SOURCE: Lionheart Development

November 10, 2006 05:00 ET

New Orleans Builder Uses Custom Modular Construction to Supply High-Quality, Historically Accurate Homes in Gulf Coast Region

NEW ORLEANS, LA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 10, 2006 -- Local New Orleans modular housing company Lionheart Development brings custom modular house construction to the Gulf Coast region. Their business plan offers residents the opportunity to build using their own set of floor plans, where similar industry players have cited this as an inefficient means of building using modular construction. This customization is changing the way that modular homes are viewed, enabling those who never considered this option to own a home that looks the way they want it to using systems-built technology.

"We want to let people know that they DO have options with our company. For no additional cost, we can provide a modular home using the customer's own plans at the same price as the other modular companies in the area, who have quoted their homes around 97 dollars per square foot, and at the same three-month time frame to site completion. Our manufacturer has been doing homes this way for 34 years," says Paul Lewakowski, one of the founders of Lionheart Development. American Residential president Steven Richards commented in the Times Picayune on October 29th within the article titled "Move-In Special" that such 'custom homes' will take approximately 18 months to finish at $135 to $150 per square foot.

In the article, New Era Homes President Tom Gordy stated, "If somebody wants to move a wall or add a master closet, you'd have to reengineer the whole house and that sort of defeats the purpose of what you're trying to do." Lewakowski disagrees. "Our design team can modularize any floor-plan we are presented with. For most of the residents in the Gulf States, this is the biggest investment they will ever make. We also understand the special architectural needs of the Gulf, and our way of building allows us to build homes that reflect historic architecture."

Local partners complete the picture for the company, including David Dillard, a local AIA architect, and general contractor Clipper Construction, who constructed the development Clipper Estates in Slidell, LA. Dillard has a background in historic preservation issues. "Our approach allows us to fit affordable modular construction into design-sensitive, New Orleans historic districts. We think it's a great way to provide residents with alternative ideas for homebuilding while retaining the look and feel of local housing types."

Two of Lionheart's customers, Fred and Caye Klotz, who are bringing their therapeutic horseback riding classes back to the New Orleans area, are excited about their 'home-coming.' "All of our friends at home and work are saying, 'We want to see this!' They can't believe that we are building a modular home using our own set of plans!" The Klotz's will be building at 10707 Willow Street in New Orleans.

Lionheart was founded by two brothers, Paul and Ken Lewakowski, who have combined experience in the industry of over 40 years. Lionheart is presently bidding on a 53-acre north shore property to build 120 houses according to homeowner's plans. Go to for more information

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