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    Coming to a mobile home park near you... FOR EVERYONE'S AWARENESS.

    This article ran in The News Journal (our local paper) a couple days ago.

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    Developer builds two-story modular
    Dwelling at Glasgow Pines doubles space on narrow lot
    By ALISON KEPNER
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    12/27/2005
    The newest home in the Glasgow Pines manufactured home park may cause some double-takes.

    It's not a double-wide. It's a double-tall.

    Reybold Homes has built the first two-story, single-wide modular home in Delaware. Developer Jerome S. Heisler Jr. said his company designed the home as an innovative way to provide more affordable housing in the state.

    The 16-foot-wide home's second story allows a 1,600-square-foot house on a narrow lot, land that wouldn't fit a more traditional double-wide modular home.

    "As an alternative for affordable housing, this is really a different product," Heisler said.

    "This product hasn't been done anywhere."

    Now that Heisler knows the design works, he plans to put in more on Dale Court in Glasgow Pines, a community off Scotland Drive near U.S. 40 in Bear. A second home should be ready in about six weeks. He hopes eventually to update the entire mid-1970s-era park with the new models.

    The home already is generating a buzz in the housing industry, although nobody lives there yet.

    "We're very pleased with what we've heard about it," said Ken Smith, executive director of the Delaware Housing Coalition, a nonprofit group that advocates affordable housing.

    "We think it's probably a good step in the direction of trying to change the image of manufactured housing," he said.

    The two-story home sells for $112,000. Land rent at Glasgow Pines is about $460 a month.

    The price is more than twice the $45,000 to $55,000 a buyer might pay for a single-story of the same length, though the two-story has double the square footage of the one-floor unit. Heisler believes it is a more affordable option than a site-built house of similar size and expects it to appeal to renters who want to build home equity but don't have the financial ability to purchase a $200,000 house.

    "There's a market that's being crowded out of buying homes in New Castle County because there's no work-force housing," Heisler said. "It just doesn't exist."

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    The home's interior may surprise some visitors as much as its exterior.

    A small wood porch leads to the front door, which opens into a living room with a 9-foot ceiling. A powder room and laundry room with full washer and dryer are to the left of a hall, which leads to a kitchen and great room. A back door opens to a small patio in the wooded backyard. Three bedrooms and two full bathrooms are upstairs. The home sits on a permanent foundation with a crawl space underneath.

    Vince Kowal, spokesman for New Castle County's Department of Land Use, said the home complies with county code. Officials see it as another option for affordable housing, he said.

    "We would definitely encourage choices. The more options the better, especially when they cover the spectrum of affordable housing up to the McMansions," Kowal said.

    Heisler thinks more people will want to choose this option after they look inside.

    "People are skeptical when they first see it," Heisler said, adding that they change their minds after touring the home.

    "Anyone could live in this home and feel very comfortable," he said.

    Contact Alison Kepner at 324-2965 or akepner@delawareonline.com.

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    We have seen these around here. Oak Creek Homes and Palm Harbor are just a couple of manufacturers that I know of. With the newer construction, basically the same 2x6 floor supports and 2x4 walls, sheetrock, and insulation, do the newer ones go up any faster than a site built home? I went to the local Palm Harbor and looked at their construction and they seem to have the same construction as site-built homes now. I know when elevated, as they are, are is allowed in from the bottom, fueling the flames faster. Other than that, the materials are close to the same.

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    So what happens first?

    Do they burn through the floor, involving the second storey, or do the weak walls give, toppling the whole mess over onto the neighbours trailer (dominoes anyone?)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by En6ine
    Coming to a mobile home park near you... FOR EVERYONE'S AWARENESS.

    This article ran in The News Journal (our local paper) a couple days ago.

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    "Anyone could live in this home and feel very comfortable," he said.
    Then, based on the above statement, I presume that it is fully sprinklered?
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    I'd doubt they would even have lawn sprinklers!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by En6ine
    I'd doubt they would even have lawn sprinklers!!
    I'm sure you are right about that. BTW, the sarcasm was directed at the way the article was written, NOT at the poster.
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    No offense taken. My sarcasm was toward the whole concept, not your comments - sorry for the mislead. I would just love to see home these things hold up after 5 years; better yet, how they hold up during the dreaded nor'easters we get here and the twisters out west.

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    Remember the last think the manufacture puts in before the roof sheathing is the special rare earth magnet. It is this magnet that attracts all the tornados and Hurricanes.

    These would be built to HUD codes and are NOT the same as stick built homes, or modular homes. There is a reason they are so much cheaper.

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    Just makes it harder to throw the tires on the roof.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanEMVFD
    Just makes it harder to throw the tires on the roof.
    LOL! that's funny, I don't care who you are!
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    Awesome concept, going up and not out! Bubba can get one more rusted out clunker on blocks in the saved space!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ledebuhr1
    Remember the last think the manufacture puts in before the roof sheathing is the special rare earth magnet. It is this magnet that attracts all the tornados and Hurricanes.
    "Tornadoes are proof that God hates mobile home parks."

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    Isn't $100,000 an awful lot of money for a mobile home?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanEMVFD
    Just makes it harder to throw the tires on the roof.
    Not if you stand on the roof of the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KemalT
    Isn't $100,000 an awful lot of money for a mobile home?
    Well, its really 2 homes - one stacked on top of the other.
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    I wanna see these things being transported down the road.

    Are they stacked on site, or do they just let the air out of the tires to get under bridges and power lines?

    ...And you thought "single story" mobile homes blew over easily in storms!



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    (edit) BTW, $112,000.00 is WAY TOO MUCH for a mobile domicile!!!!!
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    I thought Mobile Homes depreciated rather than appreciated like a regular home. Anyone know if this is true?

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