AD&B Homes for Life Modular - The Story
When Accessible Design & Build (AD&B) was established in 2014, founder Bob Aquilino was focused on building high-function, aesthetically appealing homes for those who wish to age in place and for those with physical limitations. The main objective was to design, build and renovate homes to improve the quality of life at home. As the company grew, Bob studied the need for function and identified an opportunity for homes with better design at more affordable prices. There were gaps in the market and Bob realized he could fill those gaps with an accessible modular home. The result: Homes for Life Modular started quietly soon after AD&B was founded.
Making it Real
With his primary ideas, Bob sought the expertise of Mark Street, a previous colleague, who is currently president and owner of Carolina Country Homes―a modular provider in Lancaster, South Carolina. Recognizing their shared passion, the two began planning and designing.
Bob and Mark retained a family-owned and operated, regional modular manufacturer to execute their design. The modular home builder embraced their vision for an accessible modular home. Meanwhile, Bob met with other established modular companies that had been manufacturing high end modular homes in the northeast since the 1950s. This enabled him to benchmark AD&B’s accessible modular design and compare it to other modular manufacturers. When the first modular home was completed, the collaboration of ideas between Bob, Mark and their regional modular builder enabled them to pioneer a new facet in the modular home industry: Design and construction of a fully accessible modular home.
Advantages and Benefits of AD&B Homes for Life Modular
Homes for Life Modular homes have many advantages and features. These include:
- Quality accessible modular homes are built in a factory setting by skilled workers and craftsmen using No. 1-grade lumber.
- AD&B’s accessible modular homes are stick built just like site built homes, but without the delays and materials degradation from Mother Nature.
- In a fraction of the time required for site built homes, AD&B accessible modular homes are transported in modules to the owner’s lot and installed on a foundation using a mobile crane.
- The roof is hinged at the bottom and folds over to address travel height restrictions while en route.
- The roof pivots into place and is raised on site to form the ridgeline.
- AD&B accessible homes are built in compliance with all local code requirements, including wind shear for beach locations.
- Garages and porches are transported as a module or built on site.
- In AD&B’s Cape Cod model home, the unfinished second floor provides significant storage space.
- As an option, the second floor, with capped plumbing and wire junctions, can be designed to create storage space and add a 4th bedroom/bath― stairs and future elevator shaft already built into the design.
Accessible Features and Interior Design Elements
There are more than seventy accessible features in AD&B’s accessible modular homes and interior design elements are high-end.
Below is a partial listing.
- Step-less entry
- Curb-less showers
- 36-inch doorways throughout
- 4-foot wide hallways
- Accessible cabinetry
- Two story house plans include stacked closets for ease of conversion to an elevator shaft down the road
- Designated walls have blocking installed for safe installation of stabilizer bars
- Interior design elements include crown molding, fireplaces, hardwood flooring, Berber carpeting, tiled backsplashes, granite countertops and top-line appliances
Site-built vs Accessible Modular-built
Time and cost are the greatest considerations in home buying and building.
- Site-built custom homes average between 9 to 12 months from contract and design to move in
- Site-built custom homes costs range between $175 to $300 per square foot―not including the land/lot
- Accessible modular-built custom homes average 16 weeks from contract and selections to move in
- Accessible modular-built custom homes costs range between $132 to $150 per square foot―not including the land/lot
What’s next for AD&B’s Homes for Life Modular
The first AD&B Homes for Life Modular has found its home at Carolina Country Homes in Lancaster, South Carolina. “This type of home is the solution for many prospective homeowners,” says Bob Aquilino, President and CEO of Accessible Design & Build. “It is an ideal home designed for any phase of life to accommodate aging in place or address an immediate need due to a physical limitation.”
Bob, Mark, and their regional modular home builder are currently working on several designs for accessible modular homes. The work is focused on high-end design at attractive price points that provide those who wish to age in place and those with physical challenges a cost-effective housing option. Meanwhile, their goals, commitment, and passion remain the same: Design and build accessible modular homes that are high quality and functional with a strong aesthetic appeal and . . .most of all . . . improve the quality of life at home.