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Meet the Revolutionaries in PreFab Housing Designs – Project Updates

February 7th, 2019 Comments off

 

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MHLivingNews and MHProNews have tracked several prefabricated, 3D Printing, and other housing innovations over the years. Unicorn Revolution Precrafted Properties are among them.

 

Industry professionals, informed public officials, advocates, and investors know that factory-home-building makes good sense on numerous levels.  But tracking and reporting on the results of some of these operations ought to inspire those in the U.S. and Canada to realize just how much potential there actually is in the various kinds of prefabricated construction.

So while our focus tends to be the routine drama associated with manufactured homes, it is good to look to modular, tiny, container, and other emerging forms of factory-built housing.  Properly understood, these ought to compliment each other, just as entry or mid-level cars don’t harm luxury brands and models.

Other reports we’ve previously done on Revolution Precrafted – or modular builders such as:

  • Amazon’s Alexa Fund supported Plant Prefab:

 

Details Emerging on Amazon’s Plans for Plant PreFab Modular Home Investment

  • Softbank supported billion dollar startup Katerra:

 

Billion Dollar Startup Modular Builder, Using Robotics, Could Soon Rival Clayton Homes’ Total Sales

 

Or there are others found in our 2018 year end summary report, found in the related resources, below the byline and notices.

Having set the table, let’s take a good look at what Revolution Precrafted provided in their news release to MHProNews today, on some of their latest projects. Keep in mind that while they started in Asia, they’ve got projects in various countries around the world.

These “revolutionary” professionals are thinking big.  They find a way. Disruptive Revolution Precrafted Properties have their eyes on the U.S. market too. Canadians?  Can you be far behind?

For news as well as inspiration, let’s turn to what they provided in their latest release.  These include project updates, ‘meet the designers’ profiles, and more.  After their release, we’ll wrap up with some closing thoughts.

 

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Revolution Flavorscapes unveil Model Homes

Revolution Precrafted, a global leader in branded prefab structures, and Central Country Estate Inc. (CCEI)  are set to unveil the model units for its $750 million Revolution Flavorscapes. Construction of the model units for ‘Cocoon’ and ‘Alcove” homes have started in December. Cocoon is expected to be completed at the end of January while the Alcove unit will be completed by mid-February. The fully staged units will be available for viewing by March 2019.

 

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Affordable homes designed by global boxing icon Manny Pacquiao are now available at the Revolution Flavorscapes project in Lakeshore Estate, Mexico, Pampanga. Around 200 units are now available for sale at the project for P1.9 million. 

 

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Lakeshore is offering 60 lots measuring 200 square meters. Lot owners can build their preferred home designs. They can also opt to build curated homes under the Revolution Precrafted design portfolio.

 

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The Concept of the Tranche House is innovative modularity, offering ultimate flexibility in terms of customizing your home to satisfy your current space and financial requirements. The Tranche House is a complete unit that can form part of a larger configuration if so desired, depending on owner’s preferences. Each unit represents a liveable module for a small family.

 

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It’s a series of 2-bedroom structures with an open living, dining, and kitchen layout. Not like your typical row-house design, this space-saving structure already has a single-car garage that can be converted into a lanai. The structure is made of insulated metal panels to keep the house insulated from heat. With the use of insulated metal panels, the heat stops at the exterior surface, thus keeping the inside of the house cool.

 

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Factory-built housing, not just manufactured homes, are underperforming in the U.S. and Canada. There are good reasons to ponder what Revolution Prefabricated and others are doing.  While it may seem like apples and oranges, there are nevertheless numerous useful lessons.

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Flashback Report – Urban Factory-Home Building Project, What It Could Mean Today

July 1st, 2017 Comments off

Able+AbleFactoryBuiltHomeModularManufacturedHousingDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsIt was the early 1970s. 

Then – as now – affordable housing was an issue. 

Then as now, quality, affordable homes were needed in urban settings — not just in land-lease communities.  Nor limited to scattered, rural homesites.

