Modular House Customized to Blend with Rural Setting

The New York Times reports when Pilar Proffitt and Robert Bristow received estimates of nearly $1 million for building a home for their family of five in rural Connecticut, they opted instead for a customized modular home that fit in with the dairy farm surroundings, and cost under $500k. The four modules arrived in the morning from Segalla’s TurnKey Housing in Canaan, CT and were assembled by 5 P.M. The house was “a skeleton that had all the wiring, outlets, plumbing, pipes and electrical,” said Bristow. “We then built out the remaining parts of the house: windows, doors, lighting, built-ins, bathrooms, kitchen, flooring, baseboard, trim, window and door details, roofing, overhang details, carport and landscaping.” The couple, who own an interior design firm, built the kitchen, then chose horizontal pine siding for the exterior, a seamed metal roof to match the old barn and silos, and aged granite curbstone for the base of the home. Ms. Proffitt noted: “The modular house has advantages: 120 workers will build your house in five days in a factory,” and it arrives “at its appointed hour, or there will be penalties.”

(photo credit:  The New York Times)

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