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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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Just the Facts – Compare Curbed and MHI, Next Step, Clayton, Cavco, Champion Homes Video Results

August 24th, 2018 Comments off

 

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By contrast, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), Next Step, Clayton Homes, Cavco Industries, Champion Homes video, published on Nov 15, 2017 now has 1,433 views.

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We could scrutinize those facts in dozens of ways, but will keep it simple on a Friday evening by saying what we did shortly after they came out with their ‘big announcement.’  MHI, and those who teamed with them, missed some key points of “story telling.” 

Keep in mind that the goal here isn’t to slam those involved, rather, it is to make industry professionals step back and think. Everyone needs accountability. 

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Critiques, fact checks, aren’t personal. Rather, they are a professional necessity.

In business, there are metrics for accountability.

The proof  – the metrics – are measured in their respective view results.

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Given MHI’s multi-million dollar a year budget, it is also obvious they have not put enough resources into this to move the needle. It should be noted that the Next Step/MHI video is posted on MHI’s website, and several other websites too. Ouch, ouch, ouch…

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Amen Corner, vs. Fact and Evidence Based Reality Checks?

So why should MHPros be surprised if MHI – which they and their amen corner thumps their chest about ‘all they are doing for the industry’ – when by several objective measures, they are arguably failing.  

Keep in mind that MHI asked others to ‘spread the word’ about this video.  Sad response to their leadership, isn’t it?

ICYMI, look at the RVs vs. MH data below, and the related reports, shown below. The question readers must ask are ones like these.

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  • Is MHI just inept at doing what they claim their agenda is?
  • Is MHI merely posturing? Play acting?
  • How do you explain the difference between what Curbed and the Verge have already done, vs. what the ‘professionals’ at the Manufactured Housing Institute have accomplished? 

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August 14th, 2018 Comments off
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Several years ago, early in our history, MHProNews interviewed Eddie Hicks, a veteran manufactured home community consultant. Part of the topic was product placement.

 

Fast forward to the Verge and Curbed, which have snagged Ford as the sponsor for their “Home of the Future” video series.

You’ll often notice on the top right corner of their video the Ford logo.

 

To the point of product placement, you will also note that tough, cool looking Ford truck during various outdoor scenes of the exterior views of this modular/prefab home.

This week’s episode featured shingles that are actually part of the roof. You’ll recall the MHProNews column with Steve Lefler on that topic, so technically, that’s not ‘new’ news to our readers. But what this does is reflects the direction of their storyline, their narrative.

Namely, that solar isn’t only green, with a lower carbon footprint. But solar can also be cool looking.

Notice the style of the video?

From the camera angles, to the music and more, it’s clearly geared to a younger crowd.

But factory-built housing marketers, did you notice something else?

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This video isn’t 1 or 2 minutes, or even 30 seconds, as so many ‘video experts’ say they have to be. Instead, this video weighs in at nearly 7 minutes in duration.

We know from experience that as long as the audience is interested, they will tune in and stay tuned to videos that are 5 to 10 minutes plus in length. On a ‘heavy’ topic, like the Kevin Clayton video interview (ICYMI, that’s posted on the page, linked here), a motivated viewer will hang in for that nearly hour-long video presentation.

From the beginning, when it came to the length of a video, we asked ‘Why not?’ How many tens of millions of Americans will watch hours of TV daily?

The evidence on video length is obvious.  Cable shows, news, streaming video movies, and other programming abound.

 

The Thinking Behind the Pitch

Notice too that this video is done by the Verge and Curbed. These are specialty media – trade media – like MHProNews or MHLivingNews are.  That gives it ‘third party’ authority to the viewer.

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The “Home of the Future” video itself notes that the solar array included in this home isn’t enough to power more than 60 percent of the needs of the model home. They do mention that additional solar could be added.

Notice that no mention of cost is involved?  We aren’t agreeing or disagreeing, just making an observation.

In terms of analyzing their episode, the thrust of this style of video reflects a scripted format. That can be debated. Like our “Inside MH” video series, they do an interview, a conversation.

