Kozyra Construction: Massachusetts builder of quality Modular Homes
 

Frequently asked questions

  1. What is a modular home?
  2. Why should I buy a new home?
  3. What are the advantages of modular construction?
  4. How can you consistently beat your competitor's prices?
  5. Are modular homes as strong as site built homes?
  6. Is there a warranty on your modular homes?
  7. Do you offer options on your modular homes?
  8. What is a "drop off" modular home?
  9. What is a "turnkey" modular home?
  10. Can I make changes to your standard modular home floor plans?
  11. Do you build additions?
  12. How much of the modular home is completed in the factory?
  13. What type of heating system is included in your modular homes?
  14. Why do modular homes cost less?
  15. Can modular homes be built in the winter?
  16. Is it difficult to finance modular homes?
  17. How long does it take to build a modular home?
  18. Who obtains a building permit for a modular home?
  19. What is the price of a modular home?
  20. Do you charge for custom designing on a modular home?
  21. Why do you get better prices from subcontractors than I would?
  22. What is Green Building?
  23. What is Universal Design?
  24. Why buy a modular home from Kozyra?

1. What is a modular home?
A modular home is built in a factory to meet or exceed state building codes. The modules are delivered to your site and set on the foundation. A modular home is not a mobile home or manufactured home. It can be erected on any building lot.

2. 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 does not require painting.

3. What are the advantages of modular construction?
Modular homes are built stronger using glue and structural foam. Building in a factory affords the following advantages:

  • No theft or vandalism.
  • Kiln dried wood stays dry.
  • Greater efficiency using assembly lines and material handling with forklifts and overhead cranes.
  • No lost time due to weather.
  • Site work can be completed while the house is being built in the factory.
  • The price is guaranteed.

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 Modular you get more home for your dollar. You do not pay for high overhead.

5. Are modular homes as strong as site-built homes?
Modular homes are built stronger using glue and structural foam so that the modular home can be transported to the site and set on the foundation by a crane.

6. 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 10-year structural warranty is provided by a third party insurance company. Fourth, Kozyra Construction warranties the work we do for one year.

7. Do you offer any options on your modular homes?
The modular home company offers a long list of options and we provide additional options on site.

8. What's a "drop-off" modular home?
A drop off is when we set the modular home on your foundation. We make the house weather tight, which includes the roof shingles and air infiltration wrap. We also install all bolts and steel strapping needed. You would then finish the house yourself, or hire a local contractor to finish the house.

9. What's a "turnkey" modular home?
A turnkey modular home is when we do the complete project, from digging the cellar hole to touch up paint. We would also include the well and septic system.

10. Can I make changes to your standard modular floor plans?
You can make changes to our standard floor plans or we can build from your floor plan.

11. Do you build 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 build it as a modular addition.

12. 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 complete.

13. What type of heating system is included in your modular homes?
Oil fired hot water baseboard is our standard heating system.

14. 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 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.).

15. Can modular homes be built in the winter?
Yes, we build year round.

16. Is it difficult to finance a modular home?
There is no difference in financing a modular home or a site built home. You can finance conventionally VA and FHA. There is also special financing for certain occupations and subsidized loans and even grants, if you qualify. For more information, Contact Us.

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

18. Who obtains the 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.

19. What is the price of modular homes?
Using the price of modular homes, which are set on the buyers foundation with the finishing of the home left to the buyers, is about $____ per square foot. The price of modular homes which have the same square footage but are shipped on four carriers are more expensive than those shipped on two carriers.

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

21. Why do you get better prices from subcontractors than I would?
We provide our subcontractors 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. They use their time to work on our homes, not writing job estimates.

22. 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 for maximum benefit, especially in our New England climate.

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 site's 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. Framing @ 24 iches O.C. allows more insulation in the walls and also uses less lumber.
  4. Insist on air infiltration wrap.
  5. Use an insulated exterior door.
  6. Programmable thermostats automatically reduce temperatures at night while you're sleeping.
  7. Use high quality caulk to stop air infiltration.
  8. Install a high efficiency heating system.
Strive for efficient use of resources.
  1. The use of floor trusses permits greater spans, uses less dimensional lumber, and allows electrical and plumbing to be installed within the trusses, leaving useable space below.
  2. Roof trusses provide the same benefits as the floor trusses, and their 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.
Conserve 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.
The top priority of green building should be the health, safety, and comfort of the occupants.
  • To reduce the chances of mold in the attic:
    • Be sure the air from the propa vents at the eaves to the ridge vent is free flowing.
    • 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.
  • 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.
Control moisture in the living areas
  • Install and use a range hood that is vented to the outside (Do not use a ductless range hood or vent into the attic).
  • Vent the dryer to the outside.
  • Use a bath fan that 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 premature failure.

23. What is Universal Design?
Universal design is intended to 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
  • 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
  • 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. 
24. Why buy a modular home from Kozyra?
  • Kozyra Construction has been in business since 1972 and is the longest established builder of modular homes in Massachusetts.
  • Your home will be completed on time and on budget.
  • A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
  • Great customer service.
  • We handle your project from concept to completion.
  • We have our own equipment – bulldozer, backhoe, excavator and trucks – which enable us to do the site work and septic systems. This enables us to control costs and allows us to maintain tighter control while scheduling work on your home.
  • Our family name is our business name. No fictitious business name.
  • A family member will be involved in your project from concept to completion.
  • We provide the best value & quality modular home at a fair price.
  • An unlimited number of options can be included in your modular home.
  • We can set the modular home on your foundation for you to complete (drop off) or can provide a complete turnkey package.
  • We are licensed and fully insured including workers' compensation.
  • A ten year structural warranty provides peace of mind.
  • We have a large and varied selection of single family modular homes – Ranches, Raised Ranches, T-Ranches, Capes, Colonials, Split Levels, Contemporaries, Duplexes and In-Law Apartments. We also build decks, porches, garages and additions on site.

For more information Contact Us 


Kozyra Construction
141 Old Palmer Road
Brimfield, MA 01010
(413) 245-4402
info@kozyramodular.com