Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Rochester Modular Homes Speaks Out on Affordable Housing in Michigan

The Manufactured Housing Symposium facilitated by Lakeshore Home Builders Association focused on how West Michigan, specifically Holland, can use pre-fabricated homes as a tool to cut down on home-building costs.

“It costs more to build a house than what the market value of the house will be, it’s a huge stumbling block,” said JD Showley from Rochester Homes, a modular home building company in Rochester, Ind. “The idea is slowly taking shape that you can save some time building at least major parts of the home in a factory.”

Showley said about 60 percent of his company’s business is done in Michigan. He pitched the product as a high-quality home built in climate-controlled environment away from the elements, which is shipped to builders to then install on site. Homes Rochester builds look mostly the same as traditional houses built on site.

Introducing modular homes constructed in a factory to the Holland area has been brought up before by Housing Next Director Ryan Kilpatrick as a possible part of the solution to the region’s affordable housing issue.

“The dream is builders will not see this as competition to their stick-built business, but a tool they can use,” said Brenda Vander Meulen, who sits on the Good Samaritan Ministries Board of Directors, and is the business manager of Vander Meulen Builders.

The lack of affordable housing in Holland will not all be fixed by philanthropy — “That’s not going to work,” she said.

Brenda and her husband, Jack Vander Meulen, president of Vander Meulen Builders, are buying a home from Rochester Homes and expecting to install it in a Holland neighborhood next year.

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