As we begin our seventh summer on Martha’s Vineyard, it’s hard to believe that our shingled beach house, now weathered to a perfect shade of New England gray, was built in a factory and delivered to the island as four separate, shrink-wrapped modules. I still get a tingly feeling when I scroll through the photographs of our house set day.
Our set date was scheduled for the third week in February, which also happened to be school vacation week. Dave and I hadn’t planned on being at the house set, but changed our mind last minute, justifying the extra expense as “a once in a lifetime experience,” which it was. We arrived on island the night before, and stayed at the Hanover House in Vineyard Haven. While the sections of our house floated on barges into Vineyard Haven harbor, I tossed and turned all night long, unable to fall asleep.
The next morning we were up early, but I was too nervous to enjoy the gourmet breakfast prepared at the inn. I wanted to get an early start, so we could walk around the site and check out the foundation before all of the construction chaos began. The first module, pulled by a semi labelled “Oversize Load”, arrived right on schedule at 8:00 a.m., with both a state police and OBPD escort by its side. It’s crazy to think that the state police would stop traffic during morning rush hour just for you, but building a modular home on Martha’s Vineyard is a big deal. In fact, the #7 bus, which runs down Pacific Avenue every hour, was also temporarily detoured to make room for our house modules.
The foundation for our new house
The first modules arrive on site
Each section was delivered on a trailer and parked on Pacific Avenue in front of our new neighbors’ homes (fortunately our neighborhood is comprised mostly of seasonal residents who weren’t there at the time).
Dave and Matthew in front of the first module
The kitchen module waiting to be set
Next, a large crane, “the Baxter,” lifted the modules and positioned them on top of the foundation.
Setting the house modules was an incredibly meticulous process. Dave and I were impressed by the precision with which the crew guided the placement of each section. The crews from Westchester Modular Homes and Squash Meadow Construction worked together to align (and in some cases realign) each module perfectly, accurate to 1/8 of an inch. An eighth of an inch! The photos below do not do this process justice; you really needed to see this in person to appreciate it.
When all of the modules were set, the construction crew attached the roof and closed up the house, protecting it from the elements. This is a definite advantage of modular construction over traditional “stick-built” construction.
Crew working to attach roof and secure house
Our house was assembled by noon. Dave and I were so excited, we bought lunch - Rocco’s pizza - for the entire construction crew, including the crane operator and the policemen. I remember enjoying a slice of pepperoni pizza when I walked through the front door for the first time. It was easy to imagine what the inside of our house would look like when it was finished because so many things had already been installed at the factory – toilets and sinks, closet and bedroom doors, kitchen cabinets, a microwave oven. The ceramic tiles had even been installed on the bathroom floors.
Our new kitchen
Our factory-installed kitchen sink
The first floor powder room
Our new home at the end of day one
Our dream home was finally becoming a reality! There was still plenty of work to be done- plastering, shingling, painting, landscaping – but we were one step closer to being homeowners on Martha’s Vineyard.
This expansive modular home is in the final stages of completion. The home is being painted, the hardwood floors have been installed and sanded and tile work is complete. Stay tuned to see the final product.
Thanks so much to the MV Times for this wonderful article! Squash Meadow CEO Bill Potter had the opportunity to sit down with Jack Shea of the Martha’s Vineyard Times in April and talked extensively about the developing upscale market for modular homes on Martha’s Vineyard. Squash Meadow Construction has spent years developing a building system that is now re-defining what a modular home is, this system involves fully customized designs with technology that allows for expansive open concepts and fully customized designs from scratch. For more, check out the MV Times article here, and see below for more pics of the home featured in the article. If you’d like to see more, check out our modular portfolio.
This home was set on its foundation during the mid-summer of 2016 and was finished in November of 2016.
Hello everybody! Sorry for not checking in with you here on our blog for some time. We’ve been super busy here at Squash Meadow Construction, we’ve been continuing to set a new modular home every 4-6 weeks here on Martha’s Vineyard and we’re proud to say that they’ve all been completed on time and on budget with happy customers. Here’s just a small glimpse at some of the work we’ve been doing.
And here’s a sample of completed exteriors and interiors from last season
We’ve got dozen of new projects in the works for 2016-2017, one such project that we’re particularly excited about is working with Featherstone Center for the Arts. We’ve been working closely with them to build a new facility with various buildings that serve the artist community here on Martha’s Vineyard. Stay tuned for updates and if you haven’t already, you can like us on facebook for updates too at https://www.facebook.com/Squashmeadow/
Greeting everyone! Apologies for the large gap between posts. A lot has been happening in the Squash Meadow world since last spring. We had a busy summer season with the completion of all our 2014-2015 projects, which we proudly boast were all completed on time and on budget. Here is one picture of a recently completed Squash Meadow/Westchester Modular home in West Chop, Vineyard Haven this summer.
Among many other projects, we’re also putting the finishing touches on a new building for the Martha’s Vineyard Community Center, a project (much like Vineyard House last year) which represents a shift towards municipal, commercial, and corporate projects taking advantage of the modular approach to building with Squash Meadow Construction.