The home in the featured photo above was reportedly produced in Elkhart, IN.  It was back in the days when Indiana was the predominate pre-HUD Code, mobile and modular home capital of the U.S.

Some 46 years after the home in this photo was built, it’s still standing tall.  It looks as good or better than on-site built homes in that neighborhood built during the same era.  The home stands with others as a proud part of a well-known metropolitan American city.

A local savings and loan financed these homes much like any other.

The homes gained in value, perhaps better than others.

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MHLivingNews plans an exclusive video interview with an entrepreneurial member of a father-son team that placed and sold dozens of these homes…

…until the ‘powers that be’ reportedly stopped the successful project. 

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This family was ready, willing and able to do what was needed. They were succeeding. Then, the powers that be disrupted their flowering project. Their compelling story is coming…stay tuned.

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FEMA Manufactured Homes Finally Arrive

May 18th, 2017 Comments off
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In June 2016, the massive Erskine Fire near Bakersfield, California displaced a number of families.

After a long wait, thirteen families, who resided in manufactured homes prior to the blaze, were finally able to move into new FEMA units this week.

According to Bakersfield Now, Kern County, which includes the Bakersfield area, received 27 housing units from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA.)

The units had been deemed surplus, donated to the state, and then transferred to the county.

Most of the units have never been used.

The county then made the housing available to low-income residents who owned their homes. If the home was destroyed in the fire, and a primary residence that was under or un-insured, they were eligible to apply for for the FEMA units.

A total of 285 homes were destroyed in the fire.

As the Daily Business News covered here, the units had previously been scheduled to be returned eastward, but a partnership with the state resulted in Cal OIS (California Office of Information Security) requesting FEMA to designate the homes as “surplus,” which allows the state to hold and distribute the units as needed.

Since the county did not receive a federal declaration of disaster (which would have allowed the use of the FEMA housing units,) the state contacted FEMA directly and asked that the homes be declared surplus, which allows the partnership to use them as needed.

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Damage from the fire. Credit: Southern California Public Radio.

While the units are usually considered interim, under the county plan, a resident would own the unit if they lived in it for three years.

The county says it plans to hand over keys to 14 more families next week.

For residents, this was a special, and long overdue moment.

Our new FEMA unit is smaller than the home we lost, but I’m very grateful for the help,” said Angela Harris.

It’s been hard. I’ve had a lot of friends, I’ve had the pastor from the Kern Valley Baptist Church, everybody, I mean, they’ve been wonderful.”

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Chinese Firm to Provide Modular Homes in U.S.?

May 12th, 2017 Comments off

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According to the Delaware Business News, the group met to discuss a business venture that would leverage Chinese investment and manufacturing to produce modular housing units at low cost for Delaware customers.

The plan is to partner with Chinese manufacturer Maristar to produce modular homes for about $80,000 each,” said Dennis O’Brien, CEO of InfoVest, a Wilmington-based venture capital firm that spearheaded the conversations.

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Delaware is in trouble. China can be the answer to that trouble.”

O’Brien, an investor and entrepreneur, is also a former foreign correspondent for China Daily and a long-time champion of economic ties between the two countries.

Maristar’s primary segment is shipping containers, but they say that they have adjusted their facilities to produce modular homes with a similar structure. They would adapt the homes to fit local building codes, and then ship them to the U.S.

While O’Brien pushed for the idea of utilizing Maristar to build affordable housing for low income areas of Wilmington, the group ultimately decided that the idea was not feasible without heavy collaboration with local government.

It would probably take a lot more groundwork, especially with the social programs, to get lined up,” said Christopher Counihan, a professor of international relations at the University of Delaware.

Making the deal too risky and complicated for the Chinese investors is also a concern.”

So, the group decided to pivot to a new target: foreign-born college students.

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One of Maristar’s shipping containers. Credit: Maristar.

The number of Chinese students attending the college has increased 200 percent per year,” said Dr. Jianguo Chen, director of the University of Delaware’s Confucius Institute.

The University only plans to attract more of those students, and housing could become an issue.”

