Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Weekly Survey Feature Added to “Modular Home Builder” blog

As we all know, very few modular home builders actually get a chance to share their triumphs and frustrations with their fellow modular home builders simply because there is no real place to do so anonymously. God forbid any builder would actually put their name to a frustration hot button.


Starting today Modcoach is adding a weekly question about what is happening in and to our industry that you can answer "anonymously". These will not be simple “Yes or No’ answers.

Your responses will show up in the comment section below.

Some of the questions will be tough and or directed to certain regions but be assured they will be relevant to what is happening today.

Here’s this week’s question:

“How are your state’s modular building codes restricting your sales?”




Monday, July 15, 2019

50 Best Practices for Modular Home Builders

We’ve all watched as modular home factories and builders have closed their doors over the years. Some were due to the 2008 Housing Recession, some due to retirement or death but most of them closed up shop simply because they didn’t follow some simple rules for staying in business.


You are probably following a lot of these Best Practices already but it never hurts to read through this list and find a couple more that you could add to your toolbelt. Staying in business in the construction industry, on-site, prefab and modular, is not for the faint of heart. It’s hard work but knowing what you don’t know is the best way to stay in business and make a profit doing it.

Here are 50 Best Practices you can use right now.

Planning
  1. No Sound Business Idea: Without a sound idea, how will you develop your business plan? Just saying you want to become a builder isn’t good enough anymore, you’ve got to have a good idea why you are in this business.
  2. No Business Plan: Oh no, Mr Bill! Say it ain’t so! Without a solid business plan, there is no way that you will ever be able to turn your business into a successful operation and prepare to crash and burn.
  3. Market Research: If you don’t know your market, do you really know your business? You can’t be everything to everybody.
  4. Bad Timing: There is a right time to start a new business, and a wrong time. If you roll out your business while the market is in this recession, you may fail before you ever even get off the ground.
  5. Good Location: Location is everything. If your office is going to be in your home, make sure the neighborhood reflects your business. If your neighborhood is not attractive, save up and rent an office or showroom somewhere else.
  6. Choosing Suppliers: There are great modular home factories, good modular home factories and there are some that are just hanging in there. Choose the one that closest mirrors who you are marketing to.
  7. Don’t forget the Competition: Every business and every concept has competition. If you do not recognize it, you are missing something important. Identify your competition can help keep you inn business.
  8. Choose the Right Type of Business: Sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC? Choosing the right business form is vital.
  9. Seek Advice: It is important that you turn to successful people for advice in the planning process of your business; otherwise you will not be successful. If you were going to market to seniors, seek out builders that already are successful selling to them
  10. Do You Really Know Construction: Simply put: If you’re not skilled in all phases of construction and sales, prepare to crash and burn.


Personality
  1. Are You Mentally Strong: It takes a certain attitude to be a successful modular home builder. Do you have what it takes to lead rather than follow.
  2. You’ve got to be Analytical: If you can’t take an analytical approach to the decisions you make and try to rationalize things, you are just kidding yourself.
  3. Be Self Critical: As a modular home builder, you need to be willing to self critique. A business owner who is not critical of his or her self is an unsuccessful one.
  4. Lack of Desire: You may be working for a builder right now and think that you can do that because he looks successful and everybody knows he’s an idiot. I want to make money. That’s no reason to start a business. Desire is a burning thing in your chest and without the desire you will crash and burn.
  5. Low Motivation: Just like desire, motivation is critical for business success. If you are lacking motivation, perhaps you are in the wrong business. Get Motivated or get a job at WalMart.
  6. Over Confidence in Expansion: While expanding may be a necessary part of business, if you become over confident in your ability to expand, your business will surely flop. I have seen many builders get into the restaurant business because they like to eat and think it would be easier than building houses. Putting up another model home in a remote area might be just as disastrous.
  7. Assuming: A lot of builders make assumptions about the business and guess what? They’re usually wrong. Get the facts and stop making assumptions.
  8. Failing to Take Responsibility: When you are an entrepreneur, you have to accept responsibility for failures in your business; you cannot simply shirk them off onto someone else’s shoulders. Building someone’s home is a lot of responsibility.
  9. Procrastination: If you procrastinate, or are lazy, or otherwise simply cannot get things done, you are NOT suited to be a builder.
  10. Being Overzealous: OK, you’ve opened your doors, advertised and you’re going to build 50 homes in the first year! Yep, that’s a real possibility!

