Allen Developer Designs Maintenance-Free Home

From solar panels that generate electricity for the entire house to minimal wood that requires painting, The New Modern Home wants to take upkeep worries out of home buying.


A maintenance-free home sounds like a dream, but an Allen-based company says it’s shaping into reality with a prototype home in Frisco. 

The New Modern Home‘s design utilizes solar panels, LED lighting, and a masonry exterior to create a home that can make its own energy and has very little wood that needs painted, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Founder Jimmy Tanghongs formed the company in March 2016 with the notion to offer home buyers an aesthetically-pleasing design that eliminates upkeep and electricity bills.

“We have something very unique. It’s different from what everyone else is doing.”

Jimmy Tanghongs

“We have something very unique,” Tanghongs told the Morning News. “It’s different from what everyone else is doing.”

The prototype features metal window frames and exterior doors and a metal roof that is lighter than asphalt shingles. Solar panels on the roof generate electricity for the entire house, which is stored in Tesla-made batteries located in the garage. 

“We can produce three times the amount of power you typically use,” Tanghongs told the newspaper. “We can get you away from that $200 and $300 electric bill.” 

Constructed in limestone, The New Modern Home prototype has four-bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and a three-car garage. It’s priced at more than $700,000. Tanghongs is looking to develop more homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area following the maintenance- and energy-free concept. 

He told Dallas Innovates the company has started construction on a home in Lakewood and also has a tract for a community of homes under contract in McKinney.


The Frisco prototype home features a masonry exterior. [Photo courtesy of The New Modern Home]


Solar panels on the roof generate electricity to power the home. [Photo courtesy of The New Modern Home]


Inside the kitchen of the Frisco prototype home. [Photo courtesy of The New Modern Home]

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