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Modular Container Homes Proposed for Homeless in BC Canada

March 29th, 2016 Comments off

containers_shipping__now_the_canstay_motel_in_bonnie_allen__cbc_dot_caA new Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada company intends to capitalize on the housing shortage in this city east of Vancouver by converting shipping containers into homes, as tells MHProNews.

Honomobo owner Devon Siebenga said his homes will range in size from 320 to 649 square feet, by combining up to three modules, and can be used in backyards or on city-owned land to help with the homelessness problem.

Siebenga’s brother runs a company that repurposes containers into office suites and storage units for the oil industry, so he is no stranger to the concept, but his buildings will be larger, 26 feet long X 24 feet wide.

He said a single unit will cost around $100,000, but postulates the modular homes will put a big dent in the homeless population of Kelowna.

With the first container home already approved, the company is set to launch in June. ##

(Photo credit: Allen–containers converted into motel)

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Manufactured Home Builder Oakwood Sells former HQ

August 5th, 2015 Comments off

oakwood_former_hq__photo_credit_triad_commercial_propertiesMHProNews has learned from bizjournals the former Oakwood Homes corporate headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina has been sold to Stanley Benefits Services for $8.1 million, which will occupy 30,000 square feet of the 130,000 square-foot building. Oakwood, a builder of manufactured and modular homes with locations around North Carolina, vacated the building in 2004, and sold the facility to Stanley. Tax records show the property is assessed for $11.18 million.

Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, the manufactured, modular and mobile home lender, currently occupies 30,000 square feet of the building and intends to say, having signed a five-year lease. As MHProNews knows, Vanderbilt is a lending arm of Clayton Homes, a division of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway family of companies. ##

(Photo credit: Triad Commercial Properties–Oakwood Homes former HQ)

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A Short Story on the Tiny Home Movement

May 6th, 2015 Comments off

tiny_house_movement__tom_beasleyAustralian filmmaker Jeremy Beasley has been documenting the Tiny Home movement which began in the U. S. 15 years ago, and estimates there are between 500 and 1,000, although the exact number is unknown because many are under the radar. As MHProNews reported Oct. 21, 2014 on a 70 square-foot one person Tiny Home constructed by Prof. Lucas Brown and his students at Green Mountain College in Vermont, named OTIS—Optimal Traveling Independent Space—many will fit on a utility trailer and thus can be mobile, although that is not necessarily the intent.

OTIS has a composting toilet, a single 120-watt solar panel for electricity, water cachement and a small wood stove for heat and cooking. As yahoofinance tells MHProNews, the minimum size for a manufactured home, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is 320 square feet. Beasley says the average Tiny Home is 186 Square feet and costs around $23,000 to build.

The median price of a new home in the U. S. is $277,000 and has 2,600 square feet. He says 68 percent of Tiny Home people have no mortgage, and 65 percent have no credit card debt. They average $8 to $15 monthly for utilities.

Beasley was motivated to seek an option to a conventional home when he realized he could not afford a 30-year mortgage, and spent two years documenting the Tiny Home movement in the U. S, eventually focusing on four people in Portland, Oregon who built their homes, shown here in a short video, “Small is Beautiful,” according to yahoofinance. He notes the characteristics shared by people he met: “Freedom is definitely something a lot of people have in common, as well as living sustainably and trying to lessen their footprint on earth.

Tiny House owners, however, say the more all-encompassing has less to do with statistics and more about lifestyle choices. One of the Portland people featured says the Tiny Home keeps her living costs low so she can provide free medical care as a licensed acupuncturist.

Beasley plans on buying a Tiny Home in Australia. ##

(Photo credit: yahoofinance/Jeremy Beasley–couple sits in front of tiny home.)

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Modular Building: Front End Savings, but Long Term Sustainability?

April 9th, 2015 Comments off

modular_apartments__cnynews_coom__hillside_commons_on_the_suny_campus_at_oneonat_nyAs growing populations and housing shortages continue to confound especially urban planners, one solution lies in modular fabrication, as theguardian informs MHProNews. While proponents say this method is the way forward because it is energy efficient, allows for more quality control and savings in time and energy, and produces less waste, its long term sustainability as a solution to environmental and social housing issues remains to be seen.

Elisabeth Hamin, department head for landscape architecture and regional planning at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, says it “will be an important innovation that spreads to many urban markets with high real estate values. Small apartment units, some as small as 250 square feet, are stacked like Legos, as MHProNews reported Jan. 22, 2013. Often a percentage of them are set as affordable housing for low-to-moderate renters. Their appeal may be strongest to singles living in expensive urban areas like NYC, Tokyo, London and San Francisco where there are other desirable amenities.

The nonprofit trade association Modular Building Institute (MBI) reports modular construction of condominiums, apartments, hotels and housing for workers grew by 31% between 2012 and 2013. Liz Burnett of MBI states, “Demand for multifamily is very high currently. Young people are moving out of their parents’ houses, and older adults are seeking smaller homes with less upkeep.

The 55-unit modular MY Micro NY Project, now under construction by the Capsys Corp. at Brooklyn Navy Yard, will feature units of 270 to 350 square feet. Capsys’ Tom O’Hara says, “We have been contacted to review and explore dozens of projects from many of the city’s most prolific developers.” The company can produce one module a day, approximately 35,000 square feet per month.

