Friday, April 4, 2014

Another Newspaper Trips While Writing about Modular Homes

You would think that people on the West Coast, especially in a city like Menlo Park, CA would welcome the "box" look of a prefab home into their neighborhood. And you would also think that with all of Blu Homes' massive advertising budget pumping millions into promoting the boxy look that everyone would know what a modular or prefab home is.

Well guess what my modular builder friends! Those liberal minded CA people don't like prefab any more than a double wide being built in the middle of those million dollar homes in Arlington, VA. The Menlo Park "The Almanac" tries to write a nice story about the home and than blows it in the last line.

Irontown Homes built the modules and Sustana Homes was the builder that completed on-site work.

Rendering of finished home

On Irontown's Production Floor

Here is the recent story published in the The Almanac from Menlo Park, CA. Notice in particular the very last sentence and the outrageous comments generated because of it.

 A house, piece by piece
Original post made on Apr 2, 2014

The home going up at 455 Yale Road in Menlo Park will have three modules on the first floor and four on the second, with a garage that's probably going to be assembled on-site.

The modules for this spec home were built in Spanish Fork, Utah, by Irontown Homes. After six weeks of finish work, including connecting the utilities, project hard costs will be about 15 percent lower than normal and will have been completed "substantially faster" than normal, Will Capper of Sustana Homes in Los Gatos told the Almanac.

Modular homes are not a new idea, and trends wax and wane, Mr. Capper said. This one will have interior amenities on the upper end of the spectrum, he said.

Among the key differences when compared to a mobile home: the owner of a modular home pays property taxes and does not have to register it with the DMV.

Comments from this article show what effect that last line had with the neighbors:

Posted by Menacingly Modular, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 2, 2014 at 9:02 pm

How did a spec mdular home get thru planning commission? -- bringing down the value of Beautiful Allied Arts neighborhood!!


Posted by whatever, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 3, 2014 at 1:03 am

Modular homes have a lot of potential and much less construction impact on he neighbors. However in this case I pity the neighbor on Middle who now has a two story straight-up prison wall next to his property. Can't believe the planning commission and department allowed that type of second story w/o requiring it to be set back from the first floor. Typical of our planning dept and commission.

Guessing it's a spec house if ownership is as suspected.

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