Modular Home Manufacturers & Builders Directory
10655 Hwy 43
Russellville, AL 35653
Website: Franklin Homes Website
Franklin Homes Description:
"...Franklin Homes is a full service manufacturing company. That means we design, assemble, deliver, and then service after the sale, all the homes we build. We deliver homes to dealers in 15 southern states. We provide factory service to our home buyers through service technicians that we send from the factory... Quality Never Costs As Much As It Saves!"
Providing these building styles:
- Ranch modular homes
- Colonial modular homes
Providing modular homes and buildings in:
AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MO, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX
|How Long in Business||1969|
|Yearly Avg. Number of Homes (Est.)||300-400|
|Professional Organizations/Affiliations||None provided|
(Architects & Draftsmen)
|5 draftsmen are available as well as 2 engineers|
|Location of Factories||Russellville, AL|
|How to Buy a Home||Available through retailers and factory direct as well|
|Building Materials||Wood construction on steel base|
|Energy Efficiency||Minimum insulation for modular homes are R-13 Floor, R-19 Wall, and R-19 Roof. All homes can be upgraded to a maximum of R-19 Floor, R-19 Wall, and R-38 Roof. Along with this they seal all penetrations through the floor and roof and they use full 3/4" thermo pane windows that all have low E Glass, all Energy Star Appliances.|
|Construction Timeframe||3 to 5 weeks|
|Customization Flexibility||Limited customization options|
|Amount of Floorplans||Over 50 online home designs|
|Avg. Cost per Square Foot||$50-$75|
|Avg. Transportation Costs||Varies by location|
|Avg. Placement Costs||Varies by location|
|Site Preparation||Not provided|
|Garage/Deck Availability||Certain models have options for garages and decks.|
|Possible to Addon to Existing Home||Not offered|
|Delivery Range||Southeast US|
|Number of Factory Inspections||Upon completion|
|Number of Building Site Inspections||N/A|
|Information Package||Minimal information available on their website. Parts of the website do not work.|
|Editorial Review||Franklin Homes is a producer of manufactured mobile homes and modular homes. They are migrating their business towards the modular home marketplace and have made significant progress in improving their offerings. This is a good option for mid range and entry level home buyers. We would recommend that you give Franklin Homes a closer look if you are in their service area. We expect them to continue to get better over time.|
|Mystery Shopper Rating||
Personal Reviews of Franklin Homes
First I want to say we love the home, it seems well built, and dealing with Rocky Bayou Homes during the set up was a good experience.
Unfortunately over the last several months things have changed. We were told to compile a list of issues we have with the home and wait 30 days after we moved in to submit them. I emailed Rocky Bayou Homes a list in February, and it was sent on to Franklin Homes. The list contained issues such as: two of the three showers have no hot water, floors bouncing in some places, floors creaking in different places, the shower door in the master bath is reversed and will not open fully because it hits the toilet, and two holes in the fireplace masonry just to name some. In March we received a form in the mail that needed to be filled out and sent back to Franklin, listing all of our issues. This was done in early March and as of today May 17, 2013 we have not heard a word from Franklin Homes.
Another issue we are having is back in February we contracted a local builder to add a front porch and an attached two car garage. My builder contacted Rocky Bayou Homes to find out the manufacture of the windows, shudders and siding so they would match our existing home exactly.
Rocky Bayou Homes insisted on ordering the siding, windows, and shudders. The front porch was complete and the garage was complete sitting waiting on the windows, and siding. My contractor picked up the windows, in Mountain View (some 60 miles away), paid for them, only to find out when he was installing them that the windows were the wrong size. To save time he ate the price of the windows and ordered the right size from a local building supply. They were delivered in two weeks, while we were still waiting on the siding.
The siding finally arrived in April. My contractor had to pick it up in Mountain View, again he paid for it and once again, when he opened the box he discovered it was the right color but the wrong style. As it turned out the siding on our home is 4 inch double lap, and the siding Rocky Bayou ordered was 4 ½ inch double lap. Now this may not seem like much but a half inch difference will stick out like a sore thumb.
We immediately contacted Rocky Bayou Homes and for the past six weeks we have been going back and forth over getting the right siding for our addition. The explanation we got was the 4 ½ siding was the type of siding used on our model 98% of the time. Which does not help. To date I have 4 boxes of siding sitting in my garage, my builder can not finish the job and can not get his money. I offered to return the siding to Rocky Bayou Homes, and get my builders $650.00 back, then order the siding myself, but I am getting no response.
At this point we have no leverage to get satisfaction on the issues that remain on our new home or on the siding issue. At this time I would not recommend Rocky Bayou Homes in Mountain View, Arkansas, or Franklin Homes in Russellville, Alabama.
I will update this review each month until we are completely satisfied with Rocky Bayou Homes and Franklin Homes.
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