For our Inside MH series on MHLivingNews, we leaned in the direction of an unscripted, genuine, free-flowing conversation.

The “product placement” style is all around this “Ford” powered video as they tell the story. But it isn’t just Ford.  There are other credited or placed elements revealed here too. So there are similarities between what they’re doing, and what we’ve done.

The biggest difference is budgets and sponsors – i.e.: scale, and we did it sooner on MHLivingNews than they did. But the proof of concept is similar, and their example, is a clear sign of what the world of HUD Code factory-built housing needs too.

But there is an important distinction that some in MHVille haven’t yet grasped.  For this type of campaign to be effective, it has to be more than just a fun view. The narrative has to get to the root of core issues that have dog manufactured homes, or factory-built housing.  It must lance-the-boil, or it will be merely entertainment.

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We noted in the “Becoming a Standing Out Performer that those who’ve implemented some of these kinds of strategies with us have watched their results skyrocket.

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So this is more than just a cool or  interesting, under 7 minute video that is backed by giant Ford, that has a brief commentary.

Rather, this should be a reminder of how this can and should be achieved for MHVille.

Rephrased, this could be you and your operation’s location.

Learn more about this proven concept at the link below.

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Robotics, 3D Printed Housing, Imminent Challengers for Manufactured Homes, Modular Housing – 3D Build Systems CEO Don Musilli

May 29th, 2018 Comments off

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A revolutionary idea in home building is taking place insouthwest Florida, per Sun Coast News. and other regional media.

 

Once the foundation is poured the robot will print that structure in 18 to 24 hours,” said CEO Don Musilli, to ABC 7.

Instead of a year to build a house conventionally, Musilli and 3D Build Systems COO Deborah Hegedus believe they can cut the total build time down to a single month.

All the technology we’re working with is all bottom up. This is not technology that your grandfather used, or your father used,” Musilli told Sun Coast.

The 2 videos on this Daily Business News report bring out some similar, distinctive, and complementary facts.

3D Build Systems says they can build housing from 700 to about 2000 square feet in size.

This is similar, but on a larger scale, to the 3D printing that MHProNews previously reported is being deployed by an Austin, TX 3D builder.

 

3D Printed Home in Austin, TX Aims to Revolutionize Affordable Housing

What is often missing from reports on emerging technologies in construction are accurate estimates of pricing. Sun Coast reported an estimated price of $150,000. But what does that include? The article, and others, were silent on that point.

So MHProNews reached out to Musilli. In a series of emails, here’s what he said.

We are developing 3 typical home designs with pricing that will be put on our website within the next 20 to 30 days,” Musilli told the Daily Business News via email.

As his message suggested, there is no firm price now, but it should be noted that such pricing is often missing from others doing 3D housing printing.  To his credit, Musilli, is the first to directly address such specific questions.

We have been developing these prices and want to be fairly sure that what we present is accurate. For approximation we believe we can complete one of our homes in 1200 to 1400 sq. ft. range for around $150K,” per Musilli message.

That reply was to the MHProNews’ querry requesting a turn key, move-in ready price.

Again, we will have more data shortly,” he said.

 

Comparisons to Conventional Housing

In the Sarasota market, starter, new conventional housing ranges from $100.50 – $149.22 per square foot, according to Home Builders Pro Matcher.

So, doing the math provided by Musilli, a 1,300 square foot home for $150,000 turn-key would be $115.39 per square foot.

If they hit that target figure, that would make these 3D printed houses very competitive to mainstream site-built housing.  That said, in some ways, it could be superior, if the homes are indeed able to handle 220 mile-per-hour winds, and an 8.0 rated earthquake.

It would be surprising if they could do a turn-key finish of their models in 30 days, but even if it was completed in 60 days, it would be far faster than conventional housing.

That could be a tough competitor, perhaps even a body-blow to modular builders, if the pricing holds and as 3D housing catches on.

