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Prefab and Modular Front and Center in Solving Housing Crisis

January 30th, 2017 Comments off

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As populations around the world continue to grow, a recurring theme is the need for housing.

More directly, many nations have declared a “housing crisis” and are looking for solutions.

One of the nations where the need is most pronounced is the U.K., where a report by Cast CEO Mark Farmer entitled; “The Farmer Review of the U.K. Construction Model” cited that labor shortages mean that new homes cannot be built fast enough, and studies commissioned by the U.K. Government have determined that the country will need an additional one million homes by 2020.

Tim Western of property giant JLL believes that modular and prefab is the solution.

There is likely to be a seismic shift in how and where we live and work by 2030,” said Western.

Homes manufactured like cars, in other words off-site in a factory, with the opportunity to pick and choose what goes into a basic structure, will bring ‘car quality’ to the market.

The entire story is on MHLivingNews, linked here. ##

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Revolution Precrafted Homes’ 9 Tips for Home Buying in 2017

January 12th, 2017 Comments off

DesignBloomRobbieAntonioRevolutionPreCraftedHomesFounderpostedPrefabModularManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsRevolutionRevolution PreCrafted Homes, led by high-end Filipino real estate developer Robbie Antonio, has come up with a list of nine tips for potential homebuyers looking to make a purchase this year.

Not everyone is keen on investing in a new home. Some people may feel comfortable renting an apartment while others live with their families. However, there comes a time when you have to be on your own and purchase a residence,” Revolution Homes told MHProNews in a release.

You have a lot of homes to choose from. There are prefabricated homes that capture the design you want for your house or three-story mansions and fantastic bungalows that can accommodate a large family.


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You can find the full list of those 9 home buyers tips and comments from Antonio in the MHLivingNews feature, linked here. ##

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Open Letter to Dr. Ben Carson – Publisher Invites Next Secretary to Historic HUD Achievements

December 20th, 2016 Comments off

MHProNews and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach has penned an open letter to newly appointed Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson.

Let me begin by congratulating you and President-elect Donald J. Trump. By way of introduction, like you, my truly better half and I publicly supported Mr. Trump’s candidacy consistently against the many deceptive and even vicious tactics used by his opponents,” said Kovach.


L A ‘Tony’ Kovach, credit, MHVillage.

You know what discrimination is and how it works. Most use the word discrimination in racial terms, which those enlightened by a proper understanding of the Word know is wrong. For the purposes of your upcoming role at HUD, let’s focus on the following aspect of the definition of discrimination:

…’treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit.’

Discrimination, as you know, is often caused by ignorance.

As Daily Business News readers are already aware, stifling regulations, government red tape and stereotypes about manufactured housing have led to a bottle neck that keeps the industry from effectively solving the problem of quality, affordable housing for many Americans.


For the report: Reinventing HUD’s role in Quality Affordable Housing, Reducing Poverty and Dependency, click here. Image credit: Sunshine Homes, and

Millions today are trapped in poverty,” Kovach continued.  “As you stated months ago, the federal government often misuses resources that if left in the hands of ‘We, the People’ could be used far more effectively. But it will take time and effort to move giant bureaucracies – such as HUD – and millions back to the proper limits of law.”


Dr. Ben Carson. Credit: Biography.

Billions of dollars annually are squandered by HUD for housing programs that long-term are unsustainable. Yet millions from all backgrounds have been hooked – so to speak, on those programs – which tends to trap and thus limit their human potential,” said Kovach.

One of the departments at HUD is the manufactured housing program. It is led by a person who is a partisan Democrat, and she behaves in ways that the outgoing Obama Administration has regrettably often acted. Namely – Pam Danner, JD – and her staff have routinely failed to enforce the law as it is written and intended. Some believe such HUD staffers who are failing at their duties are part of the swamp that must be drained for this program to perform for Americans as it supposed to by law.”LATonyKovach-Louisville-2015-mhpronews-com-275x156

After pointing out several key facts – linking reports, using illustrations and videos – Kovach extended an invitation to the Trump Administration’s pick for the next HUD Secretary.

