Modular homes speed rebuilding on Jersey Shore

Several homeowners who lost their houses to superstorm Sandy elected to replace them with modular homes. These high-end structures bear no resemblance to FEMA trailers.

By Teresa at MSN Real Estate Jul 1, 2013 2:19PM

Modular home on a crane. Modular homes are speeding rebuilding efforts on the Jersey Shore. (© altrendo images/Getty Images)When Eileen and Eustace Raulli lost their home at the Jersey Shore to superstorm Sandy last year, they faced a long wait for rebuilding.


Building a house takes months at the best of times, and this was not the best. Because of the extensive damage, builders were busy, and they’d have to get in line.


So the Raullis turned to another solution: They replaced their house with a modular home, which was erected in less than a day, though the finishing steps took a few weeks.


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“We always thought in terms of stick-built, but time is of the essence,” Eileen Raulli told The Newark Star-Ledger. “Because of the weather conditions, it would have been a long and drawn-out process to have a house stick built.”

Their new three-story home in Manasquan looks nothing like the stereotypical trailer home. The house has huge oval windows in several locations, hardwood floors, granite countertops and other custom touches. "It’s not the cookie-cutter house," Eileen Raulli told the newspaper.

"This Old House," the PBS series, plans to air coverage of the erection of another modular home in Manasquan.


"We’ve told the modular-home story before," Kevin O’Connor, host of the show, told The Asbury Park Press. “But my thought is you’re going to see a lot more folks down the Shore doing this because of the efficiency, speed and cost.”

Modular homes were gaining appeal in New Jersey even before Sandy hit. Terrance Hegel, owner of Atlantic Modular Builders, said his company had been building million-dollar modular homes at the Jersey Shore before the storm. The daughter of former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman lives with her husband and four children in a modular home that looks like an old farmhouse, erected on family property in a historic district.


Tyler Schmetterer, a partner in New World Home, which built Whitman's daughter's house, says many modular homes are more storm-resistant than stick-built buildings. "Our stock home is built to withstand 120-miles-per-hour wind," he told the Star-Ledger. "Look what Sandy did at 70 miles per hour. The homes have to be able to withstand these storms."

Jul 6, 2013 8:17PM
Our fat governor had enough common sense to get the President to work with him .Now if only our senators and congressman could learn to work together for the good of the country and not their pocketbooks maybe we could get this country back on the right track.
Jul 6, 2013 8:07PM
Other than our governor we are certainly not a republican state
Jul 6, 2013 7:01PM
Republican states prove their addiction and absolute dependence on the federal government.
Jul 6, 2013 7:00PM
Why do Republican-led states ALWAYS need FEDERAL GOVT bail-outs from Democratic Presidents?

Because Rethugs reduced their state govts to the level of ineptitude and inability to save themselves. Their no longer independent but are full-blown DEPENDENTS on the fed govt.

Texas(biggest drain on the American taxpayer)

Jul 6, 2013 5:49PM
but we all know who is fatter than the storm ,
Jul 6, 2013 8:46AM
I just love the ignorance of these posts!!! Have any of you ACTUALLY seen a New Modular home, I have , and believe me it is not "trailer trash" I was blown away and I live in a  million $ home and my son wanted my opinion because he was wiped out in Sandy in Monmouth Beach,NJ. Don't  speak unless you know your topic well!!!
Jul 6, 2013 8:23AM

LBI s almost wiped out years ago.  Future storms are predicted to get worse with rising sea level.   There is a natural tendency for a person to rebuild.  They don't want to be defeated.

There is an old Book I read from time to time.  It warns against building your house on sand.  A few thousand years has not changed peoples minds. The proud will lose their homes again.  Vote grabbing politicians will help rebuild with other peoples money.

Even if a shore dweller pays thousands for flood insurance its still other peoples money that rebuilds. Look at how much the federal govt pumped into democratic NJ after the storm...

Jul 6, 2013 7:52AM
its no longer a craphole state now that your gone.
Jul 6, 2013 4:56AM

To the person who commented...that was stupid to single out NJ barrier islands...and I don't recall a storm this bad hitting the NJ coast causing this much damage.  Would you say the same to all the East Coast???  What about the Carolina's??  How about the Gulf states? What is the point of your post?? 

Jul 6, 2013 4:30AM

So, now besides being the butt of late night jokes, they are turning NJ into a trailer park.....

priceless.... glad I left that craphole of a state


Jul 6, 2013 3:28AM
Now if you can disassemble the home quickly when the next storm hits, you might be onto something.  Until then, these idiots will keep building and rebuilding on Jersey's barrier islands and we the taxpayers will keep giving them the money to do so. 

What's that definition of insanity? 

Jul 2, 2013 4:19PM
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