• How much does it cost to build a Make It Modular “MiMod” home?

    That depends. How many containers are you using? What type of finish do you desire? Will it have more than one story? Where is it going to be built? What challenges exist? There are many factors that come into play in creating your perfect Make it Modular space, and we have multiple levels of finish out available to meet everyone’s needs and budget. Check out our Models and Pricing page or contact us (info@makeitmodular.com) for more information about your particular MiMod needs.

  • Is financing available for Make It Modular Homes?

    As Make It Modular homes are built to standard IBC/UBC/NBC building codes and beyond, we not only adhere to the codes that most lenders are comfortable with, but our product provides a measure of safety and security that often allows for insurance discounts as well.  While we do use some unique building blocks, and many appraisers and lenders are still becoming familiar with our materials and methods, from an appraiser or lender perspective, MiMods adhere to the same building codes as the “typical” home or a heavy gauge steel/light gauge metal framed home, for which financing IS available. MiMods are NOT Mobile or trailer homes, and most do not fit the “tiny home” criteria either – though as you will see we do offer tiny homes in our custom building section. Our MiMods adhere to the same IBC/UBC/NBC code as a regular “stick-built” home, but for many and various reasons, are a better choice for many, including our planet!

  • What are included in the costs of the MiMod Homes?

    As noted previously, we have three levels of finish out, Basic, Enhanced, and Luxury, as well as custom choices. If you do not already own the land you will place your MiMod on, or if you are not purchasing one of our spec built / on site MiMods, land costs, as well as land preparation costs and utility connections, will be separate. Other expenses could include, but are not limited to:

    Construction soft costs – ex: architectural plans, engineering, and permit fees.

    Construction hard costs – ex: physical costs of fabrication, foundations, construction and installation.

    Materials costs – ex: dry wall, lumber, flooring, electrical supplies, plumbing supplies, Long List!

    Closing costs – ex: points, lender and origination fees, reserves, including taxes and insurance, title and closing fees

    Inspection fees – ex: phase inspections of ground up build, city inspections of ground up builds, and residential or commercial inspections of already built models

    This is not an exhaustive list, but covers many categories, and should serve as a reference/definition list for you.

  • Does Make It Modular build anything besides residential homes?

    Yes! We can build multifamily units, and commercial spaces, storage areas, and swimming pools to name a few. We also have an MIM partner that specializes in Tiny Homes, which you can see under our Models and Pricing page at www.makeitmodular.com. Container based homes is what MIM is known for, but there is much more that container building and MIM can do for you!

  • Is Shipping Container building less expensive than traditional style building?

    Often, but not always. Shipping containers are built to withstand the most extreme conditions and are incredibly sturdy, but cutting into them for customization reduces their stability, and extra engineering tools and techniques must be implemented to retain as much of the structures’ strength and integrity as possible. Make It Modular prides itself in making sure that all of our MIM products conform to rigid safety standards, as well as meeting or exceeding all locally required codes, and a lot of hours and effort go into making sure that happens.

    We can build our MiMods in considerably less time than traditional-style building, and can often fit them into places that traditional buildings may not fit into well. Weather delays don’t affect our building schedules quite as often, and all these things can reduce your final building cost.

    Also, while containers are MIMs main building blocks, other building materials used affect the final price as well. At MIM, we offer three levels of finish out, Basic, Enhanced, and Luxury, as well as our custom line. This allows Make It Modular to offer a product that will fit most anyone’s needs And budget. Another Plus? All of our MiMods are built to Austin Green or better standards, offering their owners extra savings and a smaller carbon footprint, which is better on Your pocket And better for our planet!

  • How long does it take to build a MiMod Design?

    MIM’s fabrication and construction period for our pre-designed models can be as little as three weeks, (after permitting), but vary greatly, depending on the size of the design, level of finish out, lot prep needed, and even weather conditions. The final schedule is also dictated by the governing agencies in the locale we are working in of course, but we work with local permit expediters whenever possible, to assist us in keeping on an efficient schedule, and our contractors are well versed in code, so we streamline the approval processes whenever and wherever we can. That said, after completion of the permitting phase, and preparation of the site, our pre-designed Mods can be ready for move-in as little as three weeks for Minis, and up to four months for our Mondo’s. A full third to half the time (or more!) Less than it takes to build traditional style houses, which is just one of our money saving features!

