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  • As Featured On Breckneck Builds

  • A new reality series is set to show you the breakneck speed of modular home building —where in three months you can go from home dreamer to home owner.

    “Breakneck Builds,” a reality show set to premiere this fall on DIY Network, filmed in La Porte this week. The program showcased local modular home company La Porte Housing Specialists, as the television crew followed one modular home’s journey from factory to finish.

    Bob Lang, owner of La Porte Housing Specialists, was excited to be part of the new program, which focuses on the modular home building process and the speed of which these homes are created. He also felt the show was a great way to educate people on the product.

    “(Many people) still think maybe it’s a mobile home or a trailer like back in the day. It’s far from that,” Bob Lang said. “I like that Breakneck is doing this series of modular sets across the nation because I think it’s putting it out there to show (viewers) this is a product that is qualified and runs right along with stick-built homes.”

    “It’s all about setting modular homes and getting them done in a timely fashion,” said Ryan Lang, who coordinates the construction operation for La Porte Housing Specialists. “We think it’s going to be big.”

    The TV crew showcased a La Porte family picking out the home and the home’s construction at Commodore Homes in Goshen before following its transport down highways and through La Porte, drawing people from their homes to watch the split home travel down the street.

    “Not everyday you see a house coming down the street, so it gets a lot of attention,” said Mike Rilstone, the director of photography for Breakneck Builds. “It’s an exciting process watching it coming down the highway and into a neighborhood.”

    On Wednesday, the crane was on site as everyone prepared for the big moment of setting the home on its foundation. The five man TV crew filmed the company going about the process, lifting one half of the home and setting it onto the foundation while bracing it with jack posts. The second would be added and supported before the crew raised the roof and waterproofed the home.

    “These are big, beautiful homes that are built as modulars,” said Peter Mervis, director of Breakneck Builds. “For a lot of people, myself included, I had no idea they built nice homes in a modular fashion.”

    “It’s also shining a light on the modular industry and the technology behind it,” said Rilstone, of Toronto, Canada. “I know there is a stigma that people think trailer park homes, but that’s not the case.”

    Mervis has seen more than 10 of these homes constructed.

    “I had no idea what was possible with a modular and it has completely changed my view of it,” said Mervis, who is from Los Angeles.

    Rilstone noted that modulars are built in a controlled environment.

    “A lot of it makes sense because they’re built inside a factory,” Rilstone said. “Where as a stick-built, you’re outside (and) it could rain, materials could get damaged. These houses are all being built inside and they’re sealed up and come out ready to go. It’s like the modern way of building.”

    A drone piloted by camera operator Bart Stojkowski, of Toronto, flew overhead circling the crane as it lifted the first section of the house off the ground. The drone’s camera films the sight with a birds-eye view, giving a sense of the massive scale of half a ranch home being lifted into the air.

    The reality show, produced by Toronto based production company Tricon Films and Television, will follow two separate families and builds per episode and is set for a first series of 12 episodes. No exact premiere date has been set for the show, but people can expect the show to begin airing sometime this fall.

    “Who knows what’s going to happen out of it,” Ryan Lang said. “We’re going to for sure be on TV for series one. If it’s good then there will be a series two.”

    La Porte Housing Specialists are located at 1037 E. Ind. 2 in La Porte.