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Strongbox system by Roig Associates

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We recently received an email from Charles Roig of info_smallRoig Associates describing a project he has been working on for 10 years. Designed to withstand "a direct hit from an EF5 tornado or a Category 5 hurricane", it is a housing system called the Strongbox.

The company does not currently have a website, but according to an abstract he sent us, the Strongbox is

a wood system utilizing current technology in the fields of module manufacturing, forged hardware and building trades.

...

The Strongbox utilizes several factory fabricated lightweight wooden modules used in tandem with each adjacent module, then fastened together as a single unit. The unit is designed to be supported on four points only. They would rest on...raised concrete pier foundations for storm surge areas...or on rails, which are then connected to four piers for mobile home applications.

About the size:

Designed to fit in an interior area of 760 square feet with 9'-0” ceilings, the system can be used as a single module or multiple modules.

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Caribbean Affordable Solar House (CASH) by Universidad de Puerto Rico

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http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=2412413&id=129319647707

The final Solar Decathlon 2009 team on our list: Team Puerto Rico.

Their house: Caribbean Affordable Solar House (CASH).

From the DOE site:

The Puerto Rico team designed its entry for maximum connection to the outdoors and to serve as a model for energy-efficient homes in the Caribbean.

Worth a look:

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BeauSoleil Home by University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Link to BeauSoleil Home by University of Louisiana at Lafayette
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3189908&id=82536101286

The University of Louisiana calls their Solar Decathlon 2009 entry BeauSoleil, which means "sunshine" in Canjun French.

According to their site:

The house is designed to withstand hurricane-force winds and to be totally self-sufficient, which makes it especially ideal for coastal environments.

...

TEAM BeauSoleil are dedicated to turning this real-world, sustainable living solution into an affordable, working model that can be sold to the public.

Worth a look:

Interesting to note: they are sharing updates on a Facebook page instead of a blog.

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The B&W House by Team Spain

Link to The B&W House by Team Spain
http://www.solardecathlon.upm.es/

Here's another long-distance entry for the Solar Decathlon 2009: Team Spain's The Black and White House.

According to their site:

The major concept of the House is to be transportable and easy to build all over the world.

The prototype of The B&W House was therefore conceived as a modular plan made up of nine squares[.] For transport and assembly purposes, the house has been divided Into three mobile units.

Worth a look:

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surPLUShome by Team Germany

Link to surPLUShome by Team Germany
http://www.solardecathlon.tu-darmstadt.de/

Team Germany's Solar Decathlon 2009 entry is called surPLUShome.

According to their site:

One of the biggest problems for Team Germany is the building's transportation. For fast assembly on the National Mall the building is designed [to be] modularized, divided vertically and horizontally into four building modules. To secure the building during the transport, we supported the wooden structure with reusable steel profiles.

Worth a look:

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Meltwater House by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Link to Meltwater House by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
http://www4.uwm.edu/uwm_sd09/

Another Solar Decathlon 2009 team: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Their Meltwater House is constructed with 4 modular units. According to their site:

The powerful change-of-state involved in melting the glaciers of the Wisconsin Glaciation Period provided the model for the homes many multi-functional components that adapt to the changing needs of its inhabitants.

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North House by Team Ontario/BC

Link to North House by Team Ontario/BC
http://www.team-north.com/

Another Solar Decathlon 2009 team from Canada: Team Ontario/BC.

They refer to themselves as "Team North" and include students from three schools:

  • University of Waterloo in Ontario
  • Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario
  • Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia

According to their site:

Each component of the building is designed as an independently stable, shippable, and repairable or replaceable artifact

Worth a look:

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Show-Me Solar by Team Missouri

Link to Show-Me Solar by Team Missouri
http://solarhouse.mst.edu/

Team Missouri's entry in the Solar Decathlon 2009 is called Show-Me Solar.

The team is a partnership between students from University of Missouri-Columbia and the Missouri University of Science & Technology.

According to their site:

The modern style of the home is governed by a modular three-foot grid on which everything connects, leaving the design simple for construction and unifying the interior and exterior with crisp, elegant lines.

Their page on the DOE site further explains:

The Show-Me House consists of a single module that is 15 by 50 ft (4.6 by 15.3 m). It is capped by a hinged roof, which is roughly 14.5 ft ( 4.4 m) at its highest point. Structural insulated panels in both the roof and walls provide an impressive R-40 insulation value.

Worth a look:

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Curio.House by Team Boston

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Allison Fisk

Here's a local entry to the Solar Decathlon 2009: Team Boston.

From their page on the DOE site:

Team Boston is composed of more than 150 students from Boston Architectural College (BAC) and Tufts University as well as a handful from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Northeastern University, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

The primary form of their Curio.House is an L-module. According to the Curio site:

This L-module adheres dimensionally to standard shipping requirements, and can be developed further into a factory-built, prefabricated seed to be easily shipped to any site.

Worth a look:

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Pictures of Method Homes setting

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methodhomes.net

info_smallMethod Homes recently posted 10 pictures of a home setting on Lake Whatcom in Washington.

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SolAbode by Team Alberta

Link to SolAbode by Team Alberta
http://www.solabode.ca/

Team Alberta is "the first-ever all western Canadian team to be selected to compete in the prestigious international Solar Decathlon competition."

Their entry, SolAbode, is a collaborative effort between:

  • University of Calgary
  • SAIT Polytechnic
  • Mount Royal College
  • Alberta College of Art + Design.

According to a February newsletter:

Our house is designed to sit on a rolling rail system. This means we won't have to use a crane on the Washington Mall. Our modules (four in all) will be unloaded at one end of the rails, rolled to the next module and then prepped for connecting before being linked in place.

Worth a look:

Interesting to note:

[SolAbode] will be showcased in Vancouver during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

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ZEROW HOUSE by Rice University

Link to ZEROW HOUSE by Rice University
http://www.ricesolardecathlon.org/

Rice University's entry in the Solar Decathlon 2009 is the "Zero Energy Row House."

The design of the ZEROW HOUSE adopts the row-house typology, specific to the urban fabric of Houston's Third Ward community as a primary precedent. Our design addresses the small size and limited budget of typical row houses through replication, innovative use of current technologies, local materiality, and an understanding of life-cycle costs.

The total cost: $148,000.

Worth a look:

Interesting to note:

Instead of building a house just for the competition, the team designed a home they could give back to the community. The team has already negotiated an agreement with Project Row Houses, a local community development organization, to give the ZEROW HOUSE a permanent home in Houston's Third Ward after the competition.

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In the news: Blu Homes acquires rights to Michelle Kaufmann's designs

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bluhomes.com

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Michelle Kaufmann has sold the building rights to several of her info_smallMK Designs homes to info_smallBlu Homes.

Designs include:

According to the article:

They have developed a proprietary unfolding modular technology that will enable cost savings to be made on Kaufmann designs at the shipping and on-site building stages. Elements that make up the homes such as wall panels are created with hinges so they can be compacted for transportation and unfolded on site. The MK Designs homes will have slightly different floor plans, proportions and elevations from the originals, although, Kaufmann said, the design principles should remain the same.

Blu Homes plans to market the homes nationwide.

Author: Tracey Taylor
Publication: San Francisco Chronicle
Section: Business
Length: 402 words
Date: September 30, 2009

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Natural Fusion Home by Penn State

Link to Natural Fusion Home by Penn State
http://www.naturalfusion.org/

Penn State's entry in the 2009 Solar Decathlon is called Natural Fusion.

Worth a look: their site and blog.

Their May 20, 2009 explains the house's name.

Interesting to note: According to a recent Treehugger post, Ed Begley, Jr. will be the guest of honor at their Bon Voyage party this weekend.

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Solar House 1 by Ohio State University

Link to Solar House 1 by Ohio State University
http://solardecathlon.osu.edu/

Next on the 2009 Solar Decathlon list: Ohio State University.

According to a post in February, Solar House 1 has:

three modules that will be transported separately to Washington, D.C.

and

each module was designed to be stucturally independent

Worth a look:

Interesting to note:

This house is "Ohio-centric," and uses local materials wherever possible, Whirlpool appliances (an Ohio manufacturer), and reclaimed barn wood on the façade to honor the agricultural heritage of the state.

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ICON Solar House by University of Minnesota

Link to  ICON Solar House by University of Minnesota
http://www.solardecathlon.umn.edu

Monday's Solar Decathlon 2009 entry comes from University of Minnesota.

The design of the ICON Solar House is based on the familiar gabled roof form of an American family home.

According to their site, the 800-square-foot home was broken down into 6 modules for the trip to Washington, D.C.

Worth a look:

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West Coast Green in San Francisco: October 1-3, 2009

Link to West Coast Green in San Francisco: October 1-3, 2009
http://www.westcoastgreen.com/

West Coast Green 2009 will be returning to California in October.

At West Coast Green you’ll find over 300 exhibitors showcasing the latest in resource-efficiency among a stunning array of green and healthy building products. Over 100 experts and visionary leaders will be presenting their latest developments, insights, and inspiration at the expanding frontiers of the field. And over 14,000 attendees including the entire chain of professionals and decision-makers rarely reached by other conferences are expected.

Two things to note on the prefab front:

  • info_smallGreen Horizon Manufacturing will be showcasing their new info_smallSFH40 model.
  • Michelle Kaufmann of info_smallMKD will be running a session on Friday called "Housing 2.0: Re-thinking the Prefab Model"

where: San Francisco, CA
location: Fort Mason Center
date: October 1 - 3, 2009
cost: ranges from $45 for Tradeshow pass up to $895 for Full Conference
notes: Their registration page has more pricing info.

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s.ky blue house by University of Kentucky

Link to s.ky blue house by University of Kentucky
www.uky.edu/solarhouse

Next on our list of 2009 Solar Decathlon teams: The University of Kentucky.

According to the Solar Decathlon site:

The s.ky blue house embodies Kentucky's historic and indigenous breezeway house design and incorporates images from Kentucky on the exterior.

Worth a look:

Interesting to note:

The s.ky blue house is designed to exceed the U.S. Green Buildings Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Homes Platinum standards

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Interlock House by Iowa State University

Link to Interlock House by Iowa State University
Bob Elbert @ Iowa State University

Another Solar Decathlon 2009 team: Iowa State University.

According to the project manager, Interlock House:

[is] a modular construction, with five different components of the house.

There will be three floor components, two of them having walls, one of them having pop-up walls on site...[it] will also have a top portion with two east and west roof modules and a center portion also assembled on site.

...

So we have the east and west parts [of] the house built ahead of time and the center part built on site with pre-cut and pre-fabricated materials.

Worth a look:

Interesting to note:

Interlock House is designed specifically to appeal to seniors and meets all regulations for accessibility under the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Gable Home by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Link to Gable Home by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
http://www.solardecathlon.uiuc.edu/

The Solar Decathlon 2009 is full of prefab, modular and component-based construction. Today's entry is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Gable Home:

will ship in three major components: the main module, the roof cap and accessories.

...

The main module of the home will transport as a single, enclosed unit, measuring 15’-6” wide x 53’ long and 11’-10” tall.

Worth a look:

Interesting to note: They partnered with info_smallHomeway Homes to manufacture the Gable Home.

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Silo House by Cornell University

Link to Silo House by Cornell University
Jason Koski/Cornell University Photography

Here is the Solar Decathlon 2009 entry from Cornell University.

The Silo House:

consists of three cylinder-shaped modules that interconnect

According to one of the students:

You're not going to see another house like this on the mall...This is our third competition, and we were tired of doing boxes. We decided to do a whole new take on modularity."

Interesting to note: "With more than 150 members, the Cornell team is the largest student-run project on campus -- a point of pride."

Their Silo House Web site is coming soon.

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SEED[pod] by the University of Arizona

Link to SEED[pod] by the University of Arizona
http://www.uasolardecathlon.com/

Next on the list: the University of Arizona is one of twenty teams competing in the Solar Decathlon 2009.

Their SEED[pod]:

can be manufactured as a self-contained module, easily customized for different tastes and climates, and shipped to any location where buyers want to "plant" it.

Follow progress via their blog.

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Lumenhaus by Virginia Tech students

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Lumenhaus

Here's another U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon contestant building with prefab components.

model: Lumenhaus
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:

The modular design means the whole house itself is also flexible. Multiple units can be connected or stacked with plug-in stairs and entryways to create two-, three- or four- bedroom houses to adapt to the owners’ changing life circumstances.

Worth a look:

  • a video (9:41) documenting the process

  • Team Virginia Tech's blog

  • a Team News page on the Solar Decathlon site which aggregates all of the team blogs into one channel

Interesting to note: Virginia Tech is the only U.S. team to also compete in Solar Decathlon Europe in 2010.

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Green Modern Kit Open House on September 26, 2009

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Copeland Casati

Copeland Casati, founder of info_smallGreen Modern Kits, recently posted that she would be holding an Open House at her info_smallcasa ti Modern Net Zero Prefab.

The green building architect of the casa ti, David Day of David Day Design, will be available on site. Our fabulous contractor, Ron Bernaldo, will also be there so you can ask him [all] your building questions.

where: Richmond, VA
date: September 26, 2009
time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
cost: Free!
notes: Email copeland@greenmodernkits.com in order to attend. Include your name, email and phone number so she can send directions and more info.

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In the news: Habitat for Humanity builds 9 modular homes in Maryland

Link to In the news: Habitat for Humanity builds 9 modular homes in Maryland
The Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Sun recently featured a Habitat for Humanity project consisting of nine factory-built homes in Chesapeake, MD.

According to the article:

Factory-built houses aren't just quick to put up, they're cheaper than homes constructed on-site. Advocates for lower-income residents are realizing that, done right, there's nothing of the much-maligned trailer park about houses coming off today's assembly lines.

Interesting to note:

Habitat's modular-home buyers are getting the whole package, land and all, with no-interest loans from the organization. Including pricey site work but not the cost to buy the land, each house cost Habitat $120,000. When the group built homes from scratch last year in Southwest Baltimore, the construction and site work totaled nearly $160,000 per house.

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

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Cordell House by Robertson Design and Numen Development

Link to Cordell House by Robertson Design and Numen Development
Jack Thompson

The October 2009 issue of Dwell Magazine features a shipping container home in Houston, TX.

the corrugated steel of three containers—two 40-foot-long modules and one 20-foot-long unit—form the northern, southern, and western facades, with a glass wall to the east completing the perimeter

Another 40-foot container serves as a guest house and storage unit.

designer: Christopher Robertson of info_smallRobertson Design
manufacturer: info_smallNumen Development
size: 1,858 sf
br: 3
bath: 3

Here's some pricing info from Numen Development's site:

Our completed projects have ranged from $100/sq.ft. to $150/sq.ft

Dwell includes a slideshow of 23 pictures.

Subtitle: Shipping containers are ubiquitous in Houston, though unlike the four that make up this new home, they're usually filled with foreign goods rather than flourishing lives.
Author: Miyoko Ohtake
Publication: Dwell Magazine
Section: Dwellings
Length: 1,258 words
Date: October 2009

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Hive Modular in historic Minnesota neighborhood

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Maki Strunc Photography

The September 2009 issue of Midwest Home Magazine featured a modular home in St. Paul, MN.

model: info_smallB-Line Medium 002
designer: info_smallHive Modular
size: 2,010 sf
br: 3
bath: 3

According to the article:

A 240-ton crane showed up at 8:30 a.m., and a crew of 20 started work. The wood-framed, fiberglass insulated, Hardieplank modules—already dry-walled, wired for electric, and plumbed—were screwed together, patched, mudded, and…voila! By 1:30 p.m., the house was ready for finish work

Author: Chris Lee
Publication: Midwest Home
Section: Real & Simple
Length: 1,116 words
Date: September 2009

Hat tip: Jetson Green on September 4, 2009.

