Lower Cost Green Prefabs from LA


There's a lot of news coming out of the prefab world these days and we thought it was time to mention a new line of modular green homes from Marmol Radziner Prefab called Locomo — or LOwer COst MOdular. With this new line, the company hopes to make “green prefab homes more available to individuals and small families,” said principal Leo Marmol in a statement.

Locomo models are prefabricated with wood framing and include anywhere from one to four bedrooms. Finish options include engineered bamboo flooring, Marmoleum flooring, dual-glazed low-E windows, and energy-efficient appliances.

These homes range in size from 800 to 2,200 square feet and can be factory-built in various locations throughout the country. Prices range from $200 to $250 per square foot, or $200,000 to $700,000, according to Dexigner.

Locomo prefabs are more affordable than others from Marmol Radziner Prefab — custom designs cost anywhere from $400 per square foot — but they’re not necessarily cheap. Yet this is the direction most observers expect from prefab, and we look forward to seeing Locomo homes in the future.



[+] Get more information on Locomo Prefabs from Marmol Radziner

Credits: Marmol Radziner Prefab.

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  • Anonymous

    I dont know. Anyone who has ever worked in construction or built their own home knows that $200-250 for a prefab house (which is supposed to result in savings via an efficient building process) is far too high for what you get. These prefab houses need to come way down in price if they’re ever going to make much sense for the average person. Think about it. We are talking about a series of boxes (in most cases) that are fabricated in a warehouse to be assembled on site. The finishes dont really qualify as high end, nor do the other materials. They’re just too expensive and you could contract out a better house for less money if you knew what you were doing. I love prefabs and all but the prices i keep seeing are borderline offensive.

  • http://twitter.com/danisaacs Dan Isaacs

    Um, a low end of $200/ft^2 is still pretty high. I have a 400K house in the suburbs of Raleigh, NC that is only worth $120/ft^2. For $200, I’d be expecting a mansion with the highest end of finishes and amenities. :)

  • http://www.ecozome.com Jen Pennington

    I agree with the statements made below. I am building a prefab SIPs home with my husband as green as we can, but there are so many things that go into the engineering that no one ever tells you about, and these expenses keep adding up. Currently I’m at $134 per sq. ft for a 2600 sq. ft house, that includes all my Energy efficient appliances, windows and doors, mechanicals, a radiant floor heating system under concrete and SIPs envelope. I expect the price to rise by at least another $10 per sq.ft once the finishes are put are in. But will my house be energy efficient, have a rainscreen to prevent water damage under siding, a series of drainage systems and a cistern to collect rainwater for both outdoor use and fire protection? You bet it will. So for $200/sq. ft., just for the house, I would want to know what other systems are a part of the design?

  • E Mann

    yeah, these guys are high. $200-250 sq ft is laughable. I can EASILY have that 800 sq ft rectangular box, stick built on site by a local contractor for less than half that (including bamboo floors). it’s 800 SQFT!

  • George

    I agree with your sentiments. Many builders and designers are confused about what constitutes affordable, because they’ve spent their career building $500/ft custom projects and just don’t understand that such projects are on the very upper fringes of the market.

    If you live on the East Coast, LABhaus is offering modern prefab, with SIP construction, and luxury fittings and finishes for around $150/sq ft turn key. The next house will be set in New Jersey at the end of summer.
    The standard LABhaus fittings package including FSC-certified 6″ select white oak plank flooring, rift-sawn white oak cabinetry with solid-surface counter tops, and Jenn Air appliances with induction cooking. The bathrooms have Kohler stillness faucets, custom vanities with under-mount sinks, white micro-crystal glass flooring, mosaic marble wet-bed showers, frameless glass shower doors, and honed marble accents.

    Most impressively, the home will feature LABhaus’s industry-leading R40 SIP engineered wall systems!


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