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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; First edition. edition (August 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586857126
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586857127
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 10.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,381,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Have a look into the future of home building by walking through more than twenty inspired factory-built homes. Ranging from dreamy cottages to elegant, expansive mansions, these designs prove that modular construction has become significantly more sophisticated than its elemental beginnings. Modular Mansions features beautiful, spacious custom designs that rival the size and quality of many stick-built homes and also highlights the benefits of quality craftsmanship. Sheri Koones illustrates the many reasons why modular building is a smart way to go for today's savvy homeowners. Learn how a modular home can save you money, why they take less time to build, why building in a climate-controlled environment is better than on-site construction, what kinds of design features and amenities are available, and much more.

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Still think of modular houses as trailers? Have a look into the future of home building by walking through over twenty inspired modular retreats ranging from quaint cottages to elegant, expansive mansions. See how modular homes have become significantly more sophisticated, with beautiful, spacious designs that rival the size and quality of many custom stick-built homes. Modular Mansions is the first book of its kind to showcase an assortment of dream homes that highlight the benefits of modular craftsmanship.
Author Sheri Koones illustrates the many reasons why modular building is a smart way to go for today's savvy homeowners. Learn how a modular home can save you money, why they take less time to build, why building in a climate-controlled environment is better than on-site construction, what kinds of design features and amenities are now available, and much, much more.
About the Author
Sheri Koones began writing about home construction after doing extensive research to complete the renovation of her own home several years ago. She found a niche in empowering other homeowners to become more knowledgeable about completing their own construction projects. Sheri's other books include From Sand Castles to Dream Houses and House About It. She is also a columnist and freelance writer.

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I began writing about home construction when I had the difficult task of supervising a major renovation of my family's house. After being dissatisfied with the the books available I decided I would write a book (From Sand Castles to Dream Houses)and include all of the information I wish I'd had when I built my own house. People then began to ask me about the various options available to them - roofing, siding, trim,etc. I didn't know much about these items myself - so I spent the next 2 years researching every available option so my readers would be able to select those that were best for them before beginning to work with their architect or builder. House About It was the result of this arduous research. While I was reviewing the various methods of construction for a chapter of House About It, I discovered modular construction, which I found incredibly exciting. In the last few years I have found other methods of prefab construction which I believe are also wonderful methods of building a house. I hope that my books have created more informed homeowners who will build homes that they will throughly enjoy living in - that are healthy, sustainable, energy efficient and beautiful.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Garbato on January 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In MODULAR MANSIONS, author Sheri Koones shatters the prevailing stereotypes of modular housing. Through a number of "case studies," she effectively demonstrates that modular housing has progressed well beyond the boxy, flimsy, unimaginative trailers of yesteryear. Today's modular buildings can be as simple or complex, as unassuming or ornate, and as affordable or luxurious as the owner wants. MODULAR MANSIONS focuses on the latter - modular structures that easily rival traditional, stick-built mansions.

Koones begins by giving a very brief overview of modular home construction. She then looks at twenty modular mansions; the smallest, located in California, is just over 1300 square feet in size, while the largest weighs in at an eye-popping 12700 square feet. The homes featured come in a variety of styles, including Colonial, Federal, Arts & Crafts, modern contemporary, Victorian, Georgian revival, farmhouse, cottage, log cabin, and even eco-friendly. Clearly, these are not your grandmother's single-wide trailers!

By far, the strongest features of MODULAR MANSIONS are the pictures, of which there are many. A few depict the process of setting a modular home, while most show finished mansions. As gorgeous as some of the homes are, I found myself wishing that there were more pictures of the homes' architecture and less of their furnishings. Floor plans, even general ones, would have been nice as well. After all, I picked up MODULAR MANSIONS because I was curious about the modular aspect of the mansions - not their interior decorating! Also, there were a few instances where the author mentioned a particular aspect of a home's construction, but neglected to include a photo for illustration, which was quite frustrating.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on October 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I first became aware of modular construction when a house was being built on the route we took when we went out to lunch every day. The work progressed at the normal snail's pace. Then after a few weeks we drove by to find a bunch of trucks parked nearby with bits of house on them and a large crane setting these modules in place. By the next day, the house looked basically finished. To be sure it took another month or so before the family moved in, but in much less time than it would ordinarily have taken, the house was finished.

I was able later to look at a few modular homes. Unless I had been told, I couldn't have guessed that they had been built in a factory. The quality seemed as high, or perhaps even higher than stick built. A couple of them had had additions made to them later and the owners reported that making the addition was no more difficult than doing the same thing to a stick built home.

In this book Ms. Koones has found some 'Modular Mansions' they can compete with style and price with anything on the market. The architecture varies from early to very modern. Whatever you want, it seems, can be done with a modular home.

There were also a couple of surprising points she brought out. First, I had thought that modular home companies would show you a book of their standard designs and tell you to pick one. She says that some, not all, but some, modular homes will build to your custom designs. Second was the size of the homes. When you think about it, there is no reason you couldn't build a home of any size in modules. But all I had seen before were small homes. She illustrates one home that is 12,700 square feet. That's certainly more than I'd want (or would want to clearn, or could afford).

Ms. Koones seems to be east coast based.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Nik on July 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Hi. I highly recommend this book and more than just a passing comment, I have developed a personal home in coastal CA and there are some nice examples of what is possible, mostly on the east coast, but some factories here can get close with stock plans. I really like the intro and first chapter or so of text, think it does a great job of showing how these homes are not only equals but surpass site/stick building in many respects. There is still so much misinformation out there it aggravates me sometimes, I think this book will drop your jaw not just because they're modular, but because they feature homes you'd expect to see in Architectural Digest.

Many manufacturers are building a more solid house than I see on many jobsites around here in CA, and I'm originally from areas featured in this book on the east coast, so when wanting to build this method for my own home it was tougher but possible in the west. Like anything, your house will only be as good as company building it. Big corporate builders use these techniques and some even use modules in finished homes, unbeknownst to buyer (and a modular falls under "system built" housing, similar to incorporated wall panels/roof trusses). US has some catching up to do in modular, especially CA, and yes there IS a LOT of HUD-code "manufactured" homes being passed off as modular or "on-frame" modular (that is UBC-code but won't pass mustard with many lenders) being pushed onto those not aware.

It is a maze, I've been there and live in a very unique modular in coastal CA and you wouldn't believe me if I told you what my appraisals are shortly after my building it. Hands down, best financial decision for my family and instant equity. If interested, feel free to drop me an e-mail as I'm happy to share info to help others. Also read The Modular Home if you haven't already.
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