An interesting article in the Washington Post, which I found via Clever Dude, on the newest trend in home-bulding: Amish-built modular homes.
This was a fascinating article, but I found it to be a little … well … uneducated. Anyone that’s been around Holmes County would question the Post’s comment that the Amish have been out of the home-building business. Having been a frequent visitor to Amish country in his college days — something about dating a woman from BerlinÂ but we don’t talk about that aroundÂ the houseÂ –Â Toby found the concept to be amazing.
Anything built by the Amish is perceived to be of higher quality, whether deserved or not. However, the hardest part of having them do large projects is the cost associated with transportation. However, having them build modular units is an exceptional use of resources. The finaly honed craftsmen are able to apply their trade, without having to arrange for a driver outside their normal area. And the purchaser gets a great product.
This could be the movement that will help modulars differentiate themselves from their mobile home brothern.