|Modular housing in Cohousing in Ann Arbor, Michigan||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Juniperjojo (Juniperjojoaol.com)|
|Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2005 05:05:45 -0700 (PDT)|
In Ann Arbor, Michigan, both Great Oak Cohousing (2003) and Touchstone Cohousing (2005) used modular housing, mostly as a way to reduce cost. Great Oak Cohousing used Royal Homes (www.royalhomes.com) out of Ontario, Canada; Touchstone is using Crest Homes from here in the Midwest (http://www.cresthomes.com). Other than reducing overall costs, we liked the quality of modular construction (thicker-than-standard sheetrock or drywall, double-wall construction, double-ceilings, etc. make for great soundproofing of adjacent units!), the ability to customize, and the fact that our houses continued to be built even throughout the cold, snowy months (and rains) where it might otherwise have ground to a halt, since they were being built (for the most part) on an "assembly line" under a covered roof. This meant none of our interiors was ever at risk for damage from the elements. One of the hardest things about our modular housing experience is that we allowed nearly-infinite variations in each unit, which -- despite assurances to the contrary from the modular housing folks -- was a nightmare for the on-site construction team to manage. I think Touchstone has learned from our experience there and offered a smaller subset of options to its members. If I ever move out of cohousing (I'm currently selling my two-bedroom and buying a three-bedroom in the same community) and build my own place, I'll use modular housing if I can. Check out some of the modern houses built using modular homes through Royal Homes of Canada "royal blog" at http://royalhomestoronto.typepad.com/rhtoronto/. We had both good and bad experiences with Royal Homes, but overall I still think modular housing is a cool "new" building technique that's probably here to stay. Jenny Cook Great Oak Cohousing Ann Arbor, MI http://www.gocoho.org/prospective/forsale/
Modular housing in Cohousing in Ann Arbor, Michigan Juniperjojo, June 30 2005
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