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Sonoma Wildfire Chalets for Sonoma County Habitat for HumanityBuilding design by Marianne Cusato / Masterplan by Opticos Design.

It was not the happiest Christmas of the people of Paradise, California, whose homes had been burned at the campfire last November. Nearly 14,000 homes were destroyed, including 13,696 single-family homes and 287 apartment buildings, according to Cal Fire, the State Department of Forests and Fire Protection.

In a state already facing a severe housing shortage, high housing costs and homelessness, this latest disaster adds to a problematic tripta. For those seeking to rebuild, perhaps in a nearby community that has not lost so many businesses and social services, a shortage of construction labor adds to the difficulties they face in install in new homes.

Marianne Cusato know what they're going through. Although she has been designing houses for over 20 years and teaches in the School of Architecture of Notre Dame UniversityShe's probably best known for the award-winning Katrina Cottages she created after the hurricane hit the Gulf Coast in 2005. "It takes years to rebuild, and that could mean living in a caravan for another season. She says. Whether this season includes hurricanes or forest fires, "we design permanent buildings that could be used in the short term as emergency housing, and in the long term as secondary suites or even as the first room of a larger house. "

Given that California has recently liberalized its UDA laws, Camp Fire Cottages could potentially solve short- and long-term housing problems for Paradise residents by rising quickly and providing new housing in the future. . "Once FEMA trailers have been used for emergency housing, they can only be sent to a landfill," says Cusato. "Once the cottages have been used as emergency housing, they have a long life and value over time. We called the concept "Temp to Perm". It is a permanent structure used for temporary purposes. "

Cusato worked with Sonoma County after the fires of the wine region of 2017. He notes that modular homes can be built to the exacting standards of earthquake, forest-city interface and environment from California. "Building safe and dignified cottages is an investment in the future of a community," she says. These modular and compact homes are built off-site, trucked and connected to foundations and utilities. "The key to timing is getting permits. Once we have permission to build, units can start arriving at the site within 30 days; Depending on the construction techniques, the finishing of the units on the site can last from two to twelve weeks, "explains Cusato.

Homeowners can potentially use the money from their insurance to rebuild faster with modular construction, even without a larger community program. Sheri Koones, author of Prefabricated houses and five previous books on modular homes, says, "Prefabricated homes can certainly be built faster than on-site housing. Prefabricated construction is not limited by weather conditions and does not depend on independent contractors. Most factories employ a full-time staff, able to build a modular home regardless of the problems encountered at the installation site. Depending on the plant, homes can be manufactured in a week or less, according to Koones. Of course, this is not the whole process because the house must always be transported to the site, and tradespeople are needed on the site to connect it to its foundation and its utilities.

"Every state has its own restrictions on the ability to take modules on highways, which can delay the schedule," warns the author. "The schedule will depend on the coordination of this work, as well as the time required to obtain permits in a given location. The other factors will be the level of activity of the manufacturer and the part of the house completed in the factory. In some cases, modular homes are delivered almost complete, which generally saves a lot of time. As Cusato pointed out, modular homes are quite capable of complying with national and local codes. In fact, Koones cites FEMA studies that have shown that modular homes are more resilient to Hurricane Andrew than their counterparts built locally.

In addition to being faster, prefab homes can be more affordable, says Koones. "As a general rule, it's said that building modular homes costs about 15% less than building on site." Are you sacrificing style to save time and money? There are certainly modular module manufacturers that fit this picture. But, as shown by the Katrina and Wine country cottages, you can take inspiration from the local aesthetics and durably enhance your properties.

Prefabricated homes can be modern, elegant and durable.Small prefabricated houses, S. Koones, c) Taunton Press / Photographer: Juan Alicante

California modular, specializing in prefabricated ADU, serves the northern region of California affected by the campfire. The company's president, Roy Krautstrunk, while offering cost reductions, site visits and free feasibility studies for these households, points to one of the biggest advantages of prefabricated construction: "With our homes You do not have to start from scratch and have a long design process with countless decisions to make. Anyone who has ever gone through a new construction or renovation project knows what it's like. Not having to make these decisions while rebuilding your life after a devastating fire can be particularly helpful.

Modular homes can streamline design and construction processes.California modular

"There are many other reasons to build a prefab," says Koones. "Besides the time and money factor, there is a professionalism of the factory workers who do it every day, and their work is controlled and re-checked throughout the process. Disturbances in the surrounding area are also much less disturbed and materials are not compromised along the way. (They also do not risk being stolen, as sometimes happens on traditional construction sites.)

Can prefabricates help rebuild Paradise? Potentially. "As a society, we are not prepared to cope with the growing demand for emergency housing after a disaster and we need to improve," says Cusato. "The bright side is that the disaster, while tragic, can also be the catalyst for streamlining the approval process and providing the necessary funding in one area."

