Green Home Prefab Cottage in a Day


We've been watching the prefab scene as close as anyone, and it seems the recreational variety is honestly taking hold.  This company, Cottage in a Day, provides factory-built, energy-efficient, green homes.  They currently provide roughly four models, which, not counting the included decks, range in size from 182 – 375 square feet or more.  The homes are made in Traverse City, Michigan and built with locally sourced materials (except the bamboo).  And the idea is that they can be put up quite quickly, assuming the concrete pier foundation is ready to go.



Some of the green materials used in the construction of a Cottage in a Day Home include Energy Star windows, efficient heating and cooling systems, natural wood walls and finishes, SIP construction, etc.  Perhaps, one of my favorite features, which can also be used for security, is the movable shutter doors.  They cover the windows and doors, and probably provide a bit of relief from the sun if the rays are hitting just right. 

According to the company's website, the prefab modules are built to Energy Star and LEED for Homes standards.  The home pictured here uses four modules and a connector hallway.  It's quite slick, don't you think?  I say: if you're looking for a home, getaway, cabin, guest home, artist studio, migrant housing, disaster relief housing, or the like, make sure to give Cottage in a Day a look. 




[=] Cottage in a Day Facebook Page

First noticed at Re-Nest.

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  • Brian Neill

    Very cool! I really like the simplicity of these. Obviously they will custom design a larger floorplan, because the one in the pictures is larger than the models they offer on their website?

    I wonder if they will add other things like solar, etc.?

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for pointing this out Preston, had not heard of them. Pretty cool!

  • Lauren

    i would love more info about these…
    can you build one out in CAlifornia for me?

    • Preston

      Lauren, I’m sure the company would be willing to help you look into the process, although they’re based out of MIchigan. Feel free to contact them, we’re just a blog …

  • Garreth Wilcock

    This looks perfect some urban infill sites here in Austin. There are some high land values that continue to go up. I just want a prefab green home to help defray the property taxes. Cool article – thanks for bringing cottage in a day to my attention!

  • drew

    Thanks for writing about Cottage in a Day on your blog. We certainly appreciate the attention to all of our hard work. In an effort to keep the record straight, Cottage in a Day is a business that hired architect Michael Fitzhugh “to draw” a previously determined design, arrived at through focus groups, design salons, and transportation limitations. While Michael is a talented young architect, which is why we selected him to be part of the team, he did not design the Cottage in a Day concept. Thanks.

    • Preston

      All fixed up. Thanks for the clarification and hope business is going good!

  • Hüseyin Dinç

    cute homes, beautiful designs

  • Room Addition

    This is a great site. I love the pictures and think it is important to be green

  • Jeremy

    I have seen these first-hand, and I have to say the potential behind the units is huge. Part of my graduate research focuses on green residential prefab, and this is one of the most comprehensive ideas I’ve seen. A lot of value in this product.

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