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Green Acres is the place to be this weekend

By Staff | Apr 18, 2008

Monte Burrell of Green Acres Homes stands in front of a 2,052-square-foot modular home. Green Acres Homes can custom-build any home to the owner’s specifications. EDN photos by Michael Tidermann

So you’ve been thinking of building a new home, but then you realize maybe you’ve waited just little too long. Well, maybe not.

Or maybe you think you can’t afford the cost of a new home. Well, maybe you actually can.

Or perhaps you’re a new couple just starting out or ’empty-nesters’, and you want to downsize to something smaller, like maybe a nice manufactured home. You thought it would cost too much, though. Well, maybe that’s not the case, either.

This weekend, Green Acres Homes on Highway 9 in Estherville is holding an open house Friday through Sunday. It’s your chance to see what’s what in the world of both modular and manufactured homes and to see how Green Acres Homes can create just the right home for you.

They’ve been at it for long enough. It was back in 1970 when Ken and Jack Burrell bought the current Green Acres mobile home park. Since the ‘park’ had just one mobile home at the time, they decided to start selling homes too.

This comfortable dining area has a well-lit patio door.

According to Monte Burrell, Jack’s son who now runs the business, his father and grandfather began selling manufactured homes. By the mid-1970s, they saw a need for modular homes. Then in 1998 they bought the current location which offers a showcase of 5.5 acres of modular and manufactured homes.

“I grew up working in the family business,” Monte acknowledges. “Things have changed a lot in the last several years.”

Now Green Acres Homes is a full-service home builder. The new Emmet County Nature Center is an excellent example of the work they can do. “We try to make it a sort of a one-stop shop,” says Monte.

That one-stop shop service includes lining up subcontractors for basements, water, sewer, and electrical. They even handle the garage, too. Or if you want to build your own garage, they can line up the siding to match your new home.

Monte is quick to dispel the myth that all modular homes are the same. Not true.

“They don’t all have to look the same,” Monte said. In fact, the modular homes Green Acres Homes sells are custom made in the Wisconsin Homes factory in Marshfield, Wis. Under careful climate and quality controls, each home receives individual attention. “You can make your home look however you want,” Monte said.

First, the customer gets the chance to tour 13 model homes for ideas. Then Green Acres Homes can draw a floor plan. Once you decide to order your new modular home, Wisconsin Homes has seven engineers on staff that can design your home to your exact specifications.

Wisconsin Homes builds with 2X6 exterior walls and 30-year shingles and 50-year siding are available.

Wisconsin Homes generally cost 15-20 percent less than site-built homes. The customer also saves money with a shorter completion time.

They’re built well, too. System-built homes use large jigs to hold parts correctly into alignment for assembly.

“And they really stand behind the product too,” Monte said.

Green Acres Homes also can help in selecting appliances and furnishings. Typically, the entire process takes 8-10 weeks from the time you first visit until the time you turn the key in the door of your new home.

If you’re looking for a lake cottage or a starter home, Green Acres Homes has used manufactured homes starting at just $10,000 with new models starting under $40,000.

For more information, go on-line to www.greenacresnewhomes.com. And be sure to stop by Friday through Sunday.