to the finished paint job and installation of floor coverings and appliances, we coordinate the job from start to finish. And we work closely with our customers throughout the entire project to ensure when the home is finished, it’s exactly what they want.

Phased Completion and Remodeling Projects

Although we specialize in “turn-key” projects handled from start to finish at Allen Home Builders, we’re also willing to work with our customers who want to do some of their own work on their new home or cottage. We will break the project cost down into various phases such as construction of the exterior “shell,” insulation, various trades and interior finish, and work with you to complete as many of the different phases as you would like.

We will also quote large remodeling projects and additions to existing homes. Please contact us to come out and look at your project today.

Custom Site-Built Construction vs. Prebuilt Modular Homes

The following comparison is specifically based on our pricing for both our traditional custom-built homes and the modular homes we deal with. We make a conscious effort to keep our prices as low as possible and by design our margins on traditional custom-built construction are not as high as many of the other custom builders in the area.

Over the last few years, Allen Home Builders has transitioned into primarily a custom home builder of traditional site-built homes. That transition has been largely a response to the needs and desires of our customers and to changes in the larger housing market. But we still offer and build utilizing both traditional stick-built and modular construction. So, what’s the difference and how do you know which one is best for you?

The short answer: Modular construction is generally a shorter process (3 to 4 months start to finish) in which the customer chooses from a limited selection of floor plans and finish options. Modular plans can be customized somewhat but changes are subject to state approvals and limitations within the factory-built setting. Traditional on-site construction is generally a slightly longer process (4 to 6 months start to finish), and the design, floor plan and finish options are as vast as your imagination, almost.

There are some projects where a month or two difference in construction time is critical, but generally, at Allen Home Builders, we are of the opinion modular construction needs to provide a cost savings over traditional construction in order to be a viable option. Whether or not that is the case depends on the style, floor plan and level of customization and detail in a given home design.

Modular homes are built to the exact same Michigan Residential Building Code as our traditional custom-built homes. Actually, because of how they are built and transported to the site, modular homes generally use more lumber to achieve structural rigidity in the various sections of the home. The modular homes we sell are very high quality, and from a specification standpoint, they are very comparable in construction to our traditional site-built homes.

Currently, modular construction is most competitive in large, “2-section” one-story ranch style home plans. When it comes to multi-level homes such as cape cods, chalets and full 2-stories, or one-story ranch styles with more design and architectural elements, traditional on-site construction is more competitive.

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