Rocio Romero is a 35-year-old designer, manufacturer, and entrepreneur. She’s well known for her minimalist, modern LV Home. Do you know the history behind Rocio Romero? Christy Marshall authored an excellent article on her and her growing business in modern prefab. Romero is a graduate of University of California-Berkeley and Southern California Institute of Architecture (aka SCI-Arc). One of her first designs was a summer house for her parents in Laguna Verde outside of Santiago, Chile. That home was modified slightly and has become the LV Home that we see popping up all over the country. As for pricing, here’s what you can expect:
This is the Sustain Minihome, a green, urban RV for the modern-day recreationists. When you see this, you won’t believe how much functionality and comfort can go into a mere 325 sf. To get the real feel of it, go check out the HGTV video of Andy Thomson’s miniHome (the designer). Nice. I’m pretty sure this is going on the Christmas wish list.
A Showcase of the Best in Sustainability, Technology, and Design. Plans are in motion on the first-ever WIRED LivingHome, a modern, luxury residence that will attain at least a Gold rating under the LEED for Homes Program by the USGBC. Located in an exclusive, modernist home community of Los Angeles called Crestwood Hills, the large 4,057 sf WIRED LivingHome is set to be finished by Fall 2007.
This is the Espace Mobile hailing from Salzburg, Austria. According to the website, the interior and exterior is fully customizable, with the shell made of spruce wood and aluminum metal sheeting. Like many pre-fabs, the price doesn’t include land, foundation, connection or set-up fees, or transportation. Nonetheless, it’s designed to be affordable, mobile, and environmentally friendly. I think all that depends on how you customize and specify construction. See fact sheet.
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Being Green Can Be Easy. EcoUrban Homes Proves It. The first of several up and coming EcoUrban homes was recently completed, and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay was on location to celebrate the grand opening. It just so happens that this home is probably one of the greenest homes in Missouri — it has obtained LEED Platinum rating. Located at 3140 Pennsylvania Avenue in St. Louis, this 3-bedroom, 2-bath, modular home has a bamboo stairs, fiber cement board siding, double-pane low-e windows, R-40 Icynene insulation in ceilings and floors, built-in security system and recycling center, solid wheat board interior doors, ultra-low VOC paints, dual-flush high-efficiency toilets, and Energy Star lighting and appliances, to name a few green amenities.