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Steve Glenn of LivingHomes speaking September 16, 2009 in Seattle

info_smallLivingHomes founder and CEO Steve Glenn posted that he will be speaking next week in Seattle.

speaker: Steve Glenn
where: Seattle, WA
location: USGBC Offices, 410 Occidental Avenue S
date: September 16, 2009
time: 5:30 - 7:30pm
cost: Free!
notes: Space is limited, RSVP

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Vermont Plat House tour on September 12, 2009

Link to Vermont Plat House tour on September 12, 2009
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lamidesign/

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 info_smallLamiDesign (La Vardera Milano).

where: Shoreham, VT
location: 4467 Richville Road
date: September 12, 2009
time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
notes: For more information, email: info@aiavt.org

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Preform Construction in Canada

Link to Preform Construction in Canada
http://www.preformconstruction.com/

info_smallPreform Construction Ltd. is a new 20,000 sf factory in Surrey, British Columbia.

According to their site, they are:

A prefabrication service for architects, builders and homeowners.

They offer design and manufacturing services, with three options:

  • Prefabrication of your design
  • Custom Design and Prefabrication
  • Choose from our Modular Units

They don't list available modular units, but do offer a gallery of 8 pictures.

Interesting to note:

[The] factory includes a full millwork shop with craftsmen able to provide everything from kitchens to furniture.

Hat tip: Jetson Green on August 28, 2009.

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In the news: Arizona prefabs

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Dolce Vita

The Arizona Republic recently discussed the evolution of prefab homes.

Modular houses, usually built in 14-foot-wide sections and assembled at a home site, have evolved from mobile homes of questionable durability into better-built houses with many of the same finishes and features of standard production houses.

Companies mentioned in the article:

Also mentioned, two Arizona communities:

Author: Peter Corbett
Publication: The Arizona Republic
Section: Decor
Length: 792 words
Date: August 29, 2009

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New England Cable News features Shelter-Kit

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A followup from Friday's post: info_smallShelter-Kit was recently featured on New England Cable News.

Here's the video (3:03).

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DIY with Shelter-Kit

Link to DIY with Shelter-Kit
www.shelter-kit.com

We recently received an email from a company called info_smallShelter-Kit in Tilton, NH.

According to their site:

Shelter-Kit® buildings include all of the materials required to construct a weather tight shell on your foundation: hardware, fasteners, framing, sheathing, floors, roofing, flashing, drip edge and trim.

All kits, except the Barn-House include a standard window & door package. All materials are hand selected, carefully cut to precise dimensions, labeled, and packaged in easily identifiable bundles that two people can carry.

Worth noting:

In the past 39 years, over 85% of our kits have been built by people with no prior building experience.

Shelter-Kit offers a variety of buildings and styles:





Model Price Size BR Assembly Time

info_smallCape Style Barn-Houses $26,345+ 875-2,500 sf 1-5 10+ days
info_smallGreen Homes varies 875-2,500 sf 1-5 10+ days
info_smallPost & Beam Lofthouses $17,185+ 415-1,565 sf 2 ~7 days
info_smallUnit One $9,975+ 144-1,500 sf 1 3-4 days

Also check out their kits for Barns, Garages & Workshops.

They are currently advertising:

Shorter lead times and special pricing are available for kits without major design modifications, for delivery by October 31, 2009.

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Method Prefab

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None

info_smallMethod Homes recently announced the launch of their new "umbrella company", Method Prefab:

Method Prefab is the parent company to all method divisions including Method Homes, featuring our proprietary home models, Method Factory, featuring custom prefab work for architects, developers, homeowners and other prefab companies, and Method Contracting, the site construction wing of Method Prefab.

For more information on each division, check out their individual pages on the new Method Prefab site:

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In the news: WIRED LivingHome

Link to In the news: WIRED LivingHome
wired.com

Ray Kappe's info_smallWIRED LivingHome was recently featured on KNBC in LA as part of their "green is universal" series.

Here's the video (2:30).

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The Skinny Project by Postgreen Homes

Link to The Skinny Project by Postgreen Homes
adapted from http://www.100khouse.com/

info_smallPostgreen Homes recently announced their newest project in Philadelphia, built with SIPs.

We are building three new homes on E. Susquehanna Ave in East Kensington, just a few doors down from the original 100k Project.

They are calling these homes "The Skinny Project".

...named for the new model we will be debuting in this build. The Skinny, designed to fit on Philadelphia’s narrow lots, offers an extremely flexible, open floor plan.

model: info_smallSkinny
designer: info_smallPostgreen Homes
br: 2
bath: 1
price: starting at $250,000
available: yes

They also launched a home customization tool for the Skinny and three additional models:



Model BR Bath Price

info_smallFamily 2 1-2 starting at $260,000
info_smallLoft 1 1 starting at $250,000
info_smallWork 1 1 starting at $250,000

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In the news: New World Home

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None

info_smallNew World Home was recently featured on Eyewitness News 9 (WNCT-TV) in North Carolina as part of their "Make it Green" series.

Watch the video. (0:50)

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Slice House by Studio ST Architects

Link to Slice House by Studio ST Architects
http://www.studio-st.com/project_slice.asp

This house made with SIPs was created as a model for "sustainable, affordable housing" in Atlanta, GA.

size: 1,400 sf

From their model page (emphasis added):

Above the concrete base, the house is constructed of Structural Insulated Panels (SIP). These panels are pre-cut and pre-wired to match builder specifications and include the interior GWB finish wall, allowing the house to be constructed by three people in two days, generating significant savings in construction time and cost.

The SIPs are attached to one another and do not require additional stick framing. The structure acts as a shell, is typically 30% stronger than a comparable wood stud home, and allows greater design flexibility.

The budget for the project: $160,000.

Hat tip: "+ MOOD" on August 7, 2009.

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ZETA Communities video

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While researching last week's post, we found this video (3:54) of the info_smallZETA Communities V1 install.

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Pictures of weeHouse settings in Colorado and New York

Link to Pictures of weeHouse settings in Colorado and New York
http://alchemyarch.blogspot.com

info_smallAlchemy Architects recently posted links to pictures of their 19th and 20th info_smallweeHouse prefabs being set.

There are 32 pictures of each house:

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Fall factory tours at Preferred Building Systems in Claremont, NH

Link to Fall factory tours at Preferred Building Systems in Claremont, NH
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info_smallPreferred 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
cost: free
notes: RSVP

According to their site:

Preferred Building Systems is the manufacturer of affordable modular homes and luxury customized modular mansions, as well as multi-family homes and apartment units. Our systems built components include modular, panelized and prefabricated modules.

They currently deliver to: NH, VT, ME, MA, CT and RI.

Worth a look:

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itHouse exhibit display by Taalman Koch Architecture

Link to itHouse exhibit display by Taalman Koch Architecture
Taalman Koch Architecture

Jetson Green recently covered a prefab display for the Palm Pre made from an info_smalliT House.

The 240 square-foot exhibit had to be built in twelve hours or less, and Taalman Koch was able to get that done using a stripped down version of the itHouse.

Designer info_smallTaalman Koch Architecture has a flickr page with 47 more pictures of the exhibit.

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In the news: AriaDenver

Link to In the news: AriaDenver
Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

The Denver Post recently covered the Aria Denver project.

In addition to the new homes for the nuns, the company is developing about 17 acres it's buying from the sisters. The first phase of the project, which ultimately will include 270 residences, is expected to start construction by the end of the year.

...

They'll be priced from $250,000 to $500,000 and range in size from 960 square feet to 1,600 square feet.

Author: Margaret Jackson
Publication: The Denver Post
Section: Business
Length: 391 words
Date: August 13, 2009

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Quoted: Marc Porat of ZETA Communities

Link to Quoted: Marc Porat of ZETA Communities
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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.

The problem:

slightly more than half of the energy consumed in the United States goes to buildings: 12 percent for constructing them, and 39 percent for heating, cooling, and lighting them

According to Marc Porat, "a serial entrepreneur in the 'built environment' sector" and Chairman of info_smallZETA Communities:

“The easiest, fastest, most effective way to reduce energy demand is to hit buildings”

Porat’s Serious Materials makes high-efficiency windows and low-energy drywall; CalStar Cement uses fly ash to make low-carbon bricks and cement; Zeta Communities puts up town houses with minimal carbon footprints.

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.")

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Steve Glenn of LivingHomes speaking August 28, 2009 in Portland, OR

info_smallLivingHomes founder and CEO Steve Glenn posted that he will be leading a brown bag lunch talk at AIA's office in Portland, OR.

You’ll see what we do at LivingHomes to dramatically reduce our homes’ impact on water, air, material resources and power.

speaker: Steve Glenn
where: Portland, OR
location: AIA Offices, 403 NW 11th Avenue
date: August 28, 2009
time: 12:00 - 1:00pm
cost: Free
notes: "bring your own lunch...come early; seating is limited to the first 50!"

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In the news: modular home built by students in Missouri

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In July, The Neosho Daily News in Missouri featured a modular house put together by students in building trades classes at Crowder College.

[The] house was built modular style so it can be moved easily.

The only details we could find:

br: 2
bath: 1.5
available: yes

Interesting to note:

They held an open house and accepted "bids for the house with the winning bid subject to approval by the board of trustees."

Author: Amye Buckley
Publication: Neosho Daily News
Section: Home
Length: 598 words
Date: July 17, 2009

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Postgreen Homes in Philadelphia

Link to Postgreen Homes in Philadelphia
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info_smallPostgreen Homes is "a real estate development firm specializing in modern, green and affordable buildings in Philadelphia’s urban neighborhoods."

According to their site:

projects include single and multi-family residential units as well as mixed-use and commercial buildings for both purchase and lease

Their first project was a loft townhouse built with SIPs.

model: info_small100k House
developer: info_smallPostgreen Homes
size: 1,150 sf
br: 2
bath: 1
available: yes

From the 100k House Project Summary page:

It was conceived as an attempt to prove that green construction can be affordable if properly designed and executed. The project name came from the target construction cost (labor and materials only) for the smaller of the two homes.

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:

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Podcast features Marmol Radziner and Blu Homes

Link to Podcast features Marmol Radziner and Blu Homes
http://www.bluhomes.com/

The Marketplace Morning Report from American Public Media recently discussed the future of green prefab.

Featured: info_smallMarmol Radziner and info_smallBlu Homes.

According to co-founder of Blu Homes, Maura McCarthy:

the recession isn't killing prefab, it's finally making it cost competitive

Listen to the podcast (2:31).

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Lost River Modern by Resolution 4

Link to Lost River Modern by Resolution 4
Chris Mueller @ Dwell

The February 2009 issue of Dwell Magazine featured a modular home in Lost River, Virginia.

manufacturer: info_smallSimplex Homes
size: 1,900 sf
br: 3
bath: 2

Worth a look: slideshow of 7 pictures.

Note: The house was built in 2007 - 2008. The owners tracked the entire process via their blog: A PreFab Project. Check out our related posts for more information.

Subtitle: A “tree house” of clean lines, ample glass, and thoughtful ingenuity lets a Washington, DC–area family and a stream of weekend guests enjoy prefab living in an unlikely locale: just outside Lost River, West Virginia.
Author: Jeremy Berlin
Publication: Dwell Magazine
Section: My House
Length: 816 words
Date: February 2009

Hat tip: Apartment Therapy on August 7, 2009.

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In the news: Copeland Casati's Green Modern Kit House

Link to In the news: Copeland Casati's Green Modern Kit House
http://www.greenmodernkits.com/

The info_smallcasa ti prototype by info_smallGreen Modern Kits has been covered in the news recently, according to a post by Copeland Casati:

  • NBC12 in Richmond, Virginia on August 4, 2009 includes a video (2:03)

  • C-ville Abode in Charlottesville mentions the house in their Green Scene section dated August 4-10, 2009

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Update: 3-unit modular in Saratoga Springs, NY

Link to Update: 3-unit modular in Saratoga Springs, NY
The Saratogian

A month ago, The Saratogian featured this 3-unit modular home in Saratoga Springs, NY.

According to owner, Helena Frost:

This is totally custom made in the factory...It really helped cut down on the cost, about $40 less per square foot.

Author: Paul Post
Publication: The Saratogian
Section: News
Length: 369 words
Date: July 8, 2009

See our earlier post for more details.

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Container house in Upland, California

Link to Container house in Upland, California
http://uplandcontainerhouse.blogspot.com/

This two story house in Upland, California is being constructed out of five recycled shipping containers from info_smallAAA 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.

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AriaDenver Forum with Michelle Kaufmann on August 13, 2009

Link to AriaDenver Forum with Michelle Kaufmann on August 13, 2009
http://blog.michellekaufmann.com/

info_smallMichelle Kaufmann and the developers of AriaDenver will be participating in a forum next week in Denver, Colorado.

According to a recent post on Michelle Kaufmann's blog, they will

discuss sustainable design, building and living as well as modular construction and the Casa Chiara and AriaDenver projects.

speakers: Michelle Kaufmann and AriaDenver developers
where: Denver, CO
date: Thursday, August 13, 2009
time: 7:00 - 8:30pm
notes: Space is limited, contact pat@urbanventuresllc.com for info

Michelle noted:

There will also be a viewing of the [Casa Chiara] modules being set on site earlier that day from noon - 2pm

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Solar-powered Refract House by California students

Link to Solar-powered Refract House by California students

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

According to a video (5:48) on their site, the house is constructed from 3 modules arranged in a u-shape.

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.

The Solar Decathlon joins 20 college and university teams in a competition to design, build, and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered house.

For more info on the project, see:

Author: Amy Littlefield
Publication: Los Angeles Times
Section: Environment
Length: 281 words
Date: July 29, 2009

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NYT: Cinco Camp in Texas

Link to NYT: Cinco Camp in Texas
James H. Evans for The New York Times

The New York Times recently featured a ranch retreat that we covered in April.

Cinco Camp is unlike most other shipping-container structures in that the boxes have been left intact, rather than being cut, contorted and connected. The containers and the bar-grate steel decking that runs between them have the same rusty patina as West Texas cattle guards and barbed-wire fences. Hovering above the house and shielding it from the sun are the five slanted, shed-like covers held aloft by I-beams.

model: Cinco Camp
designer: Mark Wellen of info_smallRhotenberry Wellen Architects
size: 800 sf (5 containers)
br: 2
bath: 1
price: ~$200,000
method: containers

Worth a look: slideshow containing 11 pictures.

Interesting note: The owner, Roger Black, "was the art director at Rolling Stone in the 1970s, and at The New York Times and Newsweek in the 1980s, is now a publications consultant and a partner of Font Bureau Inc."

Author: Kate Murphy
Publication: New York Times
Section: Home & Garden
Length: 661 words
Date: July 16, 2009

Hat tip: Apartment Therapy New York on July 16, 2009.

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Haven Custom Homes and Marmol Radziner Prefab

Link to Haven Custom Homes and Marmol Radziner Prefab
http://www.havenhomes.com/partner_architects_marmol.php

info_smallMarmol Radziner Prefab recently announced that info_smallHaven Custom Homes will manufacture their info_smallSkyline series of homes.

Todd Jerry, COO of Marmol Radziner Prefab:

We are excited to have found Haven Custom Homes and to partner with them on this exciting venture. The firm's commitment to the highest standards of green construction is impressive.

Jerry Smalley, CEO and president of Haven Custom Homes:

Haven is honored to partner with Marmol Radziner...We're excited to be able to bring their award-winning designs to the East Coast.