 

We thought the container modules could serve that Chinese population,” said Counihan.

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The plan would have the homes stacked into vertical apartments, similar to those in London at the Apex House Tower, which stands 29 stories and is planned to house 560 students.

Both American and Chinese students would be housed in the apartments, encouraging integration among the groups.

InfoVest says that it requires at least $100 million to begin, and the majority of that money could come from Chinese investment company Shanghai Yongquan Entrust Investment Development Center LP.

Delaware is a perfect test case for how the Chinese can help us as a country,” said O’Brien.

We are reaching out to American investors as well.”

The group said that the goal is for the housing to be available to students in September 2018.

 

What Happened to…Made in the USA?

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When you do the math from the recent Zillow study, and compare it to data from NAHB or NAR, there are trillions of dollars in affordable housing demand – and thus opportunities – in the next few years. Taxpayer subsidized programs won’t be able to cover that cost, but the proper approaches for manufactured housing could.

MHProNews and MHLivingNews are among the factory-built housing industry operations that have made the case that domestically made modern manufactured and modular homes are a viable solution to help solve the problem of quality affordable housing throughout the country.

Given the many capable U.S. firms that could deliver a superior quality and less expensive homegrown product, one has to wonder why this group, which included professors, did no due diligence into U.S. alternatives, including manufactured housing?

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Imagine engineered homes, that meet or exceed strict federal safety, energy and performance standards, built to the nation’s only preemptive code for permanent homes,” said Daily Business News Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach.

By using the same proven systems that keep costs down on cars, smartphones, clothing or other produced products, you save on labor, time, have about 30% less waste, can buy in bulk and thus save money.”

And the U.S. Census Bureau and Government Accountability Office state our homes are about half the cost of conventional construction,” he added

Kovach says the industry may be too lax about overseas operations coming to America, and taking domestic producers market share.

For more on Chinese companies making inroads into modular housing, including China National Building Material Company (CNBM) joining forces with Barcelona, Spain based Barcelona Housing Systems and U.K. housing association Your Housing Group (YHG), and renewable energy supplier, Welink to build six prefab factories, click here. ##

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New Data from NAHB on Cash Sales for Homes

May 5th, 2017 Comments off
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New information from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) shows an interesting dynamic taking place with cash sales for homes.

According to MPA Page, NAHB’s analysis of recent census date showed that cash sales accounted for only 4.7 percent of new home sales, down from a peak of 9.5 percent in Q4 of 2014. The marks the lowest level since 2010.

By comparison, conventional mortgages were the dominant financing source for new home sales, coming in at 72.5 percent, the second-highest share since Q4 of 2014.

In an interesting note, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) noted that, despite the small percentage of cash finances in new home sales, a large share of existing homes are sold for cash.

In February 2017, cash sales made up 27 percent of existing home sales – the highest level since November of 2015.

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Other data from the NAHB report showed that FHA loans placed second behind conventional loans at 14.8 percent, followed by VA-backed home sales with 8.1 percent.

In the period between the 2001 financial crisis and the recession in 2008, VA loans averaged just 2.9 percent, but increased significantly to 9.3 percent on average after the recession in 2009.

 

Opportunities for Manufactured Housing Abound

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As the Daily Business News has reported prior, the traditional housing sector remains constrained by a dearth of properties available for sale.

Builders have cited a range of problems including shortages of labor and land as well as rising material prices. A recent survey showed that homebuilder confidence slipped in April from a near 12-year high in March.

The Daily Business NewsMHProNews and MHLivingNews continue to make the case for manufactured housing as a viable solution to hope for the American Dream of home ownership at a reasonable price extensively, including Bloomberg making a statement to the same effect.

The myths, and the facts surrounding manufactured housing abound. To learn more, including why manufactured housing is the solution hiding in plain sight for many to achieve the American Dream, click here. ##

 

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Baird Homes Affected by Fire, Under Investigation

May 3rd, 2017 Comments off
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An early morning fire at the main office and workshop of a Baird Homes location in Seymour, Indiana this weekend caused major damage, but didn’t stop the company from moving forward.

