Low-Cost Prefabs Land in Santa Monica

Several years ago, the City of Santa Monica bought Mountain View Mobile Home Park in order to preserve it for affordable housing.  The city upgraded the infrastructure and recently sent out an RFP to replace 20 travel trailers and mobile homes with more energy-efficient, safe, contemporary, manufactured homes.  Santa Monica eventually awarded the contract to Golden West Homes in partnership with Marmol Radziner Prefab.

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By |March 7th, 2011|Affordable, Prefab|12 Comments

New miniHome Gets a Fresh Modern Look

You’ve probably already seen miniHome – a small, mobile, eco-friendly prefab built with clean lines and modern elements – which has been featured all over the news and television.  Sustain Design Studio, a Toronto firm behind the home, just launched a redesigned miniHome to be built in the company’s newly established factory in Bracebridge, Ontario.  The new miniHome is lighter, better, and more affordable.

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By |March 4th, 2011|Prefab|5 Comments

Stylish Greenfab Home Unveiled in Seattle

Finished Exterior Gabion Walls

I recently mentioned the construction of Greenfab‘s model home in Seattle, and that home is now complete.  I think you’ll agree, it’s just as warm and handsome as the renderings.  The six-module abode — on target for LEED Platinum and Built Green 5-Star certification — has 1,790 square feet with three bedrooms, two and three-quarters bathrooms, a separate mother-in-law space, a planted rooftop deck, and an urban chicken coop.

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By |March 2nd, 2011|Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|20 Comments

Karo Cabin: Modular, Movable, Green

This weekend, Karoleena Custom Homes, a home builder in Calgary, will debut its first eco-friendly modular cabin. Karo Cabin is a factory-built, future-ready structure designed to be used as a summer escape, backyard studio, laneway house, or something similar and can be delivered anywhere in North America (assuming a road or ferry route).

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By |February 25th, 2011|Modern architecture, Prefab|4 Comments

Luxury Green LABhaus Going Up in Jersey

This luxury, modern, green home by LABhaus is under construction in New Jersey right now.  It’s a stunning single-family home assembled with five, factory-built modules and some impressive green products and finishes.  Plus, I’m happy to learn, the owners noticed our prior article mentioning the DIY Network’s search for new projects, and it looks as though the project will be featured on a future episode of “Dream Builders.

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By |February 17th, 2011|Modern architecture, Prefab|3 Comments

Tiny Green Faberhaus Opens in Quebec

The other day I previewed faberhaus Pavillon, a 376-square foot eco cottage on display at the Montreal Cottage & Country Home Show.  Designed and built by Faberca, faberhaus gives folks a self-sufficient living space in the country.  In other words, no electrical grid connection is necessary with solar power for the LED lights and propane power for the fridge, hydronic radiant heat, and everything else.

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By |February 16th, 2011|Modern architecture, Prefab|12 Comments