(Division of Commodore Homes)
4 Pennwest Way State Road 38
Emlenton, PA 16373
Website: Pennwest Homes Website
Pennwest Homes Description:
(Division of Commodore Homes)
"...bringing together the latest home-building technologies, a dedicated management team, and an experienced builder network. Innovative designs, and the ability to customize your home, provide our homeowners an affordable way to build a truly quality home..."
Providing these building styles:
Providing modular homes and buildings in:
- Ranch modular homes
- Colonial modular homes
- Cape Cod modular homes
CT, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VA, VT, WV
|How Long in Business||2005|
|Yearly Avg. Number of Homes (Est.)||200-300
|Professional Organizations/Affiliations||MHI (Manufactured Housing Institute)|
(Architects & Draftsmen)
|Draftsmen are available|
|Builder Network||Over 40|
|Location of Factories||Emlenton, PA|
|How to Buy a Home||Only available through independent builders and general contractors|
|Building Materials||Wood, brick, steel and metal|
|Energy Efficiency||Fiberglass insulation|
|Construction Timeframe||4-7 weeks|
|Customization Flexibility||Full customization is available|
|Amount of Floorplans||Over 50 online floorplans|
|Avg. Cost per Square Foot||$100-$140|
|Avg. Transportation Costs||Depends on final site|
|Avg. Placement Costs||Depends on location|
|Site Preparation||Handled by independent builder|
|Garage/Deck Availability||Garages and decks can be supplied|
|Possible to Addon to Existing Home||Not offered|
|Guarantees||One year of coverage on workmanship, and ten years of coverage on major structural components|
|Number of Factory Inspections||Dependent on final delivery location|
|Number of Building Site Inspections||Performed by builder network|
|Information Package||Information available online|
|Editor's Rating ||
|Editorial Review||Pennwest Homes is a modular home provider for the Commodore Homes network. Their homes are above average with high building specifications. This division may be relatively new but Commodore has a long reputation of quality at fair prices. We think that home buyers near Pennsylvania will enjoy the Pennwest Homes. Our mystery shopper reports their website is professional looking but is a little light on content. We are impressed with their very high BBB rating. That should make any potential home buyer feel more comfortable doing business with Pennwest Homes.|
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Personal Reviews of Pennwest Homes
Jen from Salem, Nj
We have had our Pennwest home for seven years now and just decided to have hardwood put in our home. They came to install it and told us because of our sub floor, we cannot have hardwood put in. Ive been doing some research and apparently we have particle board as our subfloor which is a product not even made to be used as a main subfloor! You would think they knew this or would at least present us the option of having a normal sub floor put in. At no point did they tell us that particle board is the base product they use if we don't choose an upgrade. Im furious. I can't put in the floors I'd like and now I'm wondering what kind of problems will I have down the road?
Runkle from Felton PA
We also have issues with cold air blowing through our house. The insulation is very poor. We had replaced a window and hired a private contractor in our area, he was blown away at how little insulation was around our window. I held a candle up to our kitchen windows above the sink, the flame could hardly stay still from the air blowing through. I have since went to Lowes and purchased a hand held instrument to read the air flow around our windows. We had a 10 to 15 degree difference from different areas temperature wise. Our moldings throughout the house are so smeared with caulk, we have been replacing moldings one room at a time. Wish I could put a picture on here of all the caulk smeared on the walls and moldings. Some walls though out the house have an orange peel effect from the primer being sprayed in the factory. We can't paint over it, it seems to show through making the walls look as if we can't paint. Steps to the upstairs have pieces of wood missing from the step itself in the corners. They put carpet over the step to cover the missing pieces of wood. All electrical sockets and electrical switches are not put on straight. Some of the light switches when turned on have an electrical buzz or throw a spark. Wood I recommend Penn West Homes... Nooooo!!! We have had this company back to our home numerous times to fix things, I finally told them don't even step into my home with a tube of caulk!!! I'm tired! And Tired of there run around!
Lisa Belokur from Candor NY
Sloppy workmanship, peeling molding from day 1 -they replaced quite a bit of it the first month but it is everywhere we will have to replace it all. The staircase has gaps in between the spindles and the entire paint job has been peeling I can't wipe anything down without it flaking. Sloppy drywall application leaking garden tub -if you buy one make sure you check all your outlets immediately they wired our great room all wrong and the kitchen was not done right either - they came to fix it. The sub floor was never level and the kitchen cabinets will have to be painted because the maple has aged and turned more orange over the past 5 years the veneer on the sides don't! They are still blond like they were 5 years ago - I am very frustrated and wish we had stick built our home - we would have had better quality and I wouldn't be faced with replacing all my moulding this summer and staircase spindles.
