Where is our factory?
Our factory is located in Ferndale, Washington.
Where can we deliver homes?
Method Homes delivers modern modular homes to locations across the lower 48 United States, in addition to Alaska, Hawaii, and several regions of Canada.
Can you deliver modules to my site?
As part of the Feasibility Study completed before the project begins, we thoroughly review the possible approaches for trucking modules to every project site and the on-site conditions. During Feasibility, we also draw on the expertise of engineers and consultants, contractors and designers, and truck and crane operators to evaluate the site for critical issues and provide estimates for any work in which they would be involved. As a result, we are fully confident in our ability to deliver the project for the turn-key estimate we provide at the start of the project.
Can we meet the requirements for building homes in Canada?
Yes. Method is a CSA certified builder of green prefab structures in the United States for delivery in Canada. Our engineers can design according to American, Canadian, and International Building Codes. We also partner with 3rd party inspectors to certify our homes in the factory. We have built a number of projects in Canada and are fluent with the people, processes, and products necessary for a successful project.
How much work has to be done once the modules arrive on the site?
Our modules are shipped 80 to 95 percent complete – inside and out – so that as little as possible has to be finished once the modules arrive at the site and are set into place. Typically, on–site construction involves connecting the modules with drywall, flooring, and siding. The final roof covering, interior stairs, exterior decks, and utility connections can also be installed then. Depending on the complexity of the project and the number of modules, the on–site timeline is approximately 1 week to 2–plus months.
Are Method homes feasible in areas with high snow load requirements?
Yes. The Method Cabin Series was specifically engineered to accommodate areas with high snow load. All other models have an engineering schedule to handle high snow loads.
Can we build a home to LEED and EnergyStar, Passive House, Built Green,Living Building challenge, Cal Green, Earth Advantage or other standards?
Yes. We can create structures to any appropriate energy and/or construction standard. Energy-efficient homes are more comfortable, healthier, and less expensive to maintain and live in. A number of our LEED – capable homes meet Silver, Gold, and Platinum standards. Our team consists of experts in green building, efficient design, and renewable energy.
How sustainable is a prefab home compared to a site-built home?
We are committed to sustainability as a core value. All Method prefabricated homes are built with a focus on efficiency, healthy indoor air quality, and use of sustainable materials and practices. We are conscious of where our materials come from, what is in our homes, and how much we throw away during and after construction.
How healthy is a Method home?
We can build homes tailored to owners’ chemical sensitivities.
How much does a prefab home cost compared to a site-built home?
Prefab — also called off-site — offers faster completion rates with fewer labor hours, reduced energy use and waste of materials, and lower fees for the building design and specification on the same site. The modular trucking component of the process represents a negligible cost in comparison to the other savings. Finally, because of the efficiency and inherent predictability of prefab construction, we can provide a turn-key estimate for the full cost of the project, which dramatically reduces or eliminates the risk of scope changes and cost overruns. In areas with very low construction site costs, there are fewer savings. In those specific locations, prefab homes may be a more costly endeavor.
What do our homes cost?
Method offers modern prefabricated homes at a variety of price points. We arrive at the final, fixed price at the time of signing a contract, which is based on the options and finishes of your choice. Our homes range between $130 and $220 per square foot for the prefab portion of the home. In addition, there are soft costs for design, engineering and permitting, site costs for foundation, excavation, utilities and completion and costs for transportation and installation.
How much will you save in going prefab with Method Homes?
Potential savings of prefab construction by Method can be significant. Cost savings of 20 to 30 percent or more can be achieved through efficiency, speed, our purchasing advantage over traditional contractors, and other factors. However, we have found that the cost advantage of prefab over site-built construction can vary greatly, mainly determined by the market. Method’s cost advantage is generally greatest where on-site construction is already expensive due to a site’s remoteness or its location in an expensive real estate area.
What portion of the total cost does the brochure price tag represent? What additional costs may be incurred?
Typically, pricing listed in the brochures includes the module costs, which include the structure’s siding, trim, plumbing and electrical components, windows, mechanical system, roof and finishes such as floor, ceiling and walls. Kitchen and bath cabinets, tile, and fixtures are also included. Soft costs including appliances, site, and delivery will typically not be included. Method may provide a preliminary estimate for soft costs.
How much does it cost to transport our home to your location?
Transportation costs vary significantly depending on the number, size, and weight of modules and the distance and route they travel. We work with a number of trucking firms to manage transportation costs carefully.
If our home is already designed, why do you have to pay for an architect?
Our architects are used on every project to ensure the house is designed and placed correctly for the site. The architect ensures all zoning requirements are met, creates the foundation plan, and prepares a set of construction documents for permit submittal to the local jurisdiction. Each home needs a foundation plan and site plan to be designed and engineered for local codes and conditions. A permit package for the local building department is also required. Additionally, we offer customization of the floor plans and exterior so the home properly relates to the site and owner needs and preferences, maximizing views andother conditions.
