Johnson Creek weeHouse Prefab Home

Johnson Creek weeHouse Prefab

Wow, check out this stunning, prefab home located in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.  Just like the Marfa Weehouse, a home we talked about a long time ago, this home was designed by Alchemy Architects.  The Johnson Creek weeHouse is a 2,200 sf retreat home consisting of the main living area for daily activities and a small tower for less intenstive activities, like sleeping.  The two parts are connected by a patio bridge and the entire home is surrounded by the heavily wooded site.   

Gander at the images and note the simplicity of construction.  We’re talking about, I believe, a total of four modules with some extras.  And generally speaking, the materials used are similar to those used in other weeHouses.  The result: high design at a more approachable price.

The various problems with prefab have been discussed often, but as companies start to ramp up production, the benefits and green aspects of prefab, I believe, become more dominant.  And according to a recent article in Portland Monthly, approximately 20 weeHouses have been sold since 2002.  That number may seem small, but it’s not.  With each house, the process becomes more refined and homes get better and better …






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  • james

    Lovely, but so, so wasteful. 2,200 s.f. for a retreat? That’s bigger than most people’s primary residence. I’m hoping the economic crisis will cause a few people to reconsider such extravagance.

    • Preston

      Average build out for a sf home in 2006 was something like 2400 square feet. Hard to say whether this is bigger than most people’s primary residence. Love the design, though.

  • dubois

    I might have considered a prefab for our green home, if they didn’t all look like various arrangements of shipping containers. This is an interesting variation, but too late for us.

    • Preston

      That’s part of the appeal of prefab — include the modernists and exclude the traditionalists!! No really, if you were still looking for less modern prefab, check out Michelle Kaufmann Designs or Blu Homes. They can be modern, but they can also be a little more warm or traditional looking.

  • Anonymous

    Preston –
    Thanks for the positive perspective of your post. The difficulty in producing a flexible program that is accessible to many different types of people, budgets, project types does mean that at some point, choices are going to be made.

    Incidentally, we are developing on a slightly more traditional manifestation of the weeHouse program that follows some of the other modern-traditional design apparent in our custom work. Hey, we’re Midwesterers after all, and we grew up with barns, silos, traincars, polebarns (and yes, shipping containers) in our backyards. Home sweet home.

    Geoffrey Warner – Alchemy

  • Prefab Green Homes

    Wow what a stunning home. I love the pictures of this house. It’s modern, but without the cold, sterile feeling.

    The great thing about green homes today is you don’t have to sacrifice your style, quality or design to help reduce your negative environmental impact on the planet.

    Great post.


  • Elaine

    I actually live in Honesdale, and am interested in how much this cost. I currently rent here, WAS planning on buying here, but haven’t found anything within my price range which has what I need. I’m tentatively planning on moving this spring to Western Mass. Is there any way I could find out how much something like this–but even smaller–and one story–would run in this area? Thanks!!

  • Rich Mintz

    Very nice! :)

  • Nordicasa

    All kind of prefab houses are built for people who care for comfort – this is another approach from europe –

  • Victoria-Ozarks Crescent Mural

    It’s nice to come across this again. This is my all-time favorite design. I wish I had this place!

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