Entries tagged as 'tours'
The Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is hosting a tour of modern houses this weekend throughout the state. The tour is part of a program which includes a lecture at the University of Vermont on September 10, 2009.
One of the 10 houses is a Plat House by LamiDesign (La Vardera Milano).
where: Shoreham, VT
location: 4467 Richville Road
date: September 12, 2009
time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
notes: For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Preferred Building Systems in Claremont, NH is offering tours of their factory this fall.
where: Claremont, NH
location: 143 Twistback Road
date: September 12, 2009; October 10, 2009; October 31, 2009
time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
According to their site:
They currently deliver to: NH, VT, ME, MA, CT and RI.
Worth a look:
The tour began in Chicago on July 1, 2009. It will travel to 15 locations (PDF) through the end of November.
The company has a page describing some of the benefits of systems-built (modular) housing:
title: Smart Home exhibit
where: Chicago, IL
location: Museum of Science and Industry
date: March 19, 2009 - January 2010
price: $10, in addition to $13 museum general admission
note: visiting the home requires a special ticket with a timed reservation; plenty of times are available
If you find yourself in Portland, OR this weekend, you might want to check out this modern home tour.
event: 11xDesign modern home tour
where: Portland, OR
date: February 21, 2009
time: 10:00am - 5:00pm
notes: see map for addresses of all 11 locations (pdf)
Hat Tip: Jetson Green on February 16, 2009.
Clayton homes is holding a showcase of homes this Friday, Saturday & Sunday in Knoxville:
See our earlier post for more details on the company and their previous showcase.
According to their website, the following homes will be on display in Knoxville:
One thing we couldn't tell from their site: which are "modular" (built to local codes) vs. "manufactured" (HUD code).
where: Knoxville, TN
location: Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley Street
date: October 31 - November 2, 2008
time: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Tonight (Oct. 16) from 7:00-10:00 pm is opening night for A Clean Break: "An exhibition of modern prefab architecture and high-design, low-waste innovations for the urban environment."
The full exhibition runs from Oct. 17-30. Their description:
See our Oct. 1 post (linked below) for more details.
If you are considering a modular home and live near Boston, MA or Providence, RI:
what: The Modular Advantage - "Why Should I Build Modular?"
where: Model Home at 1 Bluff Road (off Rt. 6A), Sagamore, MA (near Cape Cod)
when: Thursday, October 16, 6:30-8:30pm
RSVP: 508-888-6244 or 508-888-4212 (limited seating)
A little more info on the company:
Interesting to note, they build only Westchester Modular Homes.
Their site offers additional information:
(Hat tip: Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA)
Update: fixed the city in the title.
What to expect:
Clayton CEO Kevin Clayton explains:
Clayton Homes produces both "manufactured" and "modular" housing. These terms have a specific meaning in the industry, part of which is covered on their website:
The industry stopped using the term "mobile home" (and presumably "trailer home") when the HUD code became effective June 15, 1976. Not mentioned: manufactured homes do NOT qualify for a traditional mortgage, in part because the homes tend to lose value every year.
These homes are built to the same standards as conventional "site-built" homes and qualify for a standard mortgage. (In fact they are often somewhat stronger in order to survive transportation and installation by crane.)
At least one home in the Showcase had 2 stories (see above), so it appears that a mix of both types will be shown.
More about Clayton Homes:
We didn't make it to this year's West Coast Green, but followed the coverage of those who did. Most interesting: SG Blocks' Harbinger show house.
Inhabitat visited and gave a full review. I found this quote about containers particularly interesting:
Preston over at Jetson Green toured the house.
The home will be on view at other trade events:
Private Island Blog approves:
The story behind the name:
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
As these two homes are private residences, please RSVP and get specific directions by emailing Betsy Gabler: email@example.com.
The third open house is public:
Thursday, October 16 - Thursday, October 30, 2008
Architectural Record reports:
The show will feature two actual prefabs:
Also in the exhibition:
The exhibition is free and open to the public.
title: A Clean Break
what: Prefab exhibition
where: 313 South Broad Street at Spruce, Philadelphia
date: October 17-30, 2008
time: Daily, 11:00-7:00
details: free, open to the public
Treehugger covered an historical, and quite unconventional, prefab:
*translated quote from Treehugger
Curbed LA provided a photo update of a Marmol Radziner home going up in Venice, CA:
Some details about the home from the tour page:
(For reference: Allen Associates)
Also worth attending:
Most importantly, both the tour and the conference are free.