Renee Chow, a professor of architecture and urban design at the University of California at Berkeley, notes modular buildings are expedient and cost worthy at the front end, but long-term usage raises questions. “They are difficult to fix over time, they don’t hold changes in lifestyle well nor do they accommodate changes in uses. Think of all the cities we like that have endured yet still hold modern ways of living and uses. Will the modules do the same?” ##

(Image credit: cnynews-Hillside Commons modular apartments on SUNY Campus in Oneonta, NY)

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Japanese Micro Modular Apartments 40 Years Old

September 25th, 2013 Comments off

A small group of architects in post-war Japan, trying to overcome problems that plagued traditional urban planning, created the Nakagin Capsule Tower, a building containing 140 modular unit capsules of just over 100 square feet each. It’s intent was to provide housing for businessmen who needed an urban home during the week. Originally designed in 1972 so the capsules would be replaced every 25 years, today half the modular units are offices, and the others function as inexpensive housing and weekend second homes. Photographer Noritaka Minami, who has documented the tower, says it was supposed to begin a trend of small living spaces but is the only building of its kind, and for good reason: The floorplan does not maximize space, and, “It’s extremely difficult to repair the plumbing and service lines, because of the design: there’s nothing like it,” says Minima. Another drawback is the porthole windows in each modular unit do not open, according to Minima visited the complex in 2010 during a heat wave, MHProNews understands, and in one of the units the air conditioning did not work. “It was like a sauna inside,” he says.

(Photo credit: Minami–Nakagin Capsule Tower)

Modular Apartments Set for Long Island

September 24th, 2013 Comments off

While New York City’s first modular apartment building, the six-story, 28-unit Stack recently opened its doors, Hempstead, Long Island in Nassau County will field its first occupants of a modular apartment building next month (October, 2013). The 29-unit complex, Village Lofts, will feature wide plank maple floors as well as Energy Star appliances, a courtyard, elevator, parking, a media screening room and on-site storage. Newsday reports the apartments range in size from 810 square feet to 1,557 square feet with monthly rental rates of $1,400 to $2,550. MHProNews has learned six of the modular units will be set aside as affordable housing.

(Photo credit: Village Lofts–Hempstead, Long Island NY)

Shipping Containers Re-purposed as Modular Storefronts

September 17th, 2013 Comments off

The 12-story rundown, vacant Plaza hotel on the southside of downtown Dallas is getting a makeover in the form of a 220-room Holiday Inn, part of a $34 million project. Included in the plan is 1,800 square-feet of commercial space at the edge of the motel’s parking lot that will be comprised of shipping containers re-purposed as modular units. According to the Dallas Morning News, the developers are seeking $2.3 million in tax increment financing district funds to help defray infrastructure costs. If the Dallas City Council Economic Development Committee approves, MHProNews has learned the proposal will be on the Dallas City Council’s agenda at their next meeting. Completion is anticipated for next year.

(Image credit: treehugger–shipping container modular apartments converted by Sea Box)

Modular Homes Replacing Beachfront Bungalows

September 16th, 2013 Comments off

In Ortley Beach, New Jersey, adjacent to Seaside Heights, where 2,200 of 2,400 bungalows were damaged or wiped out by Hurricane Sandy, builder John Westrum is beginning to replace some of them with modular homes, recently completing a model home. He says many of the bungalows are 60-years old and have such outdated wiring, plumbing and old walls it makes more sense to build new rather than repair. In order to qualify for federal flood insurance the pilings the homes sit on have to be nine feet high. Simplex Homes of Scranton, Pennsylvania built the modules for the model home, according to He offers homes from 750 square feet to 2,000 square feet, with prices of $109,900 to $289,900. He says all the infrastructure and streets are already there, as MHProNews has learned, and he expects to sell 50 homes a year.

(Photo credit: Emile Wamsteker/The Wall Street Journal–beachfront modular)

Former Modular Plant will Produce Mod Homes again

September 13th, 2013 Comments off

The fully-equipped former Penn Lyon modular home plant outside Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania has been acquired by Arcon Group, Inc., a firm that specializes in managing modular construction that will now build its own modular units. Arcon founder Bud Miller, who once worked for Penn Lyon, expects to employ 100 within 18 months in the three buildings that comprise 115,000 square feet. Arcon currently manages modular construction projects up to ten stories high in the District of Columbia and nine states. As informs MHProNews, the company intends to use a facility in New Canaan, Connecticut as a sales office for single-family modular homes.

(Photo credit: Modular Homes of Delaware)

First of Five Modular Hoosier Homes now Occupied

September 5th, 2013 Comments off

Updating a story MHProNews initially developed July, 1, 2013 regarding the siting of the first of five modular homes by Indy Mod Homes in Indianapolis, builder Ursula David, in her first foray into the modular home industry, has moved into the home, according to Sited just northeast of downtown Indianapolis, the home has two bedrooms, an office, two bathrooms, a living room and a dining room, an office and a basement. David has another home sold and plans to build a third on spec. At 1,500 to 2,000 square feet, the homes start at $300,000 and can be customized beyond that. AXIS Architects of Indianapolis designed the home, and Bristol, Indiana-based Hi-Tech Housing, Inc. built it. She told MHProNews: “I own the land, but when they sign a contract to purchase the home, they buy the land as well.” She owns four lots several blocks away on which she intends to build modular homes as well.

(Photo credit, top: Matthew J. Silver; bottom photo:–modular home in Indianapolis)