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Demand for Smaller Homes on the Horizon

June 12th, 2015 Comments off

home buyers  viewpoint caWhile the focus of homebuilding has been on the larger homes, the future may see more moderately priced smaller homes as the industry tries to lure consumers, especially first-time buyers, back into the homeowner fold, as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) tells mpamag.

However, Census Bureau data reports 46 percent of the homes built in 2014 had four or more bedrooms, an increase from 44 percent the year before. MHProNews understands this trend to larger homes may be due to the upper middle class that was less affected by the economic downturn, as well as the uptick in employment. In any case, mpamag states 44 percent of the homes built had three bedrooms.

Homes with two or fewer bedrooms made up ten percent of new homes built in 2014, the same number as the previous year. “We haven’t seen a decline in the demand for larger homes,” said Dale Francescon, co-chief executive of Denver-based Century Communities to the Wall Street Journal. “What we’ve really seen is an increased demand for smaller homes at a lower price point.

The smaller homes may not produce the hefty commissions the originators and agents prefer, but theevenue gap may be closed with an increased number of homes selling. Might not this also be an opportunity to market manufactured homes, since they are smaller and certainly priced right? ##

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matthew-silver-daily-business-news-mhpronews-comArticle submitted by Matthew J. Silver to Daily Business News-MHProNews.

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 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:–modular home in Indianapolis)

Modular Designer begins in U. S., Flourishes in Canada

July 4th, 2013 Comments off

Hive Modular of Minneapolis suffered mightily during the recession, but the company has been growing in Canada, enough to have three locations: Altona in Manitoba, Toronto, and one will be set to the east in Quebec. Hive started as a “night job” in 2005 by Paul Stankey and two friends, and has produced 25 custom homes. As MHProNews reported Sept. 21, 2012, a highly energy efficient, 2,075 square foot green house with three bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths was sited in Calgary for around $160 a foot. Hive offers custom made modulars to fit lot sizes and conditions, and the modules arrive on site complete: Painted drywall, electricals, fireplace, flooring, windows and kitchen. One feature offered by Hive is Plyboo cabinets—plywood-like material but made from bamboo with exposed edges that resemble marquetry. According to the globeandmail, one customer says, “You’d start getting pictures and half your house was built.”

(Photo credit: Paul Stankey/theglobeandmail)

School District wants Manufactured Housing for Teachers

June 12th, 2013 Comments off

According to mywesttexas, as housing tightens in Midland, Texas, teachers for the Midland Independent School District (MISD) are finding housing they can afford scarce. The school administration and trustees are exploring homesite possibilities for 50 manufactured homes it intends to acquire and then rent to teachers for $500 a month. Two separate sites are under consideration. All the homes will be 16 feet by 64 feet with either two or three bedrooms, and will be returned under a “buy-back” option to the seller. As MHProNews understands, the trustees have asked for a budget to document the costs of creating a temporary housing community.

(Photo credit: Champion Homes)

West, Tex. Considers Modular Housing

June 11th, 2013 Comments off

The wacotrib informs MHProNews the city of West, Tex., that was hit with the April 17 fertilizer explosion, is exploring the feasibility of bringing modular units to house the residents displaced by the blast. Each structure would house two families, but would cost $10,000 to haul from Killeen, Tex., not including utility hook-ups. Each dwelling has three bedrooms and a bath, and would be owned by a private company as rentals. Residents could occupy them while their own homes are being rebuilt. Forty are immediately available, each requiring a quarter of an acre, steering the city to seek a ten acre plot where the homes can be sited. West would also have to provide infrastructure for the modular units, including utility lines and roads, both of which are major expenses. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will not help because of the abundance of hotel rooms in the area.

