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Local home installation company provides unique way to build homes

Photographer / Jubilee Edgell

Rob Carlson knows home construction. Since 1989, he’s been working on and building houses. He started with his father-in-law, and in 1995, he went out on his own. Today, Carlson is a local builder for Rochester Homes.

Rochester Homes started in 1972, and today, the company is still family-owned and operated, enjoying its third generation of ownership. The business is recognized as Indiana’s Premiere Modular Built Home. Basically, a modular built home is one that is constructed at a plant, then shipped to the appropriate location for installation. It gets sent on a truck, and then a crane places the home on top of the foundation or basement.

“Basically, [the house] is 90 to 95% complete,” Carlson says. “We still have work to do on-site, like a garage or a porch, but the house itself is pretty much done. It depends on the amount of sire work, but typically [people can move in] six to eight weeks after it’s set.”

The six to eight-week wait includes not only site work like a garage or porch, but also necessities, like getting a well, a septic tank, heating, plumbing, and utilities. The wait time to move in actually takes much longer than the time needed to build the home. Carlson explains that once your production spot comes up at the plant where the homes are built, it typically takes about six working days to manufacture the house.

Modular homes are popular because most people consider the process fairly smooth and easy in comparison to other ways of homeownership. They can visit the plant, walk through different model homes, and see the dedicated work put in by Rochester Homes’ employees on a facilities tour. Customers can select a floor plan, adjust a pre-made floor plan or bring in their own floor plan designs on their own. Depending on the choices made in that process, Carlson works up a quote for the project. After that, the process is pretty much a waiting game — wait for your home to come up in the plant, wait for installation, and wait for the other on-site work to be done. All in all, it is a far easier project for people to go through.

“We take pride in what we do and treat people in the most fair and honest way possible,” he says. “The modular industry has come a long way over the years, and we’ve been very progressive in keeping up with the latest trends and custom designs.”

If you are interested in purchasing a home from Rochester Homes, feel free to give them a call at 574-224-7348, or send Carlson an email at rob@rochesterhomesbuilder.com. Their model homes and plant facility is located at 1345 N. Lucas St. in Rochester. Model hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, with the plant tour starting at 10 a.m. You can also visit them online at rochesterhomesinc.com.

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