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At sunrise, a foundation; by noon, a new home stood in New Canaan – Stamford Advocate

NEW CANAAN — A little after 7 a.m., a truck hauling one-fifth of a home pulled in front of 70 Seminary St.

Soon after the west side of the first floor arrived, workers were busy ripping off wrapping — just before the future resident’s open-floor plan dwelling was dangling from a crane well above the ground to be positioned on the foundation. The building was made by Westchester Modular in New York.

“People who are at work right now, will come home and there’s a house,” builder and designer James Johnson, of Design. Build. Modular., said Thursday, July 23, as he watched the process.

Is Fairfield County ready for more modular homes? “There is always a change of mindset, it hasn’t really occurred yet, but it is transforming. In California, it has come more of the norm. In the future, this is how homes will be built,” Johnson said.

A neighbor, Blair Bucciarelli, remarked that “seeing a house built in a couple of hours is not common in New Canaan.”

The 2,300-square-foot home is listed for sale for $1.299 million.

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house is considered environmentally friendly with shingles made of recycled bottles, an “on demand” water heater and propane gas, Johnson said.

An on-demand water system heats the water in the pipes as needed, using less energy since a water heater is not continually warming water all day, said general contractor John Bombardo, of Fairfield Contractors.

A modular is “built in a controlled environment so there is very little waste of materials,” Johnson said.

“Even down to the sawdust they repurpose, which they use for horse barns,” he said. Green construction “is itself baked into modular construction by its nature. Even if it’s not important to a client, it is still there.”

In stick-built homes “you will have process going on for a prolonged period,” Johnson said.

But in this case, “the neighbors will have disturbance today” and “for the most part” with modular construction, “60 percent is done in one day,” he said.

They use ethically sourced materials, using companies that “take good care of their employees,” he said. The workers for the Westchester Modular are “working in a controlled safe environment.”

A modular “is actually a much better built product,” Johnson said. The materials “are not exposed to rain and snow,” he added.

The house was put in place right next to another modular that was installed Thursday, July 16.

There is still work to be done inside the home and it is expected to be complete in August.

“Unlike a traditional, lengthy, new construction project in New Canaan, these two homes will be erected and move-in ready in approximately 45 days,” said Jack Baney, a Realtor with Weichert Madison and Post Realtors.

Read the entire article here: https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/local/article/At-sunrise-a-foundation-by-noon-a-new-home-15435873.php

       – Stamford Advocate