A house, piece by piece


The home going up at 455 Yale Road in Menlo Park will have three modules on the first floor and four on the second, with a garage that's probably going to be assembled on-site.

The modules for this spec home were built in Spanish Fork, Utah, by Irontown Homes. After six weeks of finish work, including connecting the utilities, project hard costs will be about 15 percent lower than normal and will have been completed "substantially faster" than normal, Will Capper of Sustana Homes in Los Gatos told the Almanac.

Modular homes are not a new idea, and trends wax and wane, Mr. Capper said. This one will have interior amenities on the upper end of the spectrum, he said.

Among the key differences when compared to a mobile home: the owner of a modular home pays property taxes and does not have to register it with the DMV.

Dave Boyce


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