Cultured Stone and Façade

Project: Modular Mountain Retreat, Episode 6, Part 1

The assembly of the main sections of the modular home is nearly complete, and work is underway on the building's exterior.

The roof shingles are being installed and Brian Eberle (from Enviroshake) is on hand to explain the benefits of the engineered shingle product that's been chose for use.

At the back of the house, Mark Murphy (from Owens-Corning) is directing a crew that's applying a Cultured Stone veneer to the foundation of the home.

Inside, Bob looks at the distinct features of the modular construction process, including the marriage walls and joints.
Part 1: Cultured Stone and Façade
Mark Murphy from Owens-Corning shows Bob a new man-made stone product for the exterior of the modular home. The product combines Southern Ledge Stone and Dressed Fieldstone and is considerably lighter than natural stone. It is colored with iron oxide and other natural pigments to give it the "fresh from the ground" look of real stones.

The installation of man-made stone is far simpler than it is with real stone. The lightweight stones can be adhered to the wall with standard mortar. And Owens-Corning produces nineteen types of this product in a variety of colors. The cost is about half that of natural stone.
Part 2: Touring the Master Bedroom in the Modular Home
Beautifully sited on wooded acreage with breathtaking views of some of the most beautiful countryside in New England, this Arts and Crafts style bungalow certainly doesn't look factory-built. You'd never know it was a modular home unless Bob took you to the Pennsylvania factory where it was built, almost from start to finish.

The house goes down the assembly line from framing, through wiring and plumbing, all the way to the installation of flooring and priming for paint.

The house is trucked to its pre-fabricated foundations on the lot, and start all the finishing touches that will prove that a modular house doesn't have to be a cookie-cutter affair.