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For Sale: Sustain miniHome prototype

Link to For Sale: Sustain miniHome prototype
http://lloydalter.typepad.com/lloydalter/

On his blog, Lloyd Alter recently announced that he is selling his Sustain miniHome prototype.

It is a design classic, and the only one ever built. The miniHome Solo is solar and wind powered, a complete off-grid, self-sustaining year round machine for living.

designer: Andy Thomson of info_smallAltius Architecture
manufacturer: info_smallSustain Design Studio
size: 350 sf
br: 1
bath: 1
price: $100,000
available: yes

See the post for 3 interior photos and contact information.

For those who don't recognize the name: Lloyd writes for Treehugger, sharing some of his prefab expertise.

Lloyd Alter has been an architect ... [a] developer of award-winning condos and townhouses, inventor, and builder of prefab housing with Canada's Royal Homes. He .... is an Associate Professor at Ryerson University teaching sustainable design.

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weeHouse for sale in Wisconsin

Link to weeHouse for sale in Wisconsin
http://www.weehouse.com/

info_smallAlchemy Architects recently posted the real estate listing of a info_smallweeHouse in Siren, WI. This model has been on display since May 2009, according to an earlier entry.

size: 324 sf
br: studio
price: $48,000
available: yes

Note:

shipping and set to be paid by buyer (approximately $7/mi from Siren, WI + $1000. 'set' fees)

Worth a look: the listing includes 7 more pictures.

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New LivingHomes video and photos

Link to New LivingHomes video and photos
LivingHomes

info_smallLivingHomes recently posted new fabrication photos of their WIRED LivingHome as well as a video (6:00 min.) of their Builder LivingHome.

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   6. Take a (long!) tour of the WIRED LivingHome (Jan 15, 2008)
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AriaDenver pictures from Michelle Kaufmann: modules en route

Link to AriaDenver pictures from Michelle Kaufmann: modules en route
http://blog.michellekaufmann.com/

Michelle Kaufmann recently posted 3 pictures of the Casa Chiara modules en route to the AriaDenver site.

Last week, she posted 15 pictures of construction in the factory and site work.

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The Clayton Homes e-living multi-family in Tennessee

Link to The Clayton Homes e-living multi-family in Tennessee
Clayton Homes

info_smallClayton Homes recently announced a partnership with info_smallEmpire Construction "to create a new e-living concept for multi-family dwellings."

According to Kevin Clayton, President and CEO of Clayton Homes:

Not only will the units be built utilizing the green benefits of modular construction and have energy-efficient features inside of them, but there will also be a recycling program on property, which completes the e-living concept.

The six unit modular building will be built in West Knoxville, Tennessee.

Five of the units will be occupied by families, with one unit remaining vacant to be used as a model home.

They estimate the project will be completed by December 2009.

Hat tip: Instapundit on July 28, 2009.

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ClearSpace Modular Homes in Texas

Link to ClearSpace Modular Homes in Texas
http://www.clearspacehomes.com/

In the mail from Hayden Lindley (President): info_smallClearSpace Modular Homes, Inc. recently launched a line of prefab homes. Delivery is only available in Texas right now.

According to their site:

We offer affordable, high-quality modern prefab housing that is sustainably focused and inspired by mid-century modern architectural design.



Model Size BR Bath
info_smallThe Casita 432 sf studio 1
info_smallShedSpace 1,203 sf 3 2
info_smallDualSpace 1,330 sf 3 2
info_smallCenterSpace 1,524 sf 3 2

Two additional models are planned: CabinSpace and CornerSpace.

The pricing for base modules is listed as $110-$115 sf, but they estimate a building cost of $130-145 sf for one of their stock designs.

ClearSpace is hoping to start their first project soon and will post progress via their blog.

The houses are designed by Mark Meyer of designSTUDIO. He blogged about The Casita in March.

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Pentimento House by Jose Maria Sáez and David Barragán

Link to Pentimento House by Jose Maria Sáez and David Barragán
None

Inhabitat recently covered a prefab concrete house in Ecuador which was completed in 2006.

model: Pentimento House
designer: info_small Jose Maria Sáez and David Barragán

An elegant and contemporary version of the Lincoln Log House, architects...purposefully stacked prefabricated concrete pieces so that spaces were left in-between, allowing air to flow through the home while still maintaining a feeling of separation between indoors and outdoors.

Check out the post for 12 more pictures.

Past coverage: designboom on November 23, 2007 and ArchDaily on May 14, 2008.

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Plat house in Texas

Link to Plat house in Texas
http://blog.lamidesign.com/

info_smallLamiDesign (La Vardera Milano) recently posted pictures of a Plat House in Texas built by one of their customers.

Check out the post for 16 more pictures.

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Affinity Building Systems in the news

Link to Affinity Building Systems in the news
http://www.affinitybuildingsystems.com/

The Valdosta Daily Times in Georgia recently covered an open house at info_smallAffinity Building Systems, LLC.

The company manufactures modular homes that are green, affordable and of a high-quality, and have over 24 designs to choose from.

On display:

model: info_smallThe Cairo
size: 2,522 sf
br: 3
bath: 2
price: $148,379

According to the article:

once the different components of the house were built in the factory, it took about two-and-a-half hours to put them together on the desired spot. Then, for about two weeks the builders finished the walls, laid down the carpets, mounted the garage doors, finished the roofs, and did some final cosmetic work

Author: Boyana Peeva
Publication: The Valdosta Daily Times
Section: Business
Length: 432 words
Date: July 19, 2009

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LaMi Design introduces ibu-revolution

Link to LaMi Design introduces ibu-revolution
http://blog.lamidesign.com/

Yesterday, info_smallLaMi Design (La Vardera Milano) introduced ibu-revolution with a long post that goes into some of the history of container-based prefab.

According to the new page on their site:

ibu_revolution is a system for building dwellings from ISO standard shipping containers. It is a scalable manufacturer/dealer/sales force friendly system that yields the maximum product diversity from the smallest part set. It leverages the portability and strength of the ISO units and overcomes the limited width of the modules. This is the way to build dwellings with shipping containers.

An earlier post specifies:

[It's] not a house design - [it's] a platform for making house designs.

Watch the promotional video (2:08) and follow progress via twitter.

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Popular Science: prefab panels by kama EEBS

Link to Popular Science: prefab panels by kama EEBS
Peter Bollinger

Popular Science recently featured a project using a new type of prefab panel frame by info_smallkama Energy Efficient Building Systems.

These aren't your conventional structural insulating panels. Instead of foam and strand board, Kama...custom-makes the rigid panels out of light-gauge metal studs and a special type of expanded polystyrene called Neopor that's non-toxic, fully recyclable and blended with graphite to lock out heat, moisture and mold.

According to John B. Carnett, the Popular Science staff photographer who is building the house:

They cost me about 5 percent less than a stick frame would have, but they're 60 percent more energy-efficient and can cut heating and cooling bills in half.

The price listed in his specs for the prefab panel box installation is $7.04 per sf.

Carnett claims to be "the first in the U.S to incorporate Kama's new panels."

House details:

model: Green Dream
size: 3,500 sf
br: 4

Follow progress via his blog.

Subtitle: Pre-fab panels instead of a wood frame save cash and energy
Author: John B. Carnett
Publication: Popular Science Magazine
Section: The Environment
Length: 387 words
Date: July 17, 2009

Hat tip: Jetson Green on July 21, 2009.

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Sunset Magazine features LVM by Rocio Romero

Link to Sunset Magazine features LVM by Rocio Romero
Thomas J. Story, styling by Miranda Jones, Samantha Schoech

Sunset Magazine recently featured the construction of an info_smallLVM kit home by info_smallRocio Romero in Tucson, Arizona.

For $22,050, the LVM kit included plans and the exterior shell and walls of the house, along with siding and a list of suggested finishes from Lowe’s and Ikea.

The article includes a slideshow of the 12 week building process.

Subtitle: A devoted do-it-yourselfer learns what it takes to assemble a factory-made dwelling from start to finish
Author: Samantha Schoech
Publication: Sunset Magazine
Section: Architecture & Design
Length: 687 words

Hat tip: re-nest on July 16, 2009.

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Video tour of the first LivingHome

Steve Glenn, CEO of info_smallLivingHomes recently posted a video tour (3:31) of their first completed project, a info_smallRay Kappe LivingHome.

Also worth a look: The company has its own channel on YouTube.

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Living Zero Home Tour

Link to Living Zero Home Tour
http://www.allamericanhomes.com/

info_smallAll American Homes recently kicked off The Living Zero Home Tour in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • Traveling home features interactive and educational displays designed to be informative and fun
  • Purpose is to showcase energy efficient, commercially available products to hundreds of thousands of consumers

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:

Each custom-built home is made ... in a controlled environment. Your home is protected from weather and vandalism during the construction process. It arrives to your site about 70 to 85% complete, and in most cases is set on its permanent foundation and locked the same day.

... controlled construction saves time and money. Systems-built home construction allows you to plan, predict and control costs through better scheduling and more accurate planning.

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Shingled Cottage by Yankee Barn Homes on sale

Link to Shingled Cottage by Yankee Barn Homes on sale
http://www.yankeebarnhomes.com/

While researching the company, we noticed info_smallYankee Barn Homes is offering a pre-designed home shell package at a 20% discount.

model: Shingled Cottage
size: ~1,500 sf
br: 2
bath: 2.5
price: $121,500
notes: call 1-800-258-9786 for more details.

The sale ends July 31, 2009.

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weeHouse for sale in Duluth, MN

Link to weeHouse for sale in Duluth, MN
NorthstarMLS.com

info_smallAlchemy Architects recently posted the real estate listing of a info_smallweeHouse in the Northwoods of Minnesota.

size: 840 sf
br: 2
bath: 1.75
price: $280,000
available: yes

Worth a look: the listing includes 16 more pictures.

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Yankee Barn Homes

Link to Yankee Barn Homes
http://www.yankeebarnhomes.com/

info_smallYankee Barn Homes in New Hampshire designs and builds custom post & beam homes nationwide using prefabricated elements.

We ... construct the wood framed True Wall, and True Roof panels, along with specialty millwork, in the protected, controlled environment of our workshop. We build everything that is practical in our shop, then pack the Yankee Barn for shipment to the site.

The Yankee Barn is raised on site and enclosed usually in twelve to seventeen days depending on the project size.

...

Our prefabricated approach to building allows our customers to design and build a custom home with all the latest energy efficient options and still manage to save money by shortening the construction time on their site.

More about the company:

Worth a look: Why they use True Panels instead of SIPs.

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LABhaus debuts ecoVilla line

Link to LABhaus debuts ecoVilla line
None

info_smallLABhaus has officially launched their new line of modular houses called ecoVilla.

ecoVilla homes are designed first and foremost with the environment in mind. Not only do ecoVillas qualify as Energy Star homes and offer substantial LEED points, ecoVilla homes make the most of their immediate environments with vast expanses of glass and direct garden access from all major living areas.

They offer 3 models:



Model Price Size BR Bath

info_smalleV16 $269,900 - $294,900 1,996 sf 3 2.5
info_smalleV39 $349,900 - $374,900 2,982 sf 4 2.5
info_smalleV46 $599,900 - $649,900 4,551 sf 5 4.5

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T-2 by LionForce Building Systems

Link to T-2 by LionForce Building Systems
http://lionforcesystems.com/

On their blog, info_smallLionForce Building Systems recently announced their receipt of a 2009 Green Building Award from the city of San Antonio, TX. Their info_smallT-2 ecoLiving prototype won Best Green Custom Home under 2,200 sf.

We found some model information in a Social Media Release dated June 25, 2009:

model: info_smallT-2
size: 1,230 sf
br: 3
bath: 2

Pictures of the ecoLiving T-2 home can be found on the company's flickr page.

Hat tip: Jetson Green on June 25, 2009.

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ZETA Communities in CA

Link to ZETA Communities in CA
www.zetacommunities.com

Last month, the San Francisco Chronicle featured factory-built homes by info_smallZETA Communities. ZETA stands for "Zero Energy Technology and Architecture".

Zeta hopes to capture the market for multifamily townhomes, lofts and apartments that are affordably priced and complement environmentally conscious smart growth

...

a two-bedroom live-work townhome would be sold to developers for approximately $258,000 per unit, including shipping, installation and mechanical systems and appliances

The Chronicle's blog previously covered ZETA's demonstration home in Oakland.

Interesting to note:

[ZETA] is not intending to do business directly with homeowners. Rather its business model is based on marketing itself to architects and developers by taking existing building plans and figuring out how to build them in modular pieces.

Author: Robert Selna
Publication: San Francisco Chronicle
Section: A-1
Length: 728 words
Date: June 23, 2009

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Hollywood Hybrid by Marmol Radziner Prefab

Link to Hollywood Hybrid by Marmol Radziner Prefab
Marmol Radziner Prefab

Inhabitat recently covered the setting of a hybrid house in Hollywood Hills, California. The post includes 8 installation photos.

size: 2,576 sf
br: 3
bath: 3.5

Called a “hybrid” because the house combines prefab with site-built construction, the ground floor of the home includes two large rooms that are built into the foundation of the house. Besides that, the house is entirely comprised of prefabricated modules on the upper two stories.

Inhabitat referenced an LA Times post which mentions price:

$725,000 for module fabrication, delivery and setting; $140,000 for design fees; and $50,000 for engineering .... The cost of the land, site construction (foundation, utilities, plumbing) and permits were not disclosed.

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New Old Green Modular™ by New World Home

Link to New Old Green Modular™ by New World Home
http://www.newworldhome.net/

info_smallNew World Home produces "a line of new homes based upon historically inspired designs" called A New Old Green Modular™ (NOGM).

The homes combine a very traditional look with a modern approach:

... constructed with environmentally sanctioned products and practices, and are factory-built in a state-of-the-art, highly efficient manufacturing facility.

... can be produced, transported, erected and finished in 60-90 days from the time the production process is initiated.

Prices range from approximately $115-$180/sf.

They offer 7 models:






Model Size BR Bath

info_smallWalden Cottage 471 sf 1 1
info_smallEmerson 1,749 sf 3 2.5
info_smallCarson 1,775 sf 3 2.5
info_smallCarver 2,267 sf 3 2.5
info_smallCarson w/Addition 2,319 sf 4 2.5
info_smallBuckminster 2,332 sf 3 2.5
info_smallChadwick 2,573 sf 3 2.5

Check out their promotional video (1:47).

Hat tip: Jetson Green on July 1, 2009.

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Ray Kappe multifamily by LivingHomes

Link to Ray Kappe multifamily by LivingHomes
http://www.livinghomes.net/

info_smallLivingHomes recently posted renderings of a Ray Kappe modular home. The multifamily house will be built in Los Altos, CA.

Size: 3,864 sf with 3 units:

  • two: 3 BR, 3 bath
  • one: 1 BR, 1 bath

More details from the comments section:

One unit will be owner-occupied, one will be low-income, and one will be a standard rental.

Worth a look: their new Tour/Gallery page with virtual tours, videos and photos.

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MetroShip: a prefab houseboat

Link to MetroShip: a prefab houseboat
http://www.metro-ship.com/

David Ballinger, founder of info_smallMetroShed, recently emailed us about his latest project: a prefab houseboat.

From the press release (PDF):

The MetroShip represents 7 years of boat design and planning to utilize unique materials for a houseboat application. I wanted to incorporate the manufacturing efficiencies of our pre-fab buildings (MetroShed) into a luxury aluminum hull houseboat product.

