April 2008 Archive
Via the American Chronicle:
...This Old House partners with custom homebuilding company, Bensonwood, to build a new timberframe home.... Cutting-edge techniques, including extensive uses of prefabrication and green technologies, will be implemented to construct a new home on property owned by the Favat family in Weston, Massachusetts....
More info on Bensonwood is available at their website.
publication: American Chronicle
length: 950 words
publication date: April 25, 2008
We missed last week, so here is two weeks of prefab news.
Jetson Green found three promotional videos of MKD homes from the MKD blog. One is included below:
...this one-bedroom, one-bath, 1,000 square foot rental is described as being a "stunning new 'green' loft on a tree-lined cul-de-sac in a beautiful residential neighborhood just blocks from downtown Culver City, Sony Studios, Helms District, and Hayden Tract...Cost: $2,300 per month.
...for those who like their homes clean and crisp with a modernist edge. These finely detailed, timber clad pavilions are based on a modular system offering the ultimate in flexibility...
Inhabitat's Prefab Friday covered a prefab cabin two weeks ago:
...the Clara Cabin from hiveMODULAR is a perfect solution. You get all the comforts of cabin life - a bed, reprieve from the bugs, and weather - while still being able to connect to the surrounding nature.
This week, Prefab Friday looked at a Swedish prefab:
...the Plus House embraces its Nordic roots and rural setting as a thoroughly modern take on the Swedish barn house.
Hive Modular sent out an email update and shared a Picasa page which shows many of their more recent designs.
Back in March, Maryland's Gazette.net reported:
Amid today’s gloom and doom in the housing industry, Vince and Stephanie Scuderi are happy — finally — to talk about building their dream home.
Manufacturer: North American Housing Corp.
The full article has more details and images.
title: Modular Dreams
author: Steve Berberich
length: 1,100 words
This is a great video from New England's NECN:
A little context:
One year ago, the Lee family was unhappy with their home.... They decided to take their old house down to the ground and build a modular home on the land....
Also featured: Sean Sweeney of Heritage Modular.
release date: April 12, 2008
Inhabitat's Prefab Friday showed off a WIELER home:
Architect Dustin Ehrlich has created a custom prefab home near Chapel Hill, NC. Commissioned by his parents and constructed by WIELER, the structure mixes stone, wood, stainless steel and rusted corrugated metal to create an extraordinary first, and lasting, impression.
Jetson Green shared a video on container architecture:
In this super informative interview, G Living sits down with Peter DeMaria to talk about his work using containers in modern home design and construction. I was really impressed with DeMaria -- he tells you everything you ever wanted to know about container architecture...Jetson Green also discovered the iT House blog.
We couldn't attend this year's CA Boom show in Los Angeles, so here are a few recaps from others:
Curbed LA took a look at the Modern-Shed booth:
One interesting new [entrant] was ... the itty-bitty Modern Shed and its quaint homemade sale sign in the window: "$15,000 with deck. Free Local Delivery."They also went on a tour of the Red Barn Prefab that we covered previously:
The designer of the home was on site, and gave a brief introductory speech before we started exploring and snapping pictures. The home was built using re-engineered steel, concrete floors (natch) and eco-timber flooring.... The home took nine months to build and actually has a twin next door...
The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports:
Technology entrepreneur Philippe Kahn has taken home construction, environmental stewardship and style to a new level.
Read the full article for more details and additional photos.
author: Shanna McCord
publication: Santa Cruz Sentinel
length: 500 words
publication date: March 17, 2008
The new site features much improved navigation and more detailed information:
We missed two of our "this week" posts, so here's a roundup of the past three weeks of prefab news.
Jetson Green got excited about a container loft project:
...the first, mid-rise container building in the U.S. is planned for downtown Salt Lake City. The project was designed by none other than Adam Kalkin, container architecture expert, and will be called City Center Lofts.
Via Curbed LA:
Designer Jennifer Siegal’s widely published prefab prototype, the OMD ShowHouse, originally priced at $295,000 just last month, gets chopped. It's now down to $259,000.
The real estate listing at TVOA.net ("The Value of Architecture") shows $249,000. Key fact:
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE LAND – UNIT MUST BE TRUCKED TO BUYER’S OWN SITE.
More details on the home are available at the OMD website.
model: OMD ShowHouse
where: Venice, CA
size: 720 sf
price: $259,000 ($360/sf)
From the (fairly new) Marmol Radziner blog:
Please join us for a comprehensive visual presentation of the work of Marmol Radziner Prefab, hosted by Design Within Reach in Philadelphia. ... Is prefab an affordable option for modern living? Or is prefab a cultural phenomenon, popularized by the media? Marmol will explain the different types of prefab homes and the benefits of prefabrication. The talk will give homeowners valuable insight into modern, sustainable prefab homes and the future.
The event is free; RSVP to email@example.com.
who: Leo Marmol, Marmol-Radziner
what: Prefab Myths and Facts (this link is down at post time)
where: Design Within Reach, 1710 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA
when: April 3rd, 2008, 6:30pm (with drinks starting at 6:00pm)