Let me conclude with an invitation. Please invest two days before or after you are sworn in, and let me personally show you how these homes are built,” said Kovach, who elaborated by saying that introductions to manufactured home owners and business professionals would be an eye opening experience.

Then let’s go to the locations these marvels are properly sited in and introduce you to the people who know and love the homes they own, live in or otherwise serve and sell.

Kovach’s full letter to Dr. Ben Carson – a strategic initiative that could save HUD billions over time while benefiting manufactured housing home owners and professionals – is linked here. ##


(Editor’s Note: For a snapshot of the various viewpoints on the controversial pick of Dr. Carson by MH Industry and other professionals, click here.)

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“Amazing Future Homes” Video

November 9th, 2016 Comments off

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Modular housing has seen significant progress over the years, with many levels of creativity.

Revolution Homes, which the Daily Business News covered recently, has partnered with a number of designers to create progressive models.

The team at HD-Channel has created a fun video that takes a look at the future of modular homes, and how flexible they can be.


Here in the U.S., Vallejo, California based Blu Homes has worked to create homes similar to what the HD-Channel video shows.


Credit: Blu Homes.

Daily Business News, MHProNews and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach commented on the video, providing clarity on the use of language.


L A ‘Tony’ Kovach, credit, MHVillage.

The video is certainly interesting,” said Kovach. “In the United States, these homes would best be described as a modular or prefabricated (prefab) home. The other terms suggest that the producers of this video are perhaps from Australia, England or some other nation where terms like “caravan” would be more commonly used than in the U.S.

MHLivingNews has an in-depth comparison of modular and manufactured homes here. ##

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Revolution Precrafted Properties Debuts Three New Designs

October 31st, 2016 Comments off

The new Revolution Precrafted designs. Credit: Archdaily.

Revolution Precrafted Properties, a company that brings together over 30 of the world’s preeminent architects, artists and designers to create an exclusive series of prefab, livable spaces, has announced three new designs by Paulo Mendes Da Rocha + Metro, Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas, and Philip Johnson Alan Ritchie Architects.

According to Archdaily, the new designs align with the company’s goal of democratizing the design of pre-fab structures, as they “offer a line of products that incorporate the distinct spatial and social brands of master designers.


Robbie Antonio. Credit: Design Bloom & Revolution Pre-crafted Properties.

The increasing demand for prefab in different parts of the world is solidifying the position of prefabrication in the market,” said Revolution CEO Robbie Antonio in an interview with MHLivingNews. “This can be associated with the benefits of prefab – easy and fast construction, transportability, and practicality, among others.

Speaking on their Matilda Home design, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas shared that they were attracted by the concept of habitat.

The idea to bring design also in common life attracted us. This is a new concept of habitat of house. It’s a mobile home it can be everywhere around the world; everybody can be a client. It’s a modular unit so many of them can be added together like a cloud,” they said.


The Matilda Home. Credit: Archdaily.

This is not an object, it is a concept, it can be a city, a landscape or simply a home. Easy to build, it can be done in different materials more or less expensive. Matilda is a completely different space since nowadays we don’t need so much storage space; you just need to have a screen. The only thing is important is to have a nice place to eat, to seat and to sleep but also this can be done with something you close when you don’t need.

Discussing the Modular Glass House, Alan Ritchie talked about the original design by Philip Johnson.


The Modular Glass House. Credit: Archdaily.

The original Glass House, designed seventy years ago by Philip Johnson as his home in Connecticut, has become a classic representation of modern architecture. The Glass House was not only Philip Johnson’s private residence; it was also his viewing platform for the world. The primary function of a house is to provide for the basic need of shelter. The beauty of a glass house is that it becomes a framework for the viewing of one’s surroundings,” said Ritchie.

The modular glass house was inspired by the original but has been reimagined as a series of modular components that can be prefabricated and shipped to any site. The design follows the principals of the original by introducing a typical window bay and structure that become the outer skin of the building. I see residing in a glass house as an enhancement of the living experience by being immersed in your natural surroundings.

