IA/WI dealer recomendations
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We bought property in 2000 (17 acre) with a trailorhome on it with the plans to build in 5-6 years. We are getting closer to that time and I am getting itchy for my new home. He says it will still be a couple years as he is just getting a new business off the ground-but I say it will happen b/f the twins enter school(2 1/2yr now). We already have a septic and water, built in 95, So we are good there.
So it is time to start researching. We have batted back an forth whether to build ourselves, or go modular. His dad built a beautiful cabin out of cedar logs (he logged himself)about 7 years ago, that is one way to go, but I don't think he is up to the task again-especially one 2-3 times as big. So...we are leaning toward the modular natural wood siding or log look. I think Prairie du Chein has 3 different dealers (Design homes, All American homes, and ?. Dubuque has some as well - I have plans to visit the one at Dyersville off 20-I've been drooling over their display home as I drive by occasionally-it is very similar to what I envision here but maybe a diff size-I'm not even sure which co. it is-there are so many near here that they blur together. I pass sections en rout every day on the roads. Back at my parents west of Des Moines, people are putting up new mansions all over the place in the country. My jaw hit the floor when my mom told me they were modular. It is amazing what they can do.
Any advise on some of these midwest companies?
Also any advise on withstanding storms-my hubby says he doesn't think we can build a basement. We live on carst topography, and the site is a long, though gradual, slope. I suggested if we can't dig down, maybe build up on the front side for a walkout basement-unfortunaty that would face wrong for storms-west-but better than nothing.