Monday, January 17, 2011

MIDDLE CLASS GREEN

I opened up the USA Today website and saw an article about new home owners going green.  That's a cause that's near and dear to my heart.  The article describes this nice woman who couldn't afford to buy the upscale green home of her dreams so she decided to buy one that was "middle class green."  Her term but it really fits.

Then I noticed that she bought a new, 2 bedroom, 1 bath home from Blu Homes in MA for only $160,000.  That's when I wondered what was in the koolade?  The house looked like a double wide trailer but then I remembered that it is a Michelle Kaufmann inspired modular home and now it makes complete sense.




I know you are going to throw rocks at me for this but why didn't she buy a Clayton i-house instead?  At least she would have gotten more for HER money and it would be a real manufactured home.

The rest of the article is worth reading.  CLICK HERE to read the whole story.

2 comments:

Leroy said...

Oh my goodness that is just plain wrong!!!I hope that home is really super energy efficient so the customer can afford to spend the same amount on a better looking house next time.

Greenotter said...

You can't blame that particular design on MK, since Blu was using it before they teamed up with her.

What's better about it than the ihouse? It has 50 to 60% better energy efficiency than average whereas the ihouse has only 30%. So, better insulation, and also radiant heat instead of forced air.

I like the clerestory windows and Euro-type kitchen and although I agree it is a little expensive, I think it will hold its value well. They didn't photograph the home at the most flattering angle!