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High-Rise Manufactured Home Stackable Towers, Compete with Modular/PreFabs, Density at Lower Cost

May 28th, 2018 Comments off

Bottom center, right photo credits, George Porter. Collage credit, MHProNews.

It is no secret about lifting HUD [Code manufactured] homes…[it’s] done all the time,” said industry installation expert, George Porter.


There are some differences because of the [different kinds of HUD Code manufactured home’s] frame, but fairly similar,” Porter told the Daily Business News via a series of emailed statements.


Danny Ghorbani,  credit, Journal.

In a separate statement, Danny Ghorbani – an engineer by trade and the founding president of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) – agreed that multiple level manufactured housing was doable.

Ghorbani pointed out that plans for that type of structure have existed for decades.

I do remember the Wisconsin manufacturer who toyed with the idea of placing single section mobile homes (it was in the early 1970s, and before the Federal law) in a cylindrical super structure,” Ghorbani told MHProNews.

That design Ghorbani described is in the diagram shown below.


The first point is simple.

The concept of multiple stories of manufactured homes in some form of superstructure capable of holding individual units has been done before.

So, it is doable again.

It’s a possible case of back to the future.


Why This Matters to HUD Code Builders, Communities, Developers, Retailers, and Others in Post-Production Today

There are several reasons this could be useful information for manufactured home industry professionals, and investors today.


As with many modular and prefab units, modules are craned into place, after they are assembled and moved to the job site. See Blokable story, linked below for more details.

One is because of the widely held – and misinformed – belief that only modular or other prefab housing units could be stacked beyond two levels.

Blokable – Making “Housing As Easy as Ordering A Car”

The economies of scale found in HUD Code manufactured homes are capable of being deployed in units elevated and moved into place.  There are a variety of tower-structures possible that would create greater density than manufactured homes on only ground-level.

In some urban, and other pricey land settings – such as scenic waterfronts – that high-rise potential could prove to be an advantage.

MultiFamilyDesignAlternativeMobileHomeStackTowersManufacturedHousingPrefabModularIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsFurthermore, as several of the diagrams suggest, there would be more privacy to each unit than would be found in other kinds of high-rise structures utilizing prefab or conventional building methods.



When an Aging Community “Needs to be Redeveloped”

The movie trailer, Ready Player One, reflects a kind of a put-down for this type of possible future. But that slam, as is true of many that face manufactured homes, is based upon ignorance, prejudices, or other agendas.

This process as shown could be done tastefully, and efficiently, per experts like those MHProNews has asked.

It may provide an option for those who have a community that needs to be redeveloped, due to aging and failing infrastructure.

It may also provide an option for certain metro infill scenarios.

Finally, it could provide a viable plan for a community of the future near a metro, where greater land density is desirable.

Certainly, the costs of the superstructure must be factored into the calculations, to test the viability vs. other options.  But on the surface, there are reasons to believe that this could be a far less costly option.

But it is one of several ways that the manufactured housing of the future could take shape.

George Porter says he has used slides of a project like this in his classes and presentations. I have the picture and have talked to the person who ran the community…I use it in some seminars.” Porter told MHProNews, adding, tongue-in-cheek, “How to triple your rental income.”

The designer of the Kasita modular ‘dumpsters design’ uses a metal rack system in their presentations. They are far costlier per unit than a HUD Code manufactured home. Why not use HUD Code homes instead?

Kasita – Dumpster Inspired Design Tiny Modular – Stackable, Emergency MOD, ADU – Enters Factory Built Housing

As Ghorbani noted, this isn’t a production issue, it is a post-production opportunity.  So, he says, it is yet another example of an arena that a robust, effective post-production association could prove useful. ## (News, analysis, and expert commentary.)

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Reaching for the Sky, Multiple Level HUD Code Manufactured Homes

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Economic Freedom, Millennial Considers Founders Through Lens of Ron Paul, Walter Williams, Milton Freidman

July 4th, 2017 5 comments

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A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.” – Thomas Jefferson, Rights of British America, 1774 (1)

A people… who are possessed of the spirit of commerce, who see and who will pursue their advantages may achieve almost anything.” – George Washington, letter to Benjamin Harrison, October 10, 1784 (2)

While people travel, enjoy cook-outs and fireworks this 4th of July, don’t forget the reason we celebrate this holiday – American Independence, and freedom.

These two things mean different things to different people – to some freedom simply might mean to be able to go and do as they please while for others it means being able to speak their mind and stand up for what they believe in.

But what about the freedom to reach our full economic potential? With interference like the Internal Revenue Service taxing us more and more the higher we earn, it’s almost a punishment to succeed.

The Central Government should be limited to basic functions. Defending the nation against foreign enemies, preserving order at home, mediating our disputes.” – Milton Freidman (3)


Former Congressman, Ron Paul.

One of the founding principals of our country, freedom, is surprisingly limited in government today, says thinkers like former Congressman Ron Paul, when compared to the government we started with over 250 years ago; and it’s probably not something our founding fathers would be pleased to see.

It’s grown significantly with the country, which was to be expected. Unfortunately with that growth we’ve also seen more government interference with things they shouldn’t and don’t need to be involved in.

Writing in a column published in Newsmax and elsewhere with 4th of July reflections, Paul notes our government is involved with everything from our schools and housing, to tracking our income and keeping records of all our electronic correspondence. (4) This did not used to be the case, nor should it continue to be.

Enormous taxes, burdensome taxes, oppressive, ruinous, intolerable taxes.” – John Adams (5)

Take the IRS for example. One of the things that finally caused the American colonists to say enough was enough was when Great Britain started to excessively tax everything from sugar to eventually tea. Yet today we are taxed not only a flat rate on specific purchases, but are also taxed a large sum each year based on how much we earn in a given year.


Historic cry of the colonists who wanted to escape the burdens of British rule, “No Taxation Without Representation,” Credits Emaze YouTube.

The more you earn, the higher you are taxed. While this may seem fair to some, it can feel like a punishment for success.

Why are we not entitled to keep the money we earn in full? Why must we be forced to give away a significant portion of our hard earned income to a government which steps in and restricts our lives in so may different aspects?


Walter E. Williams, Ph.D., Economist, George Mason University.

Income redistribution is simply a legal form of what a thief does. That is, when a thief robs you he redistributes income from you to him. Now the primary distinction between his behavior and that of congress is simply a matter of legality.” – Walter E. Williams, Ph.D., George Mason University. (6)

Yes, that income tax pays for many important things – like keeping our government services up and running, keeping programs to help low-income families get ahead, and much more. But rather than forcing everyone who succeeds to pay for it all, why not find a more fair way to collect this tax?

Perhaps that might convince more people to work harder and strive for success. No one really wants to live on a small government assistance check each month – but when they start earning just enough that they no longer qualify, then they are punished by being cut off of government help without the means to obtain affordable housing, or healthcare.

No one should be punished for success, and no one should be forced to live in poverty because they cannot afford to live through the transition from poverty to success. Lower tax rates, fairer tax principles, would be a step in the right direction for economic success for all Americans.

MiltonFriedmanAmericanEconomistNobelPrizeWinnerManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThere might not be a perfect method of taxation – but there is certainly a more fair method than exists today that could be put in place. A flat tax for instance, would be a potential solution and has been considered.

Right now, in the words of Walter Williams, we’re the victims, and Congress are the thieves. This is unacceptable – and yet we do nothing but comply, year after year.

Our founding fathers left their King and their country over a tax on tea; and yet we’ve allowed the government they stood up for and created to do the same thing to us, on a significantly larger scale.

Is this really freedom? ## (News, Flashback, Analysis.)

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