.... most houseboats have lots of windows to let light in – but the result is a very poor looking design. We use transulent thermal aluminum walls....

Some highlights:

  • 48ft x 12ft
  • modern New York City loft style interior
  • The furniture is all ‘green’ – using recycled frames and remnant fabrics made by sister company, MetroSofa.

Check out the MetroShip website for more information.

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iF22 by LABhaus

Link to iF22 by LABhaus
http://www.labhaus.com

info_smallLABhaus recently announced a new product line designed for restrictive inner city lots.

The inFill line will offer homes ranging from approximately 1,124 sq ft to 3,108 sq ft and turn-key MSRP pricing ranging [from] $149,900 to $379,900.

They offered a preview of one model:

model: info_smalliF22
designer: info_smallLABhaus
size: 1,682 sf
br: 3
bath: 2.5
price: $239,900-$263,400
available: yes

Check out the post for more images.

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Keiser Homes in New England

Link to Keiser Homes in New England
www.keisermaine.com (model: Jamestown)

info_smallKeiser Homes manufactures custom modular homes in Maine, for delivery there and in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

From their site:

Inside an 80,000 square foot facility, we use a system developed to control every step of the building process.

...

Because Keiser Homes is a wholesaler that sells through builders, we cannot give out pricing. We can however, tell you that our pricing is comparable to stick built homes.

They offer a wide variety of models ranging from 840 - 3,120 sf with 1-4 bedrooms. (Follow the above link for a complete list.)

Also, check out:

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AriaDenver pictures from Michelle Kaufmann

Link to AriaDenver pictures from Michelle Kaufmann
Kate Hilberg, Project Manager, Urban Ventures LLC

On her blog, Michelle Kaufmann shared pictures of a project designed by MKD prior to closing.

project: AriaDenver
model: Casa Chiara
manufacturer: info_smallUrban Ventures LLC

See the post for more pictures.

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The Skyline Series by Marmol Radziner Prefab

Link to The Skyline Series by Marmol Radziner Prefab
http://www.marmolradzinerprefab.com/

info_smallMarmol Radziner Prefab recently debuted their new Skyline Series at Dwell on Design. The homes are part of the Dwell Homes Collection.

The Skyline Series is a mix and match system of four floor plans that create six unique homes designed for typical urban lots. Available in a range of configurations for one and two story homes. The Skyline series offers high end modern design, eliminates custom design fees and offers the benefits of prefab construction.







Model Price Size BR Bath

info_smallSkyline 1.2 $550,000 - $750,000 1,318 sf 2 1
info_smallSkyline 1.3 $600,000 - $800,000 1,562 sf 3 2
info_smallSkyline 2.3 $750,000 - $950,000 1,925 sf 3 2
info_smallSkyline 2.4 $800,000 - $1M 2,170 sf 4 3
info_smallSkyline 2.5 $800,000 - $1M 2,542 sf 5 3
info_smallSkyline 2.6 $850,000 - $1,050,000 2,785 sf 6 4

Hat tip: Inhabitat on June 29, 2009.

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More modulars by Studio 804

Link to More modulars by Studio 804
http://www.studio804.com

While researching yesterday's post about info_smallModular 3, we noticed more prefab projects by info_smallStudio 804 at the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Students in the program have used prefab since 2004.

In an effort to work as expeditiously as possible, we employ methods of prefabrication, building in modular units in Lawrence and shipping the final product to its final destination. This process limits construction waste, requires unique design solutions, and most importantly, allows students to continue to live in Lawrence throughout the process.

Interesting to note:

All aspects of the building process, with the exception of the licensed trades (electric, plumbing, and heating/air conditioning), are carried out by the students over the course of a single semester. This includes everything from initial design to finished construction and documentation.





Model Size BR Bath modules Year

info_smallModular 1 1,200 sf 2 1 5 2004
info_smallModular 2 1,200 sf 2 1 6 2005
info_smallModular 3 1,200 sf 2 1 6 2006
info_smallModular 4 1,500 sf 2 1 7 2007

Check out the projects page on their site and click through each for more pictures.

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Modular3 by Studio 804 in Kansas City

Link to Modular3 by Studio 804 in Kansas City
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

Link to Eco Collection by Epoch Homes
http://www.epochhomes.com

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

Link to Sausalito, CA FlatPak for sale
http://www.flatpakhouse.com/

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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Christopher Campbell hybrid in North Haven, ME

Link to Christopher Campbell hybrid in North Haven, ME
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

Link to KieranTimberlake LivingHomes
http://www.livinghomes.net/

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

Link to Green Cubed House by Nelse Design + Build
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

Link to Tiny homes in the UK by FKDA Architects
http://www.shedsforliving.co.uk/

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

Link to IC Green
http://www.icgreen.net/

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

Link to Dwell on Design 2009 at the end of June
http://www.dwellondesign.com/

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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LA Times on mini prefabs

Link to LA Times on mini prefabs
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

Link to The Villa by Daniel Libeskind
http://www.daniel-libeskind.com/

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

Link to CNN: SG Blocks
None

CNN.com 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

Link to Project FROG in California
http://www.projectfrog.com

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

Link to The Barn Raiser
http://www.barnraisersheds.com

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

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

Link to The Sapphire Gallery by XTEN Architecture
http://www.xtenarchitecture.com/

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

Link to resPOD by Matthew Grace
http://www.respod.com.au/

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

Link to EcoSteel Plat House
http://blog.lamidesign.com/

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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Simpatico Homes prototype in CA

Link to Simpatico Homes prototype in CA
http://www.simpaticohomes.com/

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

Link to MD Series by Modular Dwellings
http://www.modulardwellings.com/

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

Link to Eco Structures in the news
http://www.eco-mod-structure.com/about.html

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

Link to Whisper Creek Cabin by Haven Custom Homes
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 MyHomeIdeas.com. (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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Builder Magazine highlights prefab houses

Link to Builder Magazine highlights prefab houses
http://www.builderonline.com/

Builder Magazine recently highlighted 6 prefab houses that could change the future of home building:

[Y]ou’d think that with [traditional home] prices falling as fast as a brick that prefab housing would be a non-factor, but just the opposite appears to be true. In fact, prefab may play an even bigger role in the housing industry from here on, architects and builders say.

Read the entire article for more information.

Author: Nigel F. Maynard
Publication: Builder Magazine
Section: Builder 2009
Length: 1,762 words
Date: May 26, 2009

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Viridis Homes in UK

Link to Viridis Homes in UK
http://www.viridis.

info_smallViridis Homes in the UK offers 4 modular models:




Model Price Size BR Bath

info_smallBungalow $132,867
(£83,203)
898 sf
(83.38 m²)
2 1
info_smallTerraced $79,845 - $95,814
(£50,000 - £60,000)
905 sf
(84.11 m²)
2 2
info_smallSemi-Detached $130,472
(£81,703)
905 sf
(84.11 m²)
2 2
info_smallDetached House $133,181
(£83,400)
905 sf
(84.11 m²)
2 2

According to their site:

Our homes are manufactured under factory controlled conditions and are delivered complete with all internal and external finishes, ready for assembly. Unlike other modular buildings, our homes can be transported and installed without the need for expensive cranes. Once the homes have arrived onsite, they are assembled and connected to services quickly and easily within 48 hours by our own team of specialists.

Hat tip: Manchester Confidential Property on May 6, 2009.

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Michelle Kaufmann Designs closing

Link to Michelle Kaufmann Designs closing
None

Yesterday, The LA times reported that info_smallMichelle Kaufmann Designs is closing.

Green prefab architecture firm Michelle Kaufmann Designs is calling it quits, a victim of the credit crisis and broader woes in the economy. In a letter sent over Memorial Day weekend, Kaufmann told clients the firm would close by the end of this week. She confirmed the news in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon.

...

Kaufmann sold the factory last year and in November trimmed the size of her Oakland office to 17. She thought those moves would help see the firm through the recession. But two factories MKD worked with have gone out of business since then, and clients and potential clients have found it almost impossible to get financing.

"Being a small company without significant reserves, that was more head wind than we could bear," she said.

According to the article, she will continue working as a consultant. We wish her luck in her future endeavors.

There's more details in the article, and we expect additional discussion across the industry.

Author: Christopher Hawthorne
Publication: Los Angeles Times
Section: Arts
Length: 698 words
Date: May 26, 2009

Hat tip: Jetson Green on May 26, 2009.

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ma modular homes by KRDB in Texas

Link to ma modular homes by KRDB in Texas
http://www.mamodular.com/

We recently received an email from info_smallma, an offspring of info_smallKRDB in Austin, TX. From their site:

When we were searching for a name for our new modern, modular company, we kept returning to the Japanese concept, ma, meaning an interval in time and space, a dramatic pause, the silence between phrases of music. In architecture it is a quiet, neutral space that enhances the whole of a design.

They currently offer 6 modules:



Model Size BR Bath

info_smalldharma 540 sf 0 1
info_smallkarma 540 sf 0 1
info_smallintima 540 sf 2 1
info_smallmaxima 900 sf 0 1
info_smallgrandma 900 sf 1 1
info_smallsoma 900 sf 2 2

More information:

  • connector and stair modules are available
  • timeline: "Zero-to-house in 180 days...Two weeks after arrival you can move in."
  • price: $125/sf and $150/sf
  • picture gallery
  • blog
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Epoch Homes nominated for SBANE award

Link to Epoch Homes nominated for SBANE award
http://www.epochhomes.com

Some news we missed in March: info_smallEpoch Homes was nominated for a Small Business Association of New England (SBANE) Innovation Award for its Unique Green Design/Build System.

Interesting to note:

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, which administers the National Green Building Certification program for residential construction.

Hat tip: Building Systems on March 27, 2009.

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Farmworker Housing Project by Mithun

Link to Farmworker Housing Project by Mithun
http://mithun.com

Jetson Green recently covered a pilot project in Washington state.

With the sponsorship of the Seattle Archidiocesan Housing Authority and a grant from Enterprise Community Partners, Mithun designed three prefabricated modules to provide a model for affordable housing for farmworkers and their families.

Each of the 3 module designs by info_smallMithun are 580 sf.

Two of the first constructed units will go to farms in Skagit Valley, while the other will likely end up in Yakima. Upon completion, the homes will be publicly available by appointment.

Check out the post for more pictures and see Mithun's project detail page for further information.

We didn't see any information on costs, so it's not clear if the "affordable" part of the goal was met.

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weeHouse by Alchemy on display in WI; today and this weekend

Link to weeHouse by Alchemy on display in WI; today and this weekend
http://www.alchemyarch.com

We received an email this week from info_smallAlchemy Architects announcing their weeHouse Open House today and this weekend.

title: Saturn weeHouse Open House
where: Siren, WI
location: 24729 Highway 35/70, Siren, WI 54872 on the west frontage road just north of Siren and south of Highway 70 East
date: May 22 - 24, 2009
time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
cost: Free!
notes: Also by appointment
contact: Phone: (715) 349-8800 or email: info@honhomes.com

Model details:

size: 250 sf
br: studio
bath: 1
price: ~$65,000

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Lookout by Form & Forest

Link to Lookout by Form & Forest
http://formandforest.com

Form & Forest recently sent us an email announcing the latest addition to their lineup of Flat Pack Cabins. Here's our usual summary:

model: info_smallLookout
manufacturer: info_smallForm & Forest
size: 1,559 sf
br: 2
bath: 2
price: $99,900
available: yes

Check out their brochure (PDF) for the floorplan and further details.

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Cantilever House by Anderson Anderson Architecture

Link to Cantilever House by Anderson Anderson Architecture
John Clark

materialicious recently linked to an interesting Dwell Magazine article from 2005. The article covered a mountaintop house built with prefab elements by info_smallAnderson Anderson Architecture.

the house adds an interesting case study to the ongoing research project that is prefabricated building—another rung to the ladder the building industry needs to climb to maximize prefab’s potential

From the slideshow:

Architect Peter Anderson explains that “the floating nature of the design would not have been possible with conventional onsite framing techniques, nor any of the currently marketed modular home designs.” Using a heavy structural steel frame, engineered wood spline beam system, and structural insulated panels, the architects created a truly unique hybrid structural system and, in the end, a home.

The use of structural insulated panels (SIPs) throughout the house helped speed the construction process. Peter Anderson explains, "The panels themselves hang from and rest upon the steel frame and wood spline beam system, which is the link between the steel frame and the panels. The SIPs provide enclosure, insulation, and the spanning capacity to support the cast-concrete floor."

Read the article for more information.

Subtitle: In an unlikely mountaintop locale, Anderson Anderson Architecture crafted a home out of a complex composition of off-the-shelf components, paving new paths for the prefabricated construction industry.
Author: Andrew Wagner
Publication: Dwell Magazine
Section: Dwellings
Length: 1,389 words
Date: April/May 2005

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The Alcott by Haven Custom Homes

Link to The Alcott by Haven Custom Homes
http://www.nhdesigncollaborative.com

info_smallHaven Custom Homes recently issued a press release announcing their receipt of the 2009 Modular Multi Family Award from the National Modular Housing Council (NMHC). The award was given for the design "The Alcott".

The Alcott is part of a new townhome project scheduled to be built this summer at Mt. Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire.

Model details:

model: The Alcott
manufacturer: info_smallHaven Custom Homes
size: 2,500 sf

Check out the architect's renderings.

The awards are co-sponsored by the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) which has a complete list of winners.

Hat tip: Maryland Gazette on May 6, 2009.

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Installation of modular home makes news in Duluth, MN

Link to Installation of modular home makes news in Duluth, MN
http://www.northlandsnewscenter.com

Northland's NewsCenter in Duluth, MN recently featured the setting of a modular home manufactured by info_smallDynamic Homes and installed by info_smallIdeal Homes.

See the post for a multimedia version of the story (2:11).

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Epoch Homes factory tours this weekend in NH

Link to Epoch Homes factory tours this weekend in NH
http://www.epochhomes.com

info_smallEpoch Homes will be conducting factory tours this weekend.

Details:

where: Pembroke, NH
location: 107 Sheep Davis Road (Route 106)
date: Saturday, May 16, 2009
time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
cost: Free!
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)

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Puma City in Boston for 2 more days

Link to Puma City in Boston for 2 more days
http://www.inhabitat.com

Inhabitat recently shared pictures of the Puma City Shipping Container Store designed by info_smallLOT EK.

The portable Puma Store...makes clever re-use of discarded shipping containers and has been traveling around the world as a spokes-structure for both Puma and prefabricated buildings.

It will be on display at Fan Pier in Boston until May 16th.

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Blue Sky Homes completes prototype

Link to Blue Sky Homes completes prototype
http://blueskyhomes.wordpress.com

info_smallBlue Sky Homes recently finished their info_smallYucca Valley Prototype.

It has been exactly 8 weeks since we started this journey and I’m happy to report that the house is finished – furniture is in, television is working, literally a turn-key house!

Check out the post for more pictures.

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Clayton iHouse now available

Link to Clayton iHouse now available
http://www.claytonihouse.com

info_smallClayton Homes officially launched their much anticipated iHouse.

They offer 2 models and an optional flex room:

Model Size BR Bath Price

info_smalliHouse I 723 sf 1 1 $74,900
info_smalliHouse II 1,023 sf 2 1 $93,300
info_smallFlex I 268 sf 0 1 $26,660

View the brochures:

Take a virtual tour:

Configure your own iHouse via their website.

Hat tip: Jetson Green on May 3, 2009.

