Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Pre-Fab Home Tour

Matt and I took a very concrete step toward realizing our dream of creating an intentional neighborhood (even though we only have $84 in our savings account entitled, "The Dream"): we went on a house tour offered by Ma Modular, a company that specializes in bringing affordable, modern, eco-friendly design to the masses.

I went into the experience with limited expectations. The pictures on the website looked amazing, but I figured they were professionally stylized and were intentionally shot to create the best possible views. I couldn't have been more wrong! The house looked exactly like it did in the pictures. It was a little more cluttered because a real family lives there, but the design is truly beautiful.

There's lot of natural light (my number one pre-requisite!). The ceilings are high and there are windows and sliding glass doors (eco-friendly ones) everywhere.

My only complaint was that the kitchen was a little small, but the Ma Modular representative explained that many aspects of the home can be customized, despite the fact that the house is pre-fabricated in a factory.

Speaking of the Ma Modular representatives: they were amazing. They have a whole team of people: people to help you customize your house, people to help you find land upon which to build your house, and people to help you secure a loan for land + construction.

I also went out of my way to befriend a woman who is thinking about going through the process. I would love to hear about others' experiences with the whole thing from start to finish!

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Olivia (Green Junkie Living) said...

This looks amazing! My fiance and I also have a green home as one of our goals, and this looks like a stunning option. I will definitely keep this in mind when we approach the home-buying stage in a few years. Thanks for another great post, Sara!

Ms Bear Cub said...

wait - are you guys actually planning on STARTING an intentional community? I've always wanted to live in one, but I imagine it's a TONNNe of work to start one.
Do you moonlight as superwoman?

kaitlin said...

Ma Modular is one of the first truly sustainably living ideas that I've seen pop up as eco-friendly for the masses. Props to you guys!

Annalisa said...

I think the idea of a community sounds fun! However, you should work on a business plan and look for investors. Most major projects are not privately funded for many reasons including risk/liability and the amount of capital needed to get through various phases on a project.

More or less, I do this for a living as a freelancer. If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email.

I love your blog posts!

Jessica Reyna Brogan said...

That looks so husband and I have been toying with the idea of building a house out of used shipping containers for about 6 years now. Not sure if we will or not, but I do love the idea of using something that has already been created and refashioning it to suit our needs.

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