Frequently asked questions

Can I customize a "stacked" modular home?


Unfortunately, at this time we do not build custom modular homes.




Why get a soil density test done by engineers?


Soil conditions vary by location. Some not suited to buid on (not feasible due to the amount of work needed). A soil test will determine how to build your homes foundation.




How high can we stack the "stacked" Modular homes.


They are engineered to be built up to 4 stories measuring aprox 48 feet.




Can we visit "stacked" construction?


Unfortunately, not at this time but we can let you know if we do in the future.




Can we visit a "butterfly" home


Yes, by appointment only, email us at info@flmodular.com.




Can I visit the factory?


Sorry we do not do factory tours.




Do you offer land and home packages?


We have some parcels available for sale in Fort Lauderdale. Unfortunately, we do not offer turnkey projects at this time.




What kind of support do you offer for the Panelized wall system?


We offer free email support.




What kind of support do you offer for the Modular building system?


Within 50 miles of Fort Lauderdale, we will be present on delivery day. We offer free email support.




Where is the factory?


There is more than one factory that we deal with. The factory that builds your units depends on many factors. Project locartion, type, building sytem. We aim to stay green so we try to keep it close.




How are the modular homes installed?


They are delivered to the site on a flat bed truck. The units are 16 x 60 ft long so an oversized load with front and rear pilots are needed. Once they arrive onsite the plastic protective covering is removed and the units are rigged up to a crane. Depending on the height and distance the crane needs to swing the units in place will determine its size. 120 ton crane will usually do the trick but ask the crane opperator to verify. Once the units are in place they will need to be each connected to utilities.




How much does "Stacked" Modular home cost?


150/sqft, we only offer the 2 bed 1.5 bath model at this moment. it is 960 sq ft and costs $144,000 FOB Orlando. This price includes modular unit and documents package. Any site work is not included. Some examples of work not included foundation, crane, landscaping, utility connection...




How much does "Butterfly" Panelized wall system cost?


$35/sqft includes transportation up to 100 miles. instalation not included,




Who can install a Modular home?


Chapter 489 FS requires that a Florida licensed contractor install a modular residence, i.e., it is a violation of this statute for a mobile home set crew to install a modular residence, even if the owner pulls the permit. NOTE: Per the Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR) Unlicensed Activities, it is a violation of ch 489 FS for dealers to include in their sales agreement provisions for the installation of a modular residence, unless they are a Florida licensed contractor. In effect, dealers cannot subcontract the installation of a modular residence, unless they hold a contractor’s license.




Who can install the panelized building system.


Any Licensed contractor that has experince with Metal framing.




What kind of warranty do you offer?


5 year structural warranty




Can a modular home be installed on a foundation of pads, dry stacked blocks and tie-downs?


This is a site related issue, subject to code interpretation and enforcement by the local building official as to whether engineered foundation plans that call for this type of construction comply with the FBC. Chapter 428.4, FBC states: "If the plans are for a residential manufactured (modular) building, certification from the design professional responsible for the plans that the structure has been designed only for erection or installation on a site built permanent foundation and is not designed to be moved once so erected".




Why do I need an Elevation certificate?


To find out if you are in a flood zone and if so, at what elevation does your finished floor need to be built.




How do you connect a modular home to utilities?


We stub out water, sewer and electrical out of the side "utility chase". Everything inside is connected




When should we place our order?


As soon as posible, so we can get the "ball rolling".




Do you offer financing?


Sorry not at this time.




What kind of CO certificate of occupancy do modular homes get?


They get one like a site built home.




Can I build a modular home on my land?


Probably. The first place to start would be with your local building department. They will provide regulations you need to follow.




Can FL Modular install the modular or Panelized building systems?


We offer installation services directly from the manufacturer. Area limited to some of Florida. Please contact us for more info




Is shipping included?


No, prices are FOB the factory.




Can you modify the plans?


Not for Modular only Panelized. Charges may apply.




