This Bradley Boulevard house by Sandy Spring Builders was built in 170 days.
Michael Bennett Kress

Right Out of the Box

Following are some of the custom modular homes that have been built in the area recently:

Bethesda

5912 Beech Ave.

Builder: Avalon Development Group
Size: 4,100 square feet
Days to build: 60
Features: Finished basement and 1,200-square-foot third floor with full bath.

5501 York Lane

Builder: New Classics by Sandy Spring Builders
Size: 5,400 square feet
Days to build: 170
Features: “Set” the day after a major February 2010 snowstorm.

5420 Roosevelt St.

Builder: New Classics by Sandy Spring Builders
Size: 4,400 square feet
Days to build: 175
Features: First modular built by the company.

5312 Bradley Blvd.

Builder: New Classics by Sandy Spring Builders
Size: 4,900 square feet
Days to build: 170 (including staging/decorating)
Features: Geothermal heating system, rainwater collection system, solar hot water, “living” retaining walls.

6314 Alcott Road

Builder: New Classics by Sandy Spring Builders
Size: 3,370 square feet
Days to build: 165
Features: Solar hot water.

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4702 Edgefield Road

Builder: Meridian Homes
Size: 3,276 square feet
Days to build: 89
Features: Second-floor laundry room.

4700 Edgefield Road

Builder: Meridian Homes
Size: 3,256 square feet
Days to build: 96
Features: Owner Ali Amiri says his gas and electric bills are half what they used to be at his old home, which had less than half the living space. He attributes the lower bills to his new home’s tight construction, which maximizes energy efficiency.

Chevy Chase

4 Quincy St.

Builder: New Classics by Sandy Spring Builders
Size: 4,590 square feet
Days to build: 160
Features: Built in the historic section of the Village of Chevy Chase.

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4520 Dorset Ave.

Builder: New Classics by Sandy Spring Builders
Size:
4,400 square feet
Days to build: 180
Features: Music studio above garage.

Rockville

11701 Ibsen Drive

Builder: New Classics by Sandy Spring Builders
Size: 4,350 square feet
Days to build: 165
Features: Sandy Spring’s first modular model home.

Silver Spring

15723 Radwick Lane

Builder: K2 Development Inc.
Size: 2,350 square feet
Days to build: 45
Features: “Deluxe” kitchen with extra large cabinets and custom finishes.

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Upper Northwest D.C.

4412 W St. N.W.

Builder: New Classics by Sandy Spring Builders
Size: 4,600 square feet
Days to build: 158
Features: Exclusive Foxhall neighborhood, where resistance to modular homes was high.

Editor’s Note: Estimates of square footage are based on above-ground living space and do not include finished basements.

Christine MacDonald is the author of Green, Inc.: An Environmental Insider Reveals How a Good Cause Has Gone Bad (The Lyons Press, 2008). She lives in Washington, D.C., and has written for The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Nation.

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