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A Different Kind of Prefab Dome

February 24th, 2017 1 comment

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In Japan, the “styrofoam dome” prefab home is all the rage.

The Japan Dome House Co, Ltd has come up with the design, which delivers a certain level of chic, and takes up less space than conventional home.

Then, there’s the price – the homes start at $30,000.

There are over 400 of the homes in the resort village in Kyushu, Japan, and they weigh in at less than 200 pounds. Seven-inch thick walls are designed to provide thermal insulation and are coated with fire retardant, so the house is fireproof. The homes don’t rot or attract termites, are earthquake proof, and gale resistant.

Katsuyuki Kitagawa, owner of the Japan Dome House Co, has been building the homes for the last decade, and believes that their use even stretches beyond just residences.

I’d like to change the way of farming,” said Kitagawa, citing that he believes all of the advantages over conventional homes is ideal.


Katsuyuki Kitagawa. Credit: The Japan Times.

I thought I’d be happy if I could scoop out the bean paste from a manju dumpling and live there,” said Kitagawa, when speaking about one of the products he sold before establishing the modular home manufacturer.

According to The Japan Times, Japan Dome House Co began developing the homes for agricultural purposes in 2015. The stable structure of the dome can be assembled in several days, and it uses about one-tenth the energy of a wooden structure.

More than 450 domed houses in Aso were spared damage when a major earthquake hit Kumamoto and its vicinity last April, and the village was later used as an evacuation site for nearly 700 people.

I want people around the world to be healthy and not go hungry. This is farming that will not be influenced by the weather or disasters,” said Kitagawa.

For more on unique prefab designs, including Robbie Antonio’s Revolution Precrafted Homes, click here. ##


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RC Williams, for Daily Business News, MHProNews.

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Pending Denver Meadows Sale/Closure roils media, creating ripples and reactions from residents and owner

September 29th, 2016 Comments off

denvermeadowsmobilehomervparkgabrielchristusaurorasentinel-postedmanufacturedhousingindustrydailybusinessnewsmhpronewsAn already tumultuous relationship between Denver Meadows Mobile Home and RV Park owner Shawn Lustigman and the community’s residents has only gotten worse in recent weeks.

In two years, I’ll be homeless,” resident Petra Bennett told The Aurora Sentinel.I need two tractor trailers to move it at $10,000; I don’t have $10,000 in two years, nor can I save $10,000 in two years.”

Close to 100 residents will be forced to move from the community when Lustigman closes it in June 2018, reports The Sentinel. Lustigman’s plan is sell the property to a developer.

The land is in a valuable location, due to its proximity to the Anschutz Medical Campus and the Colfax Station of the Regional Transportation District’s upcoming light rail.

The decision is unpopular among Denver Meadow residents, despite the two-year heads up.

Many like Bennett have paid thousands of dollars in principle and interest on their homes, plus of course their site fees.  Local media relays her assertion that she doesn’t see how she will be able to pay off her loan, much less afford to move their home from Lustigman’s community.

Seeking the Various Perspectives…

MHProNews reached out and spoke to Lustigman’s manager, who referred us to Lustigman himself.  He was polite, but in the wake of a lot of unfavorable local media coverage, the owner was not willing to add to statements he had previously made.

Numerous, Largely Negative Local Media Reports

Lustigman’s decision to close and sell Denver Meadows and protests by residents are not the first reported bone of contention between him and the community’s residents.


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In May, residents were concerned that they were going to have to move when a proposed zoning change was before the Aurora City Council. The re-zoning was geared towards transit-oriented development.  It would have eliminated Denver Meadows to make room for properties like high-rise apartments, commercial, mixed-use residential, retail or hotels.

Residents and Lustigman alike were confident that the re-zoning was going to happen.


The move is definitely going to happen,” Bennett told The Denver Post in May. “They want to go ahead and rebuild this area to better serve the veteran’s hospital and the light rail, so us vacating the land is definitely going to happen; they made it clear.”

I don’t know why it wouldn’t go through; it would be good for the city,” Lustigman told The Post. Speaking about his own property, the owner said – “It’s a rundown park, it isn’t very attractive and I think the city will welcome a change in zoning so that it can be redeveloped.”


The map reflects the potential value of a property like this, near businesses, hospital and extensive highway frontage.

Lustigman seemed willing to help out his residents if they were forced to move. “We’re going to try to with some of the people there to try to help them out,” he told The Denver Post.They have been my tenants and I’m going to try to help them.”

Sometime between then and now, the local reports suggest that his sentiment seems to have changed.

It may have had to do with the small victory Denver Meadows received in July when the City Council postponed the vote to rezone the property. Fox 31 Denver reported council members decided to put the vote on hold until Lustigman could secure a developer, and a way for residents to be compensated for their moving costs.

