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Discovery Custom Homes

(Division of Palm Harbor Homes)

15303 Dallas Pkwy
Addison, TX 75001
Website: Discovery Custom Homes Website
email: sreyenga@palmharbor.com

Discovery Custom Homes Description:
(Division of Palm Harbor Homes)
"...When you build a Discovery home, YOU are in control. Each unique floor plan, exterior and professionally coordinated interior decor package can be customized to meet your EXACT needs and tastes. YOU choose YOUR model, YOUR style and YOUR decorator features, including colors, light fixtures, cabinetry, tile, trim, upgrades and much more..."

Providing these building styles:
  • Ranch modular homes
  • Contemporary modular homes


Providing modular homes and buildings in:
AR, CA, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, NC, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA

Company Background

How Long in Business2003
Yearly Avg. Number of Homes (Est.)300-400
Professional Organizations/AffiliationsNone provided
Design Staff
(Architects & Draftsmen)
Draftsmen are available
Builder NetworkOver 30 builders
Location of FactoriesTempe, AZ
How to Buy a HomeAvailable through network

Construction Details

Building MaterialsWood framing
Energy EfficiencyR-33 attic insulation, R-19 wall and floor insulation
Construction Timeframe4 to 6 weeks
Customization FlexibilityFull customization of home design
Amount of Floorplans15 online floorplans

Pricing

Avg. Cost per Square Foot$70 to $95
Avg. Transportation CostsVaries by location
Avg. Placement CostsVaries by location
Site PreparationHandled by local builder

Options

Garage/Deck AvailabilityGarages and decks are possible
Possible to Addon to Existing HomeNot offered
Guarantees 5-Year Protection Plan covers structural, electrical and plumbing systems
Delivery Range350 miles from factory
Number of Factory InspectionsDetermined by local building code
Number of Building Site InspectionsDependent on final destination
Information PackageInformation available on their website.

Our Review

Editor's Rating
Editorial ReviewDiscovery Homes is target to provide upper scale modular homes. It is part of Palm Harbor Homes and it is their response to the growing modular market. Their standard specifications are better than average and Palm Harbor does have very large amount of experience in producing homes. They are willing to transport the homes to most of the United States but it is probably best only for home buyers who live within a few hundred miles to their factory.
Mystery Homebuyer Rating

Personal Reviews of Discovery Custom Homes

Don Wilburn from Burlington Ky.
I purchased the Wilmington model in 2003 and from day one I was regretting dealing with this company. I encountered cost that were not explained to me from the beginning such as having to pay to have electric run to the garage that I had with the home and having electric run in the basement. I have had so many little things go wrong just from cheap,cheap,cheap items installed when I got the home. Little things like the sliding drawer holder for the rails breaking because they were so cheap. I had to replace almost every one in my home. Second, developed a short in the electric and had to have an electrician diagnose and fix the problem which ended up being the cheapest electrical outlets you could get and just removing them, they would crumble in your hands. Third, the sinks bowls have been replaced because they were the cheapest stainless you could get. Plastic runs through the middle over the bottom and this cracked resulting in leaks. Replaced all three bowls.If it weren't for my flat out refusal to not have it I would have ended up with carpet in my master bath instead of tile and speaking of tile I have had to replace numerous tiles and regrout an my home is not even 5 years old. Had to have the flashing around the chimney replaced because, even though it was to code it was cheaply done,once again and resulted in leaking roof that had to be repaired.This was not covered under the warranty either. Also since I am on the chimney I was not told that my nice looking chimney was only that. It is a decorative chimney and can't be used. Sure wish I would have known that before hand.Had to already replace the fridge and my sliding door at the dining room is warped and the screen does not slide easy.In hindsight I think I would have better luck with a stick built home.If you are interested in one of these homes I would seriously consider another manufacture because you will end up with more than you bargained for.

David from Alabama
I had a Discovery Home built in 2005. I have since had a second modular home built by another company, so I believe I am pretty familiar with modular home construction.

While I would build another modular home, I sure wouldn't build a Discovery. I could give you all the details, but let's just sum it up in three important areas:

1) Although one of the benefits of modular construction is speedy build schedules, repeated delays by Discovery resulted in the house arriving 2 full months later than promised.

2) Calls to the plant to try to keep production on target were either not returned, or involved them blaming "corporate" for everything. No accountability, no sense of urgency, no desire to "do the right thing". I got the distinct impression that this was pretty typical of the way they do business.

3) The house was shipped with ceramic tile installed. Apparently, they did not install them correctly at the plant- the tile started "popping up" in every room after about 8 months. Calls to the plant resulted in nothing but a runaround, and a denial of warranty without every seeing the house and the problem! Again- no accountability, no desire to "do the right thing" and I am left with an expensive re-tile job that should be covered under warranty.

Oh, by the way- the house was supposed to be shipped without insulation under the floor, but arrived with insulation, the microwave stopped working before the construction was even finished, and the hinges for all doors were not appropriate for the region and immediately began rusting. Very shoddy.

Would I build another Discovery Custom home? No way, and I sure wouldn't recommend that you do, either.

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