Factory-built homes, the next generation
Sun photo by Larry C. Price.
That's New Colony Village in Howard County. And yup, it's manufactured housing. I mention this because factory-built homes have long had such a stigma attached to them that there's been no coordinated effort to use them in the affordable-housing movement, even though assembly-line efficiencies lower costs. But that's beginning to change.
Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake is bringing nine modular homes to a Fayette Street block in East Baltimore this week, its first foray into factory-built. (Cost for the homes and site work: 25 percent less than what Habitat spent building homes from scratch elsewhere in Baltimore.) The two-story rowhouses (artist's rendering here) will be set over basements, which you can see below: