So I have some renderings and information on Blu Homes, and I've also spoken with the folks in charge of this company. They're serious about building homes that are green, convenient, affordable, and also perfectly sized. The management team has considerable experience in this industry and I expect to see great things. Plus, with homes in development in both Utah and Massachusetts, you may be able to catch a live walk-through as early as this winter. So let's get a small preview.
First, to get an idea of the philosophy behind BLU, make sure to watch this video of Bill Haney, Co-Founder and President of the company. I think you'll agree with most everything he says — the company is certainly on to something:
Second, let's look into what they'll provide. BLU has several basic designs, including a one bedroom, two bedroom rural, two bedroom urban, flexible space, and a studio design. None of the homes are large in size. They're just right for the occupants, featuring open floor plans that are smartly and passively designed.
Each home can be individually customized to a family's needs — so you choose the kitchen, exterior cladding, fixtures, window locations, etc. If you want a bedroom with a NanaWall and a porch to slide the bed out under the stars, you can probably have that done, too.
BLU estimates that their homes, which are manufactured off-site, cause 50-75% less carbon emissions than traditional construction. Plus, they're designed to focus on three main environmental considerations: healthy living, energy efficiency, and renewable resources. They'll use Cradle to Cradle products, where possible, and a slew of other green design features and elements.
Go browse the videos and information at Blu Homes. Since they have a home in development here in Salt Lake City, this won't be the
last time we talk about going BLU. And did I say they're affordable? They're planned in the range of $50k – $350k, of course, depending on the design and customizations.