New Zero Series Prefab from Studio 101


Michelle Kaufmann just announced the launch of three new prefab homes available exclusively through Studio 101 Designs and built by Blazer Industries.  These homes — Ridge0, Vista0, and Contours0 — are part of the Zero Series designed to produce as much energy as is needed over the course of a year.  As you can tell from the renderings, they're undeniably contemporary and seemingly approachable at the same time.


Zero Series homes will be prefabricated to require minimal button up work using tested systems and materials.  Contours0 and Vista0 focus on outdoor aspects as much as indoor living, while Ridge0 was designed with Passive House standards in mind. 

These new homes range in size from 422 to 2643 square feet and prices start at $66,500.  All of them prioritize the five eco principles of smart design, eco materials, energy efficiency, water conservation, and healthy environment.  

You'll recall that MKD, Michelle Kaufmann's prior company, shut down and was bought out by Blu Homes.  Prefabs by the old company will be made available by Blu Homes over time. 

Blu just re-launched the old website, mkd-arc, and intends to announce a revised Glidehouse in mid-August, according to Maura McCarthy, co-founder and vice president of sales and marketing of Blu Homes.  Reflecting on today's news, McCarthy told us in an email, "[Kaufmann] is a very talented designer and proponent in this industry and we appreciate our relationship with her."  

So while the prior designs still live on (and will be transformed by Blu's folding technology), the Zero Series opens up some new opportunities for folks looking to build an energy-efficient green home. 





[+] Read about the launch of these Zero Series prefab homes.

Credits: Michelle Kaufmann Studio.

  • Chad Ludeman

    Prices do not include solar panels to achieve their Net Zero Energy goals…

  • bruteforcecollaborative

    “designed with Passive House standards in mind.”i don’t even know what this means… i can design a 40,000sf mansion ‘w/ Passive House standards in mind’ – but unless it’s actually built to passive house standards (and not whatever i think those standards are IN MY MIND), and then certified, it’s not a Passive House.

    • Preston

      I’m sure you can figure out what this means.

  • Yawn

    A quick review of all the companies with prefab announcements like this shows that 98% of them are now kaput. This is getting to be really boring.

    Price is the problem, not that anyone listens. Blu Home pricing is nutty.

  • john alder

    I’m guessing (based on the filed lawsuit), that BluHomes isn’t loving their relationship with Michelle Kaufmann (AKA Studio 101) about now:

    • Yawn

      Looks like she may have violated the old “non-compete” she no doubt signed.

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