Finances
  1. Not Having Enough Money: Cash is KING! You’ve got to have it in savings or lines of credit. If you are not prepared financially, you will sink.
  2. Credit Rating: You will run across situations where loans and other assistance is required, but if your credit is destroyed, your business will crash and burn!
  3. Control Your Spending: Overspending on your credit card, for example, without any thinking or research can have a serious negative impact on your financials.
  4. Budgeting: Budgeting is a vital part of running a business smoothly, so make sure yours is good! Poor budgeting will prevent you from getting a handle on your finances.
  5. Unrealistic Targets: If your financial targets are unrealistically high and you continue not to meet them, your business will never succeed. You need to realistic in setting goals.
  6. Be Organized: When it comes to financials, organizing is absolutely vital. Keep yourself organized and keep your financials in order and you will succeed.
  7. Be Honest: To yourself or to your employees, dishonesty can destroy the financial standing of a business.
  8. Taxes: Pay your taxes as often as you can. Work out a basic plan, stick to it and always be honest about your taxes if you want to prosper.
  9. Discounts: Work with your vendors and ask about discounts. Some offer them if you pay your bills within their terms. Think of a missed discount as an expense.
  10. Set Goals: Plan how many homes you can build and set your business goals accordingly. Review the number of homes being built and adjust your goals to meet the new numbers.


Advertising
  1. TOMA: Top of Mind Awareness. Create ways that people will think of you first when they are looking to build a home.
  2. Update Your Website: There is nothing older than yesterday’s news and if your website still has offers and open houses from 2007 on it, get on the ball and update it.
  3. Word of Mouth: Word of mouth is actually a powerful marketing tool. What are you doing to spread the name of your business?
  4. Choose the Right Advertising Medium: Advertising is everything. Choose the right medium or your business may flop. Hard. Remember, 90% of all new home buyers start their search on the Internet.
  5. Advertising Budget: Stick to a budget when you pay for advertising. Do not go over your budget no matter what.
  6. Track Your Advertising: If you have a website, consider adding “Site Meter”, a free widget that will tell you how many people are visiting your site and what they are viewing. If you can’t track your advertising sources, you’re doing something really wrong.
  7. Picking the Wrong Modular Factory: Is your modular factory doing what it takes to bring you leads and training? If not, they’re the one you need.
  8. Choose a Memorable Name: “Jack’s Houses” may be an accurate statement, but will it really draw customers to you? Your name is half of your branding. Can your customers remember your name?
  9. Business Cards: Carry business cards at all time and be prepared to pass them out at all times.
  10. Poor Business Cards: Forget cheap business cards. Buy nice, legible and attractive business cards. Don’t print them on your computer, that is so tacky!

Networking
  1. Rabbit Hole Syndrome: Detaching yourself from the people around you is an excellent way to destroy your business.
  2. Talk With Other Builders: Networking is a powerful part of business. If you fail to network effectively, you will surely crash and burn. Get on the Internet and find builders like yourself and find out what they are doing to battle this recession. Join your local NAHB chapter.
  3. Good Employees: Pay close attention to who you recruit and hire. Recruiting is an art: look for employees that will stay for the long term. Don’t forget, if you hire someone and you get the feeling almost immediately that it isn’t going to work out, get rid of them…fast.
  4. Don’t Badmouth Your Competitors: You don’t have to like your competitors, but you do have to cooperate with them. Remember, what goes around, comes around!
  5. Offer Your People Benefits: Offering benefits to your staff is the best way to keep them around. If you don’t offer any incentives, they will go on to bigger and better things. Not every benefit has to cost you a lot of cash. Buying a gift card to Olive Garden for one of your employees and their family will go a long way. Happy spouse theory.
  6. Staying Informed: Stay informed with what is current in your industry, or your competitors may pass you by.
  7. Keep Things Fair: Keep things fair with your competitors. Don’t steal ideas or products. Respect one another even if you are competing.
  8. Cold Calling: Cold calling is not the answer to networking. Meet your prospects in person first. If you really think cold calling is the answer, get the ultimate list…The Yellow Pages! Surely someone in it wants a home.
  9. Don’t Get Too Personal: Getting to know your prospects and customers is a great way to spread the good word, but getting too personal can be a deal killer.
  10. Don’t Drink at Work!: Just because there is alcohol in the office or in your vehicle doesn’t mean you have to drink it. Never drink around prospects, customers or your employees. One slip of the tongue can cause you to crash and burn!


