On January 13, 2020 we heard from Lon Cooke and Stewart Elliot from the Right Home Company. The
two men created the company, headquartered here in Chelsea, after they retired from
decades in the home building/construction industry.
They recognized a need for affordable homes in the area. They reported that almost 50% of
the population can't afford an entry level house. With the average selling price of a
home in Chelsea over $300,000, a starter home would sell for about $70,000, but there is
nothing near that price in the area.
That absence of houses in the price range for lower and middle income families was the
driving force behind the company's formation. The company will concentrate on filling the
need for the middle income range.
They will build smaller homes that are very energy efficient. They will create designs to
the customer's wishes. They will provide project managers to see the project to
completion. They have dedicated suppliers, and have vetted builders. Customers may use
any or all of their services.
They are especially interested in building auxiliary dwelling units where acreage
They are designed as private spaces, yet still close, for family members to join
They use pre-cast foundations that can be installed in one day. They use pre-assembled
floors and interior partitions. Structured insulated panels are made in a climate
controlled factory, making everything fit together perfectly. Walls with a rating of R50
keep the house warm in winter and cool in summer. Ready to assemble cabinets are
Price per square foot could range from $160 to $200, depending on location and extra
Current projects are located in Washtenaw county, Pinckney, and Ogemaw.
Next Monday we will hear from Eric McCalla, President of the Chelsea Community Fair
Board. He will update us on the latest goings on for 2020. This year's fair runs August