I mentioned the launch of Connect:Homes recently and how the founders of this company hope to reinvent modular prefab with a unique approach. They took a big first step towards doing that with a prototype home on display at Dwell on Design in Los Angeles last weekend. The crowds, from everything I’ve heard, deeply enjoyed this warm, contemporary abode and the interior touch of style by Kishani Perera.
Today, two prefab veterans launch their website for a new company called Connect:Homes with a mission to “deliver modern homes that are affordable, green, and available wherever your are.” The co-founders Jared Levy and Gordon Stott, both formerly with Marmol Radziner Prefab, started the Los Angeles-based enterprise to reinvent modular prefab and deliver homes that are predictably priced, inherently green, and shipped most anywhere at a lower cost.
Update 07/30/2012 – Sunset Idea House Prefab in Healdsburg
Last year Sunset Magazine chose a container home as the Idea House, but this year prefab is taking over with an energy-efficient Breezehouse from Blu Homes. The home will be built in Blu’s Vallejo factory on the West Coast and can be seen at a “Factory Preview” on Saturday, April 21, 2012, from 1-3 pm (RSVP here). After that, it’ll be shipped to Healdsburg, California, and open for tours in August 2012. We’ll try to follow up with more detail when the home is complete.
The launch of the Nest Learning Thermostat back in October 2011 created a ton of interest in residential thermostats, and the gadget’s been installed in all sorts of green homes (including the C6 Prefab). Today, Nest Labs announced improvements to the new display with an automatic software update that will be pushed to all thermostat owners.
Fireclay Tile recently announced “the most sustainable glazed brick ever produced” with a new Glazed Thin Brick for interior and exterior applications. The brick is available in nine colors and made in the USA with a skinny brick sourced from McNear Brick and Block near San Jose, California. Glazed Thin Brick has anywhere from 30-90% post-consumer recycled content and a lead- and VOC-free glaze.
Here’s an interesting product that got its start with a successful funding from Kickstarter. SmartDeco is affordable, engineered, blank furniture made with 100% recyclable Enviroboard — a light-weight corrugated fiberboard, like cardboard, but with a middle layer of oscillating arcs for strength. The flat-pack furniture is made in California and folds in places without the need of tools. Available pieces include a stand, dresser, and desk, and all of these items are available for about $65 or less each (white costs a little more).