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Company Ships Converted Modular Container Homes Worldwide

September 15th, 2015 Comments off

Container_modular_home__MODS_International__creditWhile MODS (Modular on Demand Structures) International of Grand Chute, Wisconsin has sold 300 modular homes worldwide converted from shipping containers, Jose Atencio and his girlfriend, Aubrey Lorge, are combining four of the units to make a 1,100 square foot home to be sited in Menasha, WI, the first of its kind in Fox Valley.

An employee of MODS, Atencio, noting that the home costs about $100 a square foot, designed the two-bedroom unit that will include an office, bathroom, kitchen and even a basement and all the amenities that go with a home. They originally planned for the home to be in Winnebago county, but encountered regulations that did not account for solid metal sides of a single-family home.

You can build a metal house if you want,” said George Dearborn, director of community development for the Town of Menasha. “We’re supportive of newer technology. The designs I’ve seen are pretty nice-looking buildings.

HGTV intends to film the construction of the home in October as part of a TV reality series titled “Living in a Box,” as postcrescent informs MHProNews.

MODS President Douglas Larson conceived the idea after seeing a motor home parked next to a shipping container, and noticing the similarity in size, thought he could build a better option for temporary housing. Single units have about 320 square feet of space, making them ideal for hunting cabins, summer cottages and oil field workers in North Dakota. ##

(Image credit: MODS International)

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Doctor is Building Modular Homes for Pittsburgh

October 1st, 2013 Comments off

A pediatrician at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a passion for design and sustainable housing has begun the process of bringing in the first solar-powered modular homes to the city. Dr. Orooj Fasiuddin’s urbanHAUS will site the first home on a lot in the Morningside neighborhood. A two bedroom modular home with 945 square feet will rent for $1,450/mth plus utilities; the second modular home will be a 670 square foot, one-bedroom unit that will rent for $800 utilities included. Both will have a full bath, kitchen and living/diningroom, according to triblive.com. Ecocraft of Bridgeville, PA, just south of Pittsburgh is building the homes, MHProNews has learned, which will be ready Nov. 1. Linda Metropulos of Action Housing Inc. says, “There are thousands of infill or vacant lots in the city where affordable housing can be built.” Having moved to town nine years ago to work at the hospital, Fasiuddin says, “I focused on using local resources, not only for labor, but all the materials as well. I believe in small-house concept, and each project is intentionally small for the one- to three-person household.”

(Photo credit: earthtechling–modular home interior)

Prayer Emanates from Manufactured Home

September 9th, 2013 Comments off

The Islamic Center of Clermont, Florida has been using a multisection manufactured home as a place of worship for five years, removing interior walls as the congregation has grown. Each Friday 150 people crowd into the structure, but with no more walls to remove, the leadership is seeking more space to accommodate a growing Muslim population in Lake County, east of Orlando. As orlandosentinel.com informs MHProNews, the congregation has purchased four acres in Clermont where they intend to build a 16,650 square-foot Islamic Center and mosque.

(Photo credit: Tom Benitez/orlandosentinel–manufactured home serves as house of worship)

Universal Forest Products Unveils New Building System

August 20th, 2013 Comments off

An affiliate of Universal Forest Products, Inc. has developed the Intact Structural Frame building system that connects the roof to the foundation, providing an exoskeleton that will resist seismic, snow and stormy conditions. Most buildings connect the walls the to the foundation for support, but the owner of the 7,000 square foot building did not want load-bearing walls nor posts in the middle of the structure. A combination of engineered wood and an innovative full-height anchoring system, the building saved 15-40 percent over traditional steel and block construction, and cut production time by three weeks, as dailyfinance.com reports. MHProNews knows Universal provides wood and wood products to the manufactured housing industry.

(Photo credit: Universal Forest Products, Inc.)

Modular Home Built by High School Students

August 12th, 2013 Comments off

Students at Mountain View and Evergreen High Schools in Clark County, Washington collaborated to build a modular home for Habitat for Humanity that a single-mother and her two sons will move into in September. Each school literally built half of the 1,100 square foot home, and the students will receive class credit, plus the hands-on experience in construction. As thecolumbian informs MHProNews, Habitat volunteers finished up the home because students were unable to complete the project before the summer break. “This was the first year, so there was a learning curve,” said Kris Cowan, the Evergreen Habitat for Humanity construction manager. “Next year, we will have it ready to move at the end of the (school) year.”

(Photo credit: Steven Lane/thecolumbian–Habitat for Humanity volunteers complete home.)

