Years ago Blu Homes, before their national presence disappeared, was all set to send their folding modular homes to Hawaii while other mainland modular factories have been shipping homes there for years but that may be about to change.
HPM Building Supply, HPM, short for Hawaii Planing Mill, is moving into factory-built modular homes, with entire housing units built in the factory and transported to home sites.
Affordable housing advocates support the concept as a way to put more homeless or potentially homeless families into housing more cheaply and quickly. The factory at Shipman Business Park can produce two modules weekly, at the cost to the consumer of under $100,000 for a two-bedroom home.
Trucking costs, lot costs, building a foundation and electrical, plumbing and sewer hookups would add to the price. Trucking a unit from Hilo to Kailua-Kona, for example would run $800-$1,200.
In comparison, conventionally built houses in Hawaii are running about $290-$780 a square foot.
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