Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Two Companies You’ll Want to Know More About in 2018

As 2018 approaches we all have to wonder what in the heck is in store for our beloved system built housing industry. 

Right now all that seems to be available about the future of housing is scraps and little blips buried within other articles. 

I am watching state and local governments both embracing all the new building methods and at the same time putting up roadblocks to them. 

Cities across the US are demanding affordable and low cost housing which can be best served by the system built industries. Then their own code and zoning offices throw out new regulations to stifle them. 

2018 is going to be a benchmark year for modular construction being mainstreamed, tiny houses finally finding a niche they can occupy, VC funding once again flowing into the system built housing segment, hotels demanding new factories be built to serve them and so many other exciting things. 

The future by definition means it will happen later, The systems building industries’ future is already approaching like a rocket and even if we, the established industry leaders, aren’t planning for it, new factories we didn’t even know existed in 2016 are already here to meet the future needs of housing. 

Two companies I can’t wait to learn more about in 2018 are Factory_OS and ProHomeDirect. 
Factory_OS in the former Blu Homes plant

Factory_OS took over the quarter-million-square-foot modular-construction plant space BluHomes occupied in Building 680 and already has 1,200 homes in the pipeline. It doesn’t hurt that Google is their biggest customer at the moment. If they can meet Google’s demand for modular housing, look for other developers to jump on the Factory_OS bandwagon. Maybe there will be Factory_OS plants opening in other parts of the country. 

The next company I am watching is ProHomeDirect, a London, England based panelized manufacturer that looks more like a real LEGO house than your typical wall factory. Right now they appear to be gearing up for a run at the US market. Their website isn’t ready but it seems that once they actually ‘open their doors for business’, their homes could fly off the shelves. 

Watch this video and see what ProHomeDirect could bring us in 2018.

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