Posted by Kim on March 31
, 2009 at 11 a.m.
The News & Observer in North Carolina highlighted a modular hybrid home.
Studio B adapted the prefabricated portions of the house into a simple, striking composition: modules on the ends, a recessed entry space in the middle and a single sloped roof capping it all. Three parts of the house were trucked to the site from a nearby factory and installed in one day.
Spanning the prefabricated modules...is the portion of the project that was built on site: the two-story living area
We found model information on the BuildSense website:
size: 1,829 sf
They also share a floorplan (PDF) that includes a series of construction pictures.
Read the entire News & Observer article for more information and check out their photo gallery.
Author: Laura Battaglia
Publication: The News & Observer
Length: 606 words
Date: March 21, 2009
Posted by Kim on March 30
, 2009 at 8 a.m.
The February 2009 issue of Dwell Magazine featured a concrete prefab in Switzerland by architect Felix Oesch.
it took nine months to build the house using a prefabricated panel system
Each panel is made up of two outer layers of 2.4-inch-thick concrete, which act as the bread of the sandwich. Inside there’s a core layer of concrete as well as seven inches of insulation. This means the panels, which arrived onsite with all the holes cut for the fixtures and fittings, are relatively light and easy to maneuver. Subsequently, construction was a question of fitting them all together like pieces of Lego.
Read the entire article and view a slideshow containing 11 pictures of the home.
Subtitle: Built for a young family of Spartan-minded clients, architect Felix Oesch's spare, concrete prefab outside of Zurich is a marvel of clean living.
Author: Grant Gibson
Publication: Dwell Magazine
Length: 1,384 words
Date: February 2009
Hat tips: StyleCrave on March 17, 2009 via materialicious on March 11, 2009.
Posted by Kim on March 27
, 2009 at 8 a.m.
Form & Forest and D'Arcy Jones Design have added two more models to their Flat Pack Cabin Collection.
size: 738 sf
size: 1,409 sf
Hat tip: Douglas Tarlow on March 16, 2009 via PicoCool entry.
Posted by Kim on March 26
, 2009 at 8 a.m.
Arch Daily recently covered Villa Grow from Sweden:
villas have a common basic unit that can be extended by adding new modules. The angles at the end of each unit allow for different orientations, on which you can have a linear house, a patio house, or an organic layout that opens to the landscape.
model: Villa Grow
available: United Kingdom and Sweden
size: 645 - 1,722 sf (60 - 160 m²)
Check out their promotional video. (3:59)
Posted by Kim on March 25
, 2009 at 8 a.m.
The April 2009 issue of Metropolitan Home features the first PLACE House built by
PLACE Architects in Kirkland, Washington.
the PLACE house was erected on-site using SIPs
We found model information on their website:
They offer three different style packages:
Also, check out pictures of the first PLACE House being constructed.
Read the entire Metropolitan Home article.
Subtitle: Heather Johnston's prefab design for a family of five in Kirkland, Washington, makes the most of limited space—and the planet’s limited resources.
Author: Fred Albert
Publication: Metropolitan Home
Section: Remodel / remodeling Guide
Length: 959 words
Date: April 2009
(Hat tips: Apartment Therapy on March 13, 2009 and Jetson Green on March 17, 2009.)
Posted by Kim on March 24
, 2009 at 2:52 p.m.
NY Daily news recently covered a prefab housing development in East New York.
The Nehemiah houses in the Spring Creek development are being assembled
in a Brooklyn Naval Yard factory as big as a football field
where construction workers
churn out more than 8,000 square-feet per week on a supersized assembly line for homes. Working in three separate areas, men build ceilings, flooring and wall frames. Cement trucks pour concrete floors while blast machinists drill holes for pipes and wiring. Then, the three components merge as the homes take shape. Beams are established, paint is applied, and toilets are installed.
After tying down any loose parts such as kitchen drawers and oven doors, the 20-by-40 units are shipped by extra-wide flatbed trucks to the East New York site.
On site, a 250-ton hydraulic truck crane lifts the units on top of each other to build the two-, three- and four-story homes.
Founded in the mid-1980s by powerful local preachers as a means to rebuild East New York, the Nehemiah Housing Development Fund Co. is the real estate arm of East Brooklyn Congregations. In 20 years, they built and sold more than 3,000 homes with a foreclosure rate of less than 1%.
Read the entire article for more information, and see pictures of the units on the Capsys website.
