St. Paul Home Created with Three Boxes


All the prefab enthusiasts need to make sure to check out this Hive Modular home in St. Paul's historic Capitol Heights neighborhood.  The home and its owner, David Schmit, were profiled in Midwest Home, and the article provides an interesting glimpse into getting a prefab built.  Schmit bought the lot, sold his home, worked with Hive Modular on the design, worked with the local architectural planning board to get approvals, and finally worked with the city of St. Paul to get approvals.  It took some time and patience, too.


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The 2,010 square foot home was built with three boxes, or modules, that arrived on the site already framed, insulated, wired, plumbed, and dry-walled.  A 240-ton crane lifted the boxes into place, and shortly thereafter, the only thing left was finish work and details.  Schmit himself installed the kitchen cabinetry, decks, carpeting, sod, and painted the interior. 

Although green was not a driver for this Minnesota prefab (low cost was), it still has some green elements.  Hive Modular used locally harvested woods for both structural and finish and minimized waste through the modular process.  Hive also used 2×6 exterior wall construction, R19 wall insulation, R50 roof and floor insulation, and Certainteed fiber cement cladding.  Plus, the owner used a narrow, infill lot.

[+] Real & Simple by Midwest Home.




Photo credits: Hive Modular.

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  • No Debt Plan

    Anyone know what the final cost ended up being since low cost was the goal?

    • Preston

      I wasn’t able to get that information on this project.

  • NRI Real Estate

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

    • Preston

      Thanks for the nice comment and support!

  • Anonymous

    This is exactly the type of project that I would like to do. Low(er) cost, sustainable materials, good looking and not too large. The only thing I would add would be solar panels and other water storage capabilities, and I would have my perfect home.

    Thanks for posting stories like this one. I love it!

  • Portland Real Estate

    Great looking place, I love the look of the wooden floors and the staircase. Now we just need to see prefab houses like this that are up to the passivehaus standard.


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