Monday, July 2, 2018

Pittsburgh's Module Builder Featured in Article

“Homebuilders need to move toward lower-cost, less-labor-intensive methods of building homes,” says Mark Boud, senior vice president and chief economist of housing market intelligence firm Metrostudy. He and others see factory-built modular homes as a promising solution. “They can be built at various densities, and there’s lower labor cost to assemble,” he says.

In Pittsburgh, a startup company called Module has developed a web-based homebuilding platform that collects data from a homebuyer about his or her current needs and financial means, and then uses that information to match the person with starter home designs ranging from a 640-square-foot (60 sq m) one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit to a 2,000-square-foot (186 sq m), two-story family home with an expanded kitchen, a home office, and a sunroom.

Module's Brian Gaudio

Module creates scalable manufactured homes such as this one, based on a software platform that tailors the design to match a buyer’s current needs and finances.

“The platform calculates how much space they’ll need, based on lifestyle,” explains Module’s cofounder and chief executive officer, architect Brian Gaudio. “If you’re a first-time homebuyer, you might be thinking about a nursery or an extra bathroom. Or it could be that you’d like to use your house as an income-producing unit, so you could add a short-term rental such as an Airbnb or an accessory dwelling. You could add a space to work from home onto your house as well.”

Module will test its concept by building homes for private buyers in Pittsburgh this year, but it eventually plans to work with developers. The company has patent applications pending on a removable wall and roof system, which would allow owners to easily add on to their homes, Gaudio says.

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