Entries tagged as 'video'
Here's another U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon contestant building with prefab components.
designer: Virginia Tech students
size: 800 sf
The house will be on display next month at the National Mall in Washington, DC.
According to the Lumenhaus site:
Worth a look:
Interesting to note: Virginia Tech is the only U.S. team to also compete in Solar Decathlon Europe in 2010.
The Baltimore Sun recently featured a Habitat for Humanity project consisting of nine factory-built homes in Chesapeake, MD.
According to the article:
Interesting to note:
They include a video (1:54) discussing the project.
Author: Jamie Smith Hopkins
Publication: The Baltimore Sun
Section: Real Estate
Length: 844 words
Date: September 9, 2009
An article in the July/August 2009 issue of The Atlantic mentions efficiency improvements in housing as a way to ease our reliance on carbon.
According to Marc Porat, "a serial entrepreneur in the 'built environment' sector" and Chairman of ZETA Communities:
Title: The Elusive Green Economy
Author: Joshua Green
Publication: The Atlantic
Section: Ideas: Energy & Environment
Length: 6,576 words
Date: July/August 2009
(From ZETA's site: "ZETA's core business is factory-built production of residential and non-residential structures.")
Postgreen Homes is "a real estate development firm specializing in modern, green and affordable buildings in Philadelphia’s urban neighborhoods."
According to their site:
Their first project was a loft townhouse built with SIPs.
model: 100k House
developer: Postgreen Homes
designer: Interface Studio Architects LLC
builder: Manor Hill Contracting
size: 1,150 sf
From the 100k House Project Summary page:
Interesting to note: The 2 unit building (includes the 100k House and the 120k House) has a projected sales price of $200,000 - $250,000.
Worth a look:
This two story house in Upland, California is being constructed out of five recycled shipping containers from AAA Containers & Equipment Sales.
The owner, Avani Zaidi, has been tracking the entire process via her blog. She has posted quite a bit of information, including a time line (with prices) and architectural diagrams of the house.
Worth a look:
Hat tip: container-life on July 14, 2009.
The Los Angeles Times recently covered a prefab house being built by students from Santa Clara University and California College of the Arts.
model: Refract House
size: 800 sf
Refract House will be on display this October at the National Mall in Washington, DC as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon.
For more info on the project, see:
Author: Amy Littlefield
Publication: Los Angeles Times
Length: 281 words
Date: July 29, 2009
According to the new page on their site:
An earlier post specifies:
Epoch Homes will be conducting factory tours this weekend.
where: Pembroke, NH
location: 107 Sheep Davis Road (Route 106)
date: Saturday, May 16, 2009
time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
notes: Factory tours starting at 10am (Last tour is at 2:30pm)
If you can't make it to their factory, check out their video tour. (3:18)
Arch Daily recently covered Villa Grow from Sweden:
model: Villa Grow
designer: Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture
available: United Kingdom and Sweden
size: 645 - 1,722 sf (60 - 160 m²)
Check out their promotional video. (3:59)
USA Network recently named Jennifer Siegel as their 2009 Character Approved honoree for architecture.
Jennifer Siegel founded CA-based Office of Mobile Design (OMD)
Hat tip: Awearness Blog by Kenneth Cole on February 9, 2009.
Good Morning America's weather anchor, Sam Champion, recently reported from the Smart Home: Green and Wired exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. Check out their video and pictures. Though not mentioned there, the Smart Home is the mkSolaire by Michelle Kaufmann Designs.
The exhibit runs through January 4, 2009. (See our earlier post for more info.)
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:
The Marmol Radziner blog has lots of news about their recently completed Palms House.
The home's specs:
KTLA, a TV station out of LA, visited the house last week and filed a number of video reports (hosted by a slightly overbearing correspondent). One is seen above. A couple others:
Be on the lookout for a re-run in your area.
We don't usually cover non-residential prefabs, but a quick blurb published in the The Times (UK) caught my eye last month:
Manchester's Evening News provided a little more info and the above video:
title: School comes flat packed
publication: The Manchester Evening News
length: 600 words
publication date: May 30, 2008
I'm a little obsessed with the progress updates over at MoMa's Home Delivery blog. Not least: several of the videos are great -- but some of their best are hidden behind a proprietary interface.
Try this. In the top right corner of their blog, move your mouse over the image. With luck, a control bar will slide up a bit from the bottom. Click the tiny square icon on the right and notice that the hard-to-read gray text on a light gray background changes. In theory, that means you switched to another video. In practice, it's hard to tell since there's not much action in some of them.
The time-lapse installation videos are definitely worth a look -- though it would be much better if each video was in a separate post that bloggers could link to.
