Thursday, October 19, 2017

Maine Habitat for Humanity Chapter Embraces Modular Construction

7 Rivers Maine’s Habitat for Humanity’s first modular home arrived in the city of Topsham, Maine on Oct. 11, the start of a new trend for the group that builds affordable houses.

Transitioning to modular construction is a big change for any Habitat for Humanity chapter and hopefully this first modular home for the Topsham chapter will prove to be a positive example of what modular can do to families get into a new home faster and easier than having to build a house stick by stick at the job site.


Habitat is working with Bath-based Dirigo Custom Structures to build the modular home at 167 Middle St. The modular home was manufactured by Prestige Homes located in New Brunswick, Canada.

The daylight basement and a surface wall were already in place by the time a crane lowered two sections of the modular home into place Oct. 11.

“They popped it on and secured it, and it’s buttoned up,” said a representative of Habitat in an interview Oct. 17. “And now this Saturday we start with volunteers going in to complete the home.”

Along with finishing the basement, they will place siding on the house, build a front porch, and perform other tasks over the next eight weeks.

“We’re hoping to have the homeowner and family in before Christmas, even maybe mid-December, if possible,” Habitat said.

Habitat requires homeowners to invest “sweat equity hours” into the construction process. Although the Bath home is prefabricated, the three-member family has been helping out at Habitat’s ReStore at 126 Main St. in Topsham and will work alongside volunteers at the home site.

The home, including the basement, will have about 1,500 square feet of space.

Habitat expects to see some degree of savings from going the modular route, although how much won’t be certain until the project is complete. However construction time should also be reduced by “a number of months.

Modular homes are also likely to be built next year on two pieces of land on Federal Street in Wiscasset, Smith said. The Bath home is the 45th house built by Habitat/7 Rivers in its 25-year history.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Would of Like to have seen an American Built Home.....Jobs to benefit the American people. Go figure??