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Sonoma Wildfire Cottages for Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma CountyConstruction of the building by Marianne Cusato / Masterplan of Opticos Design.

It was not the happiest Christmas of the people of Paradise, California, whose homes had been burned at the campfire last November. Nearly 14,000 homes were destroyed, including 13,696 single-family homes and 287 apartment buildings, according to Cal Fire, the State Department of Forests and Fire Protection.

In a state already facing a severe housing shortage, high housing costs and homelessness, this latest disaster adds to a problematic tripta. For those seeking to rebuild, perhaps in a nearby community that has not lost so many businesses and social services, a shortage of construction labor adds to the difficulties they face in install in new homes.

Marianne Cusato know what they're going through. Although she has been designing houses for over 20 years and teaches in the School of Architecture of Notre Dame UniversityShe's probably best known for the award-winning Katrina Cottages she created after the hurricane hit the Gulf Coast in 2005. "It takes years to rebuild, and that could mean living in a caravan for another season. She says. Whether this season includes hurricanes or forest fires, "we design permanent buildings that could be used in the short term as emergency housing, and in the long term as secondary suites or even as the first room of a larger house. "

Given that California has recently liberalized its UDA laws, Camp Fire Cottages could potentially solve short- and long-term housing problems for Paradise residents by rising quickly and providing new housing in the future. . "Once FEMA trailers have been used for emergency housing, they can only be sent to a landfill," says Cusato. "Once the cottages have been used as emergency housing, they have a long life and value over time. We called the concept "Temp to Perm". It is a permanent structure used for temporary purposes. "

Cusato worked with Sonoma County after the fires of the wine region of 2017. He notes that modular homes can be built to the exacting standards of earthquake, forest-city interface and environment from California. "Building safe and dignified cottages is an investment in the future of a community," she says. These modular and compact homes are built off-site, trucked and connected to foundations and utilities. "The key to timing is getting permits. Once we have permission to build, units can start arriving at the site within 30 days; Depending on the construction techniques, the finishing of the units on the site can last from two to twelve weeks, "explains Cusato.

Homeowners can potentially use the money from their insurance to rebuild faster with modular construction, even without a larger community program. Sheri Koones, author of Prefabricated houses and five previous books on modular homes, says, "Prefabricated homes can certainly be built faster than on-site housing. Prefabricated construction is not limited by weather conditions and does not depend on independent contractors. Most factories employ a full-time staff, able to build a modular home regardless of the problems encountered at the installation site. Depending on the plant, homes can be manufactured in a week or less, according to Koones. Of course, this is not the whole process because the house must always be transported to the site, and tradespeople are needed on the site to connect it to its foundation and its utilities.

"Every state has its own restrictions on the ability to take modules on highways, which can delay the schedule," warns the author. "The schedule will depend on the coordination of this work, as well as the time required to obtain permits in a given location. The other factors will be the level of activity of the manufacturer and the part of the house completed in the factory. In some cases, modular homes are delivered almost complete, which generally saves a lot of time. As Cusato pointed out, modular homes are quite capable of complying with national and local codes. In fact, Koones cites FEMA studies that have shown that modular homes are more resilient to Hurricane Andrew than their counterparts built locally.

In addition to being faster, prefab homes can be more affordable, says Koones. "In general, it is said that building modular homes costs about 15% less than on-site construction. There are certainly modular module manufacturers that fit this picture. But, as shown by the Katrina and Wine country cottages, you can take inspiration from the local aesthetics and durably enhance your properties.

Prefabricated houses can be modern, elegant and durable.Small Prefab Houses, S. Koones, (c) Taunton Press / Photographer: Juan Alicante

California modular, specializing in prefabricated ADU, serves the northern region of California affected by the campfire. The company's president, Roy Krautstrunk, while offering cost reductions, site visits and free feasibility studies for these households, points to one of the biggest advantages of prefabricated construction: "With our homes You do not have to start from scratch and have a long design process with countless decisions to make. Anyone who has ever gone through a new construction or renovation project knows what it's like. Not having to make these decisions while rebuilding your life after a devastating fire can be particularly helpful.

Modular homes can streamline the design and build process. California Modulars

"There are many other reasons to build a prefab," says Koones. "Besides the time and money factor, there is a professionalism of the factory workers who do it every day, and their work is controlled and re-checked throughout the process. Disturbances in the surrounding area are also much less disturbed and materials are not compromised along the way. (They also do not risk being stolen, as sometimes happens on traditional construction sites.)

Can prefabricates help rebuild Paradise? Potentially. "As a society, we are not prepared to cope with the growing demand for emergency housing after a disaster and we need to improve," says Cusato. "The bright side is that the disaster, while tragic, can also be the catalyst for streamlining the approval process and providing the necessary funding in one area."