Author: Jason Sheftell
Publication: NY Daily News
Section: Real Estate
Length: 1,362 words
Date: March 20, 2009
Posted by Kim on March 23
, 2009 at 8 a.m.
ideabox recently finished moving their confluence prefab from the 2009 Portland Home & Garden Show to a neighborhood in Port Townsend, WA.
size: 840 sf
price: $184,000 - $224,000 for land/box packages in Port Townsend
footprint: 57’ 4” long x 15’ wide
Realtor Charlie Arthur of RE/MAX FIRST, INC. is blogging about the house:
This unit is going to be our model unit for the presales...We will be offering 2 and 3 bedroom homes for in the low 200's
Scroll through his recent posts for more details, e.g.
video 1 (0:36) of the house arriving in Port Townsend
video 2 (0:28) of the house on the lot
If you find yourself in the area, check out their upcoming Open House:
where: Port Townsend, WA
location: 1650 Cherry Street
date: March 26, 2009
time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Hat tip: Jetson Green on February 18, 2009.
Posted by Kim on March 20
, 2009 at 8 a.m.
Blue Sky Homes recently issued a press release announcing their prototype home now under construction in Yucca Valley, CA.
The company plans to assemble the exterior envelope of the home – including the frame, floor, roof, walls, doors and windows – in three working days.
“... we are fabricating the elements of this house in a factory and then assembling those perfect pieces at the job site,” said David McAdam of Blue Sky Homes.
the Blue Sky system uses a ... steel framing design ... manufactured from at least 70 percent recycled material and is itself 100 percent recyclable.
The prototype house will “float” above its rocky desert site on six steel columns that require only small concrete footings. That means virtually no land grading was required
size: 1,000 sf
We can't wait to see pricing information.
Hat tip: Jetson Green on March 18, 2009.
Posted by Kim on March 19
, 2009 at 8 a.m.
We received an email a while back from Copeland Casati, founder of Green Modern Kits.
The housing crisis and concern over our earth propelled her to gather green building energy-system and design partners to help other eco-conscious individuals achieve their green goals. She wants to help other people like herself find affordable, green housing solutions.
The company currently has two models available.
Both kits are bare bones: you get beautiful design and structure (SIPs exterior walls & roof, and design documents) and you will need to finish the house with a local contractor.
price: starting at $22,537
size: 1,200 sf
fabrication time: 3 weeks
price: starting at $30,000
size: 2,028 - 2,168 sf
fabrication time: 3 weeks
Also check out:
Posted by Kim on March 18
, 2009 at 8 a.m.
Low Impact Living recently featured a company called Eco Structures in West Virginia.
Eco Structures is the brainchild of John Garlow, who has been building timber frame homes and using structural insulated panels (SIPS) out of his own workshop since the late 1970s. Several years ago, when it became clear that the green prefab housing market was ripe for liftoff, he decided to put his many years of prefabrication expertise to use with a new “green” twist. He designed and built a prototype modular Eco Structure on his own property and a new company was born.
The target price ... is approximately $150 - $175 per square foot.
Posted by Kim on March 17
, 2009 at 8:42 a.m.
The Baltimore Sun reprinted a McClatchy-Tribune article about The Pennywise House.
It's part consciousness-raising effort and part marketing campaign for his house plans and a coming line of modular homes that will be based on them.
The houses ... [will] be based on the vernacular architecture of 10 regions of the country, which he thinks will help bring character to their environs.
He hopes his "Pennywise House" proposal will draw attention to the benefits of returning to those traditional architectural styles, with updates to make them livable today. Those styles developed and became popular because they were adapted to the local conditions, he said - deep porches in the hot South, for example, and piers in South Carolina's Low Country to raise the houses above the moist ground.
Here are the details of "The Simple Cottage Sampler" line:
designer: Russell Versaci
builder: Haven Custom Homes
size: 400 - 950 sf (can be expanded with additional modular units)
availability: on the east coast (US) later this year
price: has not been set
view designs (PDF)
Read the entire article.
Subtitle: 'Pennywise' line aims to make compact, regional architecture more desirable
Author: McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
Publication: Baltimore Sun
Length: 787 words
Date: March 8, 2009
(Hat tip: Building Systems on March 9, 2009.)
Posted by Kim on March 16
, 2009 at 8:33 a.m.
A seminar called "Modular Construction in Green Building" will be held this week in central Pennsylvania. It is part of a monthly breakfast series.
where: Mifflinburg, PA
location: Carriage Corner Restaurant, 257 East Chestnut Street
date: March 19, 2009
time: 7:30am - 9:30am
Hat tip: Building Systems on March 13, 2009.
Posted by Kim on March 12
, 2009 at 10:15 a.m.
Method Homes recently introduced their Balance S-M-L Series.
According to their website, they are:
highly efficient prefab homes, with small footprints to boot ... designed to arrive 95% complete within 2-3 months of purchase.
Individual model prices are not listed, but they mention the line will be "starting under $100,000".
Here's the model information:
To see the layouts:
The series was created in collaboration with Balance Associates.
