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Modular3 by Studio 804 in Kansas City

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Diane Guthrie

We missed this article last fall. Natural Home Magazine featured a prefab home designed and built by students in the Studio 804 program at the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

model: Modular3
designer: info_smallStudio 804
size: 1,200 sf
br: 2
bath: 1
price: $153,000

built in six modular units in nearby Lawrence, Kansas, where the Studio 804 program is based, then trucked 40 miles to Kansas City and assembled

The students designed and built the home over the course of five months.

Check out the photo gallery and video (3:07).

Subtitle: This Kansas City prefab, designed by architecture students, proves that green homes can be edgy and affordable.
Author: Carol Crupper
Publication: Natural Home Magazine
Length: 1,621 words
Date: September/October 2008

Hat tip: Low Impact Living Blog on June 22, 2009.

Not mentioned in the article or post: the house was built back in 2006.

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Eco Collection by Epoch Homes

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info_smallEpoch Homes issued a press release back in May announcing their new Eco Collection.

According to CEO John Ela:

Our design goal was to expand upon our custom designed homes by offering some value engineered green homes that are lower cost to purchase and operate, while still offering a healthy lifestyle and resource efficiency.

Worth noting:

Epoch became the first modular home manufacturer in the nation to be certified under the Modular Green Approved program now offered by the NAHB Research Center

They are offering 10 models:

Model Size BR Bath

info_smallEcomod Butterfly 768 sf 1-2 1
info_smallEcomod Gabled 768 sf 1-2 1
info_smallEcomod Tiered 768 sf 1-2 1
info_smallEcowood Ranch 1,344 sf 3 2
info_smallEcowald Ranch 1,400 sf 3 2
info_smallEcoberg Cape 1,610 sf 2 1.5
info_smallEcovale Cape 1,860 sf 2-3 2
info_smallEcobrook Colonial 2,016 sf 3 2.5
info_smallEcoleaf Colonial 2,352 sf 3-4 2.5
info_smallEcoplex Duplex 2,464 sf 4 4

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Sausalito, CA FlatPak for sale

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A FlatPak designed by architect Charlie Lazor has just come on the market in California.

model: Wolfback Ridge FlatPak
designer: info_smallLazor Office
size: 4,200 sf
br: 5
bath: 4.5
price: $3,650,000
available: yes

See more pictures via the real estate listing and interactive brochure.

Hat tip: Contemporist on June 23, 2009.

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   4. Cool Flickr set of a Flatpak house going up (Jul 30, 2007)
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Christopher Campbell hybrid in North Haven, ME

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Raimund Koch

The upcoming issue of Dwell Magazine will feature a hybrid home by info_smallChristopher Campbell Architecture.

The wedgelike shape of the house, the red prefabricated steel frame glimpsed between the slats of two-by-eight-foot pine siding, and the roll-up firehouse doors on the seaward facade all owe a debt to the working buildings of Maine.


The metal frame and wood panels that line the interior were constructed in a barn on the mainland then shipped out by barge. Work crews took lobster boats out to the island each day; the spiral staircase from the main room to the master bedroom was fabricated in a Maine shop; and the granite in the foundation is from Mosquito Mountain near Bucksport. The doors are from Bristol and the builder, Scott Pearson, whom Campbell frequently praises to the skies, is a homegrown Mainer.

View their slideshow.

Subtitle: North Haven, a rocky island in Maine’s Penobscot Bay, is quintessentially New England. As it happens, so is this boat barn–inspired brand of rugged, regional modernism.
Author: Aaron Britt
Publication: Dwell Magazine
Section: Dwellings
Length: 1,423 words
Date: July/August 2009

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KieranTimberlake LivingHomes

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We received an email from info_smallLivingHomes with a link to their useful overview page. Here are their summaries with links to our updated model pages:

  • info_smallRay Kappe LivingHomes: LivingHomes by Ray Kappe are the epitome of warm, modern, sustainable living. Each RK LivingHome features floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors to create a superior indoor/outdoor environment.

  • info_smallKieranTimberlake LivingHomes: Our most affordable LivingHomes, the KT line are designed to fit on small, urban lots. The use of decking and light corridors provide outdoor space and natural, indoor light even in the most dense of urban environments. Rooms and entire floors can be added as your living needs change.

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Green Cubed House by Nelse Design + Build

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Paul Clark

info_smallNelse Design + Build constructed their first house using SIPs for the walls and roof:

size: 2,667 sf
br: 4
bath: 2.5

From their Green Cubed website:

The core idea of this project is relatively basic; develop a home design and building system for urban infill lots (in this case, Seattle) that is modular enough to maximize design and construction efficiencies, adaptable enough to respond to each unique site and occupant, and sustainable enough to provide a healthy, environmentally friendly, and energy efficient home for generations of urban dwellers.

