The future of modular homes in North Texas just got a boost, with a notable design flair. HiFAB, the newest venture from Dallas-based Oaxaca Interests, announced today that it’s building its new studio and manufacturing plant in the DFW suburb of Grand Prairie.
Dedicated to creating modular homes, the new plant will begin by producing Haciendas, a line of homes designed by noted San Antonio architecture firm Lake|Flato.
The plant is under construction now and is expected to open by end of January, a spokesperson told Dallas Innovates. The factory floor will be 42,500 square feet, and an additional office building and supply chain storage buildings will also be onsite. The first homes are slated to roll out by March 31.
Available exclusively in Texas, the HiFAB’s Haciendas will go on the market for as little as $249,000. They’re available to order now—and HiFAB says customers can use its interactive tech to customize their home and to “watch the building process online from start to finish.”
‘A cleaner, more efficient way of living’
Oaxaca Interests and HiFAB founder Brent Jackson says he hopes to lead the modular home sector across the state.
“By collaborating with Lake|Flato again, we’ll be able to provide folks with highly designed yet functional homes that will be produced at our seven-acre facility,” Jackson said in a statement. “Simple design is hard to pull off, but it allows us to focus on the details for a cleaner, more efficient way of living. This uncluttered design also allows for a lock-and-leave lifestyle.”
Haciendas have already gone up in West Dallas
Lake|Flato’s Haciendas development in West Dallas already features modern homes built in a “creative partnership” with Oaxaca Interests. Located close to The Belmont Hotel and Sylvan Thirty, the development offers “intentionally designed Texas modern homes” focused on wellness and sustainability.
According to Oaxaca, the West Dallas Hacienda homes were designed to be built in a factory, “but Oaxaca Interests needed to substantiate the revenue model first.”
Now HiFAB plans to “mirror” the Haciendas built in West Dallas in the company’s new Grand Prairie plant, by adopting the same sustainable design features and building practices.
Low-carbon design, fresh air exchange systems and more
To create healthier homes, HiFAB’s Haciendas will feature biophilic indoor/outdoor connections and fresh air exchange filtration systems to help eliminate pollutants. They’ll also feature True Zero VOC paints and tile setting materials that are Greenguard Gold Certified.
HiFAB’s factory also aims to reduce the “massive amounts of waste” widely seen in residential construction by delivering what it calls “a low carbon design and build process.
Its employees will get wellness-focused treatment, too: HiFAB says its workers will have “on-site stretch therapists for stress alleviation” and a healthy work environment accompanied by 401k matching and health benefits.
‘leveraging new technology to reach a broader audience’
Ted Flato, founding partner of Lake|Flato Architects and a HiFAB board member, has been designing modern homes for nearly four decades. With HiFAB, he sees opportunities to broaden his firm’s horizons.
‘“Lake|Flato’s early house designs offered clients creative and economical ways to connect with the outdoors,” Flato said in the statemtent. “They were inherently sustainable, taking cues from their surroundings by combining passive systems, natural materials, and local building traditions to create uniquely crafted residences.”
“Close to 40 years later, we’re excited to continue this tradition of thoughtful design and building by partnering with HiFAB on its initial product line, Haciendas. With Oaxaca’s expansion into prefabrication with HiFAB, we’re leveraging new technology to reach a broader audience through streamlined, scalable options that express those same enduring qualities of nature, place and restraint.”
Available to both private clients and developers
HiFAB’s business model embraces both individual home buyers and developers who might put up the homes at scale.
The company’s initial offering is two sizes of Haciendas. The Studio is a two-bedroom/two-bath version. The Standard is a more family-friendly 3/2. Each is available in three different layouts with customizable tile, paint colors, and other finishes. HiFAB says its studios start at $249,000; Standards start at $375,000. The prices include design, assembly, on-site delivery, and set-up.
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