Will we sell our house plans?
Method and our architect partners produce our designs for our exclusive use only. We control the production of homes at this level to ensure the final structures arebuilt with the highest quality.
What is included inside the prefab home? Are appliances included?
The cost of our prefab modules includes all finishes and components — cabinets, fixtures, siding, trims, windows and doors, electrical and plumbing components, and heating and mechanical systems. Because homeowners typically enjoy selecting their own appliances, stoves, range hoods, refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers are excluded from the price.
Do you need a separate contractor for the site-related portions ofconstruction?
Our construction division — Method Contracting — can serve as the site general contractor in Washington. It is ultimately your decision whether to use Method Contracting or to hire a contractor of your choice. If you are out of Method Contracting’s service area, we offer turn-key construction management services and will work with you to find a reputable contractor and consult with them throughout the building process.
Do we build custom prefab homes?
Yes. Method can work with clients and our architects to design your custom prefab dream home. We can also work with any architect for a custom one-off prefab project and consult with them on the specific prefab requirements it will take to build your home to your parameters. Method employs master craftsmen of all trades. Years of experience building custom homes by hand has enabled us to bring quality to a new level by building in a controlled environment, giving our clients thoughtful, well-built prefab custom homes.
How do you buy a Method home?
The first step in buying a home is to have a good idea of the land or lot on which you will be putting the home, as well as the parameters of the home you have in mind. This means thinking about model, size, budget, layout, and finishes. Once you’ve made these preliminary decisions, contact us to go over specifics and set up a Feasibility Study, which will yield a turn-key estimate. From there, we proceed to our contract and scheduling you a slot in our production calendar.
Can we design our homes to withstand extreme structural conditions such as earthquake, snow and hurricane wind loads?
Our homes are trucked, shipped and lifted – so they are designed to be strong and are built with the highest quality materials that are made to last. Method’s homes have been installed in California and Washington where serious earthquakes are a concern, mountainous snow country, and coastal regions and islands with extreme maritime weather. Our engineers are licensed throughout the United States and Canada and are familiar with local, national, and International Building Codes and standards.
If you have plans from an architect, can we build your home from those plans?
Yes. In that case, we will review your design and work with your architect to makesure the home fits our process of efficiently construction, shipment, and reassembly at your site. Standard module sizes are approximately 16 feet wide by 13 feet high by up to 70 feet long. They are somewhat smaller in Canada. We can determine if modular construction is right for you and your design, and offer suggestions to make your design more compatible with a modular approach.
How long does it take to build a home?
Once permits are received and construction starts, our homes typically take 2 to 4 months to complete.
Are these manufactured homes?
No. Method homes are built to the same standards as a site-built home. Our homes adhere to International Building Codes and local jurisdiction building codes. Method’s green prefab homes are actually built sturdier than their site-built counterparts, due to increased engineering considerations for transport and set. We also increase the performance of our homes through enhanced insulation applications and energy-efficient systems for heating and cooling.
How is Method Homes different from other prefab companies?
What distinguishes us is our custom facility where we can completely control the production process. This has earned us a proven track record of delivering our high–quality custom prefab homes. We also hail from the construction industry rather than the architect world. This allows us to combine our expertise with an excellent team of architect partners.
What type of warranty comes with our homes?
We typically offer a one-year workmanship and labor warranty on all projects in the US. We can provide two, five, or ten-year warranties in Canada through the site general contractor as required by HSA.
How do you order a garage?
Garages and Accessory Dwelling Units can be effective and stylish spaces that are seamlessly integrated with your home. These structures are typically built at the site, and are not included in the cost of the modules we deliver from the factory.
Do we customize our designs?
A home is often built as an investment and the embodiment of a dream. As such, we believe everyone should have a home built to address their particular and individual needs. We involve our architects in every one of our projects. We will customize our designs, but customization is not required.
Does Factory — Prefab — Construction offer a quality advantage over Site-Built Homes?
Method builds very high quality prefab homes that are uniquely designed, engineered for strength and stability, healthy and comfortable, and energy efficient, and built with premium components and superior craftsmanship. With factory-based construction, your home is protected from moisture and pests during construction. Workers are more comfortable and can build under better conditions, with better access and tools.
Method’s crew is comprised of very skilled and experienced builders, many of whom have previously owned their own companies. They appreciate craft and understand the value of detail and customer service.
My HOA has rules against Modular Homes. Can I build a Method home?
Once a Method home is installed on your site there is no difference from our homes and site built homes. They are built to local building codes. We have not encountered problems working with an HOA or architecture review board regarding the planned installation of a Method Homes design.