It could also put a pinch on some higher end HUD Code manufactured home builders too.  Manufactured housing would still be significantly less in price.

But as robotics ramps up, don’t be surprised if the pricing drops.  Note too that the new tax law, per sources, could spur robotics sales. See the infographic below.

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The Wrap

The bottom line is that this is a big threat to site builders, but it is also a looming challenge to higher cost factory builders.

Nevertheless, the Google search below is accurate, then the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has been mute on this topic.

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By contrast, the Modular Building Institute (MBI) has, per the search shown, has to some degree addressed this issue.

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MHProNews has been tracking and reporting on the emerging 3D printed housing tech for several years.

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The bottom line is that industry professionals should be mindful of these developments, and should develop responses to the challenge.

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Emerging Building, Construction Technologies Poised to Disrupt Housing, Developing, and More

May 29th, 2018 Comments off

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This 10-minute video will show you some technologies that you will be familiar with, such as 3D Printing.

 

But it will also introduce you to technologies that you may not be familiar with at all.  This new TechZone video was posted earlier in May 2018, and it already boasts over a million views.

From:

  • patio and road paving systems,
  • to tear down tech,
  • 3D printing,
  • to wall building drones,
  • robots that build walls faster than humans,
  • and more

this is a video that forward thinkers in the manufactured and modular housing industry will want to carefully digest.

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It’s a Revolution – $300 Million Deal Inked for 1,000 PreFabs

May 17th, 2018 Comments off
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One of several ‘big deals’ that Revolution Precrafted homes is working on, see the video below.

Philippine-based unicorn startup Revolution Precrafted has sealed a $300-million exclusive deal in the Caribbean for the supply of its prefabricated units,” the firm said in a release to the Daily Business News.

The initial franchise deal with NOVO Development involves the supply of at least 1,000 units in the region that would create sales revenues of as much as $300 million. Revolution Precrafted offers exclusive tie-ups in over 195 countries that allow its partners to use its designs and units for a fee of $125,000 to $2 million, depending on the size of each country’s economy,” the firm tells MHProNews.   

Bloomberg filed this video report.

An even larger deal may be pending, per sources to MHProNews.

Do the math. These aren’t cheaper, low end housing. It’s a 300k per home price tag.  Revolution – as long-time Daily Business News readers know – specializes in ‘designer’ homes by high end architects and artists.

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McKinsey Global Institute “Blueprint for Addressing the Global Affordable Housing Challenge” Points to Factory Building

May 4th, 2018 Comments off

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A new report by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), “A Blueprint for Addressing the Global Affordable Housing Challenge,” defines the affordability gap as the difference between the cost of an acceptable standard housing unit (which varies by location) and what households can afford to pay using no more than 30 percent of income.

 

The analysis uses MGI’s Cityscope database of 2,400 metropolitan areas, as well as case studies from around the world.

Per MGI, “It [the report] finds that the affordable housing gap now stands at $650 billion a year and that the problem will only grow as urban populations expand: current trends suggest that there could be 106 million more low-income urban households by 2025, for example. To replace today’s inadequate housing and build the additional units needed by 2025 would require $9 trillion to $11 trillion in construction spending alone. With land, the total cost could be $16 trillion. Of this, we estimate that $1 trillion to $3 trillion may have to come from public funding.”

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When you see the word “trillions” and affordable housing, it clarifies the comments by Alan Amy. See that video, below.

 

Tens of millions are impacted here in the U.S., said MGI.

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The propose a four-part plan to educe those costs.

Those 4 items are:

  1. Unlocking land supply.
  2. Reducing construction costs.While manufacturing and other industries have raised productivity steadily in the past few decades, in construction it has remained flat or gone down in many countries. Likewise, in many places residential housing is still built in the same way it was 50 years ago. Project costs could be reduced by about 30 percent and completion schedules shortened by about 40 percent if developers make use of value engineering (standardizing design) and industrial approaches, such as assembling buildings from prefabricated components manufactured off-site. Efficient procurement methods and other process improvements would help, as well.” (Italics added).
  3. Improved operations and maintenance.
  4. Lowering financing costs for buyers and developers.

