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Cedar-Slat Tiny Sunset Cabin on the Lake

Sunset Cabin is a 275-square foot lake retreat that’s camouflaged with a green roof and cedar-slat facade.  Though completed in 2004, I thought it would be interesting to share some of the construction details perhaps for the benefit of others thinking about building something similar.  The cabin, located in Southern Ontario, Canada, was designed by Taylor Smyth Architects and built by Brothers Dressler with Yaan Poldaas.

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Efficient Prefab Finished in Yucca Valley

The Graham Residence, a desert prefab that we previewed last February, is now complete.  The Blue Sky Homes project is located in Yucca Valley and was designed by o2 Architecture.  Solterra Development was the general contractor and completed the kit home with a galvanized, light-gauge steel frame and several energy-efficient elements.

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ZETA Fabricates Homes for NZE Project

California-based ZETA Communities recently announced a new project worth noting.  It’s an affordable, net-zero energy community with 22 starter homes in Stockton, California called Tierra del Sol.  ZETA says the homes are being built in Sacramento in an off-site fabrication process that results in higher quality, faster construction, lower first costs, and lower operating costs.

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Blue Crest Modern Prefab in Austin

Blue Crest, a modern factory-built abode by Texas-based Ma Modular, is complete and the owners have moved in.  The 1,900 square-foot home was finished in Austin with two modules and includes three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a screened porch, garage, and a large deck (pictured).

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C3: First Modular Green Home in Chicago

I recently noticed this time-lapse video of C3, the first, green, modular home in Chicago, so I decided it was time to update our coverage of the project.  The five-module home was designed by Square Root Architecture + Design, and general contractor Helios Design + Build ensured a smooth assembly in one day on November 9, 2010.  After some site work, the owners are now finishing the landscaping for final images.  But we have some early photos of the completed home.

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Scenic Eco Prefab Complete in Utah

Today Stillwater Dwellings announced the completion of another green prefab, which is located in Southern Utah near Capitol Reef National Park.  It’s a beautiful home that’s constructed to the same building codes as a typical home, but it’s not typical.  In fact, this is an impressive case study of some of the benefits of off-site construction — construction in a controlled environment, preservation of the site by avoiding on-site construction, and use of prefabrication to overcome labor, costs, and site challenges.

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