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Modular homes to be affordable, storm-worthy

By Times Staff Writer
Published May 12, 2007


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GreenSteel Homes, builders of modular housing, will open a factory this summer in Carrabelle in the Panhandle to build homes that are hurricane-worthy, environmentally sustainable and priced for affordable and work force housing.

The company's co-owner, Lawton "Bud" Chiles III, says the homes are in line with the "Katrina cottage" idea of quickly built, attractive, permanent housing and will come with electrical, plumbing and interior finishes in place. The factory will employ 70. The homes are about 1, 000 square feet and meet Miami-Dade wind codes, he said.

Chiles' partner, Tony Attalla, said the homes use steel studs, wall panels filled with ground mineral rock, cementitious-board exteriors, wood or laminate floors, Andersen windows and metal roofs. Most of the materials are recycled or recyclable, don't harbor mold or mildew and are nonflammable. "These are little fortresses, " he said. They'll start at $85 a square foot.

The hope is to meet the huge demand for affordable housing in the recovering Gulf Coast region and beyond. Information: www.hexaport.com.

– Judy Stark, Times Homes and Garden editor

[Last modified May 11, 2007, 13:29:54]


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