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First of Five Modular Hoosier Homes now Occupied

September 5th, 2013 Comments off

Updating a story MHProNews initially developed July, 1, 2013 regarding the siting of the first of five modular homes by Indy Mod Homes in Indianapolis, builder Ursula David, in her first foray into the modular home industry, has moved into the home, according to ibj.com. Sited just northeast of downtown Indianapolis, the home has two bedrooms, an office, two bathrooms, a living room and a dining room, an office and a basement. David has another home sold and plans to build a third on spec. At 1,500 to 2,000 square feet, the homes start at $300,000 and can be customized beyond that. AXIS Architects of Indianapolis designed the home, and Bristol, Indiana-based Hi-Tech Housing, Inc. built it. She told MHProNews: “I own the land, but when they sign a contract to purchase the home, they buy the land as well.” She owns four lots several blocks away on which she intends to build modular homes as well.

(Photo credit, top: Matthew J. Silver; bottom photo: ibj.com–modular home in Indianapolis)

Corporate Modular Homes Building in North Dakota

May 8th, 2013 Comments off

According to Easier.com, the continuing housing shortage in western North Dakota due to the Bakken Formation oil boom has led to another player in housing market development. Property Horizons Director and Founding Partner Robert Gavin explains, “There are 15,000 oil workers and rising in North Dakota. Many have families who are unable to join them due to the lack of accommodation. In Williston, one of the flash points for the crisis, Property Horizons is now offering 174 luxury modular single family homes, each with its own acre of land.” The Horizons Ridge development is offering three and four bedroom homes with two and three bathrooms, basements and garages with prices ranging from $270,000 to $350,000. Gavin says investors can realize returns of 13-15% for corporate tenants. MHProNews has learned Property Horizons, based in the United Kingdom, is a professional property investment group with 100,000 clients worldwide, and its current U.S. office is in Williston, ND.

(Photo credit: Associated Press–modular mancamp in Williston, ND.)

New Modular Housing for Migrants

March 13th, 2013 Comments off

Updating a story MHProNews posted Feb. 4, 2013 regarding the need for new housing for migrant workers, the salemnews reports from Peabody, Mass. Mayor Ted Bettencourt is asking the city council to quickly approve $180,000 to construct a new modular housing facility for the Jamaican employees who tend and harvest apples from the city-owned Brooksby Village. In a letter to the council the mayor says, “The city relies heavily on farm workers in the federal H-2A temporary agriculture program to operate the farm. To ensure continued participation in the program, it is extremely important that we provide housing that will comply with the requirements of the program.” The new modular building would measure 28 feet by 48 feet, and would accommodate eight people in the four sleeping areas as well as a central kitchen, living space and bathrooms. The program began 23 years ago and some of the same workers have been coming the entire time.

(Photo credit: KBS Systems of Maine–modular duplex)

State: MHC Sold Unlivable Home

January 24th, 2013 Comments off

DesertDispatch reports from Barstow, Calif. in San Bernardino County a factory-built home sold to a family at the Hacienda Mobile Home Park was alleged to have black mold, running sewage, an open electrical panel and a leaking water heater. Deemed uninhabitable by the Dept. of Housing and Community Development, Hacienda was cited for selling a substandard housing unit and has 30 days to repair the damaged home before trying to sell it again. MHProNews has been informed the Dept. of Housing noted 16 violations, including holes in the floor in two bathrooms, two bedrooms, a hallway and water heater compartment. The community manager claims the family inflicted the damage to get out of the contract.

(Photo credit: Brooke Self/desertdispatch–family with uninhabitable home)

Government Releases Housing Data for First Time

January 11th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned the U.S. Census Bureau and the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have for the first time made public their findings on the quality of housing in the U.S., available on the Census Bureau’s American FactFinder. The survey of the nation’s 115 million households includes apartments, manufactured housing, single-family homes, new construction, and vacant housing units, and documents information about everything from sewage and value to mortgage, safety features and socioeconomic status of the occupants. Statistics include: The median year the homes were built is 1974; owner occupied single-family detached and manufactured homes’ median size is 1,800 square feet, while renters units are 1,300 square feet (newly constructed homes are 2,200 square feet); 71 residents have a high rating of their homes, while residents of newer constructed homes gave their homes an 84 rating; 52 percent of the homes surveyed have two or more bathrooms, and 83 percent have a washing machine; and households pay on average $927 a month for housing, while the median of new construction residents pay $1,340 a month—both take 24 percent of household income. To access the full report click here.