Speaking about their Modular Living Unit, PMR+ Metro sees their design as a multi-functional solution.


The Modular Living Unit. Credit: Archdaily.

MODULAR LIVING UNIT by PMR + METRO for Revolution Precrafted is a proposal for a prefabricated dwelling system. The project provides a multi-functional solution through the principles of reduced design grammar and refined construction technique. This flexible system can be employed in a variety of contexts and environments: urban and rural, tropical and temperate, individual and collective,” they said.

A simple structural frame permits a great range of arrangements. Its composing elements are dimensioned to allow ease of transportation and to minimize the need for the use of supporting equipment during installation.

You can find the full MHLivingNews feature on Robbie Antonio and Revolution Precrafted Properties here. ##

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DBN Publisher Calls on Respect and Understanding for Manufactured Housing and Manufactured Home Owners

October 18th, 2016 Comments off

tradepublisherexpertsrespectunderstandingmanufacturedhousingmanufacturedhomeowners-posteddailybusinessnewsmhpronewsMHProNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach penned an op-ed to the Lakeland Ledger, picked up by  multiple newspapers over the weekend.

Millions struggle with costly housing. Bloomberg, HousingWire, Realtor and Fox News are among media that recently asked why aren’t more Americans turning to manufactured homes,” said Kovach.

We’re told that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is calling for manufactured home retailers within 1,000 miles of Louisiana flooding, plus Florida and the Carolinas, to advise the agency if they’re willing to sell homes for emergency use,” Kovach stated to the Lakeland Ledger. “Manufactured homes are the only federally preemptive, performance-based construction code. 

See the new story on Kovach’s call for respect and understanding for manufactured housing and our industry’s home owners – complete with photos, a home owner video interview and tour, linked here. ##

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PreFab Home Installed in Two Days as Part of Global Parisian Show

October 17th, 2016 Comments off

The “Simple” home, under construction at the show. Credit: Revolution Pre-crafted Properties.

Revolution Precrafted Properties is a company that touts how they bring together over 30 of the world’s preeminent architects, artists and designers to create an exclusive series of prefab, livable spaces. The firm has announced that Simple – a Jean Nouvel Collectible Home – has been installed as part of the upcoming Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain show (FIAC) by the Louvre from October 18th to the 28th.

Nouvel is exclusively collaborating with Revolution to produce the collectible modular pre-fabricated home, which will be showcased during the event.

The installation was done in just two days.


Robbie Antonio. Credit: Design Bloom & Revolution Pre-crafted Properties.

FIAC is an excellent opportunity to showcase our works, meet with equally talented people in the industry with a knack for French architecture, and be exposed to French art per se,” says Revolution Precrafted Founder and CEO, Robbie Antonio.

Being part of this international event can also help us expand our reach and increase brand awareness to people from different parts of the world.

Global Attraction


Credit: FIAC.

Founded in Paris in 1974, FIAC gathers over 70,000 guests from all over the world annually, and brings together nearly 186 modern and contemporary art galleries from 27 countries. The event covers painting, sculpture, photography, installations, videos, performances, and digital arts.


Jean Nouvel. Credit: Revolution Pre-crafted Properties.

Jean Nouvel is a Pritzker Prize-winning architect, know for his work on over 200 projects.

MHLivingNews featured Antonio and Revolution recently. He discussed the company’s unique approach.

I want to make Revolution accessible,” Robbie Antonio told Darryl Wee, writing in blouinartinfo. “The average price for one of these homes or pavilions is US $300,000, which I think is very compelling, because not everyone has access to these architects. And even if you did, you would have to spend three or four million dollars on a house designed by them.

Antonio is an experienced real estate developer – including working with the Trump family on Trump Tower in Manila – and other projects.


Trump Tower at Century City. Left to Right, Ivanka, Eric, Robbie Antonio, Donald J. Trump, Donald Jr. Credits: Tumblr, Archdaily, Slideshare and MHLivingNews.