Saturday, July 13, 2019

11 Mistakes Modular Factory Sales Managers Make When Hiring New Sales Reps

Let’s face it. Hiring a new modular home factory sales rep is usually nothing more than a crap shoot. Many sales people simply don’t work out or perform as expected. This is largely due to the fact that many sales managers make a variety of mistakes when hiring sales reps.


Here are 11 of the most common mistakes modular factory sales managers make when hiring new sales reps.

1. They conduct low quality interviews. Most sales managers have never learned how to conduct a high-quality interview. This isn’t their fault; it’s just that most companies do not teach managers how to conduct great interviews.

2. They fail to ask tough, probing questions. Most hiring managers ask questions about work history, experience, and general performance. However, they neglect to ask questions about gaps in a candidate’s resume and they are uncomfortable asking probing questions about previous performance especially if the candidate worked for another factory. You would be surprised how many under qualified reps get hired simply because the sales manager has no training in place for “new to modular” candidates.

3. They get mislead by candidates who interview well. Many sales people have a tremendous ability to “smooze” and make a great first impression. This often leads to the sales manager to feel good about a particular candidate. However, just because you like someone does not mean they will perform well once they are hired. The sales manager relies on their gut feeling and most times their gut is wrong.

4. They do not check references. Checking references is not an enjoyable task especially when you have a multitude of other tasks demanding your attention. Connecting with previous employers, especially if the candidate is still working for a competitor, is a challenge and many managers don’t want to appear skeptical so they neglect this step in the recruiting process.

5. They do not consider the type of sales person they need for their specific sales environment. For example, most modular home factory sales managers require a sales rep to make dozens of cold calls but if they hire a someone who is not proficient at this, that rep’s results will be less than satisfactory.

6. They don’t ask candidates exactly how they will achieve results. Once again, this requires that you ask probing questions to determine exactly how the potential employee will generate the sales that you require. This is especially important if the candidate has worked in the modular housing industry before.

7. They talk too much during the interview. Conducting an interview means giving the applicant sufficient air time. Too many managers talk about the company and their goals instead of asking questions and allowing the rep to talk. The general rule of thumb is to make sure that the candidate talks at least 70 percent of the time.

8. They hire to “fill a gap.” It is not uncommon for sales managers to race through the recruiting process in an effort to quickly hire someone because they need a rep in place. After all, hiring reps is seldom a task that managers enjoy. In these situations, managers focus on the positive aspects of the applicant and neglect to see their possible shortcomings. This often leads to “hiring remorse” once they discover that the rep is not entirely suitable. A bad decision in hiring a new sales rep can cost you builders and millions in repeat sales.

9. They allow interruptions during the interview. Sales managers have dozens of tasks and projects on their plate at any given time and often allow other staff including their assistant to interrupt them during an interview. Effective interviews must be conducted without distractions and interruptions.

10. They only interview people who have industry experience. Many people are fully capable of performing well in modular housing industry providing they are suitable fit to your particular sales environment. Industry experience brings baggage and preconceived idea. Candidates who do not have modular experience often bring a new perspective to the sales role. But they will fail miserable without organized training.

11. They do not get second opinions. Interviewing a sales rep requires more than one perspective. Effective sales managers get other people in the company involved in the interviewing process and they compile all of the feedback before making a hiring decision.

Avoid these mistakes and improve your chances of hiring a top performing sales person.

5 Etiquette Rules for Successful Modular Factory Sales Reps

Etiquette isn’t reserved for just everyday social events, it needs to follow you when you talk with your builder by phone, text, email or in person. No matter how long you’ve been working with your builder, always remember to say “Thank You”, “Please” and “You’re Welcome”.


You have to remember you are on the end that receives the order and the money from the builder, not the other way around.

Care About Your Image
Dress appropriately for your sales position and your factory. I remember going to one of my builder’s jobsites to go over a small problem he was having. It was a very hot day in Virginia so I wore old shorts, a rather crude Tee and ratty looking sneakers. It turned out his customer was there to learn the solution to the problem but once she saw me refused to shake my hand. Lesson learned the hard way.

If your factory has paid for shirts or tops to be worn when you are on the road, wear them. Regardless of how you dress, make sure you are clean and well groomed. Before you walk out the door to go to work, look in the mirror and determine whether or not you look like someone you'd want to do business with.

