Tonight, Michelle Kaufmann announced that her firm will participate in the "smart home: green + wired, Powered by ComEd and Warmed by Peoples Gas" exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry ("MSI") opening May 8, 2008. MKD will exhibit a modern, green prefab on parkland just southeast of MSI. The project has been in the works for a few months, and over the last week, they’ve broken ground and laid the foundation. As rendered above, the full-sized mkSolaire will demonstrate the mk 5 EcoPrinciples: smart design, eco materials, energy efficiency, water conservation, and healthy living.
This is the miniHome DUO SE, which is basically the combo of an add-on and the SOLO 2008 version that was recently announced. Starting at $149,900, it’s a well-designed home of 475 sf. The DUO uses 1/10th the water, fuels, and materials, and 1/100th the electrical energy of a conventional home: it’s a net-zero energy home. And as you can tell from the renderings, you can outfit your DUO with a stylish green roof and contemporary wrap-around decking. Really, anything is possible with this little treasure home. Small. Stylish. Green. Affordable. Looks like Sustain MiniHome is offering financing now on their homes, too.
I’m loving the fact that prefab buyers are starting blogs to journal their process — it’s quite informational for everyone out there that would like to do the same. There’s a blog called the Secret Fortress Hideout documenting the progress of a "super-cool, prefab home ‘somewhere’ in the wilds of Northwest Arkansas." They’re in the final stages of construction, and I’m excitedly waiting final photos of both the exterior and interior.
It is, as you can tell from the images, a Rocio Romero designed home, the LVL Model. The LVL Model is 1,453 sf and 25’1" x 59’6", including a living room, dining room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and closets. Click here to buy your own (it is Christmas after all, why not?).
The newest not-so-weeHouse, which is also the first weeHouse in a major city, is having an open house next week. This is your chance to tour a prefab if you’re in the area! Located at 4221 Ewing Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Oeschger weeHouse is 2,200 sf with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. They used four boxes in constructing the home with the following green features: high-R foam insulation, Kohler dual-flush toilets, bamboo floors and detailing, natural cedar siding, and floor-to-ceiling windows. The Urban weeHouse will be open for viewing on December 14, 2007, from 4 – 7 pm. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up with a weeHouse for Christmas?
You’ve probably heard of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company … their houses have been featured in Time, Domino, USA Today, and the New York Times, to name a few publications. The home pictured above is different from their other homes, which have that traditional, A-frame-esque shape. All Tumbleweed homes are sufficiently small, but this home is modern. It’s 400 sf of green modern. The Z-Glass House is a stationary house, meant to be affixed to a foundation. You buy the plans and find a contractor to build it for you (with costs ranging in the $100 – $200 psf range). Or you can build it yourself. Check the layout, too. Such a great looking home, with a kitchen, bedroom, living room, and bathroom, what else do you need? Add a little solar on the roof, or maybe even a Skystream, and call it done.