A slide show is also available on the site.

Hat tip: Jetson Green on June 18, 2009.

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Tiny homes in the UK by FKDA Architects

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info_smallFKDA Architects designs and builds micro-homes in the UK.

They currently offer two models they call "sheds":

model: Big Shed
size: 24 m² (258 sf)
br: 1
bath: 1
price: €35,000 - €50,000 ($48,716 - $69,595)

model: Little Shed
size: 13m² (140 sf)
br: 0
bath: 1
price: €20,000 - €35,000 ($27,838 - $48,716)

According to their site:

The shed could be entirely prefabricated in a factory and delivered to site


Alternatively, the components can be delivered and the shed assembled on site, with each being small and light enough for one or two people to manhandle, eliminating the need for a crane.


The total process typically takes around 18 weeks.

They are also working on a Zero Carbon modular house they are calling eco-home. We will post more information when it becomes available.

Hat tip: Inhabitat on June 16, 2009 via Design Boom on June 15, 2009.

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IC Green

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info_smallIC Green designs and builds "modern and sustainable pre-fab dwellings made from converted oversea shipping containers".

They currently offer 6 models:

Model Size BR Bath

info_small320 320 sf 0 1
info_small480 480 sf 0 1
info_small800 800 sf 1 1
info_small1280 1,280 sf 2 2
info_small1600 1,600 sf 3 2
info_small2400 2,400 sf 3-4 2

Check out their construction photos.

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Dwell on Design 2009 at the end of June

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Dwell on Design 2009 will be held in Los Angeles, CA at the end of this month.

where: Los Angeles, CA
location: Los Angeles Convention Center
date: June 26 - 28, 2009
cost: starting at $25
notes: View registration info

Dwell Outdoor will cover over 15,000 sf of exhibit space and includes:

(see complete list of Dwell Outdoor exhibitors)

Of interest to Prefabcosm readers:

Leo Marmol, FAIA, Principal of info_smallMarmol Radziner Prefab will be holding a Design Innovation Seminar on Saturday, June 27, 2009 from 3:30pm - 4:00pm.

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   4. Dwell on Design recap (Sep 24, 2007)
   5. Dwell on Design preview (Sep 12, 2007)
   6. This week: weeHouses and more Dwell on Design (Aug 18, 2007)
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LA Times on mini prefabs

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Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times recently featured mini prefab structures, including a photo gallery.

Companies mentioned:

Subtitle: Mini prefabs become offices, playrooms, even guest quarters.
Author: Emily Young
Publication: Los Angeles Times
Section: Home & Garden
Length: 1,052 words
Date: June 13, 2009

Hat tip: materialicious on June 15, 2009.

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The Villa by Daniel Libeskind

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On Monday The New York Times featured a residential project in Germany by architect Daniel Libeskind.

The house is designed as three interlocking structures and most of the elements will be manufactured in a factory.

model: info_smallThe Villa
size: 515 m² (5,543 sf)
br: 4
bath: 4
price: €2,000,000 - €3,000,000 ($2,800,000 - $4,200,000)
available: yes

Interesting to note: Daniel Libeskind designed "the Jewish Museum Berlin and the master plan for the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site in New York".

“I did everything in reverse in my career,” he said. “Most people start with small projects and go on to design a museum. I started with a museum.”

But he says residential design is “the more interesting part of architecture.”

“Too often we celebrate great civic institutions,” Mr. Libeskind continued, “but actually architecture is how people live and how well they live.”

Read the entire article for more.

Author: Kevin Brass
Publication: New York Times
Section: Great Homes and Destinations
Length: 930 words
Date: June 15, 2009

Hat tip: Jetson Green on June 15, 2009.

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weeHouse in Continental Airlines magazine

info_smallAlchemy Architects recently mentioned that info_smallweeHouse is covered in the inflight magazine for Continental Airlines this month.

We looked around and found the link:

Subtitle: As the era of McMansions fades, wee houses promote simpler, more efficient living
Author: Joe Bargmann
Publication: The inflight magazine for Continental Airlines
Section: The Idea of the Moment
Length: 1,235 words
Date: June 2009

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CNN: SG Blocks

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None recently highlighted a house by info_smallSG Blocks in Charleston, South Carolina.

According to the slideshow:

This 1,280-square-foot house looks like the rest on the block, but it's made from four shipping containers.

Also watch the video (1:35) previously run on CNN.

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Project FROG in California

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GOOD Magazine recently highlighted the design company info_smallProject FROG. They are creating modular units as alternatives to the trailers now in use at public schools in California.

According to Adam Tibbs, president of Project Frog:

[My] goal is to replace all of California’s portable classrooms with green buildings by 2015.

There are currently around 85,000 trailers throughout the state.

Unlike trailers, FROG classrooms are made from prefabricated modular units, and can be arranged in different sizes and shapes to fit each school’s needs.

