Modular Home Manufacturers & Builders Directory
Discovery Custom Homes(Division of Palm Harbor Homes)
15303 Dallas Pkwy
Addison, TX 75001
Website: Discovery Custom Homes Website
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
|How Long in Business||2003|
|Yearly Avg. Number of Homes (Est.)||300-400|
|Professional Organizations/Affiliations||None provided|
(Architects & Draftsmen)
|Draftsmen are available|
|Builder Network||Over 30 builders|
|Location of Factories||Tempe, AZ|
|How to Buy a Home||Available through network|
|Building Materials||Wood framing|
|Energy Efficiency||R-33 attic insulation, R-19 wall and floor insulation|
|Construction Timeframe||4 to 6 weeks|
|Customization Flexibility||Full customization of home design|
|Amount of Floorplans||15 online floorplans|
|Avg. Cost per Square Foot||$70 to $95|
|Avg. Transportation Costs||Varies by location|
|Avg. Placement Costs||Varies by location|
|Site Preparation||Handled by local builder|
|Garage/Deck Availability||Garages and decks are possible|
|Possible to Addon to Existing Home||Not offered|
|Guarantees||5-Year Protection Plan covers structural, electrical and plumbing systems|
|Delivery Range||350 miles from factory|
|Number of Factory Inspections||Determined by local building code|
|Number of Building Site Inspections||Dependent on final destination|
|Information Package||Information available on their website.|
|Editorial Review||Discovery 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.|
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Personal Reviews of Discovery Custom Homes
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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