Well worth a visit!
what: Tours of an MKD home
model: Sunset™ Breezehouse®
where: Santa Barbara, CA
date: June 14, 2008
time: 10am - 4pm
We weren't able to attend this year's Dwell on Design show in LA, so we'll just do a recap from afar.
Dwell's student blogger Jose Garcia interviewed Michelle Kaufmann.
Curbed LA gave a rundown of the prefab neighborhood with a slideshow and commentary.
Apartment Therapy posted their thoughts, with a slideshow.
We'll cover HOM in more detail soon. Until then, Jetson Green provided some info:
(For reference: our miniHome page.)
This year's prefab exhibitors:
Absent from the show, but present last year:
If you visited the show, please leave your impressions in a comment!
Why is this exhibition so helpful? Ecolectic sums it up:
And Toronto's Globe and Mail newspaper goes into further detail:
Treehugger likes the idea:
size: 850 sf
how: plywood kit
...the next stop on our National LV Open House Tour is Eliot, Maine on Saturday, June 14, 2008. This event is the second of four that will be held throughout the country.
Some details on the tour format:
A chartered coach will transport attendees to the LVL Open House tour site at the scheduled tour time. It is a five-minute bus drive, followed by a short one block walk from the bus to the home. Once you arrive at the LVL home, you will tour the exterior and interior home and view a video presentation of the assembly of one of our latest LV builds and several LV homes that highlight customization options. This presentation is advanced LV information, so we encourage you to read all of our LVS Brochures. After the tour and presentation there will be a Q&A session. The bus will then depart 1.5 hours after the scheduled tour time.
You can register for the event online.
what: Rocio Romero's LVL Open House Tour
model: LVL home
company: Rocio Romero, LLC
where: 28 Levesque Rd. (Rt.236) Eliot, ME 03903
when: Saturday, June 14th at 9am, 11am, 2pm and 4pm
cost: $40 per person, non-refundable
Dwell Magazine's third Dwell On Design conference and exhibition is coming to the Los Angeles Convention Center June 5-8.
The public exhibition opens June 7th (emphasis added):
Prefab companies that are listed as exhibiting include:
If you're interested in attending, you can register for the exhibition FREE; just enter the code "BDODEC".
what: Dwell on Design 2008
where: Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
when: Conference: June 5-6, 2008; Exhibition: June 7-8, 2008
sponsor: Dwell Magazine
registration: $25 for exhibition only (FREE with the code "BDODEC"), $349 for full conference and exhibition
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 new site features much improved navigation and more detailed information:
Yesterday, Dwell magazine announced an open house:
Modern prefab has arrived in Mountain View, CA in the form of a progressive single-family home -- the Dwell NextHouse by Empyrean. ... A unique opportunity to tour the 2,400 sq ft prefabricated home will be available.... Dwell invites attendees to become engaged in a dialogue about modern and prefab home design.
Their site has a schedule and information on the speakers:
Can't make it? Or want a preview? Jetson Green found this entertaining video tour from interior designer Sally Kuchar:
where: Mountain View, CA
when: March 27, 9am - 6pm (trade)
when: March 29-30, 10am - 6pm (consumer)
how: Open House Tickets
When James and Rui were ready to build on their lakefront land, they contacted architect Rocio Romero. The Missouri-based designer is well known for her minimalist prefab homes, which arrive flat-packed and can go up in a few months' time. James and Rui worked with Rocio to develop a standard LV Home (Rocio's trademark design) with a custom interior that would make the most of their incredible natural surroundings. The highlight of this home is definitely the views....
Read the post for more details or go directly to the slideshow (16 images).
We were inside the work of the master. Like any Frank Lloyd Wright house, this one was immediately recognizable.
Read the full article for details on the other Wright houses (though the Duncan house is the only prefab).
author: Barbara Ireland
publication: The New York Times
length: 1,200 words
publication date: March 2, 2008
Last year's CA Boom IV show brought twelve prefab companies to Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, CA. I attended the show, spoke to some vendors and tried to get my head around others. We won't be able to attend this year's CA Boom V, but if you're in the area and seriously interested in prefab, it's well worth a visit:
CA Boom is NOT the place “to talk about the potential of and the maybe/someday value of prefab”, rather this is the Buyer/Seller event for you to “comparison shop” the leading manufacturers who “have delivered houses.”
