Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Modular Set for a Hurricane Sandy Victim

Yesterday I traveled to Lavallette, NJ, one of the hardest hit areas during Sandy. It's been over a year and at first glance you really couldn't tell that one of the worst storms to ever hit the US was centered here. Then you begin to look closer and see roads being repaired everywhere, houses that look livable until you see bare studs inside where the drywall was removed and all the pickup trucks full of construction workers.

Ken Semler, Express Modular, asked me go along and learn first hand the problems facing the survivors of this storm. Here are a couple of their stories and a pictorial of a modular house being set.

I met the new home owners, Chris and Janet at 8:00 in the morning. They were excited that just hours later their new home would be set and ready for the local contractor to begin finishing the home. Janet's mother bought that land in the '50s and built a small 2 story up and down duplex to be used by family and friends during the summer. Then Sandy hit and the little house couldn't survive the 6'-8' of water pounding on it.

Then Sharon, their neighbor from across the street, began taking pictures because she wanted to document just what a modular home set was. She is going to be building soon and has decided to go modular after this experience. She had just finished remodeling her small home and all the new appliances and furniture had just been delivered when the evacuation notices were given. Unfortunately the water came faster than expected and she was trapped on the second floor of a neighbor's house. Water rose to within 5 steps of the 2nd floor.

Mike is a local policeman that was on site to direct traffic. There wasn't any traffic as it is off season. His young children and wife were safe but he stayed through the storm and tried to describe the devastation of 8' of water, gas bubbles rising out of the water, debris floating everywhere and then the immediate aftermath and the dangers he had to avoid like sinkholes opening up as he traveled looking for survivors. I could tell he was reliving this experience as he talked and then got quiet.

Express Modular sold Chris and Janet their new home and Lou Ariante, a local builder with years of experience now steps in to finish the home that was just set. This is his first modular home and I could tell that he was anxious to "make sawdust" but the set crew was in the spotlight yesterday. They began setting the house at 8:30 AM and what I thought would be a 6 hour set was completed by noon.

The set crew is so efficient that there was very little talking as everyone knew their jobs because they do this just about every day even when snow is blowing and temps drop to zero and below. Shortly after the pizza was devoured and the customer's desserts were history, the site was was cleaned up, the set crew and crane people packed up and left leaving Janet and Chris walking through their new Icon Legacy home with smiles on their faces that probably are still there today.

1 comment:

Harris - Finish Werks said...

Good looking home, ICON. Who was the set crew?