Modular Home Manufacturers & Builders Directory
Haven Custom HomesCLOSED
1302 Concourse Drive, Suite 202
Linthicum, MD 21090
email: [email protected]
Haven Custom Homes Description:
"...Haven Homes has been a manufacturer of quality modular homes since 1970. When you work with a local home builder to purchase a manufactured home, we can build a custom modular home for your project or you can choose from one of our existing modular home designs..."
Providing these building styles:
- Ranch modular homes
- Colonial modular homes
- Cape Cod modular homes
- Contemporary modular homes
Providing modular homes and buildings in:
CT, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT, WV
|How Long in Business||1970|
|Yearly Avg. Number of Homes (Est.)||350|
|Professional Organizations/Affiliations||NAHB, HBA of MD|
(Architects & Draftsmen)
|In house design staff and partner architects|
|Builder Network||Over 100 builders|
|Location of Factories||Wingate, PA and Selinsgrove, PA|
|How to Buy a Home||Available through builder network and in some areas direct from factory|
|Building Materials||Wood construction|
|Energy Efficiency||Energy Star Partner|
|Construction Timeframe||6 to 16 weeks|
|Customization Flexibility||Full customization is available|
|Amount of Floorplans||Over 185 online floorplans|
|Avg. Cost per Square Foot||$110-$150|
|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||Yes it is possible to add onto existing homes|
|Guarantees||A comprehensive ten-year warranty on construction furnished by The Residential Warranty Corporation covers every new Haven home leaving our factory.|
|Delivery Range||Northeastern United States|
|Number of Factory Inspections||Upon completion|
|Number of Building Site Inspections||Handled by builder|
|Information Package||Information available on their website.|
|Editorial Review||Haven Homes has stopped accepting new orders for its two modular home divisions. Due to the current poor economy and low demand for new construction they are temporarily closing their factories. Their factory in Wingate built modular homes for their Presidential Line which are upscale and fully customized homes. Their factory in Selinsgrove built their Classic Line which is only semi-customized but much more affordably priced. To say that Haven Homes built good homes is an understatement. They can build custom floorplans for upscale clients looking for mansions and they can also build solid long lasting mid-range homes. They are one of the few operations to have experience building million dollar mansions with modular technology. They are known for high quality solutions and have a good reputation amongst the builders we interviewed. Our mystery shopper was happy with the easy time dealing with them.|
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Personal Reviews of Haven Custom Homes
Our house features a number of green features including affordable energy efficiency, "right sizing" about 2400 square feet - we downsized from our last house based on what we actually use - very efficient use of space; latest in coastal design - built to hold up to harsh plum island winter weather with minimal maintenance, reverse floor plan or "nantucket style" where bedrooms are on the first floor & great room on second to take advantage of water views; building smart to prevent beach erosion/flooding issues which are common in this area; and planning ahead -- space allocated for future elevator which we might need as we get older & our house was planned for solar panels to be easily added in near future. We also followed many environmental rules for Plum Island.
Haven's kitchen designer was fantastic - she maximized a smaller open kitchen design & planned for two kids who love to cook.
We did a site-built house about 10 years earlier, and we have extensively renovated two older houses that we rent out - but nothing compares with our experience with Haven & modular design. We tell everyone to go modular. We extensively researched & considered a number of high-quality modular companies but Haven Homes was the only company who offered beautifully designed houses that you really couldn't tell were modular. I think everyone expected we'd end up with a cheap, boxy, cookie cutter house & they are pleasantly surprised with our results.
We would also defy anyone to pick our house out of a police lineup as the "unconventional" one. We achieved open plan (including two story volumes), copious fenestration, 100% custom design (our own), and we incorporated many "green" and accessible design elements. Our only physical constraints were those imposed by transporting the modules from plant to site, and we were able to work within those constraints to no disadvantage. The six modules were produced during the same two week period the foundation was being placed, and the modules were set in place in four and a half hours. The crane was visible for miles. We did have to remove two trees (one of which would have been removed for other reasons anyway) in order for the modules to be set.
The Post story mentions how the whole neighborhood turned out to observe. We had the same experience; if we had been selling hot dogs and beer, we could have defrayed a significant portion of the cost. One little girl told her grandfather (a retired engineer from Auburn) that she wanted to go to the ice cream place, and he told her to go talk to her grandmother; he wasn't going anywhere. A Canadian family postponed a visit to historic nearby Beaufort to observe the setting of the modules.
The Post story also mentions that some lenders are reluctant to finance modular homes, but we had outstanding service from Wells Fargo. We joke that we got the last construction loan in North America in the fall of 2008 when the economy was in a nosedive. The Post story further mentions that because so much of the entire product is generated in the space of a couple of weeks, many decisions which are made in the course of the construction phase must be made upfront. We felt a little pressured at the time, but in retrospect, it was a blessing that we got 90% of the decisions behind us in short order and could go on with our personal and professional lives at a 600 mile distance. The modules were delivered with the bathrooms and kitchen in place and the gas fireplace and pendant light fixture in the dining area already installed. Exterior and some interior finishes were applied in situ.
The internet was an invaluable tool, both for making product selections (and conveying them to Haven), and for making furniture and artwork selections later. We also joke that it has taken us 27 years to furnish and decorate our primary home and that we furnished and decorated the Hilton Head home (with Donna's sister Michelle's generous assistance) in 27 days. Days trump years any time.
We did have a few bumps (not unexpected) along the way, but our overall experience was almost entirely positive, and if we ever have the opportunity to do a custom home again, we would do it the same way.
We discovered Haven almost by accident (through the internet) after corresponding with other modular builders who were singularly poor marketers of their product. It helped that Haven does emphasize custom design and that one of their plants was only 45 miles away from our site. We had done a lot of advance research including a trip to the National Homebuilders Show in Orlando (2007) which had a full scale outdoor modular exhibit (including a modular Katrina House), and that we were committed to a non-conventional solution so that we could live what we preach as architects. We feel that we have achieved what was almost out of reach for us, and that it was probably our only opportunity to do it. Nothing like a stretch at the beginning of the worst economy in several decades to get the juices flowing.
Hope you enjoy the Post story and that it doesn't sound repetitive,
Kenny and Donna
The house was set by Haven and was two inches out of square which caused a problem with all the interior walls that were supposed to line up. Haven refused to correct the set and after 6 weeks of arguing agreed to patch up the misalignment. My builder had to argue with them over everything and it was not resolved until he contacted the President of the company.
Getting their service guy here was like pulling teeth and when he came, he did the least possible amount and had to be called back several times. I have since contacted them and even met with them to resolve some of the issues concerning the design and contruction and ultimate Set of this house. They have since decided to not talk to me and thus reinforce my preliminary concern with Haven Homes.
The house was ordered on Febuary 17, 2006, not set until June 1, 2006 and the Certificate of Ocupancy not issued until January 25, 2007. A total of 11 months.
I would suggest any one considering building a Haven Home to contact me first.
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