Speaking of Vineyard House, this summer we were excited to find out that Vineyard House achieved the highest possible rating of Platinum in the LEED for Homes program by the US Green Building Council. The significance here is that Platinum status rarely get awarded without the use of renewable resources in a project. Renewable resources are things like solar energy, recycled water, etc. Vineyard House being a residential campus for a non profit organization, these buildings were designed around a budget and a timeline. While understanding the importance of building green, the main objective of Vineyard House was to achieve a high quality, safe, and affordable housing community for those recovering from addiction, not necessarily hitting a home run in the green building department. However, due to the inherent building process of Squash Meadow Construction and Westchester Modular Homes, these building rated so highly on their own that they STILL achieved what we consider to be the highest possible rating you can get in the green building world.
In other news, we’re in the process of finishing, setting new, and designing many new modular homes as well as several renovations for the upcoming season of 2015-2016. But even with our schedule as full as it is, CEO Bill Potter still made it a point to donate time with his carpenters to a very cool local project going on in Oak Bluffs. Below you’ll see pictures of the SMC team contributing to the building of a local playground on Thursday, 10/15/15. Here’s a link to a local article about the project. http://www.mvtimes.com/2015/10/7/volunteers-needed-to-build-the-Niantic-park-playground-in-oak-bluffs/
That’s about all for now folks. Check back soon for more updates and tidbits from us at Squash Meadow Construction!
A long overdue happy Spring to everyone! After our first weekend of actual spring temperatures we’re exited to see the island buzzing with life again. The winter was long and harsh, with as we all know by now, record setting snow fall. We certainly felt the effects here with more snow than we knew what to do with as you can see below, with just another day in the life at our offices in february.
In spite of all this, Squash Meadow Construction showed no signs of slowing down in late 2014 into 2015. With work lined up well into 2016 our momentum continues to increase and we’re anticipating our busiest year to date. With the completion of the Vineyard House project in December of 2014, we’ve been fortunate enough to have some doors open for us on some commercial construction projects on the island that have come to Squash Meadow to achieve via the modular approach. More details on those to come but let’s just say we’re excited to explore these new opportunities for our company as well as continuing to set milestones in contemporary modular construction. Of course, these milestones couldn’t have been set without the collaboration of our friends and partners, Westchester Modular Homes, inc. of Westchester, New York.
With so many new and exciting projects afoot lets not forget what we’ve achieved in the last several months. In the process of wrapping up Vineyard House we were able to set two additional modular homes on Martha’s Vineyard, in both Edgartown and West Chop, Vineyard Haven. Pictured below you’ll see the Essex job, 3 story colonial with second and third story decks to take advantage of the water views of West Chop. This home was delivered this Winter and is on target to be completed by summer 2015.
And below is another highly customized colonial design under the project name “Darkwoods”, found in Edgartown. A 2 story home with walkout basement, also to be completed by Summer 2015.
Pictured from the front
Pictured from the rear
As you can see, due to the slope in the grade it allowed our clients to customize the design to allow much greater square footage than one would expect viewing it from the front.
As the days grow warmer Squash Meadow is heating up as well. We have several renovations in progress which will be complete by summer, and we have another modular structure arriving in the end of April, this time a custom garage, and we even have a pool project in works! Stay tuned on that one.
Lastly, we were honored to be nominated for Best of The Vineyard once again in the catagory of Best Contractor or Builder for 2015. As defending champs, we’re excited to hear the results this June.
Thats about it for now. Stay tuned to our website and blog for more upcoming announcements and updates to our portfolio in the weeks to come.
On Friday, December 19th 2014, at an opening ceremony with over 100 people in attendance, Vineyard House cut the ribbon to their new sober living campus for recovering addicts built by Squash Meadow Construction on Martha’s Vineyard.
After breaking ground on May 5, 2014 and completing on schedule on December 19th, Vineyard House’s campus consisting of 5 modular homes was competed on schedule and almost exactly one year from the date of the first meeting between Bill Potter, CEO of Squash Meadow Construction, and Vineyard House.
Over the course of several months and 4 different set days, Squash Meadow was able to deliver the largest scale modular home project ever achieved by our company as well as the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Squash Meadow is proud to present Vineyard House, a project which we were honored to be a part of.
Below is Time-Lapse footage of the project from start to finish, capturing the 8 month period in 9 minutes.
In late July and August this summer Squash Meadow Construction of Martha’s Vineyard began phase 1 and phase 2 of the setting of modular homes of the Vineyard House sober living campus in Vineyard Haven. We’re proud to announce how smoothly the project has been progressing and would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Vineyard House Committee and all of our employees and subcontractors that are helping to bring this invaluable resource to the island. Below you’ll see an artists rendering of the campus as well as progress as of today, August 28th, 2014. Stay tuned for more news regarding this exciting project.
We’re proud to announce that on Monday, June 16th 2014 Squash Meadow Construction of Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod accepted the 1st place award for Best Contractor or Builder by The Best Of The Vineyard!
It was an honor to accept the award and thank you to all our clients, associates, friends and families that helped us achieve our goal. See you next year Best of the Vineyard!