(Image credit: theatlanticcities)

Modular Living for Seniors in Canada

August 28th, 2012 Comments off

evergeticcity reports the grand opening of Heritage Manor III in Fort St. John in northern British Columbia, Canada, an eight unit senior’s modular housing development valued at $1.8 million. The project is part of the Senior’s Rental Housing Initiative to develop 1,300 affordable housing units across the province with help from Canada’s Economic Action Plan-Seniors. The modular homes at Heritage Manor feature wider doorways and large rooms to allow for wheelchair maneuvering, shelves and light switches at accessible levels, and grab bars and step-in showers in the bathrooms. MHProNews has learned the next step in affordable housing in Fort St. John will be converting a retirement home into senior apartments.

(Photo credit: Erica Fisher/energeticcity)

High Dollar Modular

July 10th, 2012 Comments off

The Boston Globe reports prefabricated housing, once thought of as somewhat lowly, is going upscale. A $2 million modular home in Wellesley, Massachusetts boasts four bedrooms, granite marble kitchen, mahogany floors, six bathrooms, second-floor decks, and a spacious living room with fireplace in the 5,900 square foot home. Haven Custom Homes of Selinsgrove, PA shipped the home in modules to the site. The general contractor for the house is planning a $3 million modular home also in Wellesley. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) says modular homes account for 2.5 percent of all new construction, and notes that in 2010 a factory-built house averaged $138,125 as compared to $204,533 for a site-built home. As we at MHProNews know, as additional MH and MOD homes go up in higher end neighborhoods, the stigma long associated with factory-built homes begins to disappear.

(Photo credit: Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe)

MOD Builder Blu Fights Union Busting Charges

July 9th, 2012 Comments off

Charges of unfair labor practices lodged with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against Blu Homes of Vallejo, California by San Francisco’s Carpenters Union Local 180 have been mostly dismissed, according to ModularHomeCoach. When Blu moved to CA last fall from Massachusetts and renovated part of an old Naval base to produce their energy-efficient modular homes, they did not receive permits to renovate the bathrooms and temporarily installed portable facilities, which may have prompted 38 of the 45 employees to sign a petition in favor of union representation. Co-founders Maura McCarthy and Bill Haney have long supported unions. Haney, in fact, made a documentary in support of unionization among workers, and appeared in another film criticizing an energy company for destroying a miners’ union. The Local 180 filed 21 charges against Blu, including intimidation and firings for supporting the union. Blu has since remodeled the bathrooms, and having gauged employees discontent, management is not convinced the discontent is being driven by the workers. MHProNews.com has learned the NLRB will release its final findings within several days.

(Image credit: Blu Homes/Wikipedia–Michelle Kaufmann)

New Entry in Catastrophic Housing

April 23rd, 2012 Comments off

SunHerald tells MHProNews.com a New Orleans firm has developed a structural steel-insulated paneled dwelling to house survivors of catastrophes. Designed with 22 solar panels so it can generate its own electricity, and with a water cachement system that can hold 6,000 gallons, the modular home can function independently of disaster-damaged utilities. The 1,100 square foot modular has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, can withstand 165 mph winds, and could be used as a permanent home. The cement fibreboard outer walls resist moisture, and while the solar panels are designed to handle the home’s electrical needs, it can also be fitted with a turbine for windy areas. The windows are covered with a snap-on mesh that can withstand a board hurled at 90 mph. General contractor C.G. Minor, with C & G Construction, says the house is shipped in pieces and can be assembled in 14 weeks. Neither a price nor a photo of the home was available at press time.

(Photo credit: Permatherm—steel paneled home)