In August, Denver Meadows residents received a letter from the property managers, stating that their lot fees, would be raised another $60 a month, from the current $780 to $840.

While increases happen for a variety of reasons, a manufactured housing professional who spoke to MHProNews off-the-record about Denver Meadows issue thought that this was a shoddy business practice, given the plan to close the property.

Residents say that the property gets worse day by day, pointing to raccoons and feral cats roaming between or under the homes. Plus, residents have stated that their vehicles are towed randomly from the property.

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A raccoon takes a plate of food under a home on Wednesday Sept. 07, 2016 at the Denver Meadows mobile home park. However, it should be noted that a manufactured home’s foundation enclosures – a.k.a. “skirting” – is typically the duty of the home owner.  Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel.


Jim Ayotte, Executive Director of the Florida Manufactured Housing Association (FMHA), told MHProNews – A community owner shouldn’t be compelled to close a community without regard for homeowners.

Ayotte explained some of the various stress points that are often at play, including local governments that have limited ability in their budgets to provide affordable housing.  Yet, local governments often try to impose measures that force property owners to act contrary to their property rights.

This is unfair to the private sector and quite frankly, should be unconstitutional,” Ayotte said.

As MH Association Directors, we support a property owner’s rights to buy, sell and make a profit at any time,” Jay Hamilton, of the George Manufactured Housing Association told MHProNews. “What we do hope for is that the MH Community owner does it ethically, which is usually the case.”

The community owner should help minimize the impact by working with local government and social service agencies to identify alternative housing options,” Ayotte said, adding that he has seen a number of examples of community closures done where owners, residents and local officials worked successfully together.  Ayotte’s full comments about the matter are linked here.

Since the initial rash of reporting, Lustigman has largely remained silent.  When asked what he planned to do with the property when it closed, he simply replied, “It’s my property.” ##

(Editor’s Notes – for every community like this one, there are numerous others that have a different experience, please see the story, linked here. For related MH professional commentary, click here.

On a similar owners rights vs. residents rights battle – featured on Fox News complete with their video – is linked here.)


Joe Dyton, for the Daily Business News, MHProNews.

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Manufactured home community residents still hope town will buy land

September 2nd, 2013 Comments off


Over a dozen residents in the pricey Aspen, Colorado area who live in the Pan and Fork Mobile Home Park attended the Basalt Town Council meeting, hoping for the council to buy land for their homes. Many of the residents don’t speak fluent English, so were unable to express themselves. But AspenDailyNews tells MHProNews that Juan Alvarado spoke up for his fellow residents. “You guys changed the rules — it’s supposed to be 100 percent replacement housing,” Alvarado said. “Why don’t you use the $5 million (from the bond issue) to relocate these people?”  “They told us that they would relocate us onto a piece of land where we could live,” Margarita Rodriguez said. “We’re not asking for houses and all kinds of things, just land.”  The community is supposed to be redeveloped, and options are needed for homes that would have to be moved. Colin Laird, executive director of Roaring Fork Community Development Corporation – co-owners of the community – said, “Even though the prices have dropped, land is still expensive, especially compared to what people who live in the park can afford.” he said. “Hopefully now we’ll be able to work more with residents to get them into housing that they can actually afford, and that they want.” ##

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Expanding Systems Builder had Tom Cruise as client? Yup.

August 8th, 2011 2 comments

Stock photo: Wikimedia Commons - posted on Manufactured Home Marketing Sales Management - - MinotDailyNews reports that K.C. and Cayttie Heister of Kopper Creek Building opened a facility near the North Central Research Extension Center. Kopper Creek is a factory systems builder, with locations in Montrose, CO and Nebraska. “We build anything from residential housing up to hotels, motels, restaurants,” Cayttie said. “Any type of building that you’re looking for, we do.” They have built a McDonald’s and can build up to four stories tall. “Basically the strong point is getting a better house faster and less expensive,” K.C. said. By purchasing directly from suppliers in volume, they can save both time and costs. The firm used a comparison to an on-site home, they built one in factory for $33,000 less and 6 months savings in time. “And we still site-build. We’re building a big, Victorian home, we do both,” Cayttie added. “But we only do that (site-build) where they require us to.” “There’s really not as much building that goes on outside anymore, it’s assembly. If you are a builder, you don’t cut roofs very much anymore, you order trusses. And then the trusses come in as a component,” K.C. continued. “You buy a prehung door, you buy premade cabinets. You’re not out in the field making your cabinets anymore.” Cayttie said the attraction to Minot was the local economy. In CO, they built in high-end areas for clients that included Goldie Hawn and Tom Cruise.

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(Correction: Cayttie Heister contacted us to clarify that their company did not build Tom Cruise’s or Goldie Hawn’s homes.  While they did build for very upscale clients, these two were not among them, but rather their firm built systems built homes in the same upscale area where those star’s homes are found. regrets the misunderstanding and miscommunication.)