Jetson Green enjoyed the video:
Inhabitat's Prefab Friday took a look at La Reserva:
This is a great video from New England's NECN:
A little context:
One year ago, the Lee family was unhappy with their home.... They decided to take their old house down to the ground and build a modular home on the land....
Also featured: Sean Sweeney of Heritage Modular.
release date: April 12, 2008
Inhabitat's Prefab Friday showed off a WIELER home:
Architect Dustin Ehrlich has created a custom prefab home near Chapel Hill, NC. Commissioned by his parents and constructed by WIELER, the structure mixes stone, wood, stainless steel and rusted corrugated metal to create an extraordinary first, and lasting, impression.
Jetson Green shared a video on container architecture:
In this super informative interview, G Living sits down with Peter DeMaria to talk about his work using containers in modern home design and construction. I was really impressed with DeMaria -- he tells you everything you ever wanted to know about container architecture...Jetson Green also discovered the iT House blog.
...over 1000 sqft of beautifully designed and detailed contemporary house or office. It is entirely manufactured under controlled factory conditions, which guarantees both quality of build and delivery time. m-house arrives in two pieces, each 3m (10' approx) wide, which are then joined together on site, which takes about a day. It comes completely fitted-out and ready for you to move into immediately, and delivery is 12 weeks after order.
designer: Tim Pyne
price: ~$290,000 (~$290/sf)
size: 1,000 sf
how: 2 modules
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.
Here's a unique hybrid wall panel, sort of half SIP, half straw bale:
The Enviro Board panels offer a superior building product that is easy to handle and assemble. Today's Enviro Board Panels are solid "concrete like" fiber panels comprised of highly compressed straw fibers. Through the Enviro Board technology, panels are extruded through the mill in a continual process, covered with a durable waterproof paper membrane, cut to desired lengths and end-capped. Panel density and thickness can also be adjusted.
(Hat tip: Materialicio.us)
Some new videos of prefab homes have come across my radar in the past few weeks.
SG Blocks has two videos at YouTube, including an interview on the Art Fennel Report:
On this edition of Floorplan, OpenHouse NYC host George Oliphant talks to a homeowner, a homebuilder and a home seller to get the definitive breakdown on how a modular home is built, designed, sold and used.
The video also includes a tour of a more traditional modular home.
Title: Floorplan: Prefab Homes
Publication: OpenHouse NYC
Length: 4:04 minutes
Date: December 1, 2007
(Hat tip: banks.com)
The National Association of Manufacturers has a pretty nifty series of blog posts and accompanying videos of "stuff being made". This week, they focus on Excel Modular Homes of Liverpool Pennsylvania:
Ed Langley, the company's president and CEO, gives us a tour of the operations starting with sales and moving through design and construction....
Visit the original post for the link to the video. It's long, but shows many details of the modular home manufacturing process.
length: >15 mins
publication: Pennsylvania Cable Network via National Association of Manufacturers
The Good Human's Prefab Wednesday included a YouTube video (3:38) of the Marmol Radziner factory in Los Angeles. (That video and others also appears on the Marmol Radziner site, as we discovered in August.)
Inhabitat's Prefab Friday took a break this week.
The video includes a thorough look at the home and an interview with A. Quincy Vale, President of Powerhouse Enterprises. Sounds like the company is taking orders for the home now.
Jetson Green likes the home:
"I really like the PowerPod. It's modular, green, and very simple in design. The PowerPod could be used as a home for a bachelor or intimate duo, but it's more likely going to be used as an office, vacation abode, lake cabin, or something like that."
Author: Martin LaMonica
Publication: CNET News
Date: September 18, 2007
The video features some interior views of the house and an interview with Rebecca Woelke, who's in charge of PR for Michelle Kaufmann Designs.
Author: Michael Kanellos
Publication: CNET News
Date: October 2, 2007
Show: Home Again: Modern Modular (at BobVila.com)
Network: DIY Network
Length: 58 clips (from 13 episodes)
Also worth a mention: Bob Vila has his own blog, On The Level. Check it out!
CNET has released a video (3:14) showing the mkLotus being built in the XtremeHomes factory. CEO Tim Schmidt mentions a key advantage of factory-built homes: reduced construction time with employees rather than contractors. Michelle Kaufmann discusses the green features and demonstrates the NanaWall.
(Scott adds two gripes: CNET's video player is flaky, and the pre-roll ad is annoying.)