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The video below is a summary of their research.

 

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The McKinsey research summary video says tens of millions of Americans can benefit from affordable housing near areas it’s needed. While they don’t specifically mention manufactured homes, they do say that engineered, industrialized homes with affordable lending in the right locales are among the keys needed,” said Mark Weiss, JD, President and CEO for the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).

That describes what MHARR has promoted for years; the full implementation of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000,” said Weiss in a statement to the Daily Business News,including enhanced preemption. Combined with FHA lending and the robust implementation of the Duty to Serve (DTS) by the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs).”

The McKinsey research certainly includes various forms of prefab and modular housing.

But what many researchers may not realize is that a robust application of the MHIA 2000, the robust application of the GSEs DTS and a broader use of FHA Title I and Title II  lending – all existing laws, that only need to be properly enforced and administered – could speed the time to addressing these issues.

The trillions of dollars in market potential globally provide a context for award-winning retailer, Alan Amy’s comments, below.

 

It is the latest example of what MHLivingNews reported some years ago. Namely, that the “Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis is Hiding in Plain Sight.” Research has suggested that manufactured homes are not only less costly to buy, they are also less costly to maintain.

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Manufactured Housing Industry Headline News, Sunday Morning Review 12.25.2017 to 12.31.2017

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Saturday 12.30.2017

Manufactured Housing Industry Tips, Documents, News-Talk; Christ, Clinton, Bush, Obama, Trump – Flashback, Fast-Forward 2018 Analysis

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Friday 12.29.2017

Was Bill Clinton Just Wrong, or Did He Lie? MH Impact – Facts, Analysis

Was Bill Clinton Just Wrong, or Did He Lie? MH Impact – Facts, Analysis

Surprise! Partisan 2017 Ends with Disbelief, 2018 Previews – Plus MH Market Update$

 

Survey Top 2017 PreFab, Modular, Tiny and 3D Printed Housing News Stories

Survey Top 2017 PreFab, Modular, Tiny and 3D Printed Housing News Stories

2017 Bi-Partisan Political Cartoons in Review (Note: Insightful, Satire, Tragic, Humor…)

2017 Bi-Partisan Political Cartoons in Review (Note: Insightful, Satire, Tragic, Humor…)

Thursday 12.28.2017

 

Beyond ‘Trailers’ – Buying Modern Manufactured Homes, What Insurance Giant State Farm Got Right, Not Right – Analysis

Beyond ‘Trailers’ – Buying Modern Manufactured Homes, What Insurance Giant State Farm Got Right, Not Right – Analysis

Biggest Biz Blunders 2017, Bill Gates Top Success Tip Videos, Plus MH Market UPdate$

 

Mainstream Media Reports Rising Manufactured Home Resale Value$, Analysis

Mainstream Media Reports Rising Manufactured Home Resale Value$, Analysis

2018 Outlook-Crisis Spell$ Opportunity, Per Leonard Kiefer, Freddie Mac Data

 

Wednesday 12.27.2017

 

Latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, with Manufactured Home Connections

 

Homelessness in America, and Factory-Built Housing

Homelessness in America, and Factory-Built Housing

RedFin CEO On Tax Reform Impact on Housing, Plus MH Market Update$

 

Warren Buffett, “the Moat,” Manufactured Housing, Berkshire Hathaway, Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt, Wells Fargo, NAI…

Warren Buffett, “the Moat,” Manufactured Housing, Berkshire Hathaway, Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt, Wells Fargo, NAI…

Manufactured Housing, 2018 – Will there be a Bipartisan Push to Enact Infrastructure Bill? MH Impact?

