Single Family Homes (SFH) Frequently Asked Questions

Top questions

How do I know if the land I own or may be purchasing is ok to build a home on?

All Single Family home purchases require a feasibility study prior to completing the purchase. We charge a small fee for this service to make sure things like zoning, setback restrictions, easements or floodplain issues won't impact your ability to obtain a building permit. If you move forward with us after the study is completed, the fee is credited back to your overall purchase price.

How long does it take to get a building permit?

The time it takes to obtain a building permit will vary by location. Many of the time delays in a typical home building process have been mitigated by your selection of a pre-designed model that has been partially reviewed and approved in advance. Your site conditions however must be reviewed to ensure your foundation systems meet local building code. 3-6 months is typical in many jurisdictions. Our team is expertly qualified to push this process as quickly as possible, and with all our resources in house we are well positioned to move through the process efficiently.

Is there anything that can be done to make the permit process go faster?

Many jurisdictions do have a fast track process available. This typically comes with an additional fee that is paid to a “Permit Expeditor”. These are consultants that have strong relationships with local planning and Building departments, and are highly effective in most cases to speed up the process, sometimes by as much as 50%. Results will vary based on the specific circumstances of your project.

How long will it take to install my ikkonic home?

Your home will be delivered and installed in as little as a week, and no more than 2 weeks. This of course does not consider rare acts like extreme weather conditions or natural disasters. If you keep in mind that the home has been completely built and inspected in our factories, and the only work to be done on site is unwrapping, setting and connecting your modules to each other, you can understand how quickly this occurs. Your project manager will carefully walk you through the installation process, as it is truly an exciting day to see your new home arrive!

Getting a model

How long does it take to build an ikkonic ADU Model?

Our production process in unique. The parts of our  frame system are built in advance and assembled in 1-2 days once production starts. The complete build out of your ikkonic model takes 2-3 weeks after frame is complete. Once your production begins it moves through our production line until complete.

What design options are available?

ikkonic models are available in a variety of design packages, which allow for a broad selection of grouped finishes selected by our interior designers. Exterior cladding, flooring and trim colors of fixtures can be interchanged with any package. Upgrade options  are available with all packages. All items available for the model you select will be visible in the design configurator with transparent pricing available upfront.

When is payment due?

A small reservation fee is due once you have approved the design and budget. Once a site analysis has been completed and site costs confirmed, we move to final contract. A formal payment schedule is presented as part of the contract for approval. Payment schedules may vary based on your method of payment, as clients using various forms of financing may have specific lender requirements. We do our best to accommodate lender draw schedules. Cash buyers are presented a specific schedule

How long does it take to receive my ikkonic Home?

Our models are produced on a very strict schedule. You select your production slot at the time of contract signing. We have specific number of production slots available in each month which you choose from. This ensures your model is produced on time. Delivery is scheduled based on your site work completion date. We offer free storage of your model at our fulfillment center for up to 90 days, after which storage fees may apply.


What factors influence the cost of a modular home?

Design complexity, materials, size, and customization options are primary factors, along with site preparation and delivery costs.

Is it cheaper to build a modular home than a traditional home?

Modular homes can be more cost-effective due to efficiencies in construction, but final costs depend on various factors including customization and site work.

Are there ongoing cost benefits to owning a modular home?

Modular homes often have lower maintenance costs and better energy efficiency, leading to savings over time.

Can I finance a modular home the same way as a traditional home?

Yes, financing options are similar, including conventional mortgages, FHA loans, and VA loans.

Do modular homes have good resale value?

Yes, modular homes can have a resale value comparable to traditional homes, especially if well-maintained and located in a desirable area.

Permitting & regulations

What building codes do modular homes adhere to?

Modular homes are subject to state and local building codes, similar to traditional site-built homes.

Are there special zoning considerations for modular homes?

Zoning regulations for modular homes are generally the same as for traditional homes, but it's important to check local ordinances.

Is the permitting process for modular homes different from traditional homes?

The process is similar, involving building permits and possibly other permits depending on the location and scope of work.

How does land zoning affect where I can place a modular home?

Zoning laws dictate where residential structures can be placed, so it's essential to ensure the land is zoned appropriately for a modular home.

Do modular homes require additional inspections compared to traditional homes?

Modular homes undergo factory inspections during construction and may require additional local inspections once installed on-site.


What are the common financing options for modular homes?

Traditional mortgages, FHA loans, VA loans, and construction-to-permanent loans are common options.

How does the loan process for a modular home differ from a traditional home?

The loan process is similar, but construction-to-permanent loans are more common for modular homes to cover both construction and mortgage financing.

Can I use land as collateral for financing a modular home?

Yes, if you own the land, it can often be used as collateral or part of the down payment.

Are interest rates for modular home loans different from traditional home loans?

Interest rates are generally comparable to traditional home loans, but can vary based on the lender and loan type.

What should I consider when choosing a lender for a modular home?

Consider lenders experienced with modular homes who understand their unique construction and financing needs.

Home Value

How do modular homes appreciate over time?

Modular homes typically appreciate similarly to traditional homes, influenced by market conditions, location, and upkeep.

Does the design of a modular home affect its resale value?

Yes, design, along with quality of construction and finishes, can impact resale value.

How does the energy efficiency of modular homes impact long-term value?

Higher energy efficiency can reduce operating costs and make the home more attractive to future buyers, potentially increasing its value.

Can upgrades and renovations increase the value of a modular home?

Yes, like traditional homes, upgrades and renovations, especially in kitchens and bathrooms, can increase a modular home's value.

Prefab vs Site Built

What are the primary advantages of modular homes over site-built homes?

Modular homes offer faster construction, controlled quality, reduced waste, and often better energy efficiency.

Can modular homes be as durable as site-built homes?

Yes, modular homes are built to meet or exceed the same building codes and standards as site-built homes.

How does customization compare between modular and site-built homes?

Modular homes offer a range of customization options, though site-built homes may allow for more unique, architecturally complex designs.

Are there any design limitations with modular homes compared to site-built homes?

While modular homes offer various designs, there may be some limitations due to the transportation and assembly process.

Is the environmental impact of building a modular home different from a site-built home?

Modular homes typically have a lower environmental impact due to efficient construction methods, less waste, and often use of sustainable materials.


Modular Home

A home built in pre-constructed sections (modules) at a factory and then transported and assembled on a permanent site.


The individual sections of a modular home, constructed off-site and assembled on-site to form the complete structure.

On-Site Assembly

The process of putting together pre-constructed modules of a modular home on its permanent foundation.

Permanent Foundation

The stable, ground-based structure on which a modular home is placed, similar to traditional home foundations.

Factory-Built Home

Another term for modular homes, emphasizing their construction in a factory setting.

Building Code Compliance

Adherence to local and state construction standards that modular homes must meet or exceed.

Transportation of Modules

The process of moving the pre-constructed sections of a modular home from the factory to the building site.

Energy Efficiency in Modular Homes

A characteristic of many modular homes, often designed with energy-saving features and materials.

Turnkey Solution

A modular home that is delivered complete and ready for immediate occupation, with all construction, assembly, and finishing work completed.