Housing Recovery Brings Changed World

Bob Lindal is the President of Lindal Cedar Homes, and his company is probably the largest provider of custom cedar homes in the country.  Bob has been in the business for about 50 years, and today published a letter on the company blog.  Lindal explains that he’s seen several recessions before, but this one is different.  Prior recoveries retained the status quo, but “this emerging recovery is into a fundamentally changed world with new long-term priorities in housing.

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By |June 21st, 2011|News|9 Comments

Efficient Prefab Finished in Yucca Valley

The Graham Residence, a desert prefab that we previewed last February, is now complete.  The Blue Sky Homes project is located in Yucca Valley and was designed by o2 Architecture.  Solterra Development was the general contractor and completed the kit home with a galvanized, light-gauge steel frame and several energy-efficient elements.

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By |June 21st, 2011|Modern architecture, Prefab|3 Comments

ZETA Fabricates Homes for NZE Project

California-based ZETA Communities recently announced a new project worth noting.  It’s an affordable, net-zero energy community with 22 starter homes in Stockton, California called Tierra del Sol.  ZETA says the homes are being built in Sacramento in an off-site fabrication process that results in higher quality, faster construction, lower first costs, and lower operating costs.

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By |June 17th, 2011|Affordable, Prefab|2 Comments

Menlo Park Passive House Hits the Market

This new home supports the notion that a Passive House doesn’t need to look a certain way.  It turns out that a Passive House (certification pending in this case) can take on a what’s being referred to as a “mission revival style.”  Called Menlo Passive, this “Old World,” luxury home was built by California-based Clarum Homes, a builder of high performance custom homes, and is currently listed for sale at the price of $2,695,000.

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By |June 14th, 2011|Passive House, Single Family|2 Comments

The Boneyard House with Salvaged Parts

This is The Boneyard House, a beautiful home in Washington, by architect and builder Dirk Nelson and Free Range Building Company.  It’s luxurious and a patchwork of salvaged materials – railroad bridge trestles, crane rails, old mill wooden beams, reclaimed steel light posts, and reused barn and homestead timbers.

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By |June 8th, 2011|Conservation, Single Family|13 Comments

Blue Crest Modern Prefab in Austin

Blue Crest, a modern factory-built abode by Texas-based Ma Modular, is complete and the owners have moved in.  The 1,900 square-foot home was finished in Austin with two modules and includes three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a screened porch, garage, and a large deck (pictured).

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By |June 8th, 2011|Modern architecture, Prefab|2 Comments