Building modular homes provides the flexibility to grow and adapt to changing family size or living need in a much more affordable means than having to completely remodel and build from scratch like a stick-built home needs to. In fact, many upcoming modular companies are focusing on that exact aspect of the building process to make a name for themselves in the industry. According to Builder magazine’s Scott Sowers, Module is one such budding company. A startup in Pittsburgh, Module is set to “break ground on its first expandable factory-built home next month. Module’s Nook model will be built on a vacant lot in the city and upon completion, the home will house the owners’ parents,” Sower reports. Though this primary model will be used as an ADU, the model can be expanded into a fully loaded three bedroom, two-story house as budget and site permits. The model truly showcases how a modular home remodels much easier than a stick-built structure.
The home is a one-bedroom, single-bath, 800-square-foot house that’s designed and only needs a narrow sliver of any lot to be placed. As with this build, it can be located directly behind the customer’s primary home easily and fit any specifications for expansion. Sower adds, “Module’s patent pending wall system and design platform allows it to be expanded into a three-bedroom home as space is required and the budget allows.” What other building method supplies that level of flexibility and customization?
Now a home really can grow as a family does, without shrinking a family’s wallet in the process! Instead of paying for a complete overhaul of a section of home, you’ll pay a fee for the new module, any site preparation that needs to take place, and permits (if applicable). Other than that, calling and ordering a new portion of home is really how simple it can be!
The house, which features passive solar design to reduce energy costs, will be built in a semi-automated factory. The company offers four home designs ranging in price from $150,000 to $300,000 excluding land and site costs.
Adaptability is a major plus with modular home builders and this company wanted to showcase that idea in their business model. “Module was founded in 2016 by partners Brian Gaudio, Hallie Dumont and Drew Brisley to design and build houses that homeowners can stay in even when their family grows or an aging family member needs to move in.” The true beauty of their design is that these expansions and additions can happen days, months, or years after move in, depending on budget and home size need. Building a home on a piece by piece basis gives the structure a benefit that isn’t readily available with other forms of construction. You get the final say in what your home looks, functions, and feels like, even years later when your tastes change. That’s how modular home remodels should be!