Prefab Construction Breaks New Ground for Luxury Homes

Jan 31, 2007, 00:00 ET from Jeriko House, LLC

    NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Jeriko House, LLC Founder and CEO
 Shawn Burst announced today his company's entry into the
 Modular/Prefabricated Home Building Market. The New Orleans-based owner has
 developed a post-Katrina concept that he is convinced will revolutionize
 the building industry in the U.S.
     After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Burst traveled to Germany
 to investigate various prefabricated construction practices. He met with a
 German engineer who patented an innovative and elaborate interlocking
 aluminum framing system. The process is typically used in commercial
 applications, but Burst decided to utilize the proprietary engineering and
 apply it to residential construction. Burst is also taking the concept and
 adding ornate design aspects to the process: positioning the product and
 the method as "PreFab 2.0 Construction." Besides being extraordinarily
 structurally sound and easy to assemble, the cutting-edge process
 manufactures each section with the electrical and plumbing infrastructures
 already incorporated. So, when the homes are being constructed on site -
 whether on a mountaintop or a riverside ravine - the mechanical systems are
 already in place. The homes will be versatile yet rugged enough to stand up
 to the strictest U.S. earthquake and hurricane building codes. Not to
 mention comfortable and abundant in high-end, exotic materials and home
 living advancements.
     Jeriko, with offices in Palm Beach, Florida and Beverly Hills,
 California, has an impressive team of over 30 architects, engineers and
 designers on staff: notably, Selin Maner, formerly of the prestigious Maya
 Lin Architectural Firm in New York. Jeriko also sets the bar high for
 superiority by using the likes of Poliform USA Kitchens and Koehler, along
 with other prominent interior designers, as well as exterior landscape
 architectural firms, to ensure excellence with every facet of the end
 product. With a global network of developers and design professionals,
 nothing is left to chance: plumbing, appliances, lighting, hardware,
 interior finishes and exterior cladding are all integrated into an advanced
 structural system that rivals the best home building techniques the world
 has to offer.
     Recent research at MIT's Department of Architecture calls for future,
 environmentally friendly home construction standardization - with a focus
 on homebuyers becoming the designers at the center of the process by
 receiving tailored information about blueprints, products and services at
 the point of purchase. This premise is the cornerstone of the Jeriko House
 business model. Jeriko House is the rapid-construction, "Smart House" of
 the future here now! They are made to order, made to last and made to
 tackle every detail and specifications for the homebuyer. No cranes
 necessary, and easy to build, the Jeriko homes combine simplified jobsite
 management with high-end design demands. This concept will "address a major
 shift in outdated home construction practices," said Burst. "We plan to be
 on the cutting-edge of the green revolution in the residential home
 building sector."
     Five major design models, with infinite configurations, the houses are
 completely customizable and virtually turnkey with no shortage of luxurious
 amenities. At a starting point of $175 per square foot, the prefabricated
 dwellings boast exotic Asian teak wood finishes, coconut skin walls, Indian
 rosewood door handles and stone, marble and ceramics from around the globe.
 But they are truly homes that merge fashion and form with function as they
 also incorporate intricate biometric systems and homeowner-friendly
 technologies. Contrary to the negative "Prefab" stereotype, the process
 does not sacrifice quality or structural integrity. "In fact," says Burst,
 "prefab is not a bad word. When executed properly, it's actually an
 assurance of high quality, durability and luxury - affirming quality
 control, structural integrity and end-user comforts throughout the entire
     Owner Burst said they plan to have orders for over 100 houses by the
 end of 2007. The first of which will be completed by May 1st in New
 Orleans. Additionally, a potential opportunity exists for a 100-house
 development in Virgin, Utah. "The New Orleans test house will exemplify the
 high standards of form and function that German engineering is known for
 and the high-end creature comforts homeowners expect," Burst said.
     It's not all about high-end houses and bottom-line at Jeriko, though;
 there's a solid foundation in humanity as well. Burst has already committed
 a portion of Jeriko's first $7 million in profits to help build a Community
 Outreach Center on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. And for every 10th
 Jeriko House sold, those ten homeowners will form a committee that votes to
 give a Jeriko House to a family in need somewhere in the U.S. Jeriko House,
 LLC is quite literally reinventing home construction and community
 commitment one "block" at a time.
      Jeriko House, LLC
      Shawn Burst: 504-415-4005
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