A couple months ago I mentioned the launch of Unity Homes, a new brand of prefab homes by Bensonwood, and this is the first Unity home. It’s located in Brattleboro, Vermont and the on-site assembly took just three days — with a weather-tight shell in two days. The Xyla plan has factory-built wall and roof panels that are wrapped and shipped vertically. The walls are guided in place with a crane and anchored, and then the roof panels are set. After that the crew works on taping seams, installing trim, and finishing the siding. It’s quite the process!
These are Greenway Townhouses designed by Arbor South Architecture and built by Arbor South Construction (the same group behind The Sage, a high-scoring LEED Platinum project in Eugene). Construction just barely finished, and Arbor South will now focus on renting the 11 units of about 950 square feet each. Greenway Townhouses have been certified Earth Advantage Platinum, according to Bill Randall, principal at Arbor South, and will target LEED Gold certification.
If you want something more in a chicken coop, we know of a few stylish options. Like Moop, for example, the Modern Coop for Design-Minded Chickens. This is designed by prefab and architecture firm Nottoscale and includes four cantilevered nesting boxes, hinged side-panel walls for easy access, a redwood screen for ventilation, a removable tray for easy cleaning, predator-proof latches, extra-strength chicken wire, and custom watering accessories. Moop is priced with one run ($600) or two runs ($800), and the water accessories sell for $95 each.
The Zdroj family lost their home in the Bastrop fire, but a new one seemingly from the ashes took its place. You may have noticed it on a special episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition recently. It was built by EFC Custom Homes and designed by Danze & Davis Architects, and in fact showcased some shipping container construction with help from Numen Development, the firm behind the Cordell Residence. There’s also recycled-content Cuerda Seca by Fireclay Tile on the entry exterior and other products from green home-improvement store TreeHouse.
Oregon-based Ideabox, the company behind Aktiv with IKEA Portland, recently shared news of an expanded endeavor called Minibox. Minibox is actually a series of “minihomes” built to RV and park model codes. The tiny-house series has designs ranging from a 200 square-foot studio to a 320 square-foot one-bedroom/one-bath cottage. And you can bet Ideabox will continue to plug all the green stuff inside. Pricing for the non-wheel version starts at $42,500.
You’re probably interested in modern prefab if you’re reading this site. So make sure to grab a copy of the December/January 2013 publication of Dwell. Entitled “Prefab Comes Home,” the magazine includes about 60 pages of prefab coverage for the enthusiast. The cover features a “ready-made home” designed by Jens Risom in the late 1960s on Block Island, Rhode Island. I enjoyed seeing the finished prototype by Simpatico Homes.