Listen and Address Your Builder's Needs
It's annoying to most Builders when their salespeople doesn’t listen to them. Don't assume you know what the builder is looking for or interrupt as they try to explain their needs. Modular home salespeople need to give builders AND their builder’s customers the feeling that they care, and it's your job to help them with solutions to their problems.


Don't Try to Be Your Builder's Best Friend
While you need to get to know your builder, also know where to draw the line. Surely as the sun rises every day, one of these days you will have to tell your ‘best friend’ “NO!”

‘No, you can no longer get any discount’ or ‘No, we can’t have your house delivered when I promised’ or ‘No, you didn’t order your house in time to beat the increased pricing and there’s nothing I can do about it’.

Also don't assign cutesy nicknames to your builders, tell them company secrets, or say more than they want to know about your personal life. Too much personal information can make your builder uncomfortable.

Be Truthful
Never misrepresent anything you are trying to do on their behalf with your factory. Lying will only come back to haunt you later. As soon as your builder finds out you're lying, he's likely to leave and never come back. Trust is essential when selling.

Don't Make Unrealistic Promises
If you can't deliver something on a certain date, don't pretend that you can. Let the builder know when you can have his house ready and offer to find a solution if that is a problem. Making unrealistic promises will break down all trust that you need to build a strong builder base.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Thermal Bridging in Foundations and Footers

Exposed concrete foundations are notorious for glowing yellow on thermal imaging. All that concrete acts as a highway for heat to leave the building, and should be given as much attention as windows, balconies, and the rest of the building envelope.

Let us join the chorus of builders in emphasizing that it’s not just about heat loss.

When you have an uninsulated basement wall or slab, yes, you’ll certainly see lower interior temperatures. But the direct result of a lower interior temperature is not just a cooler space, it’s also an environment where condensation is likely to form. And no one wants a damp, dank, musty environment at the base of their building.

Recap: What is thermal bridging?

Thermal bridging (also called a cold bridge, heat bridge, or thermal bypass) is the movement of heat through a material that’s more conductive than the air around it. Thermal bridging can account for heat loss of up to 30%, so you can imagine the importance of addressing this when constructing your foundation! (Brush up on Thermal Bridging 101 here.)

Which materials act as heat highways, you ask? Steel, concrete, and wood (core construction materials) are prime offenders – and can’t really be avoided when building. But you CAN take into account some design considerations that will minimize thermal bridging, if not stop it in its tracks.

We’ve covered how windows are a prime offender for thermal bridging in your home, and we addressed some design considerations for decks, cantilevers, and balconies. Now, let’s drill down into foundations and footers. Challenges for foundations

If you’ve ever had a basement, you may have noticed that any musty smell becomes stronger in the summer months. That’s because the warmer, more humid air is coming in contact with cooler surfaces that are below the dewpoint of the air inside (more on dewpoint in a minute). Particularly guilty are rim joists, as they tend to run colder.

In a two-story home, basements can account for 10-30% of the home’s annual heat loss in winter – more for a single-story building. Let’s take a look at what’s happening where.

Heat loss
All the cement, studs, and supports that go into shoring up a foundation are perfectly primed for thermal bridging if you don’t take the necessary steps to insulate and construct appropriately.

You might think, “heat loss, no biggie for a basement.” But it’s not just about reducing energy bills and keeping temps comfortable. As we mentioned, because thermal bridging also moves condensation and wetness along those pathways, enter the potential for expensive damage due to moisture and mold.

CLICK HERE to learn more from the AE Building Systems blog

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Are You Ready for a Modular Industry Career? Look No Further

Another batch of modular industry positions ready to be filled and experienced modular professionals looking for new opportunities are here.


The Active Candidates section below represents candidates looking for new career opportunities.

The Open Positions section represents companies, who are looking for candidates to fill their open positions.

Contact Lynn Gromann at 888-831-0327 or Lynn.Gromann@LGARecruiters.com if you would like further information on an available candidate or on an open position.