  • Aside from potential savings from less building costs, and quicker build times, what are some other benefits of Make It Modulars’ buildings/products?

    Building quicker and for less can be a great savings for our MIM clients, but there are other benefits to our MiMods as well. The amazing strength of our Cor-Ten steel building blocks was designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, in fact, many folks build storm shelters out of the same type containers we use as our building blocks (and we can do That for you too)! MIM does everything we can to maintain that strength, and even enhance it, so that our clients end up with a super strong and sturdy home they can depend on.

    Cor-Ten steel is also less appealing to wood destroying insects –  because it’s steel – so major damage from these pests are a lot less likely in MIM’s designs! Mold is also less of a problem with our products, and we take great pains in our design planning to make sure it remains that way.

    MIM insulates our Mods with a plant-based closed-cell spray insulation that gives you ultimate protection for the long term, while taking up minimal room. We offer exterior skin options that allow for extra out-sulation as well, with most skin choices adding to the very low maintenance theme of our buildings, saving both time and money. Adding to all of that, our super insulated roof designs, our ductless split HVAC units, and our energy rated appliances and lighting options, mean our clients receive a product that is not only affordable, but extremely strong and durable, as well as sustainable, and to top it off – we think they are pretty darn beautiful as well!

  • Do you Only use Containers in your building!

    All of our current MiMod designs begin with one trip high cube ISBU containers as their main building blocks for framework, and these ISBU containers make up at least 90% or more of the framework of all current Make It Modular’s designs. In addition to our partners, the Make It Modular team is made up of architects, fabricators, welders, carpenters, engineers, electricians, plumbers, and many other trades persons and staff, who work with a plethora of materials at our fabrication plant, and on site, on an increasing variety of projects, always using as many green and recycled materials as is practical and possible for our builds, and recycling as much as we can, to reduce our waste and our carbon footprint. While many of our current designs are quite modern looking, MIM is able to utilize many exterior and interior materials to create a look that suits you, our client, while giving you all the wonderful advantages of our MIM buildings design features. Don’t see what you like in our pre-design selections? Ask us about creating a custom MIM design of your own with us today! Make It Modular and you – Let’s build something great together!

  • Where does Make It Modular work / deliver ?

    We started in our home base of Austin, Texas, and look to be building on the Texas coastline by Spring of 2017. We currently have the ability to deliver our MiMods anywhere in the US, with plans to develop international delivery by 2019.

  • What considerations can affect the pricing?

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  • How can I learn more?

    Drop us a line or Schedule a visit! We Love to hear from our fans, and welcome all visitors to our shop, where they get to see how we take these boxes outside the box, and take affordable, durable, and sustainable to a new level.

    So call us at (512) 643-3777;

    Email us at: info@makeitmodular.com

    Visit: www.makeitmodular.com

  • Aren't shipping containers like big hot boxes when used to live, work or play in?

    Absolutely not!  The key is INSULATION! There are several options, some “greener” than others, and the newer Ceramic spray insulation is very effective when applied to metal. In fact, if you build a home, office, shelter, storage unit, studio, etc. using Ceramic Insulation spray paint, the structure will probably be more energy efficient than most conventional homes.

  • Why can't I get architectural or CAD drawings from shipping container manufacturers?

    Shipping container manufacturers AND sellers are there to Manufacture and Sell containers. They don’t build homes, and many don’t sell containers to individuals. That’s what Make It Modular is here for! MIM comes with our own Architects and Engineers, and we can make Your container home dreams come true for you!

  • I see big stacks of shipping containers in many locations near us but I am having difficulty buying any of them. Why?