 

Tuesday 12.26.2017

 

Thomas: Buffett Should Buy Manufactured Home Community REIT, Plus MH Market Update$

Thomas: Buffett Should Buy Manufactured Home Community REIT, Plus MH Market Update$

Fires Burning Manufactured Housing’s Public Image? News, Review, MH Industry Impact

Fires Burning Manufactured Housing’s Public Image? News, Review, MH Industry Impact

Destinations, Manufactured Homes, the Manufactured Housing Industry, and 2018

 

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Monday 12.25.2017

 

The Paradox of Christmas

The Paradox of Christmas

KYPs, and the $64 Billion Dollar Question-Monday Morning Manufactured Housing Sale$ Meeting

KYPs, and the $64 Billion Dollar Question-Monday Morning Manufactured Housing Sale$ Meeting

Reports, Reflections on Media Tilt, Bias, Ignorance, and Manufactured Housing

Reports, Reflections on Media Tilt, Bias, Ignorance, and Manufactured Housing

Manufactured Housing Facts 2017, By the Numbers

Manufactured Housing Facts 2017, By the Numbers

Sunday 12.14.2017

 

Manufactured Housing Industry Headline News, Sunday Morning Review 12.17.2017 to 12.24.2017

Manufactured Housing Industry Headline News, Sunday Morning Review 12.17.2017 to 12.24.2017

 

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Survey Top 2017 PreFab, Modular, Tiny and 3D Printed Housing News Stories

December 29th, 2017 Comments off

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MHProNews tends to focus on HUD Code manufactured homes, but we routinely spotlight other forms of factory-built housing. We’ve done so for years.

This Daily Business News flashback 2017 year-in-review will be a series of links, that will let you click on some of the dozens of stories that we’ve published this year about the various forms of prefab, modular, 3D, and tiny house stories.  But this column will close with a link on MHLivingNews about manufactured home shopping tips.

Ex-Amazon Leader Sees Future In Modular

Private Equity Fund Grabbing 2 PreFab Home Builders

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

The “Top Ten” Container Home Designs in the U.S., 2017 – Video

Google’s Going Modular Housing

“It’s Outrageous!” “Censorship” — Suing Google/YouTube

Chicago – Massive Modular Project by European Operation Coming

Introducing ÖÖD – $50,000 Mirrored PreFab – and Compare

Factory Built Home Companies, True Game Changer – Here, Now – Impact on Manufactured Housing?

The Evolution of 3D Printed Homes?

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

Jana Kasperkevic, Tiny Houses, Manufactured Homes & Financing

http://www. mhmarketingsalesmanagement.com/blogs/daily-business-news/are-americans-hunting-for-the-single-sectional-manufactured-home-alternative/

Giant L&G Sees Modular as Natural Evolution in Housing, Brit & U.S. Ties, Report & Video

Squamish Over Vancouver? BC Tiny House Controversy, Leadership, MH Parallels

3D Printed Home Can Withstand Magnitude 8 Earthquake

Shipping Containers Given New Life

It looks Cool! But is Richard Perkin’s NoHA the Real Deal in Affordable Housing?

The Top 10 American Corporations, Manufactured Homes, and PreFab Housing

Faced With Housing Shortage, Nation Turns to Unused Containers

Inside MH – Not Every Democrat, Not Every Republican – Politically Incorrect, Factually Accurate

$58,000 PreFabs, Videos, Updates of More Hi-Tech Backers

Prefab, Modular Homes are Front and Center in Solving Housing Crisis

Meet the Modular Housing Builder Google Picked, and their “Industrial Cathedral”

Tips on Shopping for a New Manufactured Home

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Beyond ‘Trailers’ – Buying Modern Manufactured Homes, What Insurance Giant State Farm Got Right, Not Right – Analysis

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The photo doesn’t state if the construction being shown is HUD Code, modular or a prefab form of factory building. To the suprise of some inside and outside of the industry, it could be any of those three.

A lot has changed in the way manufactured homes are constructed, utilized, and perceived,” reads a page on the State Farm Insurance website.  Those are the first words under the photo at the left and after their classic headline, “Beyond ‘Trailers’ – Buying Modern Manufactured Homes,

For starters, there’s sometimes confusion about exactly what is meant by ‘manufactured home.’ Rule number one: Don’t call them ‘trailers’ or ‘mobile homes,’” says State Farm.

