Green Clayton i-house Launches at $75k

iHouse Clayton Homes

On Saturday, the world descended upon Omaha, Nebraska for the annual shareholder meeting of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRKA and BRKB).  Clayton Homes is one of the company's subsidiaries and officially launched the much talked about i-house at the annual meeting.  We mentioned the i-house in January, and since that time, a number of readers have asked about specifics.  Well, the i-house website is now up, and Clayton Homes is giving us details:

Standard Features:
The i-house comes with a number of standard green features: R-21 wall insulation, R-30 floor insulation, R-30 roof insulation, low-e windows, dual-flush toilets, galvanized metal roofing, corrugated steel siding, butterfly roof with rainwater collection, and no-VOC paints.  For a price, purchasers can get 2 kW of solar ($13.4k), tankless water heater ($890), and Energy Star stackable w/d ($1,350), etc. 

A.  i-house I – $74,900
The first option for the i-house includes 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom in a 723 square feet package.  This smaller i-house can be configured in at least seven different ways, depending on whether you go with one of three flex structures and different porch sizes.  The flex structures range in size from 268 – 620 square feet.

I-house-1-723sf

I-house-723sf-floorplan

B.  i-house II – $93,300
The second option for the i-house includes 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom in a 1023 square feet package.  The larger i-house can also be configured in a least seven different ways, depending on the three available flex structures and different porches. 

I-house-2-1023sf

I-house-1023sf-floorplan

Delivery Costs
A major question for prefab buyers is the cost of delivery.  Clayton uses your zip code and your package and calculates shipping for you.  Price clarity is a big part of everything on the i-house website, and buyers will certainly appreciate knowing (with the exception of land, foundation, permitting, and connection costs) what they're paying for. 

See the first built Clayton Homes i-house.

Photos & renderings: Clayton Homes.


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  • Josh Capistrant

    As a former weeHouse designer, I can say that this is good. But this is basically what has been out there for years. Compare to MKD models, weeHouse models. I recognize the pricing as good. People are trying to get this idea to catch on with the general public. Trust me, some of these people aren’t making any money doing these. Still the site costs and potential permitting snafu’s that one can get into locally must be considered. You see a house for 75k and that’s a great headline, but really, Its not comparable to the general market of used inefficient and sub-par developer fare out there. Here you get a quality house that satisfies with less space. It will last longer and be better suited to our environmental/energy needs when the other options are being torn down. The real ‘green’ aspect here is build small, build quality.

  • Anonymous

    Those houses would fit right into the trailer parks I’ve seen.

    Is modern home architecture a rehash of the single wide trailer house?

    • http://www.concoursee.com Concourse E

      I wouldn’t necessarily classify this as modern.

  • http://mportlandrealestate.com Portland Real Estate

    I have been watching this company for some time now (I have some strange unnatural interest in prefab green homes). They seem like some really smart people with some great designs. I hope that they build more locations in the future though, currently shipping is a very big part of their cost.

  • Sonia

    hooal, mejor se hubieran comrpado una casa asi…. o podrias construir/disenar una casa asi para los chillos…

  • Brian N.

    This is really cool. I really like how they offer so many floorplans for different budgets and family sizes. I wish they had an optional garage and/or greenhouse that could be subbed for the “flex” house.

    Now that there are several smaller green factory built homes out there, I would love to see a feature by feature comparison of them…. the i-house at first glance seems like it has a lot of great features for that price.

  • Calhan

    Very nice. Great designs, sensible, good value. Agree with Josh wholeheartedly, not especially groundbreaking designwise, but very nice all the same and awfully reasonably priced. Perhaps a green lining to most everyone’s current real estate woes is that people will be more inclined to apply a bit more common sense in their home buying decisions which can only benefit the sensible, small + quality builders. Hopefully enough to enable some economies of scale to kick in, wider distribution networks, wedges to break down the obstacles to more widespread adoption. Circumstances seem to be conspiring in that direction and these little homes sure seem like a big step in the right direction.

  • Alex

    I’m in the market for a house and I want it green every cubic meter. The primary obstacle for me is price, but perhaps this one is priced a bit too low. American housing is so far behind the rest of the world in terms of “green” housing (yes, I’ve lived overseas) that every component I need, whether it’s solar panels, solar powered attic fan, or point source water heaters, is custom and therefore extremely expensive. So, I’m really interested in this idea. Unfortunately, this cute little house doesn’t cut it for me. While it may be great for people who can squeeze into 1000 square feet and don’t mind something that looks like a trailer, I have three kids and two dogs and I want something that’s a bit more aesthetically pleasing. I hope you will soon offer a design with at least 3 BR, two sitting areas, an outdoor or courtyard living space, and space for a rooftop veggie garden, solar options, and that looks more like a Frank Lloyd Wright design rather than a trailer park wannabe!

