Sadly, Green Prefab Firm Michelle Kaufmann Designs is Shutting Down

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Update 5-27-09: Michelle Kaufmann explains what's next.

A short few hours ago, an article popped up on the LA Times website breaking the unfortunate news that Michelle Kaufmann Designs is shutting down by the end of this week.  Despite the fact that the article was written by Christopher Hawthorne — pretty much the most authoritative architecture critic on the West Coast, the news was hard to process.  This is the firm that's built 40 green prefab houses, including the mkLotus, mkSolaire Smart Home, and a number of other beautiful green prefabs!  MKD can't close its doors!  But in an email late this afternoon, Michelle confirmed the news. 

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By |May 26th, 2009|News, Prefab|7 Comments

Port Townsend Modern Dwelling Shed

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We've all heard, and sometimes dreamed, about the Modern Shed, which is made by a company based out of Seattle, Washington.  But the company recently expanded into full-fledged homes called Dwelling Sheds.  The images here show an installation of one in Port Townsend, Washington.  These Dwelling Sheds can be used as a small home, cabin, getaway, ADU, or any other use imaginable — and they come with a number of green features:

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By |May 20th, 2009|Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|8 Comments

Blue Sky Homes Prefab Now Complete!

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A couple months ago, we mentioned Blue Sky Homes, as well as the prototype project of the Blue Sky Homes’ Building System.  As the story goes with prefab, a short eight (8) weeks after installing the footings, the prototype is now complete.  Dave McAdam, owner of the Yucca Valley prototype, sent me these images of the completed home — it’s a stunning example of clean, efficient, contemporary, desert architecture.

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By |May 18th, 2009|Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|12 Comments

Prefab Green Book [Giveaway]

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We're giving away a copy of this book to one commenter below, so make sure to comment with a valid email before midnight on Friday, May 15, 2009.*

Prefab Green by Michelle Kaufmann is one-hundred and seventy-six pages of mixed images and information certain to please anyone interested in this burgeoning industry.  Gibbs Smith, the architectural publishing powerhouse, released the book in January of this year, and if you're looking for insider expertise on prefab construction, I suggesting picking up a copy. 

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By |May 11th, 2009|book, Giveaways, Prefab|113 Comments

Green Clayton i-house Launches at $75k

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On Saturday, the world descended upon Omaha, Nebraska for the annual shareholder meeting of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRKA and BRKB).  Clayton Homes is one of the company's subsidiaries and officially launched the much talked about i-house at the annual meeting.  We mentioned the i-house in January, and since that time, a number of readers have asked about specifics.  Well, the i-house website is now up, and Clayton Homes is giving us details:

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By |May 3rd, 2009|Prefab, Single Family|19 Comments

Select Home Hybrid Green Prefab

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A little while back, Robert Kerr let us know about a new line of hybrid construction homes that his firm developed called Select.  The renderings in this article show the first Select home, which was designed for a private client to be built in Los Angeles.  Referred to as the Meridian Residence, this unique home accommodates mature trees already on the site — notice the Olive tree atrium in the middle.  We'll definitely keep you posted as the home moves forward and approaches completion …

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By |April 21st, 2009|Modern architecture, Prefab|4 Comments