Method Homes Intros S-M-L Prefab Series


About a year ago, we first brought you news of Method Homes and their plan to build a prefab cabin in Glacier, Washington.  And they built the inaugural Method Cabin in about three months.  Now, Method Homes, in collaboration with Balance Architects, is officially launching the Balance S-M-L Series of prefab designs with three main models: small, medium, and large.  Of note, these prefab models have been designed to arrive 95% complete within three months of purchase.  The models range in size from 540 to 856 square feet, and in price from $98,000 to $148,000. 

The S-M-L Series is flexible and green.  They can be used as on or off the grid cabins, guest houses, studios, offices, ADUs, or even small houses.  The design prioritizes a natural aesthetic and all three models will be designed to LEED certification.  Standard amenities include some of the following:

  • Aluminum clad exterior fir interior high efficiency windows
  • Blown in cellulose enhanced insulation
  • Prewiring and pre-piping for solar PV panels and solar hot water systems
  • Standing seam metal roofing
  • Custom FSC maple plywood cabinets
  • Custom fabricated awnings
  • Smooth wall sheetrock
  • Rainscreen siding application
  • Low-flow fixtures and Energy Star lighting

Depending on your budget and commitment to all things green, upgrades include: FSC tropical hardwood decking; FSC framing material; high efficiency woodstove; built in audio, security, and energy monitoring options; two levels of tile package options; multiple flooring options (including engineered bamboo, stand woven bamboo, and FSC domestic woods); tongue and groove ceilings throughout; hydronic air handler, mini split system, and radiant heat mechanical options; and larger operable door units.



Method Homes is doing well in the prefab market these days.  They have five projects scheduled for 2009, including two cabins, two M models, and another prefab.  Plus they have several other homes in the works, and maybe you'll be one of them.  We'll keep you posted as new prefab homes are completed …

Rendering credits: Method Homes.

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  • Ron Brenner

    I love this concept. I know this must appeal to young, hip buyers. I wonder if you might explore slightly more “familiar” designs. Perhaps gabled roof shotguns combined with the continuous areas of glass.

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    • Preston

      That’s a good idea Ron, I’ll look around.

      The best we have right now, by my quick recollection, is HOM (door on the side, though), Zamore, and the mkHearth (two-level).

  • Concourse E

    ~$180 sqft with no solar or substantial energy efficiency features installed? Why is this appealing again? I still wonder what the business model is for pre-fab and who is buying this. Trust me I WANT TO MEET THEM cause have I got a deal for them:)

    If you can go and buy a 3000+sqft stick built house constructed 25% with 100% recycled steel with 3.3kw solar PV, solar hot water, spray foam insulation, and countless other green features and finishes at $170 sqft with the land/landscaping, why would you want this pre-fab rectangle that, IMO, has very little architectural significance?

    I want pre-fab to work more than anyone, but it’s got to make sense economically. I use our project (which is packed full of expensive green technologies, features and finishes) as an example to show how expensive pre-fab really is; yet it’s marketed like it’s supposed to be affordable housing? I don’t get it. And who wants to live in 550 sqft for $100k? Someone explain why this obvious disassociation isn’t the case.

    • bente

      i think that the option you are advocating and the one presented here have, although seemingly similar, very different goals. there is not only one shade of green.

      the option that you are advocating here at 3000+sqft is easily marketable to the masses since what you are doing is providing the good conscience that comes with the nomenclature of “green living” without asking the occupants to give anything up.

      the alternative up here, which i admit i know only what has been presented here about the project, attempts to approach green from a different standpoint. green can mean thinking about having a smaller footprint, disrupting less of the land (another advantage of prefab since construction on the site is minimal, there is less wear and tear). a smaller home asks the occupant to minimize so that there is no excess. you take only what you need to this house.

      of course, there are innumerable other variables in this comparison and i will not venture to say which is ‘greener’ or even the better deal, but i will say that i find it a tough comparison to make. to each their own.

  • Tyler Portland Real Estate

    I have seen their website before, it looks like they are really going places. I would love to have a green prefab home someday. My ultimate dream is to share a nice piece of land with some family members, and each have our own prefab home somewhere apart from each other on the property. That way kids can go see grandma by walking across the big yard, but I still get my privacy and mom still gets hers.

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