Saturday, March 20, 2021

Ohio Group Starts a Modular Home Factory on a Shoestring Budget

You hear about all those new modular and off-site factories costing millions of dollars and wonder how someone with little investment money could possibly do it. 

Starting their own modular factory on a million(s) dollar budget was simply out of the question. So they did it on a shoestring budget. Now after their first two houses, they are looking to the future.

Lynn Sheer and Billie Paxton lost their homes in a 2016 flood that hit areas of West Virginia and Virginia so hard it resulted in 23 deaths. Eight to 10 inches of rain fell over 12 hours, resulting in a flood that was among the deadliest in West Virginia history.

After waiting nearly five years, both women have new homes built by 80 volunteers from Mennonite Disaster Service and Disaster Aid Ohio.

MDS dedicated the two 1,000-square-foot modular homes built by the two groups last year in Berlin. Homeowners, volunteers and MDS project directors attended both home dedications. 

The houses were designed to be transported over the road in halves on a truck bed, like double-wide mobile homes, but were built to the same standards as site-built houses with standard wood framing, according to Jesse Huxman, MDS communications manager.  

The effort has been named the “Adaptive Housing Project” because volunteers were able to construct the homes in a 30,000-square-foot warehouse, where they could socially distance, wear masks and open the large doors for ventilation. The adaptations allowed them to work through the winter and through the pandemic, Huxman said.

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