If I buy plans will I need a architect?


Yes, your architect will use the plans we have given to make a site plan and submit for permit. In addition to an architect, you will need a structural engineer to design a foundation that is particular to your soil denisity.




Is FL Modular building systems rated for HVHZ Hurricane


Both the Modular and Panelized building systems are approved for the state of Florida HVHZ 175 class D, Non coast line.




How are "stacked" Modular homes built?


Structure: 16 guage steel studs (LGS)
Windows: Impact windows
Roof Insualation: R 30 roof
Wall insulation: R15 wall
Floor insualation: R15 floor
Flooring finish: Luxury vinyle tile (LVT)
Kitchens: Ideal cabinetry
Counter top: Corian
Exterior siding: Aluminium siding
Roof: Tpo roof
Subfloor: Concrete
Roof substrate: Tongue and groove
Exterior sheathing: Dens glass Electrical: MC wiring Plumbing: CPVC, Wast:PVC Water Heater: Rheem Tankless Hvac: Friedrich 3 ton Mini split (compressor instalation not included but provided. Disclaimer: the above is to be used as reference only. Changes may apply. Final orders will detail full material list.




what is the role of Local Authorities in building Modular homes in Florida?


Local requirements pertaining to land use, zoning, fire zones, building setbacks, side and rear yard, site development, property lines, subdivision control, and onsite installation, as well as the review and regulation of architectural and aesthetic requirements, are specifically and entirely reserved to local authorities. Such local requirements and rules which may be enacted by local authorities must be reasonable and uniformly applied and enforced without any distinction as to whether a building is conventionally constructed or a manufactured building. Section 553.80, Florida Statutes, in part states “…Erection, assembly, and construction at the site are subject to local permitting and inspection”. This includes foundation, installation, electrical, water and any other items like siding, roofing or any on site repairs. Local government shall require permit fees only for those inspections actually performed by the local government for the installation of a factory built structure. The fee shall be equal to the amount charged for similar inspections on conventionally built housing. NOTE: FBC Section 428.4 provides for modular homes to be installed on a “site built permanent foundation… not designed to be moved once so erected or installed”. For complaints concerning any of these items, contact your local building department. According to Section 553.37(5), if the manufactured building bears the insignia of approval upon manufacture or first sale, no additional inspections are required by the local building department. However, local code enforcement personnel may walk through the manufactured building during their site visit/inspection to verify insignia, and confirm that the building has not been altered from the approved plans and/or damaged. A manufactured building can’t be treated any differently than a conventionally constructed (site built) building according to Florida Statute 553.38. However, this does not apply to deed restrictions contained in the covenants of a homeowners’ association. All modular residences are required by Florida Statute to be installed by a Florida licensed contractor. If you suspect improper procedures were followed in the installation of your home, contact the Dept. of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR) at 850-487-1395.




Does "stacked" modular homes conform to the Florida Building code?


Yes, "Manufactured buildings bearing a DCA insignia constructed on or after March 1, 2002, are required to comply with the Florida Building Code (FBC) or, if applicable, the High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) requirements. Buildings constructed prior to March 1, 2002, must comply with the applicable code in effect at the time of construction or renovation. Under FBC Section 106.3, except for under provisions of the FBC relating to erection, assembly or construction at the site, manufactured buildings bearing the DCA insignia do not require plan review and approval by a local building department."




are "stacked" modular homes Mobile Homes?