Related Posts:
   1. The Clayton iHouse (Jan 14, 2009)
   2. Clayton Homes Showcase of Homes this weekend in Knoxville, Tennessee (Oct 29, 2008)
   3. Clayton Homes Showcase of Homes this weekend in Greensboro, NC (Oct 09, 2008)
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2008 AIA Housing Awards

Link to 2008 AIA Housing Awards
Wassiomig Residence by Robert M. Gurney, FAIA

While researching a post last week, we noticed that we overlooked last year's AIA awards. Here's the American Institute of Architects press release announcing the 19 recipients of their 2008 Housing Awards.

Of particular interest to Prefabcosm readers:

info_smallWissioming Residence by info_smallRobert M. Gurney, FAIA

From the architect's website:

Structural pre-cast concrete planks are employed throughout the project in effort to expedite the construction process, span large open areas and to provide the ability to heat the house hydronically.

info_smallStreeter House by info_smallSalmela Architect

By using prefabricated materials, this house sets a standard for sustainable construction methods. The house comprises a simple kit of parts: glass, concrete block, Glulam beams, structural insulated panels (SIPs), and pipe.

Macallen Building Condominiums by info_smallBurt Hill, Inc.

use of recycled materials, and fabricated systems, which were transported from within 500 miles, were all part of the sustainable design implementation

info_smallCrabapple House by info_smallRandy Brown Architects

The intended goal was to design an affordable, modern, eco-friendly home that would sell at the same price point as a homebuilder house with comparable square footage. The result was a modular-designed “bar” that sits on a poured-in-place concrete foundation.

info_smallUrban Infill by info_smallJohnsen Schmaling Architects

consists of two interlocking building blocks, a compact two-story wood cube, and a single-story concrete block bar. The cube is based on a strict 48-inch module to maximize the use of standard sheets

Related Posts:
   1. Two Black Sheds by David Salmela (May 05, 2009)
   2. WSJ on the 2009 AIA housing awards (Apr 27, 2009)
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Cedar House by Hudson Architects

Link to Cedar House by Hudson Architects
http://www.hudsonarchitects.co.uk

DigsDigs recently featured a cedar shingled house in North Elmham, UK.

Floors, walls and roofing [are] made of prefabricated timber

Model details:

br: 2
price: $369,264 (£245,000)

Check out the post for more pictures, and see the Cedar House video (1:26) on the architect's website.

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Cascade House by Paul Raff Studio

Link to Cascade House by Paul Raff Studio
© Ben Rahn/A Frame

GreenSource Magazine recently named their Best Green House for April 2009.

size: ~3,788 sf (352 m2)

Its exterior is constructed of SIPs, while wood-stud partitions make up the interior partitions.

Read the entire article for more information and to see additional pictures.

Author: David Sokol
Publication: GreenSource Magazine
Section: Best Green Houses
Length: 356 words
Date: April 2009

Hat tip: Jetson Green on April 30, 2009.

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   1. So, what are SIPs anyway? (Mar 27, 2007)
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Two Black Sheds by David Salmela

Link to Two Black Sheds by David Salmela
Chad Holder

The home page of Dwell Magazine currently features a 2005 article about a house in Wisconsin built using SIPs. It was designed by David Salmela of info_smallSalmela Architect.

The larger of the two units (which contains the kitchen, dining area, lounge, master bedroom, bath, and screen porch) is 900 square feet, and the smaller (where the guest room and bath, office area, and mechanical room are located) measures 360 square feet. The house, which was finished in 2003, cost $295,000 to build.

Read the entire article for more information.

Subtitle: A dramatic departure from your typical cabin on the lake, this unique retreat adds shades of black to a tiny island awash with local color.
Author: Eric Lawlor
Publication: Dwell Magazine
Section: Dwellings
Length: 1,052 words
Date: July/August 2005

Related Posts:
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   2. So, what are SIPs anyway? (Mar 27, 2007)
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Matchbox by Allard Ward Architects

Link to Matchbox by Allard Ward Architects
http://www.allardward.com/

Arch Daily recently covered a commercial project by info_smallAllard Ward Architects in Amsterdam, due for completion in December of 2010.

The Matchbox building will be made of prefabricated concrete. The bent faces of the cantilevering boxes are constructed in prefabricated concrete walls.

...

It houses 22 corporate units, a rooftop restaurant and semi-underground parking

Check out their post for more information and renderings of the project.

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Old Stone Highway House by Berg Design Architects

Link to Old Stone Highway House by Berg Design Architects
http://www.bergdesignarchitects.com

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest recently covered a house in East Hampton, NY built with SIPs.

size: 2,200 sf

The architect's site has more pictures and info:

Old Stone Highway house [was] conceived as a modern interpretation of the Long Island agricultural vernacular while also incorporating the use of environmentally low impact building technology.

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AIA Expo April 30 - May 2, 2009

Link to AIA Expo April 30 - May 2, 2009
None

The American Institute of Architects 2009 National Convention and Design Expo is taking place this week in San Francisco.

Their "Virtual Convention" is free:

Visit with more than 50 exhibiting companies in their virtual booths. View educational programs, chat with booth personnel, download brochures, and request the latest information on new products and services, all from your Internet-connected computer.

(We didn't see any prefab or modular companies listed, though several of the products may end up in prefab homes.)

Event info:

where: San Francisco, CA
location: The Moscone Center
date: April 30 - May 2, 2009
cost: $525 members, $875 non-members, free online access to exhibitors
notes: on-site registration is now open

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WSJ on the 2009 AIA housing awards

Link to WSJ on the 2009 AIA housing awards
Hester & Hardaway

The Wall Street Journal recently looked at 10 winners of residential design awards from the American Institute of Architects. 2 of them fit our "prefab and modular" focus.

From their slideshow:

Cinco Camp (pictured above) by info_smallRhotenberry Wellen Architects:

This house is made from five recycled shipping containers

Laidley Street Residence by info_smallZack/de Vito Architecture:

Most of the home's frame was fabricated elsewhere and assembled on-site, a process known as panelized construction

Read the article for more information, and see the slideshow for 10 of the 17 winners.

Subtitle: An eco-friendly house and a series of rusted Texas 'trailers' get AIA awards
Author: Christina S.N. Lewis
Publication: The Wall Street Journal
Section: Real Estate (W8)
Length: 812 words
Date: April 17, 2009

Hat tip: Arch Daily on April 20, 2009.

Neither source links to the original AIA press release that lists all 17 winners in 4 categories: One/Two Family Custom Housing, One/Two Family Production Housing, Multifamily Housing, Special Housing.

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Palm Harbor Homes releases online video series

info_smallPalm Harbor Homes recently created a 17 chapter video series to discuss why and how they build manufactured and modular housing.

A (free) membership is required to view the entire Factory Tour, but the transcripts are available without signing up.

Hat tip: Building Systems on April 20, 2009.

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Prefab modular housing for the homeless

The Vancouver Sun recently featured an interesting proposal by architect George Henriquez (of info_smallHenriquez Partners Architects) and real estate consultant Michael Geller.

Vancouver city council is backing a proposal to provide 550 temporary housing units for the homeless, including prefabricated modular units

According to Geller:

capital costs would vary between $37,000 and $46,000 per unit, compared to $302,000 for permanent units already announced by the province

Read the article for more details.

Subtitle: Proposal for 550 units relies heavily on provincial funding that Victoria has yet to commit
Author: Doug Ward
Publication: The Vancouver Sun
Section: News
Length: 383 words
Date: April 8, 2009

Hat tip: PropertyProf Blog on April 16, 2009.

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New River Bank Barn renovation by Blackburn Architects

Link to New River Bank Barn renovation by Blackburn Architects
http://www.blackburnarch.com

Inhabitat recently shared an interesting remodel by info_smallBlackburn Architects:

Original barn walls were used as the interior paneling, with a layer [of] SIPs for insulation and stability, plus an exterior layer of new board-and-batten for the cladding.

Check out the post for more pictures.

Hat tip: materialicious on April 17, 2009.

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Modular public housing in Colorado

info_smallAll American Homes recently issued a press release to announce their pilot project with the Boulder County Housing Authority.

The goal:

... to create one, affordable, near zero energy duplex and one single family ranch ...[using] leading-edge technology and modular construction practices.

...

It is expected that the homes will be delivered to the Lafayette, Colorado site in late April 2009, and be ready for occupancy by the end of June.

Hat tip: Building Systems on April 10, 2009.

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First re-Growth pod delivered

Link to First re-Growth pod delivered
http://www.one2one.net.au

The Herald Sun in Australia reports that the first re-Growth pod by info_small1:1 Architects has arrived on site.

They are available at a cost of $30,000, and can be built as single or multiple units and placed on almost any block in two weeks.

Read the entire article for more details.

Author: Norrie Ross
Publication: Herald Sun (Australia)
Section: News
Length: 294 words
Date: April 10, 2009

Hat tip: Arch Daily on April 12, 2009 and the re-Growth pod blog on April 8. Both include pictures.

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LABhaus modern modular homes

Link to LABhaus modern modular homes
http://www.labhaus.com

LABHaus offers modern modular homes that can be ordered and delivered within 120 days.

designer: info_smallLABhaus
manufacturer: info_smallSun Modular Systems (North East and Mid-Atlantic)
manufacturer: info_smallIndiana Building Systems (Midwest and South)



Model Price Size BR Bath

info_smallSlide $199,900-$224,400 1,464 sf 3 2.5
info_smallStretch $299,900-$324,900 2,243 sf 3 2.5
info_smallecoVilla $599,900-$649,900 4,551 sf 5 4.5

Check out 32 factory tour photos from Indiana Building Systems.

See additional thoughts at Jetson Green from April 12, 2009.

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MKD custom home

Link to MKD custom home
http://blog.michellekaufmann.com

On her blog, Michelle Kaufmann recently shared pictures of an info_smallMKD custom designed home in California.

The pictures show

the stunning mixture of the Cor-ten weathering steel [roof] ... and cedar plank siding

From MKD's site:

In addition to our current design offerings, we offer Custom Design services. We design unique solutions for unique sites. Our experience with off-site modular technology, sustainable materials, and smart design techniques allows us to craft beautiful, sustainable homes to suit individual tastes and varying landscapes.

Related Posts:
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   2. Michelle Kaufmann Designs closing (May 27, 2009)
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konyk's Hybrid House

Link to konyk's Hybrid House
http://www.konyk.net

Arch Daily recently highlighted an interesting Hybrid House by info_smallkonyk.

Modeled after the successful Prius Hybrid automobile by the Toyota Motor Company, HYBRID HOUSE is intended to be an electric house completely off the local utility grid.

The central volume is constructed of 12-1/4″ thick structural insulated panels... Not only are the SIP panels self-supporting, the lightweight pre-cut panels require little energy to transport, and are easily assembled with manual tools and labor at the job site. Fenestration and doorways are achieved by cutting holes through the structural insulated panels, and then capping with standard flashed operable skylight and storefront systems.

See the post for details, including several more pictures.

The comments are also interesting, e.g.

Part of being a good architect is not only creating innovative buildings but to also not disrupt the line of vision in a neighbourhood.

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The Quarters by Haven Custom Homes and Sanctuary Communities

Link to The Quarters by Haven Custom Homes and Sanctuary Communities
http://www.allisonramseyarchitect.com

info_smallHaven Custom Homes recently issued a press release to announce completion of their first home at info_smallSanctuary Communities in North Carolina.

The home was delivered to the site ... nearly 80 percent complete.

...

The neighborhood is designed to reflect neighborhoods of America's past and be a walkable, mixed-use village when completed.

size: 2,113 sf
br: 3
bath: 3.5

Also available in 2009:

Model Size BR Bath

info_smallCowee Creek II 1,002 sf 1 2
info_smallCowee Creek I 1,496 sf 2 3
info_smallThe Windy Gap 1,343 sf 2 3
info_smallThe Cullowhee 1,879 sf 3 4
info_smallThe Redlands 2,598 sf 3 4

Hat tip: Building Systems Blog on March 24, 2009.

Read our earlier post for more details on the development, and the role of modular.

Related Posts:
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Live Edge kit houses

Link to Live Edge kit houses
http://liveedge-prefab.com/

info_smallLive Edge in West Oakland, CA has an interesting source of wood:

LE uses urban trees which are removed for many reasons: disease, storm damage, danger of falling, or to clear the way for a construction project. We regularly accept usable raw logs from local arborists and salvage some of these trees.

The company builds furniture and prefab houses.

The building process is based on an 8ft. modular plan...The kit is comprised of posts, beams, floor panels, wall panels, doors, roof and ceiling components. It is a finite set of parts which can be arranged in an infinite number of ways. Live Edge produces all the parts for a kit home in our shop, adapted to each design, to be assembled on site.

Check out their picture gallery.

Hat tips: Apartment Therapy on March 26, 2009 and Jetson Green on March 27, 2009.

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Stillwater Dwellings: mix and match

Link to Stillwater Dwellings: mix and match
http://www.stillwaterdwellings.com

info_smallStillwater Dwellings offers a cool "mix and match" approach with their interchangeable series:

It’s as easy as A-B-C: start with your favorite Living Module (A.). Add a Connector Module (B), then complete your design by attaching your desired Bedroom Module (C). Its as easy as that! Each module is designed with a universal connector location so they all fit together. You can arrange them in any A-B-C combination you want.

The company will complete its first home in June 2009 in Bend, Oregon. Some background from their site:

We founded Stillwater Dwellings on one primary principle: Quality, prefabricated homes do not need to be expensive.

...

All of our homes are built off-site, in state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. These facilities are climate controlled, and use a consistent, high-caliber workforce of carpenters and tradesmen.

...

From first contact with us to final cleaning, your home can be "move in" ready in about 3-4 months

They also have a set of fixed models:

Model Price Size BR Bath Stories

info_smallminiONE $49,950-$89,000 370 sf studio 1 1
info_smallminiTWO $79,500-$117,000 585 sf 1 1 1

info_smallsd111 $113,100-$169,650 870 sf 1 1 1
info_smallsd112 $117,000-$175,500 900 sf 2 1 1
info_smallsd121 $130,000-$195,000 1,000 sf 2 1 1
info_smallsd122 $162,500-$243,750 1,250 sf 3 2 1
info_smallsd123 $199,950-$302,250 1,550 sf 3 2 1
info_smallsd131 $214,500-$321,750 1,650 sf 2 3 1
info_smallsd132 $260,000-$390,000 2,000 sf 3 3 1
info_smallsd133 $299,950-$441,750 2,325 sf 3 3 1

info_smallsd211 $253,500-$380,250 1,950 sf 3 3 2
info_smallsd212 $227,500-$332,500 1,750 sf 4 3 2
info_smallsd221 $344,500-$503,500 2,650 sf 3 3 2
info_smallsd222 $390,000-$570,000 2,990 sf 3 3 2
info_smallsd231 $383,000-$560,500 2,950 sf 3 3 2

Hat tip: Jetson Green on March 25, 2009.

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MKD multifamily in Denver

Link to MKD multifamily in Denver
http://www.mkd-arc.com/

Construction is about to begin on the Aria Denver project by info_smallMichelle Kaufmann Designs.

From Ms. Kaufmann's blog:

The construction contract for Phase 1 of the Colorado-based multifamily community project we’ve designed, called ariaDenver, has officially been signed!

...

it embodies many of our core beliefs about community in terms of sustainable design, off-site construction techniques, and diversity.

...

Phase 1 includes 8 homes, and an additional 106 townhouse homes are planned for the following phases, with a mix of 2- and 3-stories, live/work, market rate and affordable green homes.

For other renderings, see her post dated October 16, 2008.

