Entries tagged as 'kit'
event: Prefab Net Zero Open House
where: Richmond, VA
date: September 26, 2009
time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
notes: Email firstname.lastname@example.org in order to attend. Include your name, email and phone number so she can send directions and more info.
We recently received an email from a company called Shelter-Kit in Tilton, NH.
According to their site:
Shelter-Kit offers a variety of buildings and styles:
Also check out their kits for Barns, Garages & Workshops.
They are currently advertising:
FKDA 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)
price: €35,000 - €50,000 ($48,716 - $69,595)
model: Little Shed
size: 13m² (140 sf)
price: €20,000 - €35,000 ($27,838 - $48,716)
According to their site:
They are also working on a Zero Carbon modular house they are calling eco-home. We will post more information when it becomes available.
Live Edge in West Oakland, CA has an interesting source of wood:
The company builds furniture and prefab houses.
Check out their picture gallery.
The company currently has two models available.
model: casa ti
company: Green Modern Kits
designer: David Day Architecture
price: starting at $22,537
size: 1,200 sf
fabrication time: 3 weeks
floorplans: casa ti floorplan (PDF)
model: The R1 Residential
company: Green Modern Kits
designer: Grace Street
price: starting at $30,000
size: 2,028 - 2,168 sf
fabrication time: 3 weeks
Also check out:
Some homes are local:
The article provides a good working definition of "prefab":
Zamore Homes models fall into the latter category.
Here's the models and specs from the Zamore Homes site:
Compared to local costs in the Houston area:
The pricing sounds quite competitive:
Here's our quick comparison to other kit homes:
The materials and finishes page on the Zamore Homes site is worth a look.
Read the full article for more details.
publication: The Houston Chronicle
author: Maggie Galehouse
length: 1,800 words
publication date: July 17, 2008
Via Curbed LA:
LivingHomes is partnering with Philadelphia-based architecture firm KieranTimberlake Associates on an “expandable” single-family (pictured above) prefab green homes that can grow from 900 square feet to 2,230 square feet. All parts of the home are made in a factory--and owners can essentially order more parts of their home as their family grows... Additionally, the home will be priced at $215 a square foot, but as the country catches on to the expandable home, costs are expected to drop to $155 a home.
The post quotes Steve Glenn of LivingHomes:
As you marry, have kids, add in-laws to the household, etc., you’re either moving a lot or constantly renovating, which is time-consuming, expensive, stressful, and very wasteful from a resource perspective.... LivingHomes by KieranTimberlake introduce an important new capability to homes – the ability to efficiently and cost-effectively adapt to people’s changing lifestyle living needs.
As a cured architect and developer, I could only dream of what the result might be if one mixed the talents and innovations of architects like Kieran Timberlake with a business visionary like Steve Glenn and set them to produce small, efficient projects that don't need a Silicon Valley multimillionaire's income to own.
That's worth some research, and we'll share the details soon.
Jeriko House is based on a sophisticated high-tech 'kit-of-parts' building system providing high strength and incredible ease of assembly.... The heart of this system is its unique high-performance aluminum framing derived from the 'T-slot' framing commonly used in industrial automation applications. Made from aerospace-grade aluminum formed into precision shaped 'profiles' offering the approximate strength of steel with a great savings in weight, the Jeriko House frame structure is resilient, weatherproof, rustproof, and pest-proof....
In addition to custom options, the Web site shows four sample floorplans:
As of July 2007, three projects were underway:
...now under construction in Louisiana: a 4320-sq-ft Lakefront home; a 5500-sq-ft luxury home in Mandeville; and a 250-sq-ft garden retreat in Metairie...
model: Jeriko House
designer: Jeriko House
size: 2,032 - 4,320 sf
how: kit of parts
On the heels of the port-a-bach comes news of the iPad, another prefab "bach" (see note below) from New Zealand:
The iPAD is a true kitset bach designed to covers a range of options; it could be a one bedroom holiday home, secondary dwelling, granny flat, office, studio or resort unit to name but a few.
size: 530 sf (~1,100 sf with decks)
price: NZ$125,000 (~$97,000)
how: complete modules or kit
Bach = "small structures like beach huts or small holiday homes" (from Shedworking)
(Hat tip: Materialicio.us)
RAL Homes is a company in Victoria, Australia producing home kits that resemble Quonset Huts. The RAL Home kits can be combined in a number of formations, and even added on to your existing home. The kits consist of a series of pre-framed panels which join together to form an arch.
