In Brewer, Maine, Snapspace Solutions has finally resolved a problem they were having with Maine’s Manufactured Housing Board where the board was worried about who or even if the modular sections, made from shipping containers, would be inspected.
Snapspace got their license on Monday but the caveat the company agreed to would make continuing business in Maine iffy at best.
Since the container homes are retrofitted inside the factory and then assembled onsite, the housing board decided that “the code enforcement officer from wherever they end up will do the inspection,
Can you imagine the uproar the modular housing industry in each state was told that third party inspections were not accepted but rather a code inspector from each state and/or local area where the houses were being sent had to be at the plant to sign off on the houses as they passed through each stage?
Snapspace Solutions’ factory is 125,000 sq ft and valued at $3.45 million. Quite an investment for a company that can’t sell their homes without local inspectors from any state or town driving to Brewer, Maine, spending an overnight or two and then possibly red flagging the module simply because the local inspector does not like modular container homes coming into his/her town.
I could be wrong about this but this looks like an uphill battle all the way.
Here’s a good luck wish to Chad Walton, Pres. and CEO. of Snapspace Solutions.