Articles - September, 2012

Blu Homes Prefab Unfolded in Joshua Tree

Not to be outdone by Blue Sky, itHouse, or Siegal, California-based prefab company Blu Homes has a new home that will be open this weekend in Joshua Tree.  This one was finished for Tim Disney, the great-nephew of Walt Disney and a board member and investor in Blu Homes, according to the Los Angeles Times

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New Cree LED Downlights Are a No Brainer

In July 2012, Cree announced brighter LED downlights in the CR Series.  The CR4-575L fits a 4″ housing and delivers 575 lumens, 90 CRI, 2700 Kelvin, dimming up to 5%, and 50,000 hours while only using 9.5 watts of energy.  The CR6-800L fits a 6″ housing and delivers 800 lumens, 90 CRI, 2700 Kelvin, dimming up to 5%, and 50,000 hours while only using 12 watts of energy.  Both are Energy Star qualified and they’re available in either the Edison or GU24-type bases.  The CR4 sells for about $53, and the CR6 sells for about $55 (both at EarthLED).

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Hulger Intros Baby Plumen CFL Lightbulb

Today Hulger announced the new Baby Plumen 001, a designer CFL light bulb that tracks the original Plumen 001.  It’s a smaller 9-watt bulb that’s meant to replace a 40-watt incandescent.  The 220-volt version is available today through Plumen.com, while the 120-volt version, which is compatible in North America, will be available later this year.  The Baby Plumen lasts about 8,000 hours and has a color temperature of 2700 Kelvin.

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Doe Bay Cottage Prefab on Orcas Island

Speaking of the Cottage Series, here’s the first prefab home in this line by Method Homes with a design by Studio 29. Located on Orcas Island, the home was designed for a Washington family wanting a vacation getaway with some of the more traditional details — sleeping loft, breakfast nook, window seats, etc — typically found in classic homes of the 19th century.

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Method Announces Prefab Cottage Series

If your design palette is traditional, you’ll probably like the new Cottage Series by Studio 29 and Method Homes. The Cottage Series marries craftsman style with off-site fabrication in six floor plans.  These have tiered pricing based on things like the materials, interior palette, and finish packages.  For a general idea, pricing is between about $215,400 – $498,300 (not including separate, optional garage and ADU structures from $23,000).

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