Builders to showcase
past few years have seen a growing interest in systems-built homes,
sometimes known as modular homes.
Now, local residents can get an up-close view
of one of these homes built on site at the New Home & Remodeling
Show and Tour May 4-7 at the Scope Exhibit Hall in downtown Norfolk.
A local company, A-Plus Builders, will showcase
the technique in full public view with the construction of a Mod-U-Kraf
home during the span of one week leading up to the show.
Not just a house in a box, these homes are as
diverse as their potential homeowners. From large luxurious estates
to smaller affordable cottages, even to the accessible home for
the physically challenged, these homes offer an extensive range
Locals will have the opportunity to watch the
home being assembled in front of the Chrysler Hall at the corners
of St. Paul Blvd. and East Charlotte St. beginning April 27. Completed
within a week and just in time for the show opening, May 4, the
home will be fully furnished and landscaped. Tours of the home will
be available during show hours.
Once the show is over, the home will be taken
down in less than a week and moved to nearby Bayview resident Martia
West’s lot. West, a lifetime Norfolk resident and shipyard
employee, recently lost her home in a tragic fire. Although fully
covered, her previous home’s insurance plan left her grossly
underinsured and without full compensation on her house. West was
forced to look for a more affordable method of replacing her home.
West’s widespread home search led her to
A-Plus Builders. Scott Ditto, who manages house sales and field
operations for A-Plus Builders, walked West through and detailed
the process of building a modular home and all the money-saving
benefits compared to conventional custom building.
“A modular home is a good choice and an
affordable alternative to many of the other options she had,”
explains Dennis McCall, owner of A-Plus Builders. “It’s
better quality and she was able to have her own ideas for a dream
home adapted into the layout for her new house.”
The partners of A-Plus Builders are no rookies
in the home building industry. With more than 30 combined years
of experience, the team is comprised of McCall, Ditto, Jay Smith
and Steve Davenport. All have worked side by side for years and
created A-Plus Builders in 2004.
A-Plus Builders is part of Mod-U-Kraf’s
Independent Builder Network. Every Mod-U-Kraf home meets or exceeds
most of the same building codes as conventional construction and
has a five-star energy rating, says McCall. More than 70 different
floor plans are available and are adaptable to homeowners’
needs and want - making the possibilities limitless. Each
home is delivered to the site up to 90 percent complete and once
it is set, the builder finishes the details inside and out.
West’s new Cape Cod-style home will have
an estimated 1,400 square feet of living space with an additional
bonus room in the unfinished second-story that A-Plus Builders plans
to help her finish.
“We were so moved by Martia’s story
we couldn’t help but become involved. Now it’s gone
beyond just her friends helping her out, to something more like
an extreme makeover,” said Ditto.
“We’re definitely looking forward
to having this home open to the public,” said McCall. “We
want everyone to be able to see how great modular homes can be and
the speed at which they can go up. No more waiting months and months
for a new home. Once it’s set into place, we can have someone
living in the home in under six weeks.”
A special thanks to the following companies
for their support and contributions
Cornerstone Landscaping & Design
The Contractor Yard Inc.
Cavalier Plastering and Dry Wall
Rick Cooper Construction
Rick Cooper Sr.
Rick Cooper Jr.
B2 Health Solutions
Weather Makers Inc.
Seaboard Grading & Excavating
Douglas Keiper/ Richard Barton
Dr. Johnny’s Appliances