Eric Trump sits on the Revolution board.

The increasing demand for prefab in different parts of the world is solidifying the position of prefabrication in the market,” Antonio told MHLivingNews. “This can be associated with the benefits of prefab – easy and fast construction, transportability, and practicality, among others.


Jean Nouvel’s Simple Home. Credit: Revolution Pre-crafted Properties.

If you’re in or going to Paris, you can view the Jean Nouvel Collectible Home between 7am and 7pm at 113 Rue de Rivoli beginning October 18th. ##

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Millions face Power Outages – MHProNews & MHLivingNews Updates

October 7th, 2016 Comments off

Possible power outage may impact MHProNews’ normal publishing schedule. Image credit, WSAZ.

As Hurricane Matthew is heading on a projected track that will impact large parts of Florida, coastal Georgia and the Carolinas, public officials are forewarning that power outages will impact millions.

MHProNews and MHLivingNews is headquartered in Lakeland, FL – which is among the areas that could be impacted.  While the websites should remain unaffected, publishing new articles during an outage may not be possible.

Some new Daily Business News articles have been scheduled in advance for Friday and Saturday morning.

As a programming note, the theme for our 7th Anniversary issue fits the looming weather challenges – “Obstacles and Opportunities in Affordable Housing – October 2016.” Dozens of reports and articles – a record number – are published on the home page.

Our prayers and best wishes to all those who have already suffered from Matthew in Haiti, and for those here in the U.S. that will soon face this storm.

Our thanks to all those who have checked in and wished us well via phone, text and email.  If we do lose power, we’ll look forward to rejoining you as soon as possible, in this great factory-crafted housing trade media adventure of  spotlighting the solutions to housing millions of Americans in comfort, style, savings and dignity.  ##

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FEMA’s Manufactured Home Installations slow for Louisiana flood victims

October 3rd, 2016 Comments off

Steve Duke, LMHA, says he could have coordinated in a week what FEMA has done in a month following the historic flooding in Louisiana. Photo credit, WAFB.

A month after the historic flooding in Louisiana, many residents are still having trouble finding housing, reports WAFB’s Scottie Hunter.

According to Hunter’s report, thousands of people have applied for a manufactured housing unit from FEMA, but as of September 30, only 169 people have been able to move into one.

The number of homes has increased from where the total was a week ago, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. FEMA spokesman Tito Hernandez said the inspection process is the main reason for the delay.

We’re inspecting hundreds of sites for sustainability,” Hernandez told WAFB. “We have to


Toto Hernandez, FEMA.

deliver the units, but we have to inspect those units before we take them out of the staging area when we put them in the site whether it’s a commercial or private site.

Unfortunately, FEMA says taht even when the homes can be inspected, the actual inspecting takes time, too—in some case it can take days or even weeks for inspectors to locate suitable spots for the units.

Meanwhile, the Shelter at Home Program, which allows residents whose homes were damaged to still live at their house while they rebuild, is moving along rapidly. As of Sept. 29, close to 20,000 homes were registered and more than 16,000 of those homes are inspection-eligible and approximately 5,000 are good to go for construction.

Inspections are being scheduled and occurring,” Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (GOHSEP) spokesman Casey Tingle said. “Construction is being started and being worked and we continue to look at how we expedite and improve the process to get all of that construction completed and final inspections done.”

The Shelter at Home Program has been able to reach close to 500 homes a day. However FEMA’s manufactured home process is still in need of improvement as it lags behind.


Award-winning journalist, Jan Hollingsworth.

This is a surprise to those who followed Jan Hollingsworth’s recent report for MHLivingNews, when FEMA said they had learned from their past mistakes during Hurricane Katrina.

FEMA’s got their plan and it’s moving and it looks like there’s some thought to it,” Steve Duke, Louisiana Manufactured Housing Association executive director and general counsel then told MHLivingNews.We just tell them, ‘If there’s anything we can do, let us know.’