According to the Tribune, the blaze caused an estimated $250,000 damage, and firefighters spent two hours battling the fire.

There was nothing to salvage,” said Fire Chief Brad Lucas. No one was hurt in the incident.

Once the ceiling and roof collapse, you can’t get to the fire. You just have to wait until they burn.”

For manager Chris Beverly, he said the plan is to handle the clean-up this week, so that the office can be replaced at some point this month. But, that doesn’t mean that business simply stopped.

We moved an office in Sunday,” said Beverly.

We’re in business. We have homes unlocked and ready to go.”

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Firefighters battle the blaze. Credit: The Tribune.

While Beverly declined to comment about the cause of the fire, Lucas was able to provide additional details.

Investigators found multiple origins of fire inside the office and shop,” said Lucas.

That’s an indicator that the cause of the fire is suspicious.”

Baird Homes is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and has had an office here for 30 years,” said Beverly.

The Seymour Fire Department is asking anyone who was in the area early Sunday morning and may have seen something suspicious, to contact Seymour police at 812-522-1234 or Seymour Fire Department at 812-522-2598.

Baird Homes, based in Fruitland Park, Florida, has sales centers located throughout Florida and Indiana, and has been family owned and operated since 1947.

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Clayton Homes Building Out, Giving Back

April 28th, 2017 Comments off
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Clayton Homes, a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, has announced that it’s constructing a $14 million training lodge at its corporate headquarters in Maryville, TN.

This is part of improving the team member experience throughout Clayton,” said Chris Martin, a spokesman for Clayton. “It represents an investment the company is making in its team for years to come.”

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, the three-story, log cabin-style lodge will replace the old lodge currently on the company’s campus.

Clayton is also working with a Dayton, TN nonprofit called Blazing Hope Ranch to re-purpose some of its old structures.

Blazing Home Ranch helps survivors of human trafficking, and says it will use some of the old buildings on the lodge site to house survivors. Vanderbilt Mortgage, the financing arm of Clayton Homes, also made a donation to Blazing Hope earlier this year.

Clayton has made a number of improvements to its site to better engage employees, including a wellness center, a cafe and a disc golf course. The lodge is designed for offsite team members to stay in when they visit Maryville for training, retreats or conferences.

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We have several other projects in the works to make sure our team members have a great place to work,” said CEO Kevin Clayton, also adding that the new building should be completed by June 2018.

As industry professionals and Daily Business News readers are already aware, Clayton Homes is the largest producer of manufactured homes (MH) in North America. Vertically integrated, the company has several hundred retail centers nationwide. Through its affiliates and family of brands, Clayton builds, sells, finances, leases and insures Clayton-built manufactured and modular homes.

 

The operation also buys products and uses services from other producers.

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Homes in America – The Land Where Even Doctors Struggle

April 13th, 2017 Comments off

HomesinAmericaLandWhereEvenDoctorsStrugglecreditReMaxLeadingEdgePostedMHLivingNewsIn the United States, some are native born, some immigrate, but all are unified in pursuing the American Dream.

For most, that includes owning a home. But according to a new report on housing affordability from real estate firm Trulia, there are some places in the country where even doctors struggle when it comes to home buying.

A combination of home prices on the rise and inventory at historic lows has pushed homeownership further and further away from middle-income Americans.

Nationwide, the average American worker earns $37,040 annually, while the median cost of a home is $254,900.  This is another compelling reason why there are trillions of dollars in opportunities for manufactured housing, per the report earlier this week by Soheyla Kovach.

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Manufactured Homes Knock Tiny Homes Down to Size

April 13th, 2017 Comments off
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While “tiny homes” may be all the rage, more and more people are finding that the real value is in a tried and true model.

According to the Northwest Housing Association (NHA) in Olympia, Washington, more and more people who look at tiny homes as an option have discovered manufactured housing not only offers affordability, but also meets meeting zoning, building and life safety standards that many tiny homes do not.

