Wanted: Future home buyers who have design and sustainability at the top of their priority list. Must be interested in being an “early adopter” and helping a local startup to grow and to succeed. Land ownership is preferred, but not required.
Module, a Pittsburgh startup, is looking for the its first customers to buy the company’s incremental housing units. A reservation list to be among the first Module owners launched today.
“We’re excited to build the first houses in Pittsburgh area because ultimately we want to be part of the housing solution here in Pittsburgh,” Module CEO Brian Gaudio said in an email to The Incline.
The company bills its home designs as “just the right amount of space at the right time” — aka incremental housing that allows owners to build a starter home and then expand as their needs change and finances allow. It also means a lower cost to buying a home and smaller mortgage payments, Gaudio previously told The Incline.
To start, Module has an online housing personality quiz — which you can take here — to help potential buyers decide from three different starter units at 500, 1,000 and 1,200 square feet. Additions then range from 190 to 500 square feet.
There’s been a lot of interest coming from people to go to the website and who take the quiz, Gaudio said via email. “Taking reservations seemed like a logical next step.”
Reservations can be for new homes, rental units or even extra backyard spaces, he said, adding that Module has had interest from property owners who want to build rental units and who want to add a backyard home office space. (Gaudio warned that “backyard accessory spaces” are only allowed in certain areas.)
Here’s how it works
If you want to be added to the list, sign up here.
Once you sign up, you’ll pay a refundable deposit and be scheduled for initial design sessions with the Module team. Gaudio said customers should ideally have land that they want to build on, but if not, “We can run an analysis on vacant properties within areas they are looking to buy.”
Starting in November, he said, Module will schedule design sessions with customers on the list on a first-come, first serve basis, but didn’t provide details on when construction is expected to start.
Gaudio added the company has yet to set prices and the cost will be set with customers after the design process. (As the home grows, the same builders do the additions, and Module acts as an architect and realtor.)
Test it out
Want to see a Module unit before you commit? The company built a demo unit earlier this year for the AlphaLab and AlphaLab Gear Demo Day and moved it to the plaza of Nova Place in Allegheny Center.
Tours of the unit are available from noon to 4 p.m. Fridays. To schedule a tour, email [email protected]