Prefab construction could theoretically bring attainable housing to many communities that don’t readily have access to housing. This could then open new homeownership opportunities to individuals and families in cities across the country.
Often, the challenge is urban zoning policies have limited the acceptance of off-site building housing projects in the past. Now, one homebuilder is unveiling a project that could take this concept to the next level, bringing attainable, sustainable homes to cities.
In Atlanta, Clayton unveiled a new urban infill project that includes two Clayton Built CrossMod homes, which combines off-site construction with site-built features. The company says these homes aim to help increase housing inventory while tackling restrictive urban zoning policies. Let’s do a little walk through these homes to see up-close what they provide.
CrossMod homes are built off-site and finished on-site with a foundation, garage, and porches. The city of Atlanta allows off-site built homes within city limits so long as the homes are secured to a permanent foundation, which is an example of flexible legislation.
Urban infill solutions allow single-family home builders like Clayton to develop previously vacant properties within established neighborhoods, opening up more housing opportunities in densely populated cities without putting a burden on existing infrastructure and resources.
Clayton says the two homes will match the scale and aesthetics of existing homes in the area and they will blend seamlessly into the surrounding neighborhood, which helps to bring the best of both worlds together.
CrossMod homes are built to HUD code and combine the best of off-site and site-built construction. Each CrossMod home in Atlanta took only one day to build before they were set by crane on their final sites. With CrossMod, developments can be completed at a more efficient pace, resulting in more quality-built homes at attainable price points.
In addition to being more attainable than more traditionally built homes, these Clayton CrossMod homes are also sustainable. The company says the homes are eBuilt, which means they are built to the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home specification, which are estimated to save homeowners up to 50% on their annual energy costs.
In cities like Atlanta, this could be a good option for homebuyers who are looking for more attainable home ownership that is also sustainable. If homebuilders can leverage more efficient construction methods that also yield greater efficiencies in the home itself, homeowners can ultimately have a more attainable and sustainable home for years to come. As homebuyers look for clean and simple houses, this new model is opening up a wide variety of options for buyers and builders.
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