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   2. AriaDenver Forum with Michelle Kaufmann on August 13, 2009 (Aug 07, 2009)
   3. AriaDenver pictures from Michelle Kaufmann (Jul 03, 2009)
   4. Michelle Kaufmann Designs closing (May 27, 2009)
   5. mkLoft development in Denver (Nov 26, 2007)
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ModestHouse by Jeffrey McKean Architects

Link to ModestHouse by Jeffrey McKean Architects
http://www.modesthouse.us

The Alternative Consumer recently featured ModestHouse by info_smallJeffrey McKean Architects.

ModestHouse utilizes a system of pre-manufactured components such as structural insulated panels (SIPS) for the roof, walls and floor; and FSC certified timber for primary framing. Pre-fabricated building components are assembled on site to save time and materials.

See the post for a few more pictures.

We found model information on their site:

designer: Jeffrey McKean Architects
size: 850 sf
br: 2
bath: 1
price: starting at $250/sf


designer: Jeffrey McKean Architects
size: 2,130 sf
br: 3
bath: 2
price: starting at $250/sf


Watch their animated assembly video (1:17).

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New models from Ecohealth and Penn Lyon

Link to New models from Ecohealth and Penn Lyon
https://www.ecohealthdesigns.com/

info_smallEcoHealth Homes, in conjunction with info_smallPenn Lyon Homes is now offering a collection of 5 new home models. Together, they won the 2008 National Modular Housing Council Concept Home Design Award.

Model details:

Model Size BR Bath

info_smallThe Chatham Hill 1,904 sf 3 2.5
info_smallThe Sierra 2,368 sf 3 2.5
info_smallThe Bungalow 2,610 sf 2 2.5
info_smallThe Tacoma 2,808 sf 3 2.5
info_smallThe Savanna 3,288 sf 3 - 4 2.5

View the floorplans:

Related Posts:
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   2. The sustainability of modular housing (Feb 17, 2009)
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Ecohealth in the news

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette in Massachusetts recently featured Michelle A. Roberts, founder and creator of info_smallEcoHealth Homes.

Her opinion about modular homes:

“They are designed with detailed, engineered plans. And they are made in factories in a controlled environment where there are safe, happy workers,” Ms. Roberts said. “There are some gorgeous mansions that are modulars.”

Besides better quality, she said, modular offers fewer construction delays, a tighter building envelope and continuous inspection throughout manufacturing.

Read the entire article for more information about Ms. Roberts. Interesting note: she has been appointed to Governor Deval Patrick's Massachusetts Zero Net Energy Buildings Task Force.

Subtitle: Seeking health and safety in homes and furniture
Author: Karen Nugent
Publication: Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Section: News
Length: 640 words
Date: March 26, 2009

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Bercy Chen Studio's modular steel prefab

Link to Bercy Chen Studio's modular steel prefab
http://www.bcarc.com/

The Contemporist recently covered a two-family prefab in Austin, TX.

model: The Annie Residence

According to the architect's website:

The house is constructed of a modular steel frame. The frame is infilled with prefab thermasteel panels to minimize construction on-site waste. The structural frame is exposed, showing the construction process and articulating the house’s facades. The repetitive modular method, as well as the prefabrication allowed for greater efficiency during construction.

Check out:

  • pictures ... though the Contemporist post has a nice selection that loads faster
  • virtual tour
  • Chinese magazine article in Vision May 2007 (PDF)

We also found a video (2:00) showing some of the construction details.

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GreenPod Development

Link to GreenPod Development
http://www.greenpoddevelopment.com

We received an email a while back from info_smallGreenPod Development.

From their site:

GreenPods are compact custom modular homes built for energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and sustainability. From foundation to roof, inside and out, Pods can be individually customized and furnished to your specifications and individual living style.

They have a complete line of models called soloPODS:

Model Price Size BR Bath

info_smallLopez $60,000 372 sf 1 1
info_smallPort Townsend $85,000 420 sf 1 1
info_smallLummi $85,000 553 sf 1 1
info_smallBainbridge $85,000-$165,000 630 sf 1 1
info_smallMercer ? 648 sf 1 1
info_smallLudlow $95,000 731 sf 1 1
info_smallCamano $125,000 731 sf 1 1
info_smallLangley $150,000 731 sf 1 1
info_smallQuil ? 731 sf 1 1
info_smallWinslow Suspended ? 731 sf 1 1
info_smallOrcas $175,000 744 sf 1 1

Additional information:

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SIPA Annual Conference in Chicago: April 20-23, 2009

Link to SIPA Annual Conference in Chicago: April 20-23, 2009
http://www.sips.org/

The Structural Insulated Panel Association has a conference in April:

The SIPA Annual Meeting & Conference is the only industry-wide event for SIP professionals. Structural insulated panel manufacturers, builders, design professionals and suppliers of SIP components will convene in Chicago at this unique trade show and conference.

...

attendees can explore the latest marketing and technical developments in the SIP industry.

(We've covered several prefab and modular homes that use SIPs.)

where: Chicago, IL
location: Hilton Indian Lakes Resort
date: April 20-23, 2009
cost: $450 members; $650 non-members
notes: View the complete agenda. (PDF)

Hat tip: Building Systems on March 24, 2009.

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Modular home by Studio B Architecture in Orange County, NC

Link to Modular home by Studio B Architecture in Orange County, NC
http://www.studiobarchitects.net/

The News & Observer in North Carolina highlighted a modular hybrid home.

Studio B adapted the prefabricated portions of the house into a simple, striking composition: modules on the ends, a recessed entry space in the middle and a single sloped roof capping it all. Three parts of the house were trucked to the site from a nearby factory and installed in one day.

...

Spanning the prefabricated modules...is the portion of the project that was built on site: the two-story living area

We found model information on the BuildSense website:

model: info_smallWedge
builder: info_smallBuildSense
size: 1,829 sf
br: 3
bath: 2.5

They also share a floorplan (PDF) that includes a series of construction pictures.

Read the entire News & Observer article for more information and check out their photo gallery.

Author: Laura Battaglia
Publication: The News & Observer
Section: Lifestyles
Length: 606 words
Date: March 21, 2009

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Felix Oesch's Swiss concrete prefab

Link to Felix Oesch's Swiss concrete prefab
Hertha Hurnaus

The February 2009 issue of Dwell Magazine featured a concrete prefab in Switzerland by architect Felix Oesch.

it took nine months to build the house using a prefabricated panel system

...

Each panel is made up of two outer layers of 2.4-inch-thick concrete, which act as the bread of the sandwich. Inside there’s a core layer of concrete as well as seven inches of insulation. This means the panels, which arrived onsite with all the holes cut for the fixtures and fittings, are relatively light and easy to maneuver. Subsequently, construction was a question of fitting them all together like pieces of Lego.

Read the entire article and view a slideshow containing 11 pictures of the home.

Title: Swiss Mix
Subtitle: Built for a young family of Spartan-minded clients, architect Felix Oesch's spare, concrete prefab outside of Zurich is a marvel of clean living.
Author: Grant Gibson
Publication: Dwell Magazine
Section: Dwellings
Length: 1,384 words
Date: February 2009

Hat tips: StyleCrave on March 17, 2009 via materialicious on March 11, 2009.

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Trapper and Ranger Flat Pack Cabins by Form & Forest

Link to Trapper and Ranger Flat Pack Cabins by Form & Forest
http://www.formandforest.com

info_smallForm & Forest and info_smallD'Arcy Jones Design have added two more models to their Flat Pack Cabin Collection.

model: info_smallTrapper
size: 738 sf
br: 1
bath: 1
price: $64,680
available: yes
Trapper floorplan (PDF)


model: info_smallRanger
size: 1,409 sf
br: 2
bath: 2
price: $100,700
available: yes
Ranger floorplan (PDF)


Hat tip: Douglas Tarlow on March 16, 2009 via PicoCool entry.

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Villa Grow from Kjellgren Kaminsky and Emrahus

Link to Villa Grow from Kjellgren Kaminsky and Emrahus
http://www.kjellgrenkaminsky.se/

Arch Daily recently covered Villa Grow from Sweden:

villas have a common basic unit that can be extended by adding new modules. The angles at the end of each unit allow for different orientations, on which you can have a linear house, a patio house, or an organic layout that opens to the landscape.

More information:

model: Villa Grow
manufacturer: info_smallEmrahus
available: United Kingdom and Sweden
size: 645 - 1,722 sf (60 - 160 m²)

Check out their promotional video. (3:59)

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PLACE House featured in April 2009 issue of Metropolitan Home

Link to PLACE House featured in April 2009 issue of Metropolitan Home
http://www.placehouses.com/

The April 2009 issue of Metropolitan Home features the first info_smallPLACE House built by info_smallPLACE Architects in Kirkland, Washington.

the PLACE house was erected on-site using SIPs

We found model information on their website:

Model Size BR Bath

info_smalltiny 935 sf 1 2
info_smallsmall 1,247 sf 2 3
info_smallmedium 1,669 sf 3 3
info_smalllarge 2,091 sf 3 3

They offer three different style packages:

Also, check out pictures of the first PLACE House being constructed.

Read the entire Metropolitan Home article.

Subtitle: Heather Johnston's prefab design for a family of five in Kirkland, Washington, makes the most of limited space—and the planet’s limited resources.
Author: Fred Albert
Publication: Metropolitan Home
Section: Remodel / remodeling Guide
Length: 959 words
Date: April 2009

(Hat tips: Apartment Therapy on March 13, 2009 and Jetson Green on March 17, 2009.)

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NY Daily News covers Nehemiah Spring Creek Houses

Link to NY Daily News covers Nehemiah Spring Creek Houses
http://www.capsyscorp.com/portfolio.php?c=14&p=13

NY Daily news recently covered a prefab housing development in East New York.

Details:

The Nehemiah houses in the Spring Creek development are being assembled

in a Brooklyn Naval Yard factory as big as a football field

where construction workers

churn out more than 8,000 square-feet per week on a supersized assembly line for homes. Working in three separate areas, men build ceilings, flooring and wall frames. Cement trucks pour concrete floors while blast machinists drill holes for pipes and wiring. Then, the three components merge as the homes take shape. Beams are established, paint is applied, and toilets are installed.

After tying down any loose parts such as kitchen drawers and oven doors, the 20-by-40 units are shipped by extra-wide flatbed trucks to the East New York site.

On site, a 250-ton hydraulic truck crane lifts the units on top of each other to build the two-, three- and four-story homes.

Worth noting:

Founded in the mid-1980s by powerful local preachers as a means to rebuild East New York, the Nehemiah Housing Development Fund Co. is the real estate arm of East Brooklyn Congregations. In 20 years, they built and sold more than 3,000 homes with a foreclosure rate of less than 1%.

Read the entire article for more information, and see pictures of the units on the Capsys website.

Author: Jason Sheftell
Publication: NY Daily News
Section: Real Estate
Length: 1,362 words
Date: March 20, 2009

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Ideabox Open House on March 26, 2009 in Port Townsend, WA

Link to Ideabox Open House on March 26, 2009 in Port Townsend, WA
http://activerain.com/blogsview/976564/ideabox-is-almost-ready-on-Cherry-Street-in-Port-Townsend

info_smallideabox recently finished moving their info_smallconfluence prefab from the 2009 Portland Home & Garden Show to a neighborhood in Port Townsend, WA.

status: available
size: 840 sf
br: 2
bath: 1.75
price: $184,000 - $224,000 for land/box packages in Port Townsend
footprint: 57’ 4” long x 15’ wide

Realtor Charlie Arthur of RE/MAX FIRST, INC. is blogging about the house:

This unit is going to be our model unit for the presales...We will be offering 2 and 3 bedroom homes for in the low 200's

Scroll through his recent posts for more details, e.g.

  • video 1 (0:36) of the house arriving in Port Townsend
  • video 2 (0:28) of the house on the lot

If you find yourself in the area, check out their upcoming Open House:

where: Port Townsend, WA
location: 1650 Cherry Street
date: March 26, 2009
time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Hat tip: Jetson Green on February 18, 2009.

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Blue Sky Homes builds prefab steel prototype in Yucca Valley, CA

Link to Blue Sky Homes builds prefab steel prototype in Yucca Valley, CA
http://www.blueskyhomesllc.com

info_smallBlue Sky Homes recently issued a press release announcing their prototype home now under construction in Yucca Valley, CA.

The company plans to assemble the exterior envelope of the home – including the frame, floor, roof, walls, doors and windows – in three working days.

“... we are fabricating the elements of this house in a factory and then assembling those perfect pieces at the job site,” said David McAdam of Blue Sky Homes.

the Blue Sky system uses a ... steel framing design ... manufactured from at least 70 percent recycled material and is itself 100 percent recyclable.

The prototype house will “float” above its rocky desert site on six steel columns that require only small concrete footings. That means virtually no land grading was required

Model information:

manufacturer: info_smallBlue Sky Homes LLC
designer: info_smallo2 Architecture
size: 1,000 sf
br: 2
bath: 1

Additional details:

We can't wait to see pricing information.

Hat tip: Jetson Green on March 18, 2009.

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Green Modern Kits by Copeland Casati

Link to Green Modern Kits by Copeland Casati
http://www.greenmodernkits.com/c3.htm

We received an email a while back from Copeland Casati, founder of info_smallGreen Modern Kits. Some background:

The housing crisis and concern over our earth propelled her to gather green building energy-system and design partners to help other eco-conscious individuals achieve their green goals. She wants to help other people like herself find affordable, green housing solutions.

The company currently has two models available.

Both kits are bare bones: you get beautiful design and structure (SIPs exterior walls & roof, and design documents) and you will need to finish the house with a local contractor.

Model information:

model: info_smallcasa ti
available: yes
price: starting at $22,537
size: 1,200 sf
br: 3
bath: 1-3
fabrication time: 3 weeks
floorplans: casa ti floorplan (PDF)


designer: info_smallGrace Street
available: yes
price: starting at $30,000
size: 2,028 - 2,168 sf
br: 3
bath: 2-3
fabrication time: 3 weeks
floorplans:


Also check out:

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Eco Structures in West Virginia

Link to Eco Structures in West Virginia
http://www.eco-mod-structure.com

Low Impact Living recently featured a company called info_smallEco Structures in West Virginia.

Eco Structures is the brainchild of John Garlow, who has been building timber frame homes and using structural insulated panels (SIPS) out of his own workshop since the late 1970s. Several years ago, when it became clear that the green prefab housing market was ripe for liftoff, he decided to put his many years of prefabrication expertise to use with a new “green” twist. He designed and built a prototype modular Eco Structure on his own property and a new company was born.

...

The target price ... is approximately $150 - $175 per square foot.

Additional information:

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The Pennywise House by Russell Versaci

Link to The Pennywise House by Russell Versaci
http://www.havenhomes.com/pdf/Simple_Cottage_pages.pdf

The Baltimore Sun reprinted a McClatchy-Tribune article about The Pennywise House.

It's part consciousness-raising effort and part marketing campaign for his house plans and a coming line of modular homes that will be based on them.

...

The houses ... [will] be based on the vernacular architecture of 10 regions of the country, which he thinks will help bring character to their environs.

...

He hopes his "Pennywise House" proposal will draw attention to the benefits of returning to those traditional architectural styles, with updates to make them livable today. Those styles developed and became popular because they were adapted to the local conditions, he said - deep porches in the hot South, for example, and piers in South Carolina's Low Country to raise the houses above the moist ground.

Here are the details of "The Simple Cottage Sampler" line:

  • designer: info_smallRussell Versaci
  • builder: info_smallHaven Custom Homes
  • size: 400 - 950 sf (can be expanded with additional modular units)
  • availability: on the east coast (US) later this year
  • price: has not been set
  • view designs (PDF)

Read the entire article.