Penny Mitchell from Maine
We purchased a swiss chalet styled home in 2006. After reading the other remarks I am realize my problems are not due to "this is new house for us". We had to replace the fireplace, (Penn West did agree to replacing it with another of the same brand), we have had to replace the kitchen facuets, the tile around the counters, replace the framing of the doors, replace a basement door, (apparently they put a door to small for the frame and boarded it up to match, thus we replaced the basement doors, but the worse is the draft in the winter. Penn West told us it most likely (most being the operative word) the insulation. We paid over 1,200 to reinsulated the entire top of the house. Cold days, cold draft. Being retired it cost us way to much to make our home comfortable. Is it Pennwest, or the company builders I do not know, but I wish someone somewhere can tell me how to get rid of the draft.
Judy from Emporium, PA
We built a Penn West home in 2006, and the finished work is terribly poor quality. The lack of pride has just really bothered us. We built a Modular home to avoid any more stress on us, as this was a house built to replace one we lost in a fire. The leaks, cracks, unfinished insulation, carpeting, dry wall and paint all over, marks on the woodwork, unfinished cupboards, BROKEN bath tub that was delivered that way, and remains broken today, the pipes that were NOT even connected and much more, are just simply SAD to us. The customer service from Welcome Home Center was great, and they tried their best to help, but PENN WEST simply seems to really only care about quantity and NOT quality. If you want to remain in business, please get on the men and women who are building, check on them, encourage them to take pride in AMERICA and in their jobs. WE are better than this Ladies and Gentleman. I want to see you succeed, but sloppy work is very disappointing. If my husband was not able to FIX all the mistakes, we would be out a fortune. Sorry to be a downer, but this is an honest review and I sure hope it helps.
Walter from Crab Orchard WV
We just bought model HS160-A18 a 2 story 1852 sq ft home. The dry wall and painter that the dealer brought in were very bad and that is being nice. The people that came in form Pennwest even said so. They had dry wall mud and white primer on wood work and all the flooring even counter tops . The Pennwest people were a big help in cleaning up the mess. My complaint is none of my phone jacks or TV cable jacks work. The Dealer says that all the wires were cut while putting the house together. I really do not want cable and phone lines running up the outside of my $189,000 home.
Walter Bragg from Crab Orchard WV
We just bought model HS160-A18 a 2 story 1852 sq ft home. The dry wall and painter that the dealer brought in were very bad and that is being nice. The people that came in form Pennwest even said so. They had dry wall mud and white primer on wood work and all the flooring even counter tops . The Pennwest people were a big help in cleaning up the mess. My complaint is none of my phone jacks or TV cable jacks work. The Dealer says that all the wires were cut while putting the house together. I really do not want cable and phone lines running up the outside of my $189, 000 home. :-(
Lisa from Berlin, PA
We have had serious dissapointment with out home since purchasing it in 2006. We have moisture problems with the windows, that they blame on us. They just keep putting a band aid on it and have never remedied the problem. Last winter they came to our home and ripped up part of the attic floor and found mold and moisture. They put vent holes in part of the floor and treated the mold and have never returned. We have no insulation or floor boards put back over the removed part of the floor. The drywall is poorly done in many parts of the house. The ceiling is where it is most noticeable. There is glue on the linoleum in the main bath that I have yet to get fully removed. We have NOT recommended a Pennwest Home on many occassions. We have been told the problems lie within the way we heat our home and built the foundation. Shame on Pennwest for passing the blame and not stepping up and helping someone trying to make their new home a happy one!
Lynn and Gary from Thompson Pa.
My husband and I researched stick built and modular homes for three years. After all our research we decided on a modular home which we purchasaed from Interstate Homes in Harpursville New York. The manufacturer was Penn West, the style Walton. The house was completed in 2009. The quality, appearance and livability is great. We have had nothing but compilments on it. Another family on our lake like it so much and was so impressed with the construction and quality they are buliding one also from Interstate Homes (Penn West) simmular to ours. Neal out of Interstate Homes was our main contact person. He was great, always there when we needed him and responding ASAP. His crew were very professional and the quality of their workmanship was nothing but the best. Hats off the Interste Homes and all involved. Thank you Penn West for designing a great house for us. We love it.
Scott from Maine
Has anyone notcied that every single response from PennWest on a complaint blames the customer. I guess Pennwest is perfect and doesn't make any mistakes. Well at least they will spin it and blame thier CUSTOMERS.
