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Pittsburgh incremental house: a home that can grow with you

“While we have, in Pittsburgh, autonomous vehicles driving around the city, we’re still building homes with a hammer and a nail.” Brian Gaudio’s company Module is building homes in a factory using modern tech like CNC cutting and nailing machines to produce custom-designed, energy-efficient homes for the average consumer.

Given that the majority of American households have 1 or 2 people, Gaudio wants to right-size housing, building smaller starter homes that can be added onto as a family grows. With a patented wall and roof system, the home can be opened up to add stairs and a second story recycling the same roof and wall.

Inspired by the concept of incremental housing- low-rise high-density developments built in South American cities with the possibility of expansion (Gaudio created the documentary “Within Formal Cities” with Abe Drechsler on the topic), Gaudio moved home to his parents’ home in Pittsburgh tailor the idea to the U.S.

Module’s first home was built for a couple who wanted an in-law unit for their parents’ to move into when necessary. Over the course of just two days, the wall and roof panels (manufactured by Bensonwood in Keene, NH) were erected in a LEGO-like assembly process by crane. Gaudio hopes that this process can be replicated with thousands of homes to actually make a dent in the national housing crisis.

[* Filming credits
Factory footage: Bensonwood Homes
South American footage: “Within Formal Cities” — Abe Drechsler and Brian Gaudio
Pittsburgh open shots: Johnny Sanphillipo of Granola Shotgun ]

  • Angelique Henderson-Park

    this is awesome! How can someone who has land reach out to Module for pricing information?

  • Seattle Blue

    Just watched this video on YouTube and wanted to make you aware of the number of ads inserted. There were two ads before the video began, length of the first is 1:15 minutes. There are FIVE during the video with the shortest 45 seconds and the longest 2:30 (four within the first 12 minutes). And then there were two ads at the end, the first is 3:30 minutes.

    Having five ad breaks within the video really disrupts the flow and experience. Are you able to exert some limits over how ads are inserted into your videos?

    • Hello, thanks for your feedback. I think ads play differently when the video is embedded, like in this website (which is the “source”). Also, there should be an option on YT to play all videos with no ads, though it requires a pay subscription. I personally recommend this last option as alternative to the experience you report.

      • Also, you’ll be able to notice there is no advertisement on this website. The only advert you’ll find is within the embedded video itself. I wouldn’t say your experience will be overwhelmed by ads.

      • Seattle Blue

        I usually try to “view” at least one or two ads on YouTube (in reality, I turn the sound off and do something else) in order to increase revenue (no income when ads are skipped) to the channels I subscribe to. From what I understand, channel creators receive even less revenue when viewers use YouTube’s blocker plus I have to pay a monthly fee.

        This increased number of ads per video appeared to rear its ugly head about two-three months ago on several channels I watch. I notified each creator and the number decreased back to normal. However, I do not know whether the creators questioned YouTube or made changes to the ad parameters for their channels.

        I take the time to send messages about ads because I hate to have people skip videos due to frustration with ad interruptions and I do want to assist creators both with completed views and, more importantly, revenue. The viewing frustration is even greater when there are four ads within the first seven to ten minutes.

  • Billy Powers

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