A future homeowner inherits a chunk of land in Ulster County, New York and decides to put a dreamy modern prefab on it. I can understand that. The owner picks an LVL model home from Rocio Romero, and the kit costs $47,000, including such things as the plans, a construction binder, open wall panels, certain structural materials, and the exterior siding. The owner budgets just over $120,000 to finish the 1,669 square-foot home and hires a contractor to do the work, but that’s where things go wrong.
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I hope you’re enjoying Earth Day and doing something to better your impact on the planet. Over the years, I’ve come to realize what’s important on this site is not to criticize others for not doing this or that but to curate and share good insight as much as possible. And the insight I’m most optimistic about for the future is green prefab. So I’m going to give away 10 copies of a great prefab book called Prefabulous + Sustainable by Sheri Koones.
- A prefab, short on the fab.
- Light bulb of the future available on Earth Day.
- Eco-friendly products make spring cleaning green.
- The new icons (literally) of energy-efficient technologies.
- To upgrade energy efficiency, replace old windows last.
- How green are electric cars? That depends.
- Buyers now expect LEED-certified homes.
- Passive Houses hit Brooklyn.
If you take all the benefits of prefab building, combine it with over twenty years of building experience, and mix in pure, relentless coolness, you might just find yourself buying a home from JET PreFab,* and having fun while you’re doing it.
Just in time for outdoor entertaining and BBQ, Loll Designs introduced a new line called the Fresh Air Collection derived from a flat-pack design for furniture originally intended to be shipped in a prefab, disaster-relief home. The home never materialized but that didn’t stop Loll from finishing their designs. The collection is made with paper-composite Richlite for structural bracing and recycled and recyclable HDPE (from milk jugs). Fresh Air includes a table at $760 and benches from $210.