(Photo credit: KBS Systems–modular duplex)

Twelfth Graders get Hands-on Experience

June 6th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned from buffalonews students at Erie 1 BOCES’ Harkness Career and Technical Center in Cheektowaga, just east of Buffalo, NY, have completed a 1,200 square foot modular home that will be auctioned off Fri., June 7. “If you see this house, you would be surprised that twenty 17-year-old boys built it,” said Chris Burgio, the building trades teacher at Harkness. A second modular home, 1,300 square feet, is being completed at BOCES’ Potter Career and Technical Center in West Seneca and will also go on the auction block. Both homes have three bedrooms and two baths. A $30,000 grant in 1998 from the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation kicked off the program leading to the subsequent building of 17 homes total between the two programs. Built by seniors, the modular houses have sold from $32,000 to $59,000 with the proceeds returning to the schools for next years’ projects.

(Photo credit: Oliver Jenkins/fosterdemocrat–Somersworth, NH student-built modular home)

UK Engineer has Unique Modular System

June 5th, 2013 Comments off

Unlike the prefabricated housing that dominated the industry after WWII, SpineLock Living in Mansfield has developed a modular system the company’s CEO Derick Wilson hopes will revolutionize home building in Great Britain. The sections are transported to the site and then slotted together using a panelized interlocking system and then secured via a unique aluminum latch that pulls the units tight. As tells MHProNews, the outside can be finished with brick or stone or any other traditional look, while inside the unit arrives with appliances intact. The homes’ energy-efficient features include rainwater cachement, solar panels on the roof, low-energy floor heating, thermostats in each room and thick insulation that can add up to a reduction of energy costs by 90 percent. Built as two-story homes with either two, three or four bedrooms, the price for a three-bedroom home is around $244,000. Says Wilson, noting the urgent need for affordable housing in England, “We want to revolutionize the UK housing industry and demonstrate that innovative thinking, new technology and working closely with local authorities, businesses and communities can provide a practical solution to the UK housing crisis.”

(Photo credit: fredco–modular two-story home)

Contemporary Modular Home to Grace Show

May 17th, 2013 Comments off

For the first time in its 25-year history, the Montreal International Design Show will feature an entire modular home, a red cedar-clad home with contemporary lines, one of five models in the Pur series offered by Bonneville Homes of Quebec, Canada. The montrealgazette informs MHProNews the Pur-Z has two bedrooms on the main floor, including the master bedroom with its own walkout terrace, while the living, dining, and kitchen area are on the second floor. Priced at $450,000, the rooms can be reconfigured and the windows changed to order.

(Image credit: montrealgazette–Modular house by Bonneville Homes)

Modular Homes to Rise Down Under

May 14th, 2013 Comments off

From MHProNews has learned the government of New Zealand will add one and two bedrooms to 2,000 existing homes, three-fourths of them in Auckland, to help ease the country’s overcrowding. Under the same program, costing $370 million, 500 new two-bedroom modular homes will be built, the National Party Housing Minister Nick Smith announced today. He says the homes receiving the additions will also be landscaped, and that the projects will lead to better health and education results. The opposition Labour Party’s housing spokesman Phil Twyford says it’s a drop in the bucket in the face of the problem. “There are hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders living in uninsulated, overcrowded housing,” he says. Labour wants to build 100,000 modular homes in ten years. The projects are part of the National Party government’s affordable housing accord with Auckland to build 39,000 homes in the greater Auckland area over three years.

(Photo credit: nzherald–modular homes in New Zealand)

Triangular Modules Create Sharp-angled Modern House

March 8th, 2013 Comments off

OregonLive informs MHProNews Method Homes and Skylab Architecture have partnered on the modular HOMB House, a series of 100 square foot triangular modules that fit together like a honeycomb. With four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, the house in Portland, OR has 2,700 square plus an excavated basement of 1,200 square feet. Skylab founder Jeff Kovel says it’s not just designing a home but creating a home-building system that can have different applications. Method Homes co-founder Brian Abramson says the total cost is $225 a square foot, which includes site preparation, set, and finish. HOMB relies on sustainable materials including Forest Stewardship Council-certified lumber, energy-efficient HVAC, low-flow faucets, and LED dimmable lights. The modules themselves run $170 a square foot.

(Photo credit: Doug Beghtel/The Oregonian)