Eighteen of the homes are being trucked in, and two octagon-shaped homes will be constructed on-site.
There are several styles of houses and, with transportation, the cost per house is around $235,000, Madison said. The tribes are doing $2 million to $3 million in infrastructure work, including installing roads and sewer and water lines, she said.
The foundation and the tribes have been working on the project for more than two years. Make It Right has also built homes in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of the neighborhood in 2005.
The homes are 75% more energy efficient than a regular home, and owners will see a direct impact on their utility bills, which are expected to not exceed more than $60 a month in the winter.
“Each home has a fireplace. That’s what the community asked for,” said Brian Abramson, co-founder of Method Homes, the Ferndale, Wash., company that built and shipped the 18 modular homes. “They’re super-insulated and no toxic chemicals were used in the paint, adhesives and finishes.”
The Kohler Co. provided the plumbing supplies and Shaw Flooring chipped in with their products. The homes built with the materials far exceeds the standards of any low-income government home, foundation officials said.
The tribes are completing work on the water and sewer lines and Montana Dakota Utilities is hooking up the electricity and gas lines. MDU is also considering the construction of a solar farm in the area, which would be the only one in Montana if built, Madison said.
Method Homes completed the first Make It Right home in May and trucked it to the Dwell on Design conference in Los Angeles in late May. The conference, sponsored by Dwell magazine, is America’s largest design event and features designs with cutting-edge technology.