Steve Duke, LMHA.

Our number one goal and objective is to get people out of the shelters.”

It was six weeks before FEMA could get 113 families out of shelters and into homes. I blew up that night at a FEMA meeting,” Duke said. “I could have gotten 113 families out of shelters in less than a week.

Hollingsworth’s report noted how rapidly manufactured home professionals were ready to jump in to help with the demand. For example, Alabama-based Sunshine Homes was optimistic it could supply high-quality, move-in homes within a month.


John Bostick, president, Sunshine Homes, Red Bay, AL.

Sunshine Homes CEO John Bostick said, “Our factory is running at about two-thirds capacity. We could stretch and build a lot of homes.”

As the Daily Business News recently reported, Lexington Homes was recently awarded a major contract from FEMA for more manufactured housing. To see that report, please click here.

We’re not perfect,” FEMA’s Hernandez said. “We’re going to have some folks that are going to fall through the cracks. For that, we have an appeal process.” ##

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Tiny Houses on Planning and Development director’s radar

September 21st, 2016 Comments off

alpinetinyhomes-credit-postedmanufacturedhousingindustrydailybusinessnewsmhpronewsTiny house heat has spread to the small community of Vineyard, Utah, where a regulator is working on ways to keep up with this housing innovation and related demand.

Located about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City, Vineyard is known for its rural feel, lakefront views and convenient location to city amenities. Now, it’s exploring how to solve the challenge of a gray area in housing regulations.


vineyardplanningcommunitydevelopmentdirectormorganbrim-linkedin-posteddailybusinessnewsmhpronewsWhen you deal with tiny homes there is a lot of gray area and that’s kind of the frustration with the tiny home community,” said Morgan Brim, planning and development director for Vineyard.

Tiny homes tend to be on the fringe of the local zoning laws.”

 The city codes regarding tiny homes are in question.

Tiny houses are not, in most cases, considered to be the same as a traditional house, but they are not typically considered to be RV’s or mobile homes, they aren’t HUD Code manufactured homes, nor are they usually modular or prefab homes either. This presents a challenge for Vineyard in finding a legal place to put them.

As Vineyard considers changes to its municipal code to allow tiny homes a place in the city, like other municipalities in Utah, officials are still trying to figure out how, where and how many.

We’re not in favor of it, we’re not against it. We’re simply doing research on it,” Brim said.

A potential solution appears to be forming with the creation of the Utah County Tiny Home Coalition (UCTHC), a forum for city planners, community leaders and others to discuss tiny housing solutions. According to the organizations Facebook page, the group meets monthly.

All of this comes at a time where manufacturing is booming for Vineyard based Alpine Tiny Homes, a custom tiny homebuilder.


Keeping up with the demand is the biggest challenge, Alpine Tiny Homes owner Boyd Riding said, leading to what he says is a waiting list for the company’s homes.

Riding shared that most of his buyers are ditching their traditional homes and downsizing to just a few hundred square feet. The whole idea of a tiny house is to have less and to literally live simply, you don’t need all of the stuff in your home,” Riding said.


Riding added that they average tiny homebuyer is debt free and well educated; They’re the kind of neighbor you would probably want to have.”

As it stands now, tiny homes have an easier time receiving permits in rural Utah counties, who have a permits process in place for the homes. Summit, Wasatch and Garfield counties all currently have a process for tiny homes in place.

Regular Daily Business News readers understand that this placement issue for tiny houses isn’t limited to Utah. Tiny houses have attracted some manufactured home producers to the niche, using homes that may be built to ANSI/RV standards. Municipalities throughout the U.S. are working to figure out proper zoning laws to handle the way that homes are built in the modern age and exactly what the differences are.

Manufactured homes can be financed, have federal preemption and are built to federally supervised standards. Those facts suggest that the tiny house movement ought to be a wake up call within and beyond of the ranks of manufactured housing professionals; if tiny houses are cool – why aren’t manufactured homes seen as being at least as hip?  ##

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