I originally began looking for a home to purchase in December of 2004.
I was ready to move to a larger place than the condominium that I had
bought about 5 years earlier. I soon found out that for what I was
willing to spend, I was going to end up on a tiny lot with a house to
match. Next I began pricing raw land. In St. Louis County a
one acre lot with utilities was going to cost around $100,000. I
soon began looking at property to build on in the outlying St. Louis area.
I eventually found an affordable five acres of land just 7 miles south of
my South County condo.
The reason the lot was affordable, was because the only way in was
through a 30 foot strip of land that led to the five acre wooded lot.
Any driveway was going to be very steep, very long, have to cross
two creeks, require 75 dump truck loads of fill and the clearing of
hundreds of trees. Sounded perfect to me!
I consulted with some friends with an excavation company to find out
about the feasibility and approximate costs of putting in a road.
The cost of the road and land was going to give me 5 acres of secluded
woods for far less than one acre of land just a few miles away. I
soon purchased the property. Now that I had the lot, I was working
evenings and weekends to clear the trees for the road. While doing
this, I was looking into prices of stick built homes and modular homes.
After looking at numerous modular homes by different builders, I was
convinced of the quality (of most of the builders) and the cost
effectiveness of going modular.
My next concern was if it was going to be possible to get the home to
our building site. By this time, my wife had fallen in love with a
Fuqua home that was 54' 8" in length by 30' in width. I figured that
if we were to go with a modular home and get approximately 1700 square
feet, we would need to get a shorter home and have a two story.
Benton Homes, who sell Fuqua Homes, sent a representative out to see what
size home they could fit into our building site. They said they
could get a 54' 8" home into our lot. I watched each half arrive and
still am not sure how they did it!
Once we ordered the home, it was complete within two weeks. We
had all of our contractors chosen and scheduled before we ordered the home
because they build them so fast. To see all of the contractors
required, order of work and costs, see the
Finance page of this website.
My wife and I have lived in our modular home now for a year and are
very happy with our choice. The house was the easiest part of
putting our dream home site together. This allowed us to concentrate
on everything required when building on a non-conventional building site.