Why TruHome?

With TruHome, our team has done all the planning, strategizing and fine-tuning. We’ve stripped away the unknowns, surprises and scope-creep typical in new construction, and put together a suite of classic, sophisticated homes built for longevity with timeless finishes and fixtures—going well beyond “builder grade.”

Cost Savings

Our TruHome clients realize cost savings in a number of ways.

  • Choosing from our curated floorplans reduces costs for planning, labor and materials.
  • High efficiency and fast turnaround can save thousands on your construction loan.
  • The building envelope has been value-engineered, freeing up funds for higher-end finishes.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Every TruHome is designed as a “tight envelope”. That means from the overall floorplan and window configuration to the heating and cooling systems, we’ve set the bar very high for energy efficiency. With less air leakage, TruHome owners enjoy more consistency and comfort with indoor temperatures.

TruHomes are also built to be solar-ready. So, during construction or even a few years out, you can install a home solar system as a hedge against rising energy costs.

Quality materials, better for the environment

With TruHome, we’ve chosen our parts and building materials not only for their performance and durability, but also because they have a lower environmental impact.

  • Homes are electricity-based: no fossil fuel-fired mechanical equipment is used.
  • Materials are low VOC and have low carbon content to support clean indoor air quality.
  • Much of our materials feature high recycled content.

Upgraded Finishes

TruHome finishes, including siding, flooring and hardware, have been upgraded from traditional building stock. With our volume pricing, you get premium quality for less. And within our packages, you can choose to upgrade select finishes even further.

TruHome FAQs

How do I know if a TruHome is right for me?

When you choose TruHome, you’re getting a home that’s already been figured out by professionals who, over the course of 42 years, have been there, troubleshooted that. A TruHome has been problem-solved and fine-tuned to offer a home with more expensive features for less. That’s because it’s a cost-effective, repeatable process with materials and fixtures we can keep in stock.

TruHome is a great fit for empty-nesters looking to downsize, young couples who want a better quality home than they might otherwise be able to afford…or anyone who wants a long lasting, durable home that’s ready for building when you are.

Are there options in a TruHome?

Most of the finishes in a TruHome have been pre-selected with partner Vendors.    See here for standard TruHome specs. We do have a few upgrade options: 

  • All-hardwood or tile floors
  • Hardwood stairs
  • Tile showers
  • Standing seam roof
  • Granite kitchen countertops
  • Granite and quartz vanity tops
  • Dettson Chinook heating system
  • Walkout basement  

We can also add porches, decks, and garages.    

Are there customizable features within a TruHome?

We allow some site modifications to a TruHome. It can be flipped, we can swap locations of existing windows and doors, and we can add windows as long as it doesn’t significantly impact the design or sizing of the mechanical equipment.   

What’s the difference between TruHome and a Stock Home?

A TruHome is pre-packaged. The floorplans, building envelope, and finishes have already been determined and they’re ready to go. Building a Stock Home is more like a “choose your own adventure” experience. You start with one of 75 stock floorplans, and choose your finishes from a robust list of available options.

What’s the difference in quality between a TruHome and a traditional site-built home?

Any builder can be hired to build any product—we all build with studs, sheetrock, and cabinets. But Huntington Homes’ approach is to leverage off-site construction to drive value to you. We translate some of this value into upgrades in finishes, building envelope, and mechanicals. Because our shop-built homes are more predictable overall (a streamlined process and controlled environment unaffected by weather), they can be built for lower cost. 

We often hear (good) local builders quoting homes in the $250 – $350/sf range. A TruHome is +/- $200/sf.  When you calculate figures on a 2,000sf home that is a $100,000 – $300,000 difference.

What’s the difference between Modules with Set Crew and Turnkey?

Modules with Set Crew is where we supply the module components for your project, and you work with a local General Contractor for all site work and onsite “button-up” phase. A Modules with Set Crew package is available anywhere we build. 

Turnkey is where Huntington Homes acts as the full General Contractor from start-to-finish. Turnkey Packages are available in Northern Vermont and the Upper Valley of New Hampshire.  

How much does a TruHome cost ?

We have worked really hard to keep quality high and costs down on a TruHome.   Our team has value engineered the designs, and worked with our vendors to select quality products.

A Modules with Set Crew Package will run $130 – $145/sf depending on model.    This assumes normal delivery (ie, not an Island).    See the attached links for TruHome Specs in a Modules with Set Crew Package,   and also Scope of Work / Responsibilities of the onsite Contractor.

A Turnkey Package will run $190 – $215/sf depending on model.   This assumes normal delivery (ie, not an Island).    See attached TruHome Specs in a Turnkey Package.

 

Are TruHomes considered “green”?

While there are many definitions of green, TruHomes are deliberately designed with consideration for embodied energy and future energy use. As we curated our materials, we eliminated plastic and vinyl where possible. Many interior materials are recycled and/or low-VOC. Wherever possible, we’ve tried to source US made building products (sheetrock, insulation, trim, millwork, flooring). 

The mechanical systems we use for TruHome, while not low-load, are fossil fuel-free. For homeowners who want to lower their carbon footprint (as low was Zero Net Energy), TruHomes are solar panel ready.*

*There is a tipping point where more solar panels are less expensive than more insulation.

Does the resale value of a TruHome differ from other homes?

Modular homes, in general, do not appraise differently than site-built homes. And more frequently, we’re seeing Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index scores making their way into real estate listing sheets. These scores rate a home’s energy efficiency and give prospective buyers a way to assess and compare future energy use. A TruHome will generally have a high rating and can have a perfect HERS score if solar panels are added.

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