The accessory dwelling unit is in style these days, especially in the Pacific Northwest. We’ve seen this with Backyard Boxes in the Seattle and laneway houses in Vancouver, and now FabCab would like to help this market out in Seattle, too. FabCab – short for fabulous cabin –- is a new endeavor by Emory Baldwin to sell eco-friendly prefab and kit dwellings.
PieceHomes, a prefab company started by LA architect Jonathan Davis, is using the current economic times to its advantage these days. The company designed a set of extraPieces, which homeowners can use to expand or remodel their existing home. It’s a great idea for those who want to do more with what they already have.
If you’re in the market for a green, solar-powered home in California, you might just check out this contemporary abode in Venice. The 3,115 square-foot home has four bedrooms, almost five bathrooms, and a private courtyard accessible through expansive folding doors. Located at 1301 Preston Way, the new and contemporary home appears to have received LEED Platinum certification,* which includes some of the following green elements:
Sustain Design Studio, based out of Toronto, makes contemporary prefab green homes, including the popular miniHome. They’re small and approachable in price terms but require no sacrifice of style. This home, the 12×36 TRIO, currently located in Brighton, Ontario, has about 400 square-feet of living space, including a master bedroom, kitchen with open living space, and a bathroom.
A few months ago, Alchemy set this weeHouse in Dundee, New York, and it's now complete. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home sits at the end of a private road on Seneca Lake. On the exterior, the prefab has corrugated steel siding, while on the interior, there's bamboo flooring and wall wrap, doors and windows made with FSC-certified wood, and Energy Star appliances.
With the economy the way it is, retiring folks are downsizing or losing their homes, while newly educated folks are graduating with slim pickings. Not to be grim, but this is causing people to use property in new ways, such as with accessory dwelling units. The space can be used for family or as a rental to cover loose ends. In Vancouver, this is happening with laneway housing. Smallworks, a Vancouver-based design and build firm, specializes in small and laneway houses, just like this one, the West House.