Method Homes prefabricates look nothing like the stereotype of a doublewide. Instead, they’re straight out of the pages of an architectural magazine – modernistic, even daring. Many of Method Homes’ projects are cabins (hardly rustic in design) for remote locations, but it has also done homes for in-city sites. Method Homes builds its modular components in Ferndale. Constructing them indoors cuts down on mold, other contaminants and work that might otherwise be rushed in bad weather. The result is a sturdier, healthier custom home built in a third the time, and with less than 10 percent waste in materials (versus more than 30 percent with some site-built homes). The components are delivered to the site 80 to 95 percent complete and can then be lifted by crane onto their foundations. It’s a formula that seems to be working. In the midst of a brutal housing recession, Method saw its revenue jump from $1.1 million in 2010 to more than $4.6 million in 2011. The company added two new product lines in 2011, boosting its total to six. It also offers custom designs and commercial buildings.

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