I counted eight prefab vendors as of today:
As we stated last year, CA Boom's Prefab Zone has strict requirements for the companies present:
Also worth looking for (date and time TBA):
"THE FOUR WOMEN OF PREFAB" panel discussion featuring prominent prefab architects Michelle Kaufmann, Jennifer Siegal and Rocio Romero, and moderated by Allison Arieff, the former editor-in-chief of DWELL magazine.
name: CA Boom V
what: "prefab exhibition, design + architecture home tours and ... panel discussions"
where: Barker Hanger, Santa Monica Airport, Santa Monica, CA
when: March 14-16, 2008 (March 14 is trade only)
time: 11am - 5pm (6pm Saturday)
price: $20/day, architecture tours extra
more info: press release (pdf)
Via Inhabitat on Feb. 29:
To date, more than 110 LV prefabs have become home to owners throughout 23 states in the US, with 40 more under construction. While prefab fans have been able to tour the Rocio Romero show home in Missouri for several years, this weekend marks the first time that a finished LV is available for viewing in New York. The first National LV Open House Tour kicks off on March 1st (tomorrow!) in the Hudson Valley!
Sorry that we posted too late for the New York open house, but there will be more! The Rocio Romero site fills in the blanks:
This event is one of four that will be held throughout the country. The 2008 National Tour will provide attendees the opportunity to see and feel the LV space. Ms. Romero, Rocio Romero staff, homeowners, and general contractors will be present to discuss the LV design features, custom design options, the build process, and construction costs. Since 2003, more than 6,000 individuals have visited the Rocio Romero show home in Perryville, Missouri. Our new national tours will allow attendees to view our newest homes and experience the wide array of customization and lifestyles available to LV home owners.
The open house featured four pre-reserved time slots, costing $40/person. We'll do our best to get the dates for the other three events with plenty of advance notice.
company: Rocio Romero
when: dates TBA
where: locations TBA
From Apartment Therapy:
If you're heading out to the desert for Modernism Week and are curious about prefabs, you've got a chance to see a drop dead gorgeous one.... The Desert Prefab house has been called possibly the most beautiful prefabricated building this side of the Pacific, and it's for sale!
More detail on the house from the LA Times:
It is the house that won new respect for factory-built prefab housing: Leo Marmol's sleek, solar-powered, steel-and-glass Desert House in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. It has been Marmol's weekend house since he built it in 2005, but it is now listed for sale for $1.85 million....
And a sales pitch from the real estate listing:
First Offering: The Desert House, 2005. Art, architecture and environmental awareness have been forged together in Marmol-Radziner's custom prototype for their burgeoning prefab division.... From the two-parcel, nearly 7.5 acre site on which the main house, guest house, studio and nearly 2,400 square feet of outdoor decks reside, broad panoramic vistas across the pool capture the all encompassing desert floor sweeping out to towering Mount San Jacinto and San Gorgonio.
Here's the rundown on the tours:
what: tours of Marmol Radziner's Desert Prefab
where: 14875 McCarger Rd., Desert Hot Springs, CA
date: Saturday, March 1, 2008
how: directions and details (pdf)
...on the sale:
what: Marmol Radziner's Desert Prefab
where: Desert Hot Springs, CA
price: $1.85m ($881/sf)
size: 2,100 sf
features: Recycled steel framing, highly energy-efficient glass, and solar-assisted power
...on the LA Times article:
author: Peter Viles
length: 450 words
publication date: January 23, 2008
We covered several prefab and modular home conferences last year:
The Michelle Kaufmann blog announces:
...we have been working very hard for the past few months to get to this point and are now finally ready and delighted to announce that MKD is going to be a part of the “Smart Home: Green + Wired, Powered by ComEd and Warmed by Peoples Gas” exhibit at MSI that’s opening this spring! The exhibit is going to include a full-size mkSolaire™ home to be built in on parkland on the southeast side of the Museum and will showcase the very best in sustainable living concepts and solutions.
A bit more from the museum exhibit page:
During its 75th Anniversary year, the Museum of Science and Industry will be building a functioning, three-story modular and sustainable “green” home ... to highlight unique home technologies for the 21st century.
The home’s module construction will be under way for two or three more weeks on one of the All American assembly lines in Decatur....
Jetson Green says:
I can't wait to see more!
what: Smart Home: Green + Wired exhibit
builder: All American Homes
where: Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL
when: May 8, 2008 - January 4, 2009
Systm, a web video series from Revision3, files a long, detailed video report from the WIRED LivingHome:
This $4 million home in LA isn't exactly what we think of when wanting to integrate more green, eco-friendly aspects to our lives, but it does offer up some great options. LEED certified and designed by architect Ray Kappe, this home offers a great, simple way of constructing a house without compromising the uniqueness of a custom built home.
what: WIRED LivingHome tour
release date: December 31, 2007
Check out the multimedia page on the WIRED LivingHome site for additional photos and videos.