Active Candidates

EXECUTIVE / FINANCIAL VP Operations - 23 years MOD, will consider relocation VP Manufacturing - 26 years commercial MOD Regional Controller - manufacturing with some industry exp, South CFO - 7 years in industry + 20 years construction, CMA General Manager HUD - General or Sales Manager - MOD, 30 years, will relo

SALES Sales Rep - 15 years HUD / MOD experience, PA Sales Rep - Commercial MOD - Southwest Sales Manager - 22 years MOD, wants Mid-Atlantic Senior Sales Manager - 8+ years HUD / MOD + 11 years similar industry

PRODUCTION / OPERATIONS Plant Operations Manager - manufacturing, 11 years HUD / MOD, CA only Production Manager - 8 years building materials Assistant Production Manager - 11 years HUD / MOD prior experience Assistant Production Manager - 20+ years HUD / MOD, wants East coast

ENGINEERING / QUALITY Designer - 12 years experience, 5 in commercial MOD, TX Engineering Manager - 16 years residential and commercial MOD, will relo Engineering Manager- 34 years MOD / HUD, TN only

MATERIALS / PURCHASING Materials Manager - 35 years in MOD, 14 years in materials, wants PA Materials Manager - 15 years HUD / MOD + 5 years other, wants Mid-Atlantic Materials Manager - 17 years total HUD / MOD, 4 years purchasing

Open Positions

EXECUTIVE / FINANCIAL Director of Manufacturing - MOD - Upper Midwest

MATERIALS / PURCHASING Estimator - Hospitality / Multi-Family - South Materials Manager - MOD - Pacific NW

PRODUCTION / OPERATIONS Assistant Production Managers - Multiple locations Production Manager - HUD / MOD - Upper Midwest Production Manager - Commercial MOD - Pacific NW Production Manager - HUD / MOD - Mid-Atlantic Production Manager - HUD / MOD - South (2) Assistant Production Manager - MOD - Rocky Mountain Region Production Supervisors - HUD / MOD - South Production Supervisors - HUD / MOD - Midwest

ENGINEERING / QUALITY Design & Estimating Manager - Commercial MOD - South Industrial Engineer - HUD / MOD - Southwest Designer - MOD - Northeast Revit Drafter - Commercial MOD - Midwest Engineering Manager - Commercial MOD - Pacific NW Engineering Manager- HUD / MOD - Midwest Engineering Manager - MOD - Pacific NW Quality Assurance Manager - HUD / MOD - South

SALES Sales Manager / Rep - HUD / MOD - Midwest Sales Manager- MOD - Pacific NW Sales Rep - Multi-family - Rocky Mountain Region

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

21 Reasons Why Tiny Houses Are a Huge Mistake

Reality TV shows like “Tiny House, Big Living” and “Tiny House Nation” have popularized the notion of stripping down one’s lifestyle to pay off debt and save money. Depending on which definition you use, a tiny home is one that’s less than 400 to 600 square feet, but some tiny homes can be as little as 160 to 200 square feet.


All the hype surrounding tiny homes might pique the interest of individuals looking for a financially and environmentally sustainable lifestyle. But what looks good on reality TV can be much less appealing in real life — especially if you have children. Before making a huge mistake, you should do your research and learn the true cost of getting a tiny house.


Tiny homes come in several varieties. At the higher end are traditional stick-built or modular homes constructed on permanent foundations. A more common style is built on a mobile trailer using conventional construction materials. It’s also possible to convert a shed or storage container into a tiny house by using the structure as the home’s shell.

But no matter how you construct your tiny home, you might encounter the same problems with it — so, keep reading to see why you should think twice before springing for that purchase.

1. Tiny Homes Are a Fad, Not a Trend The difference between a trend and a fad is staying power. Trends endure and evolve, whereas fads are met with wild enthusiasm for a short time, but then they fizzle.

The tiny-home movement might’ve sprung from the trend toward minimalism and experiential lifestyles, but many proponents dive in without considering the significant challenges inherent in living in a tiny space — suggesting that tiny homes are a fad, not a trend.

2. Tiny Homes Are Expensive The small size of tiny homes doesn’t make them much cheaper to build — in fact, the typical tiny house costs more per square foot than larger houses do, in part because larger construction jobs make for more efficient use of resources.

The average 2,000-square-foot home costs about $150 per square foot to build, according to HomeAdvisor, whereas tiny homes constructed by Tumbleweed Tiny House Company — one of the best-known tiny-house builders in America — typically cost over $300 per square foot.

3. It Might Be a Home, but It’s Probably Not a House Many tiny homes are built on trailers, which makes them recreational vehicles. In fact, the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company calls its products “tiny house RVs” and builds its homes according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association certification standards. By Tumbleweed Tiny House Company’s own definition, their products are licensed RVs, not houses.