Lori Osterhout from Tyrone Pa
Seems like a consistent theme in all the problems with homes. I am a licensed contractor and am engaged to the buyer of this home. She bought this as a single working mother and to me it seems Pennwest and Valley homes sold her a bill of goods.The list of issues is long on a house that is 3 years old Floor was bad tried to fix, but ending up pulling up the majority of it and replacing.Garden Tub in bathroom leaked under tub causing mold and counter damage, finally repaired. Which they are proud of saying "we fixed it though" .Much of the molding was not attached or installed correctly and I have since fixed these issues Heat does not work properly and is poorly set up one rooms hot and other rooms are cold.Came and put in "crossovers" but did not eliminate problem. Home was to have solid doors as per contract and all are cheap hollow doors. Windows were to be tilt in top and bottom, but only bottom window tilts Original door replaced due to defective sidelghts holding vapor was replaced with same defective door that now has same problem as well as leaded glass insert leaks and has a gap. Multiple calls made and was told that Philips door the made the door went out of business, o there is nothing we can do. Talked to service manger Rick and told him if he replaced door I would install at no charge, seemed reasonable to me but to no avail. Replacing with the same door that is a poor quality door and expecting different results seems like a poor solution. As the saying goes Let the buyer beware. Structural warranty does not cover window or doors.If you are willing to buy poor quality and workmanship this is the place.Read the other low rating reviews and see what the theme in service is. The above guarantee lists 10 years on major structural components, as a builder I find doors floors and windows, etc to be MAJOR STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS.I have nothing against modular homes and there are some distinct advantages to stick built , but my advice is look out of the 14 reviews including this one 6 give them 1-2 stars 8 give them 3 or better in my book that's a 57% success rate and that;'s a failing grade
Cathy from walton ny
My husband and i love our pennwesyt home our builder was interstate homes in harpersville ny our salesmen was neil and i have to say he was very helpful and always returned our calls. His drywaller was the best and i dont think dollar for dallor no way can you beat it. try to build a 2 story cape for 130 thousand. we love our home and all i can say is make sure you choose a quality builder
Greg Cunningham from Mannington, WV
We purchased the Pennwest, Lexington II and have been very happy with the appearance, livability, and quality of the home. Recently, our area experience some extremely adverse winter weather and today makes the sixth day my family has been without power. Due to the quality workmanship and overall quality of the design and materials put into our home by Pennwest my family has remained both SAFE and comfortable. Even with the temperatures dropping into the single digits and low teens we have been able to heat the entire house with only one (small) propane heater. In fact, we have been able to keep the downstairs at a constant 63F and the upstairs as high as 67F. Not one single water line has frozen and nowhere in the home have we experienced any sweating or cold related damages. People talk bad about modular homes but we have standing proof that if you purchase from the right builder such as Pennwest you will have a home of substantial quality. In fact, I challenge any stick built home owner to turn their power off completely in the dead of winter and see if they can maintain that home with a single propane heater. A big thanks to the folks at Pennwest Homes, because of your dedication to provide an above quality home my family has been safe and sound in the worst of conditions.
Linda from West Virginia
Poor quality, poor workmanship. The painter we hired said it was one of the worst drywall jobs he had ever seen. The flooring was put down wrong so it has to be replaced, as mentioned by a previous buyer there are some outlets that don't work and switches that are wired wrong. We upgraded our cabinets and I'm telling you I would hate to see the "standard". The drawer slides are the old fashioned metal and roller ones that were in my 34 year old home that I sold to buy this expensive, poorly built house. I wish it was like buying from Walmart (if it doesn't meet your expectations return it), but alas this is not the case. Buyers of Penn West Moduler homes beware.
Response from Todd Griffith at Pennwest Homes
Pennwest uses KCMA cabinet construction, which means they meet the certification requirements from the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association as well as the ANSI (American National Standards Institute).
Doug from Zanesville, OH
My wife and I searched for homes for over two years before we decided which one to buy. Penn West had awesome kitchens and bathrooms. The home we chose has more cabinets and countertop space than the stick house my brother had built. We were unsure as to who to buy from so we talked to our salesperson if we could visit their factory. We visited two factories and were very impressed with the Penn West factory. They took us onto the production line to see for our selves how they are built. Then we saw two model homes that were set up there. They explained how service on the home would be handled between the dealer we were buying from and Penn West would be handled.
After our home was set up we were disappointed because it didn't look like the model homes we had toured at the dealership and Penn West. It seemed to lack the quality we remembered about Penn West. We called our salesperson to complain and go over the list of crappy workmanship. He explained that it was normal and that we should make a list and send it in so that their servicemen could "fine tune" the home. After a couple trips by them and one by Penn West almost all the items were taken care of.
