Modern Green Prefab by Ma Modular


We like to keep a pulse on the evolving world of green prefab, but there’s an Austin-based company that we’ve yet to mention.  Ma Modular, a venture of design-build firm KRDB, turned to modular construction to make modern design approachable, affordable, and convenient.  The company is also committed to good design and green building and aims to deliver projects with a quick turnaround.


By |February 24th, 2010|Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|5 Comments

Super Efficient Breezeway House in Utah


Update: Read our owner interview with more background on this project.

This beautiful home will be the first certified Passive House in Utah.  Passive House consultant Dave Brach, principal of Brach Design Architecture, anticipates receiving a certificate in the next week or so.  He designed the Breezeway House to consume only 10% of the energy of an existing single family home of the same size and location and 20% of the energy of a new home built to code.  What’s more, solar electric and hot water panels should produce about 75% of the home’s annual energy needs.


By |February 23rd, 2010|Passive House, Single Family|6 Comments

Green Home of the Future [Olympics]


This is the Home of the Future, which is on display at the BC Hydro Power Smart Village in downtown Vancouver.  It's hard to tell, but the home is actually made with two shipping containers and wrapped in cedar and pine beetle wood cladding.  In addition, according to a press release, the showcase project is designed with local and recycled materials, as well as energy-efficient appliances and other conservation technologies. 


By |February 19th, 2010|Container Design|4 Comments

Modern Green Solar Homes Open in LA


Last year, we mentioned a community of 23 solar-powered homes, The Mews in Atwater Village, under construction in Los Angeles, California.  We now have some images of the model home and news that The Mews will have grand opening this weekend from 1-5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Each home comes standard with a grid-connected, 1 kW solar photovoltaic system, as well as three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. 


By |February 18th, 2010|Modern architecture, Single Family|3 Comments

Home Restoration Meets Sustainability


By looking at it, you wouldn't know that this home was built in 1709.  Or that it was on the "most endangered" list of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.  But this newly restored home is a model and showcase of what can be done when sustainability intersects with preservation (or, to be more precise, restoration).  Located on nearly an acre lot in Connecticut, the Stone/Shelley House was completed recently by Gulick and Spradlin. 


By |February 16th, 2010|Single Family|6 Comments

Efficient Simple Modern Home for $150k


Since we last mentioned his efficient home built for under $70,000, Caleb Schafer's been quite busy.  He has a new website for Simple Modern Homes with a number of new home designs.  He's also doing new work with new clients, and one home in particular looks interesting.  Referred to as CL24, the design is for a 2,000 square-foot green home in Canyon Lake, Texas. 


By |February 8th, 2010|Affordable, Modern architecture, Single Family|4 Comments