Entries tagged as 'Prefabcosm'
Some of you may have noticed the lack of daily posts recently. I've been driving cross-country, trying to squeeze in some work between visiting friends and family.
Daily posts and site updates will resume in a few weeks.
Hello, Scott here. Peter has just released a new feature that I designed (and he painstakingly implemented). It combines our previous one-click navigation with a more flexible search using checkboxes.
The earlier approach was quick:
Here's how it looked (for homes priced between $100k - $199k with 1,500 - 1,999 sf):
Many online stores use this approach, but it has one big problem: what if your target doesn't match the specified ranges? Maybe you'd like 3-4 BR between 1,500-2,999 (which spans 2 ranges). That would take 4 different searches! The solution is simple: checkboxes.
Now you can be thorough:
Many sites feature direct drill-down, others have checkboxes. We have both working together in the same form. (If you've seen this combination anywhere else, please send us the URL!) To add or remove a single parameter from your search, just click on it directly. To change several, use the checkboxes and click Search.
As before, options that have no data are crossed out. You can click on one to reset your search and see results for just that item.
Please try this new interface to what we think is the world's most complete database of modernist prefab homes that are available to order. (Plus some traditional style homes, and lots of prototype and custom prefabs.)
If any of Trulove's books are an indicator, PreFab Now should include the state of the art in contemporary prefabricated home design. The promo copy hints at this; "Architects are using new construction technologies and materials to create complex designs that make every prefabricated home look custom- designed.". The book also "addresses the advantages and disadvantages of choosing a prefab home over a custom-built one [and] covers cost, sustainability, and durability."
To help keep track of books we cover on Prefabcosm, we've added a new page: Prefab books.
title: Prefab Now
author: James Trulove
release date: Mar 2007
list price: $39.95
details: 192 pages, hardcover
publisher: Collins Design
We covered many informative websites on prefab and modular homes last year. A few of our favorite posts:
A few of our favorite blogs posted round-up posts at the end of last year. Materialicio.us listed their top 25 stories of 2007, including a number of great prefabs. Jetson Green covered his most popular articles.
We were inspired to review our posts, clean-up the tags and share some highlights -- even if a bit late. First up, our favorite prefab news articles from last year.
From major US newspapers:
We've added status designators to each model and variation page. The BURST* page is shown above, with status "prototype." Each model is designated as either:
available: can be purchased now (example: micro compact home)
We've been quietly organizing our database of prefab and modular homes by style (traditional or modern), price, size, bedrooms and construction method. Click any choice to see the matching home models; click again to refine your search. At each stage, options that have no data are crossed out.
Other new features:
We have more changes planned; please let us know if you have any specific information requests.
With the new design and code updates, our feed URLs have changed. If you have been reading our blog via the RSS feed, please change the URL that you use to fetch the feed.
The blog feed is now at:
The comment feed is now at:
The old feeds will work for a short period of time and then we will retire them, so please make the change now. If you get stuck or have any questions, let us know!
We updated the design of our site this weekend, e.g. stronger highlight in the "nav bar" (navigation menu on the left) and links have moved from the regular bright blue underline to medium blue without underline. Feedback welcome!
And, lots of changes under the hood: please let us know if you notice any glitches. We've already fixed several...
Tip: to make sure you have the latest stylesheets, hold down the "alt" key (or "option" on the Mac) and click the reload icon in your browser.
Our aim is to create the web's #1 resource for prefab and modular homes.
Prefab is poised to change the housing industry. The new emphasis on cutting-edge design and high-quality construction complements the traditional benefits of shorter construction times and the potential for lower costs.
Our primary audience is the potential prefab or modular homeowner.
Our second audience is the prefab industry, including the people and companies that contribute to and produce the materials, products and events that build prefab homes.
As a designer and builder myself, I hope to bring you the latest news, with some added insight. I look forward to sharing my passion for design, and playing whatever small role I can to help move the prefab industry forward.