|By Karen Pressley
Hall County, Georgia is no stranger to sprawling estates
and historic mansions. But the new “modular mansion”
introduced by local modular homes builder, Grant Smereczynsky
of Building Systems Network, is the first of its kind in the
“The Homestead” is a fitting name for this luxury
retreat, a true homestead in the fullest sense of the word.
This new modular mansion is BSN’s largest luxury “systems-built”
modular home, appraised at $695,000 with 6,800 square feet
of living space over 3,000-plus square feet of basement. Behind
the main house is a matching garden house, complete with an
oak-trimmed front porch, children’s playroom, garden
room, and woodworking shop. A detached, three-car garage with
an 1,100 square feet guest apartment sets adjacent to the
The Homestead was designed and built to compliment the lay
of the land on the softly rolling hills of its picturesque
lot in Squirrel Creek Subdivision off Highway 60. Now that
the Homestead has been set on its foundation, BSN crews are
rapidly completing its construction, interior finishes, and
BSN describes the Homestead as a “blend of mountain
retreat-American heritage-Craftsman design” with an
elegantly rustic, boldly square styling, and details borrowed
from the past. Set against the historic backdrop of Highway
60’s Squirrel Creek area, the site of the Homestead
was the home of an early 1900s oak barn. In keeping with the
Craftsman-style motive—to design and construct in honest
handcrafted traditions—BSN crews carefully disassembled
the barn’s oak timbers and preserved them for use in
the Homestead’s interior as well as exterior trims.
The main house offers a retreat-type lifestyle infused with
luxury finishes and handcrafted details. Natural materials
suggesting “heritage” are found throughout, including
hand-hewn Amish hardwood floors, and handcrafted oak trims.
The design features granite kitchen counters, two fireplaces,
a state-of-the-art theatre room, craft room, teen suite, and
cozy finished porches. A highlight of this retreat is the
homeowner’s suite with a 600 square foot master bedroom,
and elegant marble finishes throughout the master bath.
The blending of hand-craftsmanship and heritage materials
with the industrialized, modular home building process is
a significant example of how home construction technology
has evolved in general. The Homestead represents a trend in
American homebuilding as an example of what can be accomplished
through the advanced technologies of the modular building
process combined with custom finishes.
Future owners of modular homes like the Homestead can reap
benefits of the cost savings provided by the industrialized
process. These include significantly reduced construction
time, which saves interest on construction loans, as well
as considerable savings in materials costs due to the high-volume
purchasing abilities of systems-built production facilities.
Smereczynsky is an award-winning builder, honored with three
first-place awards in the national Building Systems Council
2003 Excellence in Marketing & Model Home Design Awards
for his commitment and contributions to the modular home industry.
He encourages homebuyers and consumers in general to “keep
current with the trends in home construction, and to not let
their thinking or education become obsolete.” Smereczynsky
suggests homebuyers “take advantage of the fact that
modular home construction projects are being implemented here
in the Gainesville area and across Atlanta, so they can find
out all about them.”
BSN provides information about the construction process of
industrialized, modular homes. They are constructed under
optimum building conditions within controlled environments,
at fractions of the cost and time of traditional site-built
or “stick-built” homes. Unlike modular homes,
site-built homes are exposed to unfavorable weather conditions
during the construction process. The interior of a modular
home won’t be rained on during construction like site-built
homes whose interior framing, insulation, flooring, electrical,
and even finishes are subject to rain or weather damage during
the building process.
Smereczynsky invites the community to come see The Homestead
during its finishing stages. From Gainesville, take 60 west
toward Murrayville, past Cherokee Forest Subdivision on the
right. Turn left into Squirrel Creek Subdivision. Look for
signs on the left for lot four. BSN plans to announce the
grand opening of the finished product soon, when the community
will be invited for a full tour of the property.
“See for yourself why modular homes are so sensible,”
Smereczynsky says. Contact the BSN offices in Gainesville
for more information about systems-built homes at 770-888-2761.