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Rebuilding faster with modular homes

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Superstorm Sandy spared nothing of Michael Seemann's Long Beach, Long Island, home. 

Seemann knocked down what was left of his beachside bungalow and commissioned a modular home, a sectional pre-fabricated house. Its levels are set on top of each other with a crane.

"We had about 4 feet of water," Seemann said. "It shifted a little bit and floors were all buckled and the cost to repair it was just greater than the cost to rebuild."

Modular homes are being used to help some Sandy victims recover from the storm in half the time it would take to build a traditional home.

"It just seemed that this was going to get us in the house faster with just as good if not better construction," he said.

Each home takes about one month to build and install, compared to two months for a traditional home. The homes cost between $250,000 and $300,000.

"There really isn't that much of a price difference, because again I'm building with the same materials," said John Colucci of Westchester Modular Homes. "The difference is the quality that I could build it and the speed."

The foundation of Seemann's new home was set in about six hours. Just one day later, the home took shape.

Seemann said he is grateful for the small things. He is looking forward to taking a walk through his new home as soon as all of the boxes are gone.

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