  • Leland Wykoff

    Potato, Patato.

    Modular, Manufactured.

    In the end it is nothing more than an overpriced trailer. Go out into the world and build a designer home for this kind of money. Do not look to trailer-park operators for fashion forward design.

    For architectural design of originality simply look here:

    http://www.mkd-arc.com/homes/

    Note the significant similarities between these designs and the new Clayton home.

    Let’s just call it what it is–the Clayton F-House.

    • M.A.SMITH

      I like MKD homes – especially Glide House – but it is overpriced.

    • Sotto1

      So low income green habitation isn’t “fashion forward”???

      Unbelievable snobbery.

  • Jason P.

    I Love it!
    For people who CHOOSE to own a mobile home instead of a site built home this is great!
    I prefer mobile homes because of the GREEN quality of even the older mobile homes, They’re much bigger now and overall cost of ownership is nothing compared to all you have to pay for a site built home in the long run.
    There are so many misconceptions about mobile homes.
    I’ve owned mine for years and LOVE it.
    The i-house seems great. My only complaint. THE COST!!!
    More people will buy conventional mobile homes because a LARGE new one is half the price of this small i-house.
    so for that, boo!

  • Andrew West

    As a former mortgage broker, I agree with Leland Wykoff—it’s an overpriced trailer. Good luck getting high appraisal values when it’s time to sell. Good luck getting decent rates when refi’ing—you get hit for “manufactured” and hit higher if it’s a double wide and that’s IF the bank will even finance a trailer home (very few do). They don’t hold their values in the long term and for what these folks are charging for this overpriced trailer home in addition to the potentially lost equity down the road you are way better off buying a REAL home. I will admit they look gorgeous and may even be eco-friendly and low maintenance—however, if you believe investing into a home will appreciate in value over time, stay clear from these “potatoes”. Don’t judge a gift by the wrapping!

    • Robert Chambers

      man what a confused fellow you are. really, no resale value is it real property or personal property. people really should not talk about things dont know anything about. even fha is getting more involved with manufactured home loans (or trailers as you call them). rates are the same and in some cases you can get better rates and no closing cost saving huge money? These homes are constucted in a very efficient plant. building dozens a month, vs bob the local builder who builds three a year. manufactured homes are federally inspected before the leave. bobs house is inspected by Marv his brother in law. $36 a square foot vs $90 a square foot. whats a better deal?

  • Brian N.

    I understand the criticisms, but unfortunately not everyone can afford an MKD Glide House. I doubt you will be seeing these i-houses dropped into existing mobile home parks. I imagine new developments with only green factory built homes will sprout up now that the cost is coming down to where the average person can afford it.

    And I reject the idea that an i-house set up on a nice piece of land will not appreciate. As the energy crisis in this country deepens there will be no shortage of people willing to buy a house with $1/ month energy bills.

    I find it funny that a factory built MKD home doesn’t get the same criticisms as a factory built Clayton i-house. They are both manufactured in a factory and shipped on a truck. They are both great, IMHO.

  • http://www.chirstopherhaase.com Christopher Haase

    Buffets green investments are showing promise on his promises and these are excellent models that set a new tone for a starving marketplace.

    Nice take on it Preston… actually linked here via several other sites. Your piece was well received by the sphere.

  • Danielle

    I thought this was a great deal. I have been looking for months to find a green home that I can build for under $200,000. (Land in my area is 25,000 to 50,000) Though I completely agree that “mobiles” are a pain to finance, I also think that the low energy costs and higher end finishes will attract buyers.

    I think that many of you may be missing the point of all this. Get our world and especially our country living sustainably. This makes green available to the mass market. Make sure you consider that people may be looking for advice in these comments. Would you rather them not go green at all?

  • bob

    I could get triple wide for that much.lol if “our” country really wanted to go green then they should legalized hemp and plant it in the million and millions of acres of open land in the US. Hemp has thousands of uses and could save the world. Our country doesn’t give a damn about going “green” the just care about making money off it.

  • wdilma jolivette

    would like to put a house on a lot that is 26×98. would llike a two bed room and 2 1/2 bath.
    would also like to see one . I live in new orleans.la. 70125

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