Subtitle: 'Pennywise' line aims to make compact, regional architecture more desirable
Author: McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
Publication: Baltimore Sun
Length: 787 words
Date: March 8, 2009

(Hat tip: Building Systems on March 9, 2009.)

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Modular Construction in Green Building seminar on March 19, 2009

A seminar called "Modular Construction in Green Building" will be held this week in central Pennsylvania. It is part of a monthly breakfast series.

by: SEDA-COG's Energy Resource Center
(SEDA=Susquehanna Economic Development Association; COG=Council of Governments)
speaker: Rick Terry, Director of Factory Built Housing Center at Penn College of Technology
speaker: Dave Reed, President of info_smallPenn Lyon Homes
where: Mifflinburg, PA
location: Carriage Corner Restaurant, 257 East Chestnut Street
date: March 19, 2009
time: 7:30am - 9:30am
cost: $20
notes: Registration is required.

Hat tip: Building Systems on March 13, 2009.

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Balance S-M-L Series from Method Homes

Link to Balance S-M-L Series from Method Homes
http://methodhomes.net

info_smallMethod Homes recently introduced their Balance S-M-L Series.

According to their website, they are:

highly efficient prefab homes, with small footprints to boot ... designed to arrive 95% complete within 2-3 months of purchase.

Individual model prices are not listed, but they mention the line will be "starting under $100,000".

Here's the model information:

Model Size BR Bath

info_smallSmall 565 sf 0 1
info_smallMedium 744 sf 1 1
info_smallLarge 992 sf 1-2 1

To see the layouts:

The series was created in collaboration with info_smallBalance Associates.

Hat tip: Jetson Green on March 11, 2009.

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re-Growth Pod by 1:1 Architects

Link to re-Growth Pod by 1:1 Architects

In the news: the re-Growth Pod from info_small1:1 Architects in Australia. According to their website, it's:

A completely self contained concrete service pod. It is a permanent and cost effective housing unit which can assist in the rebuilding of the fire devastated town-ships of Victoria.

The robust pre-fabricated concrete structure has been designed to be built upon, but in the short term acts as a habitable starting point for the building of a new home. The units can be prefabricated, delivered and connected to services rapidly allowing families to begin the process of re-building without displacement from their communities.

Watch the assembly animation video (0:20).

The prototype will be built by info_smallEcotec Build Solutions. Track their progress via the re-Growth Pod blog.

Hat tips: Arch Daily on March 4, 2009 and Treehugger on March 6, 2009.

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3-unit modular in Saratoga Springs, NY

Link to 3-unit modular in Saratoga Springs, NY
John Carl D'Annibale / Times Union

Last week, Times Union covered a new 3-unit prefab building in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Highlights:

  • builder: info_smallWestchester Modular Homes
  • designer: Phinney Design Group
  • 4,200 sf, 2 stories
  • the sections arrived in six boxes
  • "saved 20 percent on building and loan costs by going prefab"
  • built in 8 days in the factory (plus additional work to be done on site)

Over the next few months, workers will add custom porches, cupolas and other features to make the home fit into the area's Victorian streetscape

Read the entire article for details.

Subtitle: Grande Ave. prefab is meant to fit in, but some residents are leery
Author: Dennis Yusko
Publication: Times Union (Albany, NY)
Length: 414 words
Date: March 5, 2009

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Hemeroscopium House by Ensamble Studio

Link to Hemeroscopium House by Ensamble Studio

Archinect recently showcased the Hemeroscopium House in Spain, with plenty of pictures and a video (3:57).

According to the architect, Antón García- Abril, of info_smallEnsamble Studio:

It took us a year to engineer but only seven days to build the structure, thanks to a total prefabrication of the different elements and a perfectly coordinated rhythm of assembly.

About the name:

For the Greek, Hemeroscopium is the place where the sun sets.

model: Hemeroscopium House
designer: info_smallEnsamble Studio
size: 400 m2 (4,300 sf)

Hat tips: Treehugger on March 6, 2009 and Eco Architecture on March 7, 2009.

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James Timberlake discusses lean manufacturing

James Timberlake of info_smallKieran Timberlake Associates recently shared his two-part info_smallCellophane House discussion as part of the Lean Manufacturing podcast series.

Part one (15:07) "focuses on the design principles and goals of the project."

Part two (12:23) "examines how modular design and Rexroth aluminum structural framing enabled the demonstration of unique lean construction and sustainable design concepts."

If you would rather read than listen:

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The New Republic looks at prefab

Link to The New Republic looks at prefab

The New Republic recently discussed the plight of prefabricated housing in the United States.

Technologically, there is no reason why houses, like cars, cannot be mass-produced, and in other countries they are constructed that way. Prefabricated, mass-produced homes, like mass-produced cars, offer myriad advantages. Fewer resources, material and labor, are wasted. Weather does not dictate construction schedules. Higher and consistent quality is more easily and reliably achieved, because the product is fabricated in the controlled setting of a manufacturing plant, with all the attendant cost advantages.

Consistent with their political leaning, they call for government to step in:

For quality affordable mass-produced housing to be built, we need to create different conditions for a mass market. A new legislative structure must clear away the obstacles presented by non-standard, municipally controlled building codes and create enforceable national standards for prefab-friendly, environmentally responsible manufacturing and construction practices.

The article is quite long, but worth reading.

Author: Sarah Williams Goldhagen
Publication: The New Republic
Length: 3,887 words
Date: February 18, 2009

Hat tips: Building Systems on February 21, 2009 and Apartment Therapy on February 26, 2009. The latter has an active comment thread, with a general consensus that price remains a major barrier.

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New weeHouse set in Oregon

Link to New weeHouse set in Oregon
http://alchemyarch.blogspot.com/2009/02/wee-loves-view.html

info_smallAlchemy Architects recently shared pictures of a info_smallweeHouse being set in Oceanside, OR.

Interesting to note:

As the 17th weeHouse built in the US, it was the first to have two birth places. Due to unfortunate events with the first factory, production was moved...

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Bensonwood's Unity House

Link to Bensonwood's Unity House
http://teddbenson.com/index.php?/archives/40-Platinum-Unity.html

Tedd Benson of info_smallBensonwood recently shared a press release on his blog.

Unity House, the second home designed and constructed by Bensonwood Homes as part of the groundbreaking Open Prototype Initiative (OPI), has achieved LEED Platinum designation, the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest rating for environmentally sustainable construction.

The house is "the new residence of the Unity College president Mitchell Thomashow and his wife, Cindy." They have a blog about the house.

Check out the many photos on the OPI website

Bensonwood now offers an entire info_smallUnity Collection:

Name Size BR Bath Stories
Unity1 994 sf 1 1 1
Unity2 1,937 sf 2 2 1
Unity3 1,985 sf 3 2 2
Unity4 1,725 sf 3 2 1

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Small houses in the Economist

Link to Small houses in the Economist
http://www.tinytexashouses.com/TTH%20Gallery.html

The Economist recently covered small houses.

The Small House Movement has been around for years, encouraging people to think about how much house they really need. But lately it has attracted more attention. “It seems like a perfect convergence of a bad housing market meeting a bad economy and more awareness about global warming,” claims Jay Shafer, an enthusiastic advocate.

The article mentions 2 companies, both with prefab options:

Read the entire article.

Subtitle: A new vogue for little living
Publication: The Economist
Length: 414 words
Date: February 19, 2009

Hat tip: Jetson Green on February 23, 2009.

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Prefab Green from Michelle Kaufmann Designs

Link to Prefab Green from Michelle Kaufmann Designs
http://www.amazon.com/dp/product/1423604970/

info_smallMichelle Kaufmann just released a new book called "Prefab Green".

The book explains how MKD blends sustainable home layouts, eco-friendly materials, and low-energy options to create a “prepackaged” green solution to home design.

Listed at $30.00, the book is on sale at Amazon for $19.80.

See also: our page of prefab books.

author: Michelle Kaufmann and Cathy Remick
release date: February 15, 2009
list price: $30
details: 176 pages, Hardcover
publisher: Gibbs Smith

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MKD Smart Home to reopen March 19

In the mail from info_smallMichelle Kaufmann Designs: If you were unable to see their info_smallmkSolaire on display, you now have a second chance.

We are so deeply pleased that the Museum of Science and Industry has decided to extend the Smart Home exhibit’s run through January 2010! Having closed on January 4th, the exhibit will reopen its doors on March 19th, ready to share even more new ways, big and small, that people can lead eco-friendly lives.

where: Chicago, IL
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

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Flat pack cabins from Form & Forest

Link to Flat pack cabins from Form & Forest
http://www.formandforestblog.com/

Jetson Green featured a new company called info_smallForm & Forest.

They will be launching on February 19, 2009 with a full set of flat pack prefab cabins designed by info_smallD'Arcy Jones Design.

The cabins are shipped flat as pre-assembled panels, and Form & Forest anticipates this will save time and waste in the construction process.

One of the first models (seen above):

model: info_smallCowboy
manufacturer: info_smallForm & Forest
size: 635 sf
BR: 1
baths:1

The company's site is organized as a blog. You can also follow their progress on Twitter.

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Home tour in Portland, Oregon this weekend Feb. 21

Link to Home tour in Portland, Oregon this weekend Feb. 21
http://www.11xdesign.com/

If you find yourself in Portland, OR this weekend, you might want to check out this modern home tour.

11xDesign is a free open house of new buildings designed, financed and developed by eleven local architects and designers. The buildings are in different stages of completion.

Of particular interest to Prefabcosm readers, SIPS Residence (built from SIPs) by info_smallSeed Architecture Studio.

event: 11xDesign modern home tour
where: Portland, OR
date: February 21, 2009
time: 10:00am - 5:00pm
cost: Free!
notes: see map for addresses of all 11 locations (pdf)

Hat Tip: Jetson Green on February 16, 2009.

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GOOD magazine's prefab timeline

Link to GOOD magazine's prefab timeline
http://www.good.is/?p=15017

GOOD Magazine recently provided an interesting timeline of prefab history.

Did you know?

1624 – The first known prefab, a panelized wood house, is shipped from England to Massachusetts as housing for a fishing fleet.

They published a set of short articles as the GOOD Guide to Prefab Construction:

Publication: GOOD Magazine
Author: Alexandra Spunt
Date: February 4, 2009

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Photos of a Sunset Breezehouse being set in California

Link to Photos of a Sunset Breezehouse being set in California
http://blog.michellekaufmann.com/?p=1874

info_smallMichelle Kaufmann shared a series of 8 pictures of a info_smallSunset Breezehouse being set last weekend in the Central Valley of Northern California.

(It looks much warmer there compared to here in New England!)

available: Yes!
price: $499,000-$548,900
size: 1996 sf
BR: 3
baths: 2

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Jennifer Siegel interview at Awearness Blog

Andrew Huff of the Kenneth Cole Awearness Blog recently interviewed Jennifer Siegel, founder and principal of info_smallOffice of Mobile Design (OMD).

Well, there are three advantages [to prefab construction], which are the issues that play out in every building. There's always this issue of design or style, the issue of cost, and the issue of time. And what's exciting about factory-built or prefabricated systems is that all three of those become possible -- better design, less time, less money. And that's really the holy trinity in the design world.

Read part one and part two of the interview. (The post embeds the USA Network video that we covered two days ago, but the interview is their own.)

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Pictures of a B-Line Small

Link to Pictures of a B-Line Small
hivemodular.com

Jetson Green recently shared pictures of a info_smallB-Line house by info_smallHive Modular.

Here are the specs:

model: info_smallB-Line
designer: info_smallHive Modular
price: $185/sf
size: 1,410 sf
BR: 2
baths: 2

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Jennifer Siegel named 2009 Character Approved Honoree

USA Network recently named Jennifer Siegel as their 2009 Character Approved honoree for architecture.

The Character Approved Awards honor the characters of the U.S.A. who are changing the face of American culture. Character Approved honorees are innovators in their field who influence our opinions, our style, and our view of the world. They surprise and inspire us with fresh ideas. They are celebrated by their peers. And they have an authentic style that's all their own.

Jennifer Siegel founded CA-based info_smallOffice of Mobile Design (OMD)

Hat tip: Awearness Blog by Kenneth Cole on February 9, 2009.

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NY Times: Live the Box competition

Link to NY Times: Live the Box competition
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2009/02/01/realestate/01njzo-650.jpg

The New York times recently shared the winners of Live the Box: An International Design Competition.

According to the contest site:

AIA Newark and Suburban challenges the world’s most innovative thinkers and designers to re-invent the box with their most inspired and creative utilizations of shipping containers as the primary construct of an urban multi-family mixed use project.

They list the entrants and winners.

Read the NYT article for more details.

Author: Antoinette Martin
Publication: New York Times
Section: In the region: New Jersey
Length: 793 words
Date: February 1, 2009

(Hat tips: TreeHugger on February 2, 2009 and Apartment Therapy Re-Nest on February 3, 2009)

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Rocio Romero on the radio

KWMU 90.7, a radio station in Perryville, MO, recently broadcast a bit about info_smallRocio Romero.

It's not often that the terms "prefabricated home" and "modern architecture" are heard together. But a young architect in Missouri has spent a decade figuring out how to bring low prices to the realm of high design.

Listen to the broadcast (3:35) via the player at the top of the article, check out their slideshow, and read the accompanying article.

Author: Matt Sepic
Publication: KWMU (90.7)
Section: News
Length: 562 words
Date: January 23, 2009

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Custom modular homes in Massachusetts

Link to Custom modular homes in Massachusetts
http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090125/BIZ/901250304

The Cape Cod Times recently featured custom modular homes by info_smallRealty Development Associates in Sagamore, MA.

Modular home buyers now have a wide choice of fine features that rival those in stick-built homes, from tray and vaulted ceilings, to granite and marble tiles, carpet to wood flooring, maple or cherry cabinets, beadboard and paneled wainscoting and high-grade insulated windows.

Read the entire article for more details.

Author: Kathy Sharp Frisbee
Publication: Cape Cod Times
Section: Business
Length: 250 words
Date: January 25, 2009

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The Mountain Lodge in Sweden from PS Arkitektur

Link to The Mountain Lodge in Sweden from PS Arkitektur
http://www.psarkitektur.se/

Arch Daily featured The Mountain Lodge by Peter Sahlin of PS Arkitektur in Härjedalen, Sweden.

The Mountain Lodge is a modern take of a traditional barn of the region in Härjedalen, Sweden. The Lodge comes as prefabricated wooden units. It was originally designed in 2005 by architect Peter Sahlin for his own family, as a vacation retreat in the fells of Härjedalen. Five houses have since then been produced in the region.

The construction consists of a wooden framework and prefabricated wall- and roof elements.

Additional images can be seen on the architect's website, which has minimal information in English.

model: The Mountain Lodge
designer: PS Arkitektur
available: Sweden
price: €200,000 (~$259,330)
size: 85sqm and 100sqm (~915 - 1,076 sf)
BR: 2 - 3
notes: price includes interior fittings

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The ultra-affordable Universal World House

Link to The ultra-affordable Universal World House
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article5532512.ece

The Times Online (UK) covered a temporary home called The Universal World House by inventor Gerd Niemoeller.

It is made of paper, but according to The Times:

The interior of the prefabricated building panels resemble honeycombs; an air vacuum fills each of the units. The result: a strong and stable exterior wall, well insulated.

Wow:

Retailing for about $5,000 (£3,375), the house is supposed to brighten up Third World shantytowns and provide quick shelter for long-term refugees.