From the mailbox:
Alchemy welcomes you to visit the newest not-so-weeHouse during their Holiday Open House. This 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 4-box weeHouse is located in Linden Hills [Minneapolis] on a mature, wooded city lot and contains many standard and custom weeHouse elements.
A terrific example of green prefab architecture.
Where: 4221 Ewing Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN
When: December 14, 2007, from 4-7 PM
And now: tours! From the WIRED blog:
Want to visit? The Wired LivingHome is open to the public Thursday through Sunday until Nov. 19.
For ticket purchasing info and additional tour details, visit the WIRED LivingHome site.
what: WIRED LivingHome tours
when: November 1 - 18, 2007
where: Los Angeles
"I would love to have one of these as a year-round home! A true prefab it is not, because the houses are built on-site, but I still love the idea of a ready-made 'custom designed' home plan..."
Last week, The Good Human covered the Jeriko House.
Last week, Inhabitat discussed the Drop House prototype.
West Coast Green is "America's largest residential green building conference". September 20-21 are limited to building professionals, but the general public is invited for September 22s "Homeowner Day":
"West Coast Green will host community leaders and visionaries, such as San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Hollywood actor Ed Begly Jr., environmental/civil rights leader Van Jones and many others. Homeowners looking to design and build a new, energy-efficient green home, or those looking to upgrade the efficiency of their existing homes, will benefit from walking the tradeshow floor, abounding with hundreds of products and services to build, remodel, power, insulate, clean, furnish and finance their green homes."
where: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
when: September 20-22, 2007
registration: $25 ($35 at the door) for Homeowner Day, September 22. $325/day for full conference access.
features: mkLotus show home; speakers Allison Arieff (former editor of Dwell magazine), Steve Glenn, Sheri Koones, and Michelle Kaufmann; over 100 green construction product vendors
The Dwell on Design conference is this weekend in San Francisco.
We won't be there, but here's who will:
We heard from Alchemy Architects:
"Alchemy Architects will be at Dwell on Design 2007 with a weeHouse to 'tour'. Amazing, but we had a CA client who's weeHouse is just being finished...so it'll stop in San Fran on its way to San Diego. It's a very exciting opportunity for people who are interested in a weeHouse to see a weeHouse. We'll be in the outdoor, prefab section."
Some prefab-specific events that will be worth checking out:
what: Dwell on Design conference
where: Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco, CA
when: September 14-16, 2007
sponsor: Dwell Magazine
registration: $20 for Exhibition Only pass, September 15-16. $895 for full conference and exhibition passport.
features: over 80 exhibitors and vendors
One of only 11 Frank Lloyd Wright prefab homes has been dismantled, moved and reconstructed as a guest house in Pennsylvania.
From an article in the Cincinnati Post:
"Duncan House had been built in the Chicago suburb of Lisle in 1957 for Donald and Elizabeth Duncan. It's been moved to the rolling hills in the Laurel Highlands of west Pennsylvania, near a town with the unlikely name of Acme...It's only 15 miles from Wright's most famous house named Fallingwater....
Duncan House is now owned by Tom Papinchak, who has said he's had guests nearly every night since the June opening....
Duncan House has some Wright trademarks: a low ceiling in the entrance hall, a three-step drop into a large living room, a kitchen entrance from the carport.
The story is told that the modern little ranch of 2,200 square feet was discovered by the Duncans in a store about prefabs in the December, 1956, issue of House and Home Magazine. Duncan was an electrical engineer who thought Wright designed for wealthy people, but the architect wished to design middle-class housing toward the end of his career. The Duncans ordered the No. 1 prefab house, which Wright had manufactured by the Erdman Co. in Madison, Wisc. Factory-assembled windows, cut lumber, cabinetry and partial walls were delivered on flatbed trucks. There's no evidence that Wright personally visited the Duncans while their prefab was put up."
what: Frank Lloyd Wright prefab guest house
where: Acme, PA
price: $385 per night
The owners of an LV Series home built in Napa Valley, California are offering tours. And, for those of you who might be seriously considering an LV Series home, you can even rent out the place for a weekend.
what: LV Series home tour
model: LV Series
designer: Rocio Romero
where: Pope Valley, CA (about two hours north of San Francisco)
when: weekends (see website for details and available dates)
includes: audio tour, Q+A with homeowners, resource lists for LV Series homes, wine tasting
what: Home Tour
model: Hive Modular B-Line Medium
where: Minneapolis/St. Paul
when: April 28-29, 2007
See also: Our model page for the Hive Modular B-Line.