We went with modular because we saw what my brother went through building his home. This was not an easy process at all but looking back on it we are happy with our home.
My advice if you are considering a modular home - visit the plant it is built out of.
John Davis from Harpursville, N.Y.
My wife and I looked for a home for two years. We wanted somthing we would be proud of and happy with. I looked at a lot of homes and talked to a lot of people. when we found our dream home I looked to the internet sites to view the comments others have posted about there experience with Pennwest homes. Thankfully we chose to buy a pennwest home. We experienced some hurdles along the way but in the end we love our home the service department at pennwest is very helpfull and friendly Steve Anderson and Rick Beichner are quick to respond when we had an issue the contractor was very professional
Patrick Shinn from mill hall pa
Well where should i start?hmmmmm....... first off i would like to tell everyone that is thinking about buying a pennwest home check with the BBB BEFORE COMMITTING YOURSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!the service department are all a bunch of morons!!!!! the fact of the matter is that they dont care after the dealer you buy from pays them.we have had numerous problems hvac/flooring/stairs/carpet/mb shower and now the newest is the floor joists!!!!!i have contracted outside engineers and builders and my own building inspector to come in and evaluate my my flooring issues and they all agree the floor joists are crowned wrong!!!! so the solution is to replace them and the factory is denying to reimburse me the 23,0000 dollars its going to cost me.well sadly but true they will pay one way or another.we have even gone as far as contacting the owner of the commodore corp. and we get nowhere.they have paid me off on the heating system cause of the proof they gave me as to how its suppose to perform and my engineer test reports show it will never perform to what its suppose to be!!!!!!so here again im out 20,000 to fix the problem.this will be the 5th time my kitchen and nook are being ripped up.we have been complaining about this since the day we moved in in nov.07.so we will see where this goes.if i dont get results from them we will have to go further!!!!!!!
Response from Todd Griffith at Pennwest Homes
Pennwest has work orders signed by the customer from 12/2007 through 03/2009 that says repairs have been made to their satisfaction. Home built August 2007
SUE STANTON from DEPOSIT NY
When we first realized that we had a problem I was very concerned that I would have to fight or have legal issues getting this taken care of. We made 1 phone call to Penn West and within 2 weeks a contractor had contacted us and explained what they were going to do to fix the problem. When the same issue came about again then I was really concerned that it was going to be addressed, once again we made 1 phone call and within approx the same time frame the contractor contacted us and at this point taking care of the issue. I am very pleased to say that this company in my mind is the best to do business with and have stood behind everything they said they would. The contractors are very neat, very pleasant and very quick. I looked at alot of homes before buying this one and I am greatful that I chose Penn West.
Scott Harris from Cape May, NJ
My wife and I purchased a Penn West home through Patriot Home Sales in PA. WE have been living in the house now for four months, with few issues that have been taken care of by Penn West or Patriot Home in a timely matter. The house is everything we expected. Penn West had great flexibility with the floor plan and options for a great price. Penn West Homes had some of the best standard features then what we found from many other modular home companies. One thing I do recommend which we did do was purchase the heating and air conditioning through a separate contractor, due to the heating and air conditioning supplied through Penn West is insufficient. My wife and I can not be any more pleased with our home so far and I would recommend a Penn West Home to any one looking to buy a modular home.
Heather from Pennsylvania
We have lived in our home for three months now. No MAJOR problems so far but numerous disappointments in the quality of the home. Alot of the work done from drywall to tile floors looks very poor. In all honesty it does not look like it was done by a professional at all! There is a big problem with quality control. Alot of the work looks sloppy. Dripping paint marks, patchy drywall, missing trim around cabinets, crooked vents, light switches and sockets, sloppy grout work. I could go on and on. We will see how it gets resolved with service coming back again. Pennwest has sent one service man out and he was not impressive at all. He tried to remove glue they got on the carpet by spraying WD40 and cutting it out. He wanted me to accept that. They really wanted to get out of replacing the carpet that was stained with glue before we even moved in. I don't think so. So needless to say, we are less than impressed at this point. Manufactured housing does not have to be cheap and sloppy! I do however remain optomistic that we will get our issues resolved.
Jason from Harrisburg, PA
We couldn't be happier with our new home. Our builder gave us the flexibility to modify the plan to meet the needs of our family. The standard features of the Pennwest surpassed any other home we researched in the market. How can they put that much in the home for the price? Who cares? We got what we wanted, and we love it.
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