Hat tip: Jetson Green on March 11, 2009.
Posted by Kim on March 11
, 2009 at 10:09 a.m.
In the news: the re-Growth Pod from 1:1 Architects in Australia. According to their website, it's:
A completely self contained concrete service pod.
It is a permanent and cost effective housing unit which can assist in the rebuilding of the fire devastated town-ships of Victoria.
The robust pre-fabricated concrete structure has been designed to be built upon, but in the short term acts as a habitable starting point for the building of a new home. The units can be prefabricated, delivered and connected to services rapidly allowing families to begin the process of re-building without displacement from their communities.
Watch the assembly animation video (0:20).
The prototype will be built by Ecotec Build Solutions. Track their progress via the re-Growth Pod blog.
Hat tips: Arch Daily on March 4, 2009 and Treehugger on March 6, 2009.
Posted by Kim on March 10
, 2009 at 10:22 a.m.
John Carl D'Annibale / Times Union
Last week, Times Union covered a new 3-unit prefab building in Saratoga Springs, NY.
builder: Westchester Modular Homes
designer: Phinney Design Group
4,200 sf, 2 stories
the sections arrived in six boxes
"saved 20 percent on building and loan costs by going prefab"
built in 8 days in the factory (plus additional work to be done on site)
Over the next few months, workers will add custom porches, cupolas and other features to make the home fit into the area's Victorian streetscape
Read the entire article for details.
Subtitle: Grande Ave. prefab is meant to fit in, but some residents are leery
Author: Dennis Yusko
Publication: Times Union (Albany, NY)
Length: 414 words
Date: March 5, 2009
Posted by Kim on March 09
, 2009 at 6:45 p.m.
Archinect recently showcased the Hemeroscopium House in Spain, with plenty of pictures and a video (3:57).
According to the architect, Antón García- Abril, of Ensamble Studio:
It took us a year to engineer but only seven days to build the structure, thanks to a total prefabrication of the different elements and a perfectly coordinated rhythm of assembly.
About the name:
For the Greek, Hemeroscopium is the place where the sun sets.
model: Hemeroscopium House
size: 400 m2 (4,300 sf)
Hat tips: Treehugger on March 6, 2009 and Eco Architecture on March 7, 2009.
Posted by Kim on March 05
, 2009 at 8:59 a.m.
James Timberlake of Kieran Timberlake Associates recently shared his two-part Cellophane House discussion as part of the Lean Manufacturing podcast series.
Part one (15:07) "focuses on the design principles and goals of the project."
Part two (12:23) "examines how modular design and Rexroth aluminum structural framing enabled the demonstration of unique lean construction and sustainable design concepts."
If you would rather read than listen:
Posted by Kim on March 04
, 2009 at 6:50 a.m.
The New Republic recently discussed the plight of prefabricated housing in the United States.
Technologically, there is no reason why houses, like cars, cannot be mass-produced, and in other countries they are constructed that way. Prefabricated, mass-produced homes, like mass-produced cars, offer myriad advantages. Fewer resources, material and labor, are wasted. Weather does not dictate construction schedules. Higher and consistent quality is more easily and reliably achieved, because the product is fabricated in the controlled setting of a manufacturing plant, with all the attendant cost advantages.
Consistent with their political leaning, they call for government to step in:
For quality affordable mass-produced housing to be built, we need to create different conditions for a mass market. A new legislative structure must clear away the obstacles presented by non-standard, municipally controlled building codes and create enforceable national standards for prefab-friendly, environmentally responsible manufacturing and construction practices.
The article is quite long, but worth reading.
Author: Sarah Williams Goldhagen
Publication: The New Republic
Length: 3,887 words
Date: February 18, 2009
Hat tips: Building Systems on February 21, 2009 and Apartment Therapy on February 26, 2009. The latter has an active comment thread, with a general consensus that price remains a major barrier.
Posted by Kim on March 03
, 2009 at 8:38 a.m.
Alchemy Architects recently shared pictures of a weeHouse being set in Oceanside, OR.
Interesting to note:
As the 17th weeHouse built in the US, it was the first to have two birth places. Due to unfortunate events with the first factory, production was moved...
Posted by Kim on March 02
, 2009 at 9:18 a.m.
Tedd Benson of Bensonwood recently shared a press release on his blog.
Unity House, the second home designed and constructed by Bensonwood Homes as part of the groundbreaking Open Prototype Initiative (OPI), has achieved LEED Platinum designation, the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest rating for environmentally sustainable construction.
The house is "the new residence of the Unity College president Mitchell Thomashow and his wife, Cindy." They have a blog about the house.
Check out the many photos on the OPI website
Bensonwood now offers an entire Unity Collection: