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Prefabs: Modular Vs. Kit

Inside a Modular Prefab Designer: Marmol Radziner Model: Palms House Size: 2,800 square feet Cost: $1.2 million, before landscaping and land A recent visit to one of Marmol Radziner's construction sites in Venice, California, reveals a 2,800 square-foot steel-and-wood beauty, with 750 square feet..

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Designer: Marmol RadzinerModel: Palms HouseSize: 2,800 square feetCost: $1.2 million, before landscaping and landA recent visit to one of Marmol Radziner's construction sites in Venice, California, reveals a 2,800 square-foot steel-and-wood beauty, with 750 square feet of covered outdoor space. Assembled by crane in a single day from a series of factory-built modules, the house is currently in its "buttoning up" phase. To the naked eye, it looks just like a regular house (albeit a very large, very nice one), until the bolts and stitches are pointed out.Traditionally, the appeal of modulars is that you can have a fancy architect design your house, without paying fancy-architect prices. According to Todd Jerry of Marmol, the appeal doesn't end there: He says it's greener, that the building period is shorter, and that prefabs pose fewer risks to lenders. That said, typical modular prefabs are not exactly priced for the people. But unlike kit houses, there's much less for the buyer to take care of here. Says Jerry: "[Our customer] just doesn't want to deal with the headaches of building."They're also generally not the type to worry too much about a pricetag. These homes start in the $250-$300 per-square-foot range-that's before the cost of land.

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Designer: Rocio RomeroModel: LVLSize: 1,453 sq ft.Cost: From $42,950, before landscaping and landMatthew Meek, a 32-year-old New Yorker, built his LVL as a country house for his new family. He opted for a kit, he says, because modern modulars can be prohibitively expensive. "Rocio worked because it's standardized to a degree but allowed me to do a lot of the customizing," he says. He's quick to warn, however, that "even though there are many efficiencies to be gained, once you start the process you realize that you're always going to work with your unique property and circumstances."Chad Foster, of Indiana, echoes the sentiment. "I did something nobody should ever do, though," he says with a laugh. "I basically built my own." A 41-year-old graphic designer, Foster says that mistake definitely lead to some inefficiencies and money lost, but he's quite happy with the finished house. He lives in it full time.In the end they each spent about a year and a half on their houses before moving in. Not including the price of land, but factoring in all other expenses, Meek's final cost was about $175 per square foot. Foster kept his at about $127 per square foot-pretty standard for the area he lives in. But of course, his house is a lot cooler.Photo of Rocio Romero LVL by Richard Sprengler

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Tonight's Democratic debate is a must-watch for followers of the 2020 election. And it's a nice distraction from the impeachment inquiry currently enveloping all of the political oxygen in America right now.

For most people, the main draw will be newly anointed frontrunner Pete Buttigieg, who has surprisingly surged to first place in Iowa and suddenly competing in New Hampshire. Will the other Democrats attack him? How will Elizabeth Warren react now that she's no longer sitting alone atop the primary field? After all, part of Buttigieg's rise has been his criticisms of Warren and her refusal to get into budgetary specifics over how she'd pay for her healthcare plan.

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The Reykjavik Index for Leadership, which measures attitude towards women leaders, evaluated the attitudes of those living in the G7 countries as well as Brazil, China, India, and Russia. 22,000 adults in those 11 countries were surveyed on their attitudes about female leadership in 22 different sectors, including government, fashion, technology, media, banking and finance, education, and childcare.

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After three years on the sidelines, Colin Kapernick will be working out for multiple NFL teams on Saturday, November 16 at the Atlanta Falcons facility.

The former 49er quarterback who inflamed the culture wars by peacefully protesting against social injustice during the national anthem made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday.

Kaepernick is scheduled for a 15-minute on-field workout and an interview that will be recorded and sent to all 32 teams. The Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, and Detroit Lions are expected to have representatives in attendance.

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"We like our quarterback situation right now," Miami head coach, Brian Flores said. "We're going to do our due diligence."

NFL Insider Steve Wyche believes that the workout is the NFL's response to multiple teams inquiring about the 32-year-old quarterback. A league-wide workout would help to mitigate any potential political backlash that any one team may face for making an overture to the controversial figure.

Kapernick is an unrestricted free agent (UFA) so any team could have reached out to him. But it's believed that the interested teams are considering him for next season.

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Earlier this year, Kaepernick and Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid reached a financial settlement with the league in a joint collusion complaint. The players alleged that the league conspired to keep them out after they began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016.

Before the 2019 season, Kaepernick posted a video of himself working out on twitter to show he was in great physical condition and ready to play.

Kaepnick took the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012 and the NFC Championship game in 2013.

He has the 23rd-highest career passer rating in NFL history, the second-best interception rate, and the ninth-most rushing yards per game of any quarterback ever. In 2016, his career to a sharp dive and he won only of 11 games as a starter.

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