Now this is an interesting story as it relates to the prefab construction in the USA. Blu Homes just announced that the company sold and is currently manufacturing its first home personalized entirely online in 3-D by the purchaser. Cathy and Walter Pearlman fired up the Blu | 3-D Configurator, settled on the Element Series, personalized it, and then sent their custom design to Blu for purchase. Blu confirmed the selections, made one change to the bathroom tile, and then the sent the 3-D plans to the factory.
This is a “Granny Annex” in Kent, England, fabricated by in.it.studios in eight weeks. In.it.studios fashioned the backyard prefab with a well-insulated envelope, Canadian Western Red Cedar cladding, a “zero maintenance” living sedum roof, floor to ceiling windows, a sky light in the hallway, an Accoya deck, and other built-ins with PEFC- and FSC-certified woods.
With off-site construction, homeowners can benefit from things like accelerated construction, controlled construction, construction without the elements, reduced construction waste, access to a skilled workforce, etc. So it’s no surprise that the prefab industry continues to expand — we’re tracking that! In fact, here are 22 built projects that we mentioned in the last year (with high hopes for several more next year, too):
For your Friday viewing, check out what California architects Karl Wanaselja and Cate Leger used to make a backyard office. They split a 40-foot, refrigerated shipping container and placed the two parts in a T shape with a crane. Then they cut windows into the ends and covered the floor with soy-based, formaldehyde-free Purebond. And the container only set them back $1800.
SUNY’s Centennial Hall, a student dorm completed this summer, has earned LEED Gold certification, according to gbNYC, making it one of the largest modular construction projects in the state of New York. It’s not the only modular student building — The Modules is but another modular project on my mind — though The Centennial showcases what’s good about off-site construction with a total of about 184 wood modules.
A while back, I mentioned The Crib, an “enviresponsible shelter” by Broadhurst Architects that can be used as a weekend cabin, backyard office, exercise studio, or guest house — you name it. Well it’s time for a short update from our last article, if you haven’t already noticed, that a 250 square-foot Crib was built on the grounds of the Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland. It’s being used as a visual arts studio, a lab, and a gallery and is open to visitors during certain events and various other times.