FALL RIVER - Scott Ostapow didn’t flinch when he learned that 5,000 people had walked through his brand new home, into his bathrooms and kitchen, and even into his bedroom.
Scott Ostapow didn’t flinch when he learned that 5,000 people had walked through his brand new home, into his bathrooms and kitchen, and even into his bedroom.
He also didn’t mind that the house was assembled and disassembled, and then trucked in four pieces to his Stockton Street property.
The home, a modular house, actually started out as a Mohegan Sun contest grand prize. It was on display on a helicopter landing pad in the parking lot of the Connecticut casino, where it welcomed visitors every day for a month.
“It’s comforting to know that so many people admired it,” Ostapow said.
Mohegan Sun gave visitors a chance to win the house as part of its 10th anniversary celebration. The contest was billed as the “$500,000 Home Sweet Home Giveaway” and included furniture and other furnishings. The grand-prize winner, selected among five finalists, chose a cash prize instead of the house.
From there, the two-story colonial, designed and built by East Coast Homes in Fall River, became a house without a home. It was dismantled and trucked to a storage facility in the city.
A few months later, Scott Ostapow, an electrician, came along to inquire about a modular house from East Coast Homes at 485 N. Main St.
And, they told him: “I’ve got a deal for you,” according to Ostapow.
No stranger to the modular home concept, Ostapow had already owned and lived in a modular house from East Coast Homes. Now, he was looking for a new house to erect on his father’s property for himself and his girlfriend, Lynn Arruda.
In the past, Ostapow had chosen every facet of his modular home, from tile to flooring.
“In this case, it was pre-built and pre-designed,” he said. “These guys put together a rather nice mix.”
The house measures 2,240 square feet, and has three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, including one with a jacuzzi and stand-up shower in the master bedroom.
Ostapow paid approximately $160,000 for the house, which did not include utilities or landscaping. He said he would have paid much more for a “stick built” house, the term used for traditional house building.
Ostapow praised the sturdy construction of his modular home that must withstand transportation and assembly.
“The outside walls are thicker than a normal home,” Ostapow said.
Walking around his new home that was assembled in just one day and is now being finished with electricity and other utilities, as well as his own design specifications, like a farmer’s porch, he said: “It’s bigger assembled. I saw each piece separately.”
Chris Megna, a modular home salesman for East Coast Homes, said that modular homes have previously been thought of as “boxy.” He said design has come a long way in past years. Homes are no longer boxes, but creatively designed.
“This whole promotion kind of helped,” Megna said.
Ostapow said there’s really no way of telling that his home wasn’t stick built.
The only difference he said, is the time factor. Ostapow expects the house, which finally has an address, to be in move-in condition in about three weeks, which is probably months before a stick built house.
He and Arruda have already been mentally decorating and have chosen where they will locate their computer room and spare bedroom.
“I’ve already got the place for the (Christmas) tree,” Ostapow said.
David Megna, East Coast Homes owner, said that though he would have liked to have given the house away in the Mohegan Sun contest, “We are happy with how everything went and to see the home back in our neighborhood.”
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