"The components arrive on site, complete with hardware and including an illustrated Assembly Manual. Two workers with a basic knowledge of Carpentry skills and standard tools simply bolt panels together. The external Colorbond corrugated steel roofing and leaf-free guttering system make RAL Homes virtually maintenance free."
company: RAL Homes
style: like Quonset Hut
how: stud-framed panels bolted together to form arches
features: large open spaces, exterior metal cladding, large wood-framed window walls
finishes: corrugated metal cladding (exterior); interior your responsibility, but comes with rough sanded waterproof plywood
not included: exterior steps/rails, on-site labor, onsite mechanical systems, transportation
Rocio Romero was not present at CA Boom 4, but she and her team run a serious prefab operation. I spoke with Donna Rosanswank, Sales Manager, on the phone last week. 35 LV Series homes have been completed from the 100 LV Series kits sold since operations began in 2003. Many homes are built from more than one kit, and some projects have been delayed. Sales are doubling every year and they will expand into Canada by early next year.
The LV series includes:
materials shipped with the kit:
materials that are NOT included:
The home kits include so few finish materials because "Rocio wanted to be able to fit the whole kit in one flatbed delivery," and to allow customers flexibility in the final product.
where: Perryville, Missouri
size: 625sf - 1,435sf
bedrooms: 1 - 2
cost: $120/sf - $195/sf
fabrication time: 28 days, per contract
total construction timeline: 12 - 16 weeks
construction type: conventional stud framing
funding method: traditional lender
I spoke with Alan Koch yesterday about their aluminum and glass iT House:
Why didn't you return to CA Boom this year?
"It was a lot of work last year and we didn't feel like it was our audience. Our house is a little more fussy than some. It requires a big leap of faith to live in an all glass house. It's not cheaper faster; it's a lifestyle choice. [Our audience is] a very niche market. It's not the general population, not even people interested in modern homes. It's about getting in touch with something - themselves or the landscape. It's a tool for reaching a new state."
I noticed you removed all information about standard models from your website, what is the plan there?
"We're not sure about the models and are reevaluating currently. Because of the way we were trying to offer the building before, we weren't really sure what it was. There was something about the way that it was presented that implied anything was changeable - that someone could build a 5,000sf iT House. It doesn't translate to that scale."
You and your wife have a variety of work in your portfolio, why prefab?
"We explore all kinds of things, stumble upon interesting things and do something with them. It's not exciting to just talk about problems architects are interested in. Prefab is not totally in the realm of the architect. We like and are satisfied by the process of figuring out prefab."
What do you think is one advantage of prefab?
"All the story that's published right now is 'modern and cheaper.' It is cheaper in a way; none of our clients could afford the design time we've poured into the house. Everyone who does buy an iT House gets the benefit of the hours of design time...for a cheaper price."
I understand that you are building an iT House prototype in the California desert. How is that going?
"We are almost finished with the model, and have done a lot of the work ourselves. We can't do everything, like roofing. But we did things like the frame. It was very simple to put together: 4 guys, 1 day, no skills and we had no problem setting up the whole frame. If you show the drawings to a contractor, they get worried because it's not something they know, so they tend to overcharge."
To find out more about the iT House prototype, check out the iT House blog.
Sander Architect's Hybrid House is more philosophy than product. Coming to CA Boom 4 with what they call "part prefab, all custom™", Sander Architects designs custom homes using prefab techniques and products. Every Hybrid House comes with a prefab structural steel frame; some incorporate prefab wall and roof panels.
Catherine Hollis, wife of principal Whitney Sander, told me that Sander Architects thinks of architecture "as an artform." They use prefab elements to extend clients' budgets, but they see a rigid 100% prefab approach as limiting. Installation of finishes and fixtures takes place on site using traditional construction methods, and therefore with the traditional construction timeline.
Sander Architects has five Hybrid House homes under construction, ranging in size from 3,000 sf to a monstrous 8,000 sf home. Proving the benefits of their "part prefab, all custom" process, a 3,000sf home being built in Culver City, CA should come in at about $150/sf, much lower than some of the 100% prefab outfits at CA Boom.
price: from $150/sf
how: prefab steel frame, some other prefab elements
timeline: similar to site-built