When we first brought news of Blu Homes in July, the company was on the cusp of something interesting. Since our first article, they've been busy with plans to design and build innovative, sustainable homes. They've also been crunching the numbers and working on ways to design and build prefab homes that are legitimately affordable. And with all the talk recently about prefab and affordability, we thought it'd be interesting to revisit a couple development projects of Blu Homes. They have two homes in the pipeline that, I think, illustrate the case for affordable, modern, and green homes.
BLUE RIVER, COLORADO – Blu | Retreat
This 1700 sf home is based on the Retreat design by Blu Homes and is projected to cost about $250,000. This amount includes design work; the home with all its green features; shipping, excavation and simple foundation; setting the house; and finish work and cleanup. The price does not include land, well, septic, permit costs, or exterior decking (except small porches). Nonetheless, this price is ~50-70% lower than the average cost of homes in Blue River, so the homeowners will step into a potential for equity from the very first day they move in.
Specs include cedar siding, low-e windows, tiled bathrooms, Kohler fixtures, can lighting throughout, wood cabinetry, high-efficiency furnace and ac, and spray foam insulation — the aggregation of which should save the owners about 40-50% in utilities compared to a standard home built to code in this area.
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – Blu | Home
This home has a ground level footprint of 800 sf that will double with the addition of a basement. This Salt Lake City Home is projected to cost about $150,000, which includes all of the same items/work as the Blue River Home (except with the basement work, they've upgraded to full ICF). The Salt Lake City Home also will have the same specs as the Blue River Home, but in addition, Blu plans to add bamboo flooring, Paperstone countertops, and recycled concrete / stone sinks. I can't wait to see this home, it's going to be beautiful!
Since we're based here in SLC, we'll be able to monitor this Blu Homes project. We'll keep you posted, that's for sure.
Image and rendering credits: Blu Homes.