Thursday, August 9, 2012

Builder Magazine Writer Discovers Small Modular Housing

Reading articles about people discovering the wonderful world of modular housing is fascinating to me. I can still remember reading about an architect designing her own home and finding out that she could have it built in pieces in a factory and shipped to her building lot.  She went on to discover the modular housing industry.  Wasn't this was about the same time that Al Gore invented the Internet?

But a recent article by the senior editor in Builder, A Modular Unit for a Shifting Population, had me laughing so hard that I felt I just had to share it with you.  It seems that this senior editor for Builder online wrote an article about a 400 sq ft prototype home called the Quest and sold by Modular Lifestyles in California and says that this is the housing solution for our ever growing community of Boomers and others that want to live off the gird.  At $79,000, this is almost $200 a sq ft FOB. 

This makes me wonder when Builder started accepting articles about a product that has been around since the late 1970's and passing it off as the next best thing in housing.  I'm talking about the "Park Model" home.  I can remember visiting a Coachman plant in the mid west in '82 and watching these tiny houses roll off an assembly line. East Coast factories like Simplex and Excel have introduced Park Models but just let a California company introduce this home and reporters swoon all over it.  It's time for Builder to actually have writers and reporters do some research before they write anything about housing.

A better story would have been that Park Models have been around for decades and that their time has finally come.  Talk about the energy efficiency, the green advantages and the need for boomers to downsize but don't look at the Quest and say that this new design is the saving grace for a "shifting population."

I can't understand the fascination with anything made in California that looks like something made with your kid's Lego blocks and overlook the same product being produced on the East Coast.  

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