    A lot of folks think the stacks containers they see on lots they drive by are surplus - Not Necessarily! Shipping companies keep reserve inventory on hand so they will be immediately available for their needs, and other industry users of the ISBUs do the same. Hence, when you see all those shipping containers it doesn't mean they are for sale, and often you have to be an identified or registered business to purchase from many carriers as well.

  • What about rust and corrosion? Won't a metal shipping container rust quite easily?

    No. ISBU [Intermodal Steel Building Units] Shipping Containers were designed for ocean shipping, humidity and saltwater. A shipping container is made of a special, non-corrosive Corten steel, that when coated with the Ceramic Insulation paint becomes virtually rust proof (as well as insulated) and also prevents mildew, mold and is highly antiseptic.

  • Do the houses have to look like Cargo Containers?

    Not necessarily! Though some modern designs incorporate the “Industrial” look into their styling.

    Homes built with ISBUs do not have to look like Shipping Containers. The ISBU is the super-structure Shell or frame if you will. It can be covered with any type of cladding the client chooses - wood, stucco, vinyl siding, or anything. As noted though, the Cargo Container look is a style itself, industrial in nature, and some clients will prefer all or part of the home to remain natural, but MIM will work with you to finish it out however you choose!

  • Does my area/city allow Shipping Container homes?

    Due to their affordability, durability, and sustainability, an intelligent planning commission should approve such homes and development. They are already being accepted in many areas, and MIM has worked hard with the areas we work in to gain their approval, and will continue to do so, expanding our reach as we go. An ISBU unit, individual or attached, is already superior to most any building codes. The exterior and interior can be designed to look any way you want, so the visual aspect objection can be removed, as can the construction and strength objections of the product.

  • Are ISBU homes “roomy” enough to comply with building codes?

    Most building codes require at least 8' ceilings, as well as at least 7’ clearance wall to wall in living and bedroom areas. A short cube ISBU is approximately 8’6 tall internally, with high cubes being approximately 9’6, and all are approximately 8’ wide. So yes, the dimensions of the units themselves meet most, if not all building code requirements. Many clients choose one of the MIM designs that allows for multiple units open to each other side by side, which gives a much larger and open feeling to the design, and far exceeds code for “roominess”.

  • I have read that an Container Homes made from ISBUs can be hurricane/ severe weather proof. Is that true?

    From the ISBU container makers: Container-based ISBU Homes, in either single or multiple connected units, are built to withstand 100 MPH winds on a foundation, or 175 MPH winds when anchored with pylons, which is the way we build most of our MiMod Models. So, Yes – extremely solid in Tornados or Hurricanes.

  • Is an ISBU Home Earthquake proof?

    Also From the ISBU Makers themselves: “Basically yes. Even in a direct hit, the structure may possibly roll around a little, but certainly not collapse. It would be the most perfect safety cocoon in an Earthquake. It would be at least 100 times safer and stronger than a conventional housing structure. ...in any earthquake, I’d rather be in an ISBU constructed home or office.”

  • Why a MiMod container home product?

    If the extreme weather reasons didn’t give you enough reason - Shipping container modules are the most logical structure base for multiple reasons. Below are just a few more.

    - Affordable: Lower cost per square foot than other base structures.

    - Durable: Strongest structure. Stronger than wood, concrete, and even stronger than normal steel buildings.

    - Sustainable Eco Green structures: they are 85% recycled steel, and fully recyclable if demolished.

    - Energy Efficiently: The metal is so cohesive to the Ceramic Insulation paints (as well as other green insulating options) they are #1 in energy efficiency.

    - Eco Wise: recycling these readily available containers reduces the extreme surplus of Shipping Containers being stored near our harbors, ports beaches and even inland cities.

  • I recently bought a work shed at a big box store for a storage/ office space. Are your MiMod products a better solution?

    Many of those type products are very strong and economical. However, depending on what you want to do with it, and how you want to finish it out, for the same or similar price you could have a MiMod model, and easily add whatever modifications you like. You can even finish the exterior to match up to your home, and the look will be the same, but your ISBU Shed/Office will be 100 times stronger and more Theft-proof too! Could potentially be the building that survives an extreme weather event as well, so seems like an easy choice to us!