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Modular Home Becomes An Instant Airbnb
With walls of metal and glass, a Vessel house by Massimo Modular is not your typical stick-built cabin. With floor-to-ceiling windows and 270-degree panoramic views, it’s easy to recognize their appeal to people who love being surrounded by nature. And that makes the “nature vessels” ideal for Airbnbs, cabin park rentals, vacation homes, and guest homes.
“The biggest thing is they’re very simple. They can be delivered and hooked up, and you can have rentals up and running in a matter of hours,” says Patrick Schuchart, sales representative for Massimo Modular, based in Garland, Texas. When secured to concrete footings they’re durable and sturdy, built to last with a 7-gauge steel frame and aluminum materials. The double-paned, insulated impact glass is rated for hurricanes and tornadoes with up to 140 mph winds.
The owner of Vessel Houses created his first models in 2022 after seeing similar modulars overseas.
“All units have a basic smart system to program lights, temperature, curtains, thermostats, and skylights with your phone,” says sales representative Chera Jackson. “You can turn on your A/C before you get there. They also have smart locks so B&Bs can change the code between visitors.”
Built in Houston, the modulars are well insulated and tested for snow loads and climates through Zone 6. They come with plumbing, sewer and electrical hookups, heat, AC, automatic curtains, integrated bathrooms, and environmental wood floors.
The models are narrow enough (up to 10’8” wide) to load on semi-trailers to be shipped anywhere in the U.S. Prices range from $49,000 to $99,000.
Customers include glamping and other rental businesses, campgrounds, and ranchers adding guest houses.
“At the glamping show, they were very popular because people had never seen anything like this before,” Jackson says, and the Aurora, Colo., setting accentuated how well they showcase nature.
With a patented design that resists earthquakes over level 8 and typhoons over level 12 and 70 years of estimated service life, they also offer an efficient return on investment for rental business owners.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Massimo Modular, 3101 W. Miller Rd., Garland, Texas 75041 (ph 877-983-7735; www.massimomodular.com).

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