4. Houses — Even Tiny Ones — Must Build to Code Tiny homes built on foundations typically must meet the same code requirements as any other house, but the cost might be disproportionate — and even prohibitive — if you’re working with a bare-bones budget. You might have to prepare the land for construction, pull permits, order inspections and pay to bring utility service to the site.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the 21 reasons

Monday, July 8, 2019

Is Investment in Modular Construction About to Explode?

Is modular construction always a better choice for residential and commercial construction? Not always. Sometimes the cost of transportation or the exorbitant state review costs for modular construction can negate the advantage of some modular projects


But there is one indisputable truth that all on-site construction faces that modular doesn’t. Skilled labor and in fact all construction labor is seeing radical shortages in on-site building.

Some see modular construction technologies and other labor-saving advances as good bets because of the nation’s shortage in skilled construction labor. A 2017 survey found one-third of contractors nationwide have turned down work because they don’t have the labor.

Modular construction — in which parts of a building are built off site for on-site assembly — is now seeing endorsements by site builders tired of fighting the labor shortage problem.

Investment in the total construction sector totaled $6.1 billion last year, nearly double what was invested in 2017 and a 1,632 percent increase from the $352.1 million invested in 2016, according to the Wall Street Journal.

So far this year, around $4.3 billion has been invested in construction tech, putting 2019 on pace to break last year’s record.

With modular’s current appeal, watch for more of those investors looking at modular as their best bet.

Modular and Prefab factories are popping up like dandelions in Europe and now we are seeing modular factories opening all over the Rockies and West Coast. Mostly doing multi-family, commercial and cookie cutter apartments to meet the demand for affordable housing.

The Midwest and East Coast regions haven’t seen those huge investment dollars just yet but it will happen soon as the affordable housing crisis creeps into both regions.

When is comes to huge investments nobody can ignore what Berkshire Hathaway’s Clayton Homes is doing in the site built sector buying up regional builder after regional builder across the US.

Builder recently posted an article about Clayton Homes expanding its footprint in the Carolinas with the purchase of Shugart Homes.

I sincerely hope I’m wrong but is their game plan to buy up hundreds of thousands undeveloped building lots owned by site builders across the country and with the continuous backing of HUD Secretary Ben Carson, open all R1 developments to HUD manufactured housing? And if he succeeds, who will be the big winner? It just might be Clayton Homes sitting on thousands and thousands of R1 lots in their own developments.


Warren Buffet is quietly making some of the biggest investments in construction our nation has ever seen and all under the Clayton Homes brand. Add to that all those Berkshire Hathaway real estate offices across the nation, all those HUD and modular home street dealers and with his mortgage brokerage companies, he will soon have total vertical integration from raw land through building homes to financing and selling homes. And his real estate company will handle all the resales and that financing.

Like I said, I hope I’m wrong about this, but it sure seems that if the Modcoach can see it coming…...well, you get the picture.

Gary Fleisher (the Modcoach) is a housing veteran, editor/writer of Modular Home Builder blog and industry speaker/consultant. modcoach@gmail.com

Friday, July 5, 2019

Modular Construction: Threat or Opportunity?

When Jan Mischke speaks to industry leaders about the benefits of modular construction they usually respond in one of two ways, he said. “They are either optimistic about the future of modular or they are really worried that modular companies are going to eat their cake."


Their fears are for good reason, Mischke, a partner a McKinsey Global Institute, told Construction Dive. Even though modular construction has penetrated only about 3% of the U.S. construction market, recent projects have drawn attention to the efficiencies that it can offer for commercial projects, he said. These include new hotels from Marriott and Hilton, Skender's multifamily projects and several McDonald’s restaurants in the United Kingdom.

Click Here to read the entire Construction Dive article

MHBA’s July Home of the Month

Located in the scenic Florida Keys, the island-style Pine Key Twins were set simultaneously to house employees as they built other homes on the island. Each of the two-story, 2390 square foot homes have six bedrooms and seven bathrooms to accommodate large groups of people.


The open concept first floor features an upgraded gourmet kitchen with quartz countertops and multiple appliances to feed many people at once. Ceilings on the first and second floor are both 9 foot and the floors are hardwood throughout the homes. The bathrooms contain tiled showers and glass doors. The homes have two zone HVAC, hardboard siding, and standing seam metal roofs.

Home details:
Home / Model Name: Pine Key Twins Builder: Zarrilli Homes, LLC Manufacturer: Excel Homes

Click Here to read more about MHBA’s July “Home of the Month”