Dessau Modular is a custom homebuilder in eastern PA, focusing on off-site volumetric (modular) construction. Each year it becomes more apparent that there is a more efficient way to build a home than the way it has been done for the last 150 years. Modular makes this possible without compromise.

Our focus is on design-led homes who take their inspiration from modernist principles where form follows function results in truly beautiful places to live.

Our Name

Our name is a nod to the town that was home to the Bauhaus School in Germany: Dessau. The Bauhaus School had a significant impact on modular and prefabricated construction. Bauhaus, a German art and design school that existed from 1919 to 1933, advocated for a "total work of art" or Gesamtkunstwerk, which sought to harmonize art, architecture, and design. The school's approach was heavily influenced by the ideas of standardization and mass production, which led to a focus on modular and prefabricated construction methods. Bauhaus architects and designers sought to create buildings and objects that were both aesthetically pleasing and easily reproducible using industrial methods. This focus on standardization and modularity had a lasting influence on architecture and design and continues to shape contemporary approaches to building and construction.


Meet Joe Jackson, the founder of Dessau Modular – a homebuilding company dedicated to simplifying and streamlining the home building process.

Joe brings over 15 years of experience in the construction industry to Dessau Modular. He began his career as a field engineer at Turner Construction, which he joined after graduating from Villanova University with a degree in mechanical engineering.  He quickly worked his way up to the role of project manager, working alongside leaders in architecture, engineering and development to complete high profile projects in both the Boston and Philadelphia regions. After Turner, Joe joined Bracy Construction, a regional firm located in the Lehigh Valley PA, where he worked alongside a 40-year industry veteran to help grow the company.  This experience gave Joe an understanding of how to run a successful construction company and created a foundation to start Dessau Modular.

Throughout his career, Joe noticed that one of the most common issues in construction was labor scarcity, which has a significant impact on schedule and cost. He understood that if it could impact large commercial projects, it would have an even more significant impact on residential projects. It was this realization that led him to focus on volumetric modular construction – a more reliable and efficient method of building. Unlike traditional site-built projects that rely on 15 to 20 independent subcontractors, each with their own schedules and delays, Dessau Modular offers a reliable and efficient process that ensures changes don't create exponential negative effects on the project. With modular construction, 85% of the project is completed by one company with one goal, reducing the coordination to 5 to 10 companies depending on project complexity. The result is greater schedule and cost certainty.

Joe’s passion for innovation and his commitment to improving the homebuilding process is at the heart of Dessau Modular’s ethos. He believes that as labor costs continue to rise in the US, off-site construction is the solution to help reduce schedule and cost uncertainties while making the process of building a home a more enjoyable experience for all involved. The construction industry has not seen significant efficiency gains in almost 100 years. Joe wants to see Dessau be a part of the group of people and businesses dedicated to changing that.

Where we work


Southern New Jersey
Finger Lakes region of New York

Set - Only

Northern New Jersey
New York & the Hamptons
Massachusetts, Cape Cod & the Islands
New Hampshire
Vermont (some Turnkey exceptions)

With modular construction, project tasks can take place in parallel resulting in a more efficient timeline when compared to the linear sequence of traditional construction.

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