Annually, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) honors the achievements of manufactured and modular housing industry members demonstrating outstanding leadership in the areas of product design, customer service and creative solutions during its Congress and Expo held annually in May. This year, the MHI award winners were chosen by their peers and a panel of industry experts.
Cavco Industries is proud to announce that the 2019 MHI Design Award for Manufactured Home Design – Multi-section was awarded to Gary Atchison, the Engineering Manager at Palm Harbor Homes in Millersburg, Oregon, for his home design, The Lakeport. The MHI design awards recognize excellence and encourage innovation in manufactured and modular home design and production.
In designing the Lakeport for the Northwest home market, the goal was to overcome the industry-wide difficulty of constructing sidewalls with pronounced features and extended eaves that create a more “site built” look without interfering with shipping width restrictions. By making a simple redesign of a single truss that allowed for multiple bearing points, Gary and Palm Harbor developed this 1,343 square foot, 3 bedroom, 2 bath model that features 24” eave overhangs, boxed-out windows and selectively recessed sidewall and entry areas.
The interior of the Lakeport is equally well-appointed, with 9’ flat ceilings, 80” tall windows, horizon windows, a concealed flat screen TV niche, sliding barn doors and a 50” electric fireplace. The main living area is designed to provide the homeowner with maximum square footage while recessing the secondary bedrooms to contribute to the exterior relief. Inside and out, the overall result is an attractive home that is difficult to differentiate from site-built. This home came to market in the expensive Seattle, Washington, area at $75 per square foot, delivered. That is less than half the price of a comparable site-built home in the area.
From the outset, the focus was on designing a home that would appeal to customers who had never considered a manufactured home. The Lakeport model has the ability to turn the “need” of a new home into a “want,” causing the homebuyer to pursue a new construction method they might not have otherwise considered.
“The MHI award recipients exemplify how far the industry has come just in the past year, and where we are headed,” said MHI President & CEO Richard Jennison. This new Lakeport design certainly demonstrates that and illustrates the ingenuity and adaptability of Cavco and manufactured homes as an affordable answer to America’s housing needs.