Wisconsin Custom Built Homes

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the difference between a custom built home and a mobile home??
A: Custom built homes differ from mobile homes in two ways. These homes do not have axles or a frame and must conform to all local building codes.

Other differences are the types of materials used and how they are appraised by banks for lending purposes.

Q: Is there a difference in value?
A: Once assembled, custom built homes are essentially indistinguishable from typical site-built homes and should retain value similarly to the site-built homes.

Q: How are Wisconsin Homes & Stratford Homes built?
A: Wisconsin Homes & Stratford Homes are constructed indoors on assembly lines. Because these homes are built in a factory, materials are stored indoors in a controlled environment, eliminating the effects of weather on the material. The same materials are used in site-built homes.

Q: What codes are used in the building process?
A: The codes that govern the construction of custom built homes are exactly the same codes that govern the construction of site-built homes. All Wisconsin Homes & Stratford Homes are constructed according to the Wisconsin UDC (Uniform Dwelling Code) and International Building Codes (IBC). Also, independent building inspectors are on site to supervise and ensure that the homes are built to required codes.

Q: What does an Energy Star Certified Home mean?
A: The ENERGY STAR label means that your new home has been designed and built to standards well above other homes in the market today. It means better quality, better comfort, and better durability. It also means that your new home is a better value for today, and a better investment for tomorrow. The ENERGY STAR label gives you the peace of mind that your home has undergone a better process for inspections, testing, and verification to ensure that it meets strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Learn more about ENERGY STAR certified new homes at http://www.energystar.gov/newhomes.