Blu Homes continues to dominate the green prefab world. Today the company announced the relaunch of Glidehouse, a gorgeous home originally made famous by Michelle Kaufmann. Glidehouse will be available nationally and built in Blu’s own factory using the company’s proprietary steel and wood framing system. The new Glidehouse retains all of the signature features of the old design and can be purchased for $360,000+.
KitHAUS, a California-based prefab company, recently introduced a tiny new design called the Kpod. The 117 square-foot structure is made with bolt-together aluminum framing, SIPs, dual-glazed windows, cement board siding, and either a wood or steel clad sliding barn door. KitHAUS specially designed a solar power and HVAC system for the Kpod, though solar is not included in the sub-$20,000 price tag. Perfect for shedworking, Kpod is ideal as a backyard studio, workout space, or something similar.
Clayton Homes turned the prefab world upside down last year when it announced the i-house, a modern, green prefab with an approachable price tag. I-house has been insanely popular and installed in various locations. And it turns out that the company is nearing the release of a new version of green prefab, i-house 2.0, which will have an enhanced front entry, warm and natural exterior materials, and more interior space to accommodate families.
This is a modern home office that was designed and prefabricated by five design-build students in a graduate architecture class at Academy of Art University in San Francisco. The project, built with various reclaimed and green materials, was recognized recently with a Citation from the East Bay chapter of the AIA.
If you follow Michelle Kaufmann’s blog, you’ve probably seen completion photos of this residential care facility for the New Camaldoli Hermitage Monks in Big Sur, California. The 1,737 square-foot facility originally began as mkDesigns project but – due to market realities we’ve mentioned previously – Studio 101 Designs guided it through completion.
Generally speaking, traditional construction can be inefficient and wasteful, while prefab construction can be non-local and expensive. Somewhere in between, you might imagine, is a potential sweet spot where homes can be built in a smart, green, approachable, and modern way. That’s what a Portland team is trying to do with Minimalist+ and their new SiteFab building process.