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Amish modular homes – The next craze?

Amish Home BuildingThe next time you think about buying a home, you might want to add an Amish builder to your short list of potential construction companies. You see, the next craze appears to be Amish-built modular homes. However, you might have some trouble contacting these builders because they don’t have a phone line!




This article on the Washington Post discusses an Amish builder based out of St. Mary’s County in Maryland that has a 2+ year waiting list on his homes. It only takes about 6 weeks for the 5-6 man team to build a home, and they usually complete 10-12 homes per year.

However, don’t expect any luxury 4500 square feet homes out of these builders. The homes produced are generally 1500-2000 square feet homes, built in two 14 feet sections for easy transport.

The cost: Because the Amish are exempt from paying Social Security tax, and it’s a mostly family business, the Amish can build homes for $50 per sq. ft., compared with the $75-125 sq. ft. cost by regular modular home builders.

You might be wondering who does the electrical wiring and driving the home to the delivery site. Well, the Amish hire contractors to do both, as well as any other job not permitted by their way of life. They do use some power tools, but the article didn’t detail what kind.

Oh, and all those contracts you normally have to sign with a builder? Throw them out the window because the Amish contract is a hand-shake.

So, if you just need a simple 1700 sq. ft. home, and are willing will wait a couple years to get a quality Amish-built structure, then check out your local Amish contractor. But be prepared to drive there, because they probably don’t have a phone line.

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Clever Dude

4 Comments

  • Having grown up in Ohio’s Amish area. This doesn’t surprise me at all. It gets around their biggest problem — personal travel — while allowing them to charge the “premium” of being Amish built.

    As to power tools, most Amish use a generator to run air-powered tools. Just don’t tell the Bishop.

  • WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT HOW TO CONTACT AMISH HOME BUILDERS, I AM LOOKING TO BUILD A HOME IN FOLLANSBEE WV( WHICH IS IN THE NORTHERN PANHANDLE) APPROX 1400 SQ FEET

  • Do they do prefab custom homes? I have been trying to build a house for 2 years. The bank will only give me $200k to build a 2000 square ft home. so I might have to sell the property. I had plans drawn up, building permit, planning zoning work all done.

    Thanks,

    Steve