No, "stacked" Modular is a not a mobile home. Both types of houses are built in a factory and transported to the site of installation; but differ significantly in the code/standard to which they are constructed, i.e. HUD vs. FBC. Mobile homes—commonly referred to by the sales industry as “manufactured homes”, are built to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) standards; are usually installed on temporary foundations (concrete pads, dry-stacked blocks and tiedowns); are usually not considered real property; and generally depreciate in value similar to an automobile. Insurance rates will generally be higher for mobile homes, especially in Florida. This industry is regulated in Florida by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). Upon installation, a mobile home’s wheels and axles may be removed, but the integral chassis must stay in place. To be acceptable in Florida, a mobile home must bear the HUD label and be installed by a mobile home installer licensed by DHSMV. Modular homes—are designed, built, permitted and inspected to the Florida Building Code (FBC), and must be installed on permanent foundations (e.g., poured footers, stem walls & poured piers or engineered slabs, just like site built homes) that are designed and built specifically for that home by a contractor licensed by the Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR). It is a violation of Florida Statutes for a mobile home installer to install a modular home. To be acceptable in Florida, a modular home must bear the insignia of the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA) on the inside of the cover of the home’s electrical panel. They are considered real property when installed on a permanent foundation, and insured as such. NOTE: A few modular manufacturers continue to produce their homes on a mobile home type chassis (called “on-frame” construction, which is allowed in the FBC) and transport them on wheels and axles just like mobile homes; as opposed to most who construct [without the chassis] on typical floor joist type construction and transport the modules on a flat bed trailer, lifting them into place onsite with a crane. No matter the method of construction, the modular home must be installed by a licensed contractor on a permanent foundation, as specified in chapter 428.4 FBC. Cautions: • On site components or additions (such as foundations, garages, or porches) are likely to require separate and different approval by the local building department. • Review, inspection, and approval from more than one government agency may be required for any of these types of homes, and advance planning is very important. • Design professionals generally must be licensed for this work, and your ability to obtain final approvals, financing, insurance, or protection from liability may depend on the use of properly licensed persons.




What are Panelized homes?


Panelized homesare constructed with whole wall panels built at the factory and installed on site. A panelized home must be designed, permitted, built, and inspected in accordance with the Florida Building Code.




Do manufactured buildings bearing the DCA Insignia require a plan review and approval by a local building department?


Answer. No. Exception 1 of Section 106.3, FBC and ch 553.80(1)(d) FS exempts state approved manufactured (modular) buildings from a plan review at the local level, except for provisions of the code relating to erection, assembly or construction at the site. A copy of the building plans, which includes the Third Party Agency Stamp, must be submitted with the building permit application. These plans are not required to have an original signature and raised seal. Under the jurisdiction of the local building department, a building permit application will usually require a set of raised seal foundation plans for the installation of a modular building.




Are additional inspections of a manufactured (modular) building required by the local building department?


No. Section 553.37(5) F.S. states: Manufactured buildings which have been issued and bear the insignia of approval …. upon manufacture or first sale shall not require an additional approval or insignia by a local government in which they are subsequently sold or installed. However, s. 553.80 (1)(d) FS states that “Erection, assembly and construction at the site are subject to local permitting and inspections”. In other words, local code enforcement personnel are responsible for inspection of the joinery of the modules, assembly /construction of a hinged roof, etc., as well as all other site related issues like foundations and utility hook-ups.




Can a Modular building be treated any differently than a conventionally constructed (site built) building?


No. Section 553.38 FS, states: “The department shall enforce every provision of the Florida Building Code adopted pursuant hereto, ……. Such local requirements and rules which may be enacted by local authorities must be reasonable and uniformly applied and enforced without any distinction as to whether a building is a conventionally constructed or manufactured building.” “A local government shall require permit fees only for those inspections actually performed by the local government for the installation of a factory built structure. Such fee shall be equal to the amount charged for similar inspections on conventionally built housing”. However, this does not supersede any recorded deed restrictions contained in the covenants of a homeowners’ association.




Can a newly Modular building be installed anywhere in Florida?


Yes, provided it bears the DCA insignia and meets the provisions of #5 above.




Do the High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) requirements in the FBC apply to a Modular building bearing a DCA insignia?


Yes, if the building was constructed after March 01, 2002, and if it is intended for sale/installation in Broward or Miami-Dade Counties. Plans should reflect whether or not approved for HVHZ installation.





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