...the 36sq m paper house weighs barely 800kg (1,763lb) — lighter than a VW Golf.

Read the entire article, including comments from a number of interested buyers here in the US.

Author: Roger Boyes
Publication: The Times Online
Section: Europe News
Length: 566 words
Date: January 17, 2009

Hat tip: TreeHugger on January 21, 2009

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The Kokage House in Japan

Link to The Kokage House in Japan
http://www.suep.jp/YAM/page_thumb21.html

Last week, TreeHugger looked at the Kokage house by Hirokazu Suemitsu and Yoko Suemitsu of SUEP. (site in Japanese)

Kokage means "shade of a tree". The house is cooled by circulating water from underground through structural partitions that spread out like a tree.

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Michael Jantzen's concept R-House

Link to Michael Jantzen's concept R-House
http://www.michaeljantzen.com/portfolio/r-house&KeepThis=true&TB_iframe=true/

Inhabitat recently featured the info_smallR-House by architect info_smallMichael Jantzen:

... the oh-so-adaptable R-House. Intended as a vacation home, it is constructed nearly entirely from Accoya, a new ’species’ of sustainably-sourced wood designed for ultra-high performance and class 1 durability. Rotating walls slide around the exterior of the structure to keep sun and wind coming and going in all the right places. The house has both passive and prefab qualities and is built to be configured and assembled on-site.

The designer's website offers numerous images, but no information about size or price.

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Cottage in a Day by Michael Fitzhugh Architecture

Link to Cottage in a Day by Michael Fitzhugh Architecture
http://www.mfarchitect.com/

materialicious recently covered a home in Michigan called info_smallCottage in a day by architect info_smallMichael Fitzhugh:

Cottage in a Day is a modern, modular pre-fabricated structure based on a 14 foot square module. The cottages are built using structural insulated panels for floor, walls and roof....

Once transported the cottage modules were then assembled in five hours.

The company offers 4 models:

Model Price Size BR Baths

info_small1414-S $52,000-$56,000 182-282 sf 0-1 1
info_small1428-S $115,000 375-570 sf 0-1 1
info_small1428-SB $117,000 375-570 sf 0-1 1
info_small142814-L $152,400-$156,500 375-570 sf 1-1.5 1

Check out the assembly videos on their website.

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   1. So, what are SIPs anyway? (Mar 27, 2007)
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The Brightbuilt Barn

Link to The Brightbuilt Barn
http://www.brightbuiltbarn.com/pdfs/BBB_press_kit_v3.2.pdf

The New York Times recently featured a prefab house called the info_smallBrightBuilt Barn.

According to the BrightBuilt Barn website:

BrightBuilt Barn, a project that pushes the envelope of sustainable design, is the practical outcome of an in-depth collaboration between a team of the Northeast’s top green professionals and builders, and a visionary client coming together to create a super-green, offsite fabricated, and beautiful Net-Zero building that can be replicated and adapted over time.

The details:

manufacturer: info_smallBensonwood
price: $200,000
size: 700 sf
beds: 1 - 2
baths: 1

Follow the regularly updated blog to track the progress or check out the media kit (pdf) to see floorplans.

Other coverage around the web:

For more details, read the entire article.

Author: Steven Kurutz
Publication: The New York Times
Section: Home & Garden
Length: 195 words
Date: January 14, 2009

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International Builders' Show next week in Las Vegas

Link to International Builders' Show next week in Las Vegas
http://www.buildersshow.com/

The 2009 International Builders' Show (IBS) will be in Las Vegas next week.

Owned and produced by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), IBS is the largest annual light construction show in the world.

Who should attend? According to their website:

suppliers and manufacturers looking to market and sell to builders, architects, developers, dealers, and distributors.

Of particular interest to Prefabcosm readers, the (modular) NextGen “Urban Living” Home, built by info_smallChampion Genesis will be on display in the convention center parking lot.

where: Las Vegas, NV
location: Las Vegas Convention Center
date: January 20 - 23, 2008
notes: Registration required.

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The Portland Monthly looks at prefab

The Portland Monthly highlighted Prefab housing in their December 2008 issue.

Preston Koerner at Jetson Green paid particular attention to the number of prefab homes that have been sold. He says:

This is an important indicator, because as companies sell more homes, they may become assembly line oriented and recognize the benefits of various efficiencies and cost savings.

company homes
sold
since per
year

info_smallAlchemy Architects 20 2002 3-4
info_smallideabox 14 ~2006 6-7
info_smallMichelle Kaufmann Designs 34 2002 5-6
info_smallRocio Romero 64 2004 13-16

Read the full article for local details and more.

Subtitle: Stylish living, straight off the factory floor
Author: Camela Ramond
Publication: Portland Monthly
Section: Detail
Length: 1,310 words
Date: December 2008

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Video of MDesign's MCube Home

Last week, Inhabitat shared a video and pictures of info_smallMDesigns's MCube Home.

They previously described MCube Home:

The system is based on a translucent 10'-cube module which can be stacked in multiple floors and units for residential and commercial purposes. Made from concrete, steel, and luminous fiberglass daylighting wall panels, the system can be fully erected in 90 days at a cost starting at $100 per square foot!

model: MCube Home
designer: info_smallMDesign
construction method: prefabricated steel frame

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Modular classroom from Project Frog

Link to Modular classroom from Project Frog
http://www.bostonherald.com/business/technology/general/view.bg?articleid=1133818

The Boston Herald recently reprinted an Associated Press article about a modular classroom built by Project Frog.

it's a demonstration of how modular construction can be used to construct green buildings cheaper, faster and better.

The classroom was built as a part of the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo which was in Boston last week.

Project Frog ... uses modular building to offer affordable enviro-friendliness — [Mark Miller, the company’s chief executive officer] says its buildings are 25 percent cheaper than traditional construction, though more expensive than normal modular buildings... "I think it’s a huge and neglected part of green building," said [Miller].

The article listed a number of advantages of modular construction, including:

- each piece of the home can be specially designed and fitted, using materials produced with the least environmental impact for maximum energy efficiency and health - each component — the kitchen, the wiring — can be tested for quality in a factory away from the wind and rain

But also recognized the many challenges: (some we agree with, others we don't)

  • perception of being cheap and ugly
  • Americans generally remain skeptical about the quality of buildings
  • standardization can be a drawback ... because most people want to custom build
  • limited by relatively few modular building producers
  • difficulties transporting the sections to some tightly packed areas
  • nature of the housing market, in which most people remodel existing homes, rather than build new ones

Miller is hopeful despite the current housing market:

I can almost guarantee you that at the end of this, green building will still be around, and will probably be kicking up even more, and modular will still be around and be kicking up even more.

Read the whole article for more details, including interviews with:

Author: Associated Press
Publication: Boston Herald
Section: Technology Coverage
Length: 708 words
Date: November 20, 2008

Coverage of Project Frog on other blogs:

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The New York Times: Bronx prefab update

Link to The New York Times: Bronx prefab update
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/20/garden/20bronx.html

The New York Times follows up on the Resolution: 4 prefab in the Bronx that they covered back in February.

After years of living with their son in a 900-square-foot bungalow, Regina and Bill Marengo wanted a bigger place.

Ms. Marengo, a civil engineer, hit on the idea of ordering a prefabricated house. If it could be built in a factory and transported to the site, she reasoned, the family could trade up with minimal disruption.

Which proved to be true:

[the] Marengo’s move to their relatives’ house in Morris Park, the Bronx, lasted only four months; with on-site construction it would have been far longer.

The cost?

The Marengos said they paid about $200,000 to Simplex and slightly more than that to Northside Construction.... For designing the house, the firm Resolution: 4 Architecture received 15 percent of the overall costs.

owners: Regina and Bill Marengo
builders: Northside Construction and info_smallSimplex Homes
price: >$400,000
price/sf: ~$225/sf
size: 1,800 sf
notes: 2 18-ton prefab boxes

Read the full article for more details about Resolution: 4 and the construction process.

Title: Ordering Out for More Space (registration may be required, or start your search at Google News)
Author: Fred A. Bernstein
Publication: The New York Times
Section: Home & Garden
Length: 1.313 words
Date: November 21, 2008

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Aspen goes modular

Link to Aspen goes modular
http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20081104/NEWS/811049983/1077

A few weeks ago, the Aspen Times featured a number of high-end modular construction projects happening around the Aspen, CO area.

some modular home companies...“can make those [modular houses] look like all the other fancy custom homes in the valley,” and in certain cases they can do it quicker and for less money, according to Steve Bossart, a project manager with the city of Aspen who is familiar with ongoing studies into modular technologies.

They mention the following companies:

Read the full article for details.

Subtitle: Alternative construction techniques can keep building costs down
Author: John Colson
Publication: The Aspen Times
Section: Business
Length: 1,128 words
Date: November 4, 2008

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Binary Design Studio and the SEED[pod]

Link to Binary Design Studio and the SEED[pod]
http://binarydesignstudio.com/

Last month, a few blogs covered new prefab concepts from info_smallBinary Design Studio.

On October 13, 2008 Archinect wrote:

Binary has also created small SEED (pods) as an alternative form of affordable dwelling for that segment of the global market that cannot qualify for a traditional home.

(SEED = Small Energy Efficient Dwelling)

The Archinect post also briefly discusses another prefabricated element the studio is developing:

they are producing ceramic blocks, based on the thermodynamic strategies of barrel cacti and termite mounds.... Vollen and Clifford will manufacture the blocks themselves. They hope that these materials will soon be available in new homes.

On October 23, 2008 Inhabitat commented:

Like many prefab homes, the seed(pod) is based upon the idea that families can purchase a smaller home and then add on to it with modules as they need more space.

On October 27, 2008 Treehugger shared a skeptical view of small, affordable housing:

Such a lovely story, and a lovely design too. There are just a couple of problems with incremental design that so many in the prefab world have tried to solve: 1) Land ... 2) Laws ... 3) Price per square foot ... 4) Banks.

(Read the post for details on each.)

Other blog coverage:

Related Posts:
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Michelle Kaufmann interview at Green by Design

Link to Michelle Kaufmann interview at Green by Design
greenbydesign.com

Martha Denly of Green by Design was impressed by info_smallMichelle Kaufmann's white paper on "nutrition labels for homes". She had a few questions which Michelle Kaufmann was kind enough to answer.

Of particular interest to Prefabcosm readers:

Martha Denly:

I’d like to challenge the commonly held belief that the initial cost of a green home is always higher. It [may] be safe to assume there’s an average premium for green (you use $1-$2/sq. ft.), but is a premium necessarily the case? Have you seen any examples of green homes that were equivalent in upfront cost?

Michelle Kaufmann:

...I think it’s time that green builders take a (smart!) page out of the cookie-cutter suburban developer’s handbook and start incorporating some of that tried-and-true streamlining into their own practice. Of course, green builders need to take a more sustainable approach, but being able to mass-produce green homes will go farther than anything else to get rid of the green premium.

That’s exactly why we use prefabricated modular construction to produce our homes. It not only allows for reduced costs, but also reduces timeframes and construction waste (as much as 50 to 75 percent less than with conventional homes). It’s helping us to get closer to achieving our mission of making thoughtful, sustainable design accessible to all.

Read the entire post for the full Q&A.

Related Posts:
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Forbes.com on the future of manufactured housing

A recent article at Forbes.com looks beyond the current downturn:

When U.S. housing recovers, the leading homebuilders may not be the ones to benefit.

Instead:

Humble creators of manufactured housing. Not only are these low-end homes more in keeping with the spirit of the times than mutant McMansions, they look much better than the double-wides of yore and subsidy-happy Uncle Sam is about to include them under the aegis of its favored lending programs.

According to the article:

Starting in April [2009], the Federal Housing Administration is increasing loan limits to $70,000 from $46,000 when only the manufactured home -- and not the property beneath -- is being financed.

FHA loans are becoming hugely popular:

...because they are essentially the only low-downpayment loan offering available...There is no income ceiling or credit floor on an FHA insured loan. A borrower just needs to come up with a 3.0% downpayment and prove sufficient income to pay back the loan.

We previously covered the difference between manufactured (HUD code) and modular (regular code) homes.

Read the article for more details.

Subtitle: When U.S. Housing recovers, the leading homebuilders may not be the ones to benefit.
Author: Maurna Desmond
Publication: Forbes
Section: Markets / Housing
Length: 715 words
Date: November 20, 2008

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Spirit Cabins - modular cabins and log homes

Link to Spirit Cabins - modular cabins and log homes
http://www.spiritcabins.com/

From a recent press release about info_smallSpirit Cabins:

Don and Kristie Kinsey know firsthand the devastation a hurricane can cause. When Hurricane Katrina demolished their house in 2005, they decided to invest their insurance money in a home that would withstand future storms. After extensive research, the Kinseys chose the Boulder, Colorado-based company Spirit Cabins...The Kinseys were even more pleased with their decision after Hurricane Ike ripped through their Bay St. Louis, Mississippi neighborhood, destroying the area. Their home had survived fully intact.

More about the company:

Spirit Cabins combines old world craftsmanship ... with modern production technology in our state-of-the-art facility to produce fully assembled modular log homes and cabins... [They] deliver on-site nationwide completed modules customized to your needs that require little finishing work.

They offer three disctinct product lines:

And even furniture.

Other interesting pages on the company's website:

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The VH R-10 gHouse: SIPs on Martha's Vineyard

Recently, Boston Magazine featured an article about the VH R-10 gHouse on Martha's Vineyard.

Why SIPs?

Because he couldn't be on-site every day, [Petrucci] decided to use a premanufactured structural insulated panel system built in a factory in New Hampshire and shipped to the site to be erected..."Prefab panels are a single stroke solution for structure and insulation, and they go up fast," says Petrucci. In fact, it took just three days to get the entire structure up.

Also worth noting: Petrucci is the director of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Arizona State University.

Read the entire article for more details.

Subtitle: An anything-but-typical dream home on Martha's Vineyard takes green design to new heights.
Author: Jessica Cerretani
Publication: Boston Magazine Magazine
Section: Featured Article
Length: 1,156 words
Date: unknown

(Hat tip: materialicious on October 20, 2008)

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Architectural Record: the VH R-10 gHouse

Link to Architectural Record: the VH R-10 gHouse
http://archrecord.construction.com/residential/recordhouses/2008/08_VH/1.asp

Architectural Record shared an online excerpt of an April 2008 article about the VH R-10 gHouse on Martha's Vineyard.

Where did they come up with the name?

  • VH = Vineyard Haven, the town on Martha's Vineyard where the house is located
  • R-10 = the zoning district
  • gHouse = guest house

[The house was] so profoundly shaped by local restrictions that it adopted the zoning district—R-10—as part of its name.

The local restrictions seem tight:

Guesthouses in the district...may encompass no more than 600 square feet, their height may not exceed 24 feet...the basement may not be accessed from the building’s interior.

But the architect managed to work around them:

The small loft and spacious lower-level guest suite do not count toward the square footage allotted by zoning so, cleverly, 600 technical square feet become 1,000 square feet of livable space.

Details on the house:

model: VH R-10 gHouse
designer: Darren Petrucci, AIA
construction method: structural insulated panels (SIPs)
size: 1,000 sf
footprint: 16' x 40'
beds: 2
baths: 1
lot: 12,518 sf

Be sure to check out the images:

Subtitle: Pushing the envelope: Darren Petrucci reinvents the vacation guesthouse with the VH R-10 gHouse on Martha's Vineyard
Author: Beth Broome
Publication: Architectural Record
Section: Residential
Length: 506 words (excerpt of article)
Date: April 2008

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