Bingo.

That’s a spot on, correct statement of fact.

While there are search engine optimization and other reasons why words like ‘mobile home’ ought to be considered, and possibly used, it should be done so juxtaposed in just the manner that State Farm did. As a segue into the correct terminology – and then, ideally – why that nomenclature matters.

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Here’s what the current terms mean for this category of affordable housing styles, and why those outdated terms don’t really apply anymore,” their post says, and continues as follows – which includes, from their perspective, an understandable tilt as to what this means for those seeking home owner insurance.

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  • Prefabricated Homes: This is the general term used to refer to any type of home that is constructed off-site (in a production plant or factory) and then transported to the building site. Prefabricated homes are usually insured under a standard Homeowners policy.
  • Modular Homes: Prefab homes that are constructed in two or more sections at the factory and then usually transported to the building site on a flatbed truck. Constructed to conventional building codes, they may have multiple floors and more steeply pitched roofs.
  • Panelized Home: Unlike modular homes, these are constructed as separate wall sections and then assembled by the builders at the site. (‘Pre-cut’ homes are a type of panelized homes.)
  • Manufactured Homes: Usually single-story, they mostly come in double-wide or triple-wide configurations that are much roomier and more ‘house-like’ than the outdated idea of a single-wide (narrow) version — the latter type being what’s often conjured by the term ‘trailer.’ Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards (HUD Code) define rigorous guidelines for manufactured homes. The most recognized distinction from modular homes is that that they have a permanent steel I-beam chassis and wheels under the floor so they can be towed rather than carried on the back of a truck.
    • Mobile Homes: You’ll often see this term used interchangeably when referring to today’s manufactured homes. But technically, the term ‘mobile home’ only applies to dwellings built before June 1976, when the HUD Code went into effect.”

From a just-the-facts perspective, most of the above is spot on.  It arguably deserves the appreciation of professionals in manufactured housing – and broader factory built home industry.

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There is one problematic point in the section above, and it is this; that are much roomier and more ‘house-like’ than the outdated idea of a single-wide (narrow) version — the latter type being what’s often conjured by the term ‘trailer.’”

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There are objective and subjective statements. Much of the start of their post was objectively accurate, but that one line shown above, was subjective – a personal opinion.

Most Popular Home of Year Goes To…Shotgun like ‘Single Sectional’ – Think “Lido” Manufactured Home

As regular MHLivingNews and MHProNews readers know, single-sectionals often have floorplans similar to other forms of conventional housing, including shotgun houses, and some multifamily construction floorplans.

Walk Down Memory Lane: From Trailers and Mobile Homes to Early and Modern Manufactured Homes (Video)

Single sectionals – what State Farm’s post called “single-wide (narrow)” do conjure the image for many of a “trailer house.” That’s sad, but true. Still, they are popular, accounting for half of the production or more of some HUD Code manufactured home producers.  Nor should a single sectional be looked upon as inferior.  It’s arguably the most affordable kind of permeant housing, when measured on a cost-per-square-foot basis.

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<I? Isn’t this part of the antidote to the t-word issue?

That ‘narrow’ view is thus subjective, an opinion held in the eye of the beholder, in the following sense.  Tiny houses – which manufactured home advocate Rev. Donald Tye Jr. calls a ‘true trailer house,’ because it may be towable by pickup truck – are hip in the eyes of millions.

The rest of their column on the topic of manufactured homes and other forms of prefabs is similar to the above. It includes statements that may be spot on, mixed with others that are less accurate, or problematic.

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But compared to many third party researchers or those with an interest in the industry that are looking into manufactured homes, the overall thrust of their article is pretty good.

If thousands of journalists grasped what State Farm did in the reviewed portion of the post, the manufactured home industry would arguably be ahead.

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As a closing thought, does their article reflect the reality that giant State Farm Insurance desires targeting an industry they see growing in the future?

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