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.
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."
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)
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...
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??
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
What's that definition of insanity?