Modular Home Manufacturers & Builders Directory
Indiana Building SystemsCLOSED
51700 Lovejoy Drive
Middlebury, IN 46540
Indiana Building Systems Description:
"...To build a quality project we know that it is crucial to have experience and to be responsive to our customers needs from the beginning. As our partner, you benefit from our 30 years plus of industry experience. This experience, combined with an understanding of the modular industry, offers quality workmanship you require in a timely manner..."
Providing these building styles:
- Ranch modular homes
- Cape Cod modular homes
- Contemporary modular homes
Providing modular homes and buildings in:
IL, IN, MI, MO, OH, WI
|How Long in Business||1964|
|Yearly Avg. Number of Homes (Est.)||Over 500 (modular and mobile homes)|
|Professional Organizations/Affiliations||None provided|
(Architects & Draftsmen)
|Draftsmen are available|
|Builder Network||Over 20 builders|
|Location of Factories||Middlebury, IN|
|How to Buy a Home||Available through builder network|
|Building Materials||Wood frame construction|
|Energy Efficiency||Wall, floor and roof insulation with energy-efficient windows|
|Construction Timeframe||2 to 6 weeks|
|Customization Flexibility||Full customization is available|
|Amount of Floorplans||Over 80 predesigned floorplans|
|Avg. Cost per Square Foot||$90-$110|
|Avg. Transportation Costs||Dependent on site|
|Avg. Placement Costs||Dependent on design|
|Site Preparation||Handled by independent builder|
|Garage/Deck Availability||Garages and decks are possible|
|Possible to Addon to Existing Home||Not offered|
|Delivery Range||Midwest USA|
|Number of Factory Inspections||Upon completion|
|Number of Building Site Inspections||Handled by builder|
|Information Package||Information available on their website.|
|Editorial Review||Indiana Building Systems produced average modular homes. This is a good option for all Midwest home buyers. They are part of a large network and have a long reputation of quality construction. Our mystery shopper had an average time dealing with their customer service. We would recommend that you contact them to learn more about Indiana Building Systems and make your own decision. They are worth a consideration.|
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Personal Reviews of Indiana Building Systems
I also thought it interesting that HiTech (another modular home builder) bought their equipment and heard from area residents that many of IBS' former employees moved over to HiTech. This news made me wonder whether a mutual owner or relationship existed between the two companies.
We signed a contract with Pinnacle on a Pinnacle Home about three weeks before IBS bought them out in 2007. As a result our house was one of the first (if not the first) Pinnacle house that IBS built. We visited the factory and saw our house under construction. It was early in the process so what we saw was rough. The manage team was very friendly and appeared to be concerned about our satisfaction. At that time we saw no warning signs.
Our house was to be a two story - four modules - house with a full basement and garage. The basement and garage were of course built by a separate company but had to be built to IBS measurements. We signed the contract in February of 2007 and the house was set in July. Then the problems (sorry, issues) started to appear. One of the second floor modules wouldn't line up correctly with the stairway coming up from the first floor. Something was off one inch and the module had to be removed so that a one inch strip could be cut off part of a first floor roof allowing the module to line up with the stairway.
The copper plumbing to every sink in the house leaked and had to be redone in one way or another. Two of the three shower valves had to be reinstalled and one of them had to eventually be replaced. The drain on one of the two tubs didn't work properly and never was fixed or replaced. The outside faucets were put into the soft water line and IBS wasn't going to correct it until the county house inspector told them that it had to be changed.
We special ordered 26 Great akes windows which are triple pane vinyl windows with all the extras and are supposed to come with a 50 year warranty. They weren't all installed properly and about half of them leak very badly. The warranty goes to the distributor but IBS does the installing. The distributor won't warranty them since he didn't install them. So...we have no warranty and will have to pay to have someone else reinstall them. (They still won't be warranted but at least maybe we can get them to seal.) Right now we are having near blizzard conditions and there is a very fine snow blowing in through the front door sidelight frame and around the door. We can see the snow coming in and the rug at the inside of the door is wet.
We had at least two issues with the electrical wiring and they were satisfactorily fixed.
The contract called for an outside-vented hood for above the kitchen stove. The house came with a hood that wasn't vented. After we insisted that it be vented the set grew simply cut a hole in the top of the cabinet and laid a heat duct across the cabinet to the outside wall, cut another hole and put a tin vent on the outside. We complained to the site foreman and he agreed the it was not acceptable and re-did it himself. We had to replace the hood ourselves after moving in because there no longer was a baffle in the hood to stop the cold air from coming in from the vent pipe. Even with a new hood we still get cold air coming in from outside. Every bathroom vent (3)leaks cold air into the bathrooms, with the damper on the outside going clunk, clunk, clunk with each gust of wind.
The siding on the second floor had to be completely redone because it didn't line up with the siding on the first floor. The question I have is why is any of the second floor siding installed at the factory??? It sure doesn't save them any money when they have to tear in off and then reinstall new siding on site. We have had the siding on the facia boards nailed on by another company because it kept blowing off.
In January, 2008, we had the closing, eleven months after signing the purchase order, the house was now ours and was finished except for six issues that still needed fixed. The week after the closing a water pipe between the first and second floor froze then burst. The reason that it froze was the set grew did not join a vent pipe from the basement to the part that came down from the outside through the roof. The two were supposed to be joined between the first floor ceiling and second floor flooring. The part from outside was open and freezing air poured in right beside the water pipe. $27,000 worth of damage and the house went into restoration.
The master bedroom in on the first floor and about 20 feet from the thermostat in the living room, yet our bedroom is 9 - 10 degrees colder than the living room, about 59 degrees in the winter. The master bath is too cold to use the bath tub in the winter.
We have had to reattach roofing, outside trim and siding. General workmanship is poor to fair. I would guess that most of the workers that built this house were poorly trained and not supervised.
One good thing I can say about the house is it appears to be solid and structurally sound.
Thank goodness for the county building inspector.
We would NOT recommend IBS as a possible builder.
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