Structural Panels Maker GreenFLEX Expanding in Oregon

June 21st, 2013 Comments off

While the number of employees in the manufactured housing (MH) industry in Ore. dropped from 2,000 in 2007 to around 600 by the end of last year, factory-built housing producer GreenFLEX intends to hire some of those workers at a facility in Stayton, Ore. that once made modular homes. The company produces energy efficient concrete structural panels with a layer of foam that is not only excellent insulation, but its proprietary features include resistance to hammer blows, prolonged soaking in water, fire and its ability to bend without breaking. Structurally different from manufactured homes, the interior as well as plumbing and electrical is very similar. “Wherever there is an extreme climate or a durability issue, that is where we shine,” said James Weber, a company manager. Founded in 2011, GreenFLEX has made permanent and portable housing for oilfield and agricultural workers, and intends to enter the residential market. As statesmanjournal informs MHProNews, the company expects to double its work force to over 100 as it moves into the 140,000 square foot building modular builder Karsten Homes left in 2009.

(Photo credit: statesmanjournal–GreenFLEX homes)

Manufactured Housing Component Supplier puts Project on Hold

June 19th, 2013 Comments off

As follow-up to a story MHProNews posted Feb. 27, 2013 concerning Universal Forest Products, Inc. (UFPI) taking over a former manufactured housing facility in Silverton, Ore., city officials now say UFPI has put those plans on hold. Silverton City Manager Bob Willoughby says the 126,000 square-foot building, once occupied by Redmond Homes, was set to combine UFPI’s operations in McMinnville and Woodburn, Ore. As statesmanjournal reports, the project has been delayed indefinitely, and calls to the company did not elicit a response. UFPI, a major component supplier to the manufactured housing industry, had filed an application with the town’s planning commission that would have created 100 jobs.

(Photo credit: Universal Forest Products, Inc.)

Modular Homes Growing in the North Country

June 11th, 2013 Comments off

To meet the growing demand for housing in Atikokan, Ontario, Canada, Dave Bjorkman is opening Northwestern Modular Homes to provide an affordable alternative to stick-built homes. He says modular homes from the U S. are less expensive than Canadian models, so he buys from Skyline in Lancaster, Wis., Highland Manufacturing of Worthington, Minn., and Homark Homes of Red Lake Falls, Minn. The atikokanprogress.ca tells MHProNews with stick-built homes costing $175-200 per square foot, he can provide a basic modular home for $95-105 per square foot. A recent study shows the expansion of the lumber mills, the hospital and likely a mining operation will create a tight housing market in the Atikokan area. Bjorkman is a businessman familiar to the people of the city, and is also the town locksmith.

(Photo credit: winnipegfreepress–modular home at Lake St. Martin, Manitoba, Canada)

Sun Communities Touted as Good Investment

June 5th, 2013 Comments off

According to insidermonkey, Sun Communities, Inc. (NYSE:SUI), a real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns and operates 184 manufactured housing and recreational vehicle communities, returns a higher dividend yield (5.0% versus 2.6% for Equity Lifestyle Properties, Inc.) and is more capital efficient (ELS has a higher capex-to-sales ratio of 4.1 % versus 2.6% for Sun) than its closest rival. For home buyers in search of low cost housing, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) reports in 2011 the average sales price for a manufactured home was $60,600 compared to a site-built, single-family home cost of $207,950. In addition, average rent for Sun’s manufactured homes is $0.55 per square foot versus $0.92 per square foot for an apartment. But because most Sun residents own their own homes but rent the land, the company’s capital outlay is primarily for maintenance of common areas and amounts to less than three percent of its revenues for 2012, its most recent 10-K. As MHProNews knows, Sun has 67,000 developed homesites in 18 states.

(Photo credit: Sun Communities, Inc.)

Steel Modular Home Revived

May 13th, 2013 Comments off

According to palmspringslife, in the 1960’s architect Don Wexler designed seven all steel modular homes in North Palm Springs, Calif. in conjunction with the Alexander Group, each selling for $14,000. The intent was to build 36 homes but the price of materials became prohibitive, as everything except the concrete foundation, plumbing and electrical was steel. The last of the seven recently sold for $365,000 and the new owners intend to renovate it to its original condition and rent it out as a vacation house. The two-bedroom, two-bath, 1,532 square foot house features an open floor plan, simple lines, and a folded steel plate roof line that forms an air baffle designed to draw heat away from the rooms and create shaded areas over the windows. MHProNews has learned one of the homes is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Paul Kaplan of the Paul Kaplan Group says, “Part of the reasoning behind the all-steel construction is its ability to withstand the heat and windy nature of the Palm Springs area.”

(Photo credit: James Butchart/palmspringslife–steel modular home)