My home is really cute,” said Kerstin Gillespie of Allyn, Washington. She purchased a 586-square-foot manufactured home, placing it on family land to live in while she attends graduate school in nearby Tacoma.

Inside it has 9-foot ceilings, lots of windows and lots of light. I went with a manufactured home because I’d had a good experience buying one before and knew I could move in quickly and get more home for the money.”

Gillespie was able to customize her home, an option that often gets lost among the stereotypes surrounding “mobile homes” or “trailer parks.” HUD Code homes must be at least 400 square feet. The houses compete favorably with the cost of tiny homes; their lower price reflects the efficiencies of being factory built.

Per Stanwood Camano News, unlike tiny homes, which are still struggling with state and local regulations, buyers of manufactured homes generally avoid building code and zoning issues in Washington State, as it passed a law in 2005 preventing cities from discriminating against these manufactured homes.

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The inside of a Fourleaf Properties manufactured home in Dallas, Texas. Credit: Candy’s Dirt.

Manufactured homes are built to a national code that ensures homes meet basic structural, safety and energy standards,” said Craig Sedlacek, the program manager for the Factory Assembled Structures program at the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. The organization conducts building inspections for manufactured homes.

There’s no real definition for a tiny home. It might be built to a local code, a recreational vehicle (RV) code or no code at all. It’s important for buyers to understand what standards a home is built to before they buy it.”

Sedlacek also points out that the standards cover important questions about where a home can be located and whether it meets health and safety standards.

One big trend we are seeing is an increased demand for smaller, well-designed floor plans,” said Kevin McShane, sales manager for the Fleetwood Homes plant in Oregon.

The tiny home term is used a lot, but we find that homes under 300 square feet are too small for most people. Floor plans with 500 to 1,000 square feet of living space are now about a third of our business and growing.”

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MHProNews and MHLivingNews have covered the “tiny home” movement extensively, including the potential for big legal trouble for owners and a detailed side-by-side comparison with manufactured homes, highlighting function and value versus fashion.

 

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Factory Goes Modular – Plans Thousands of Homes

April 12th, 2017 Comments off
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In the U.K., a prefab bonanza is taking place, and another company has decided to get in on the action.

According to the Telegraph, a Docklands factory will be the first of its kind in London, and will eventually provide 3,000 new modular homes.

As the Daily Business News covered here, the U.K. Government has been focused on prefab housing as a practical way to solve the nations housing crisis. Modular homes can be built in sections and then assembled quickly on site. Currently, around 15,000 new homes are produced this way each year.

Developer First Base has announced that it has brought on the global engineering consultancy firm Aecom to help with plans for modular homes, and the factory would deliver homes up to nine months faster than traditional site built homes in the country.

The company says that their factory is expected to become operational later in the year, producing two-bedroom homes.

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The Daily Business News has covered modular and prefab housing in the U.K. extensively, including China National Building Material Company (CNBM), Barcelona Housing Systems and U.K. housing association Your Housing Group (YHG) joining forces to build six prefab factories that will deliver 25,000 energy efficient homes per year by 2022. That story is linked here.

Also active is insurance giant Legal & General, which owns a modular housing factory capable of building 3,000 homes per year in Leeds, U.K., and has been active in the manufactured, modular and prefab industries, including increasing its stake in builder Cavco Industries.

Speaking on the Farmer Report by Cast CEO Mark Farmer in November, which called out modular housing as a solution to the U.K. housing crisis, Paul Stanworth, managing partner at Legal & General, commented on the company’s plans.

This review sets out a clear way for the construction sector to reinvent itself in order to meet the ever-growing demand for homes and infrastructure,” said Stanworth.

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Paul Sanworth. Credit: UK Infrastructure Investment.

Legal & General is helping to address this problem by investing in a modern factory to produce homes using manufacturing processes seen in the production of cars and other consumer goods.

This construction method is safe, clean, and fast, providing a high level of consistency and durability. We sincerely hope that Farmer’s review galvanizes the entire sector to invest in innovation and secure its future.

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