Author: Michael Kanellos
Publication: CNET News
Date: August 30, 2007
"Michelle Kauffman is known for her modern, livable, green, air and light-filled prefab designs, and the mkLotus is no exception. The modular construction allows for customization and flexibility, while sliding doors allow residents to open up their house to the elements....We can't wait to see the real thing this fall at West Coast Green!"(We covered this Building Conference a few days ago.)
"...$200 per sq/ft still isn't that bad considering the quality that you are receiving. Hive Modular is one of the best prefab, modular companies out there...especially for the price."
"...Turns out it is the model of the Show House by Jennifer Siegal's Office of Mobile Design. It was open so we went in and took a look around and it was absolutely beautiful. Jennifer was there as well to answer any questions so we chatted for a few minutes....Although a little small for a family of 4, this example of what can be built off-site just proves that anything is possible."
"...Combine all that with some cutting-edge technologies, like automated theatre, temperature, and lighting, and you've got yourself a 4,000 square foot masterpiece of green design."
"When you see this, you won't believe how much functionality and comfort can go into a mere 325 sf."He also pointed out this video, from HGTV, about the home:
Resolution: 4 has posted three videos of the company's houses on YouTube, including the following video of the factory process (3:40):
The original Hive Modular prototype in Minneapolis is the subject of a couple different videos on YouTube. Each runs a little long, but you get a good sense for the home's details and layout from the two. Some interesting facts gleaned from the videos:
• prototype composed of three modules
This video is excerpted from the HGTV show What's with That House? and features an off-the-wall host and some neighborhood commentary (6:51):
The landscape architect who worked with the Hive Modular folks on the home uploaded this video (4:33):
A blog called Nashville Modern Prefab covers the process of building a modern prefab by Hive Modular. The project is nearing the end of the design/approval stage; recent posts have dealt mainly with permit and zoning approvals and provide a good first-hand look at how some municipalities make building a unique home difficult.
A post back in December laid out the different approvals they would have to receive for the design:
"Metro Development and Housing Agency ....Metro Planning Commission ....The Metropolitan Historical Zoning Commission....The Nashville Civic Design Center...That post followed a meeting with the Historic Commission that expressed concerns over the home's modern design:
The upshot of all this seems to be that even with a house that meets zoning (MUN - Multi-Use Neighborhood) and fits the Neighborhood Design Plan for our lot (Neighborhood Urban) we will still need to jump through many hoops to satisfy all of these people just for the sake of making these petty bureaucrats feel powerful."
"Initial unofficial feedback from members of the Historic Commission and the Design Review Board mentioned major concerns with: 1 - The lack of a front-facing entrance. 2 - The lack of a front porch. 3 - The materials in general and the metal siding in particular. 4 - The flat roof."
A post in February provided a view of the home's final design. The following is the animated fly-by video of the home's exterior (1:09, no sound):
In April, the home received approval from the Design Review Board:
"...They asked a lot of questions and I answered a few of [them]. Luckily some of the people on the board were able to answer some of the questions for me just be looking at their copies of the plans. The only changes that they require to the design are on the windows for the North side of the house - a larger window in the front upstairs bedroom and one more small window near the base of the stairs. Could have been worse. They approved with conditions so we are ready to actually get started for real."
(Hat tip: Jetson Green covered the site last week)
The site is definitely worth a visit. It includes details on prefab homes that are completed or in progress. For example, here's a video (4:11 minutes, no audio) of the Pacific Palisades Prefab.
If you like the idea of prefab, but can't forfeit the luxuries of a large private home, a LivingHome is probably for you. Along with Marmol Radziner, LivingHomes represents the top-of-the-line prefab present at CA Boom 4. Most standard models cost more than $500k, and some approach $1m.
Rather than using in-house designers, LivingHomes offers models from Ray Kappe and David Hertz, two well-known California architects.
Kappe has two offerings in the LivingHomes product line: the five bedroom, 3,100sf RK1, and the four bedroom, 2,500 sf RK2. Both feature extensive outdoor decks of over 1,000sf, multiple levels and open floorplans. Hertz has one LivingHome design, a 2,650 sf, four bedroom, also with ample outdoor living spaces and a modern floorplan.
LivingHomes is building a community of their homes in Joshua Tree, CA, with plans for additional communities in the future. Or you can work with LivingHomes and one of their architects to build the prefab home of your dreams.
All of the LivingHomes designs are green-conscious; the standard models have gained LEED certification. Construction timelines run between 46 and 54 weeks from project conception to move-in. It's a bit of a long wait, but when your house does finally arrive on site, it comes together in a hurry (video: model home installed in 8 hours)!
size: 2,500sf - 3,100sf for the standard models
br: 4 - 5 bedrooms
how: complete modules delivered to site
timeline: 46 - 54 weeks from project conception to move-in