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7 affordable green starter homes

gray modular home with lots of windows

Photo: Excel Homes

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Excel Homes

Excel Homes, a modular home manufacturer operating in several mid-Atlantic, New England and Southeastern states, offers a Starting Line Up series of five homes. The Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired Prairie View (pictured) is 945 square-feet with one bedroom and one bathroom. The open floor plan features varying floor and ceiling elevations, plus plenty of windows for lots of natural light and outdoor views. Like all Excel homes, Starting Line Up models come with built-in EnergyStar features, including high-performance insulation and appliances, as well as other green options related to lot design, green building materials, water efficiency, and minimizing construction waste. Best of all, starter homes can be constructed quickly and retail for about $100,000 on your foundation (some less, some more), with final costs determined by the builder.