Read the entire article for more details.

Author: Adam Starr
Publication: GOOD Magazine
Section: Art & Design, Education
Length: 297 words
Date: June 8, 2009

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The Barn Raiser

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Tiny House Blog recently covered a company in Saugerties, NY that sells prefab and modular structures made by Amish craftsmen. See the post for information sent in by the owner, Dave Ortlieb.

Structures by info_smallThe Barn Raiser include:

  • storage sheds and barns
  • 1-and 2-car garages
  • 2-story buildings
  • gazebos
  • horse barns

From the FAQ area on their website:

buildings are pre-fabricated and they come completely assembled, except for the double-wide, 2-story & 2-car garage which arrive in 2 halves

Delivery of the structures averages 4 weeks.

See their price list and view their photo gallery.

Hat tip: materialicious on June 10, 2009.

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Sunset Modern Cottage on display June 12 - July 19, 2009

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E. Spencer Toy

Sunset Magazine debuted the Modern Cottage Idea House by info_smallModern Cabana at their recent 2009 Celebration Weekend.

Created by Casper Mork-Ulnes, award-winning architect and creative director at Modern Cabana, the Modern Cottage offers an elegant solution for expanding family space in a cost-conscious, fun and sustainable way.

From the slideshow:

Built in panels offsite and assembled in a couple of days at Sunset, the cottages are designed to create more living space that's both eco-friendly and affordable

The cottage will remain on display for an Open House.

where: Menlo Park, CA
location: 80 Willow Road
date: June 12 - July 19, 2009
time: 10:00am - 5:00pm
cost: $15 adults, $13 seniors (Fridays only), $5 children 12 and under
notes: Friday, Saturday and Sundays (closed July 4, 2009)

Hat tip: Jetson Green on June 4, 2009.

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The Sapphire Gallery by XTEN Architecture

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ArchDaily recently covered a project by info_smallXTEN Architecture. The new structure is an art gallery which was added to a private residence in Los Angeles.

A structural system of lightweight braced frames was developed. They were factory built and assembled by crane in one day.

See the post for more details and pictures.

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resPOD by Matthew Grace

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info_smallMatthew Grace Architecture in Australia now offers four resPOD prefab homes.

According to their site, resPOD is:

an extremely cost effective modular form of flexible living that enables every homeowner to be environmentally responsible and sustainable whilst maintaining a high level of quality and detail.

All models are constructed from steel shipping containers.

Model Size BR Bath Stories

info_smallA-Type 291 sf
(27 m²)
1 1 1
info_smallB-Type 603 sf
(56 m²)
2 1 1
info_smallC-Type 1,120 sf
(104 m²)
3 1 2
info_smallD-Type 1,668 sf
(155 m²)
4 2 3

(We were unable to find pricing information.)

Hat tip: Inhabitat on May 25, 2009.

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EcoSteel Plat House

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On their blog, info_smallLamiDesign (La Vardera Milano) recently shared pictures of an info_smallEcoSteel Plat House in Massachusetts.

Check out the post for more pictures.

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   5. LiveModern forum and blogs (Jun 12, 2007)
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Simpatico Homes prototype in CA

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info_smallSimpatico Homes will begin building their first prefabricated home in Emeryville, CA this summer.

size: 2,083 sf
br: 3
bath: 3

Follow their progress via twitter and/or their blog.

Hat tip: Jetson Green on June 2, 2009.

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MD Series by Modular Dwellings

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info_smallModular Dwellings, led by Edgar Blazona, creates "mobile, modern and affordable buildings."

Model Size BR Bath

info_smallMD 42 42 sf 1 0
info_smallMD 100 100 sf 1 0
info_smallMD 120 120 sf 1 0
info_smallMD 144 144 sf 1 0
info_smallMD 280 280 sf 1 1

(We were not able to find pricing information on their site.)

Hat tip: Coming Unmoored on May 22, 2009.

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Eco Structures in the news

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting recently featured brothers John and Charley Garlow and their company, info_smallEco Structures LLC.

Watch the video (13:48) or read the entire transcript.

See our earlier post for more details about the company.

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Whisper Creek Cabin by Haven Custom Homes

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by Jean Allsopp

info_smallHaven Custom Homes recently issued a press release to announce the completion of a modular home in the Whisper Mountain community just outside of Asheville, NC.

manufacturer: info_smallHaven Custom Homes
size: 1,555 sf
br: 2
bath: 3

The home is one of four being offered within the 2009 Southern Living Choose Your Home Giveaway presented by (The contest ends on June 30, 2009.)

The contest website includes:

According to the press release, the house is open to the public for tours:

where: Leicester, NC
location: 7500 Hwy 63
time: Wednesdays - Saturday 11 am - 5 pm, Sundays 1 pm - 5 pm
cost: $5

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