Cavco Homes, Inc. and Palm Harbor Homes joined NBC’s American Dream Builders for an episode aired on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Hosted by renowned designer Nate Berkus, American Dream Builders is a one-hour reality design competition series that premiered March 23 at 8/7c. Cavco Homes and Palm Harbor Homes built modular homes called Eco-cottages for one of the show’s design competitions.
With a long history as national builders of modular homes and cottages, Cavco and Palm Harbor Homes were the natural choice to partner with American Dream Builders for this important home build. As manufactured and modular home builders, it is routine for them to deliver high quality homes built to exacting specifications to distant sites on a tight time schedule. Although the homes provided for American Dream Builders are smaller, efficiently designed green cottages, Cavco and Palm Harbor can and do build many larger homes, some in excess of 3,000 square feet. During the competition, the decorators faced each other in a competition to attractively decorate each home while maximizing the small footprint to get the highest possible usability and comfort for the homeowner. The designers then had their “cottages” voted on by a neighborhood counsel to determine a winner.
In addition to being shown on American Dream Builders, the winning designer’s home from this episode will also be featured in a photo spread in an upcoming edition of Better Homes & Gardens. After the episode, the Eco-cottages will be taken to Ventura Ranch Resort (www.venturaranchkoa.com) in Santa Paula, California, where they will be used as recreational rental cottages.
Joe Stegmayer, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer of Cavco Industries, Inc., explained, “We are always excited for the opportunity to showcase the unique flexibility and quality of modular home construction. Smaller, more energy efficient homes are a growing part of our industry. It is a special assignment for us to be providing small footprint living spaces for these designers to demonstrate tips and techniques to maximize every area of the home for multi-purpose use while keeping it stylish and livable. We are proud to be the first modular home building company to work with American Dream Builders in its inaugural season.”
Cavco Homes, Inc., headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, designs and produces factory-built housing products primarily distributed through a network of independent and company-owned retailers. The Company is one of the largest producers of manufactured homes in the United States, marketed under a variety of brand names including Cavco Homes, Fleetwood Homes and Palm Harbor Homes. The Company is also the leading producer of park model homes, vacation cabins, and systems-built commercial structures, as well as modular homes built primarily under the Nationwide Custom Homes brand. Cavco’s mortgage subsidiary, CountryPlace Mortgage, offers conforming mortgages to purchasers of factory-built and site-built homes. Its insurance subsidiary, Standard Casualty, provides property and casualty insurance to homeowners.
Palm Harbor Homes is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers and marketers of multi-section manufactured homes. The Company markets nationwide through vertically integrated operations, encompassing manufacturing, marketing, financing and insurance.
American Dream Builders is produced by Universal Television in association with Steele Mill Productions, Inc. Nate Berkus serves as executive producer along with Tom Shelly (“Love in the Wild,” “Survivor”) and Jason Ehrlich (“The Bachelor”). The show airs on NBC on Sunday evenings at 8/7c.