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

November 3rd, 2017 Comments off

CouldTinyMobileStudioSolveYourAffordableHousingCrisisNPRKasitaDailyBusinessNewsModularPrefabManufacturedHomeMHProNewsAt Kasita we believe that every aspect of your living space should make your life simpler and fuller. That’s why we reinvented the home for the way you actually live. Now available in the United States,” says their video.

Kasita’s founder – Jeff Wilson, the so called “dumpster dweller” who helped design this micro-modular home – has been featured on the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI)/National Community Council (NCC) stage last year in Chicago.

They’ve been featured recently on Builder, and previously on NPRs, All Tech Considered.

And now, their compact/tiny version of a modular home is okayed for sale in the states of California and Nevada. Other states too, the company says, are ok or also on the way.

What’s all the Buzz?

 Inquiring industry minds want to know. So some snapshots are warranted.

Thursday’s closing segment will feature Jeff Wilson of KASITA, who was featured on NPR’s  All Tech Considered segment where he shared his vision on revolutizing [sic] the housing market with prefab, urban housing.  He will encourage attendees to think differently about affordable housing’s future,” glowed MHI.


NPR crowed, “…there’s a man in Austin, Texas, who has a possible solution. Call it a long shot. But basically, he’s building tiny self-contained apartments that move when you do. Jeff Wilson gives me a tour of the first prototype. He’s the mastermind behind the Kasita (“little home” in Spanish — only with a “k” instead of a “c”).”

MartynHoffmannKasitaLinkedInLogoPostedDailyBusinessNewsModularPrefabManufacturedHomeMHProNewsKasita is, per NPR’s statements, is “…a steel box, about 10 by 20 feet. It’s different from typical mobile homes in two ways: It’s made for downtown, not the outskirts of a city. And it’s swank: dishwasher, washer/dryer and a subwoofer in the floor — because we can’t live without a good sound system. “It’s essential,” [Jeff] Wilson says. “Absolutely.”

Here’s their company’s video.

Builder said, “In addition to its ADU, Kasita offers other options, including stackable units designed for multi-family, and a disaster relief model meant to quickly step in and provide a high quality, affordable housing solution.”


Not much has really changed in the housing category in almost a century,” said Martyn Hoffmann, Kasita’s CEO, per Builder.And we haven’t seen much improved in the output or delivery,” Builder quoted Hoffmann. “There are very few product categories that can say that. What we are doing, every single day at Kasita, is seeking to disrupt the construction and housing industry by developing a home in the form of a designed, intelligent product. Kasita is compact, intended to utilize and re-utilize every cubic inch, and is delivered with speed in a cost effective manner. The end result is the superior user-experience that the next generation of buyers and renters are looking for.”


Kasita’s Hoffman in His Own Words, Speaking About “Trailers [sic]…”

After his associate was given a stage and a microphone by MHI last year, here’s part of what Hoffman wrote as to why his housing option is better than “trailers [sic].”


How does it look that the President/CEO of the Kasita company, that MHI had that firm’s founder on their stage, is referring to manufactured homes as “trailers?”

Housing the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by these disasters is in itself a national disaster that has to be addressed, and doing it traditionally is not going to yield results fast enough. People need interim and long term housing now. We’re not talking about the infamous formaldehyde trailers [sic] that were deployed during hurricane Katrina — meant to house people for 12-18 months, but were still being lived in years later,” wrote Hoffman in a post.

We’re talking about dignified housing that is safe, sufficient, and suitable for people to live in for 3-5 years, or permanently if they wish,” a LinkedIn post by Hoffman.

These units need to be manufactured to comply with state building code standards and be small enough for quick and nimble deployment with easy utility hookups,” Kasita’s president stated.

Local governments need to enact policies that allow for these units to be installed with minimal red tape to get families safely housed in their neighborhoods and communities as fast as possible. The sooner we do this, the sooner our communities can get back to school and work, giving each a foundation to rebuild local economies and flourish once again.”


From the Kasita website.

Comparisons – Facts

They may have their share of tech, but here’s the price for the unit itself. $139,900.

Want 4 Kasita micro-mods at a time?  They’ll drop the price to $99,000 per their data, shown in the screen capture below.


Based upon their own website, it sounds like transport, installation, foundation, and other costs are add-ons.

Let’s go back to that base price.  At 352 square feet, and a base price of $139,900 that works out to be: $397.44 per square foot.


Buy four at just under 400k, and you’d have dropped that price – again, before installation, foundation, hookups, etc.- to $283.80 per square foot.




As MHProNews has previously noted, Amazon recently launched the sale of container mods. That bears close attention, because the video for that product is way outperforming Clayton’s “Have it Made” video.


Virtually all of the affordable housing surveys reveal that what people describe is what manufactured housing offers.


Zillow and others have studied what Millennials and other home buyers are looking for, and most of it reads like a feature/benefits list for manufactured housing. To see an example, click here or the image above.

Its making more Americans realize – at the local market level – what manufactured homes truly are rather than the outdates misconceptions, that’s what publisher and consultant L. A. ”Tony” Kovach has called the opportunity in disguise for solution and goal oriented industry professionals. ## (News, commentary, analysis.)

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