Blu Homes recently installed and completed this factory-built home for two professors in Long Island. It’s based on the Element line, which is basically the same model used to build this Rhode Island retreat that we mentioned previously. Maura McCarthy, co-founder of Blu Homes, told me in an email that steel frame construction helped the permitting process because the site is in a 120 mph wind zone near the ocean.
Depending on preference, the Element line includes up to three bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms, and up to 12-foot ceilings. Pricing starts at $125,000 for the one-bedroom model.
Standard features that were incorporated in this home include radiant hot water flooring, LED lighting, operable roofline windows, Eco Batt and rigid foam insulation, Hardi cement board siding, long-lasting standing seam metal roofing, low-flow fixtures, and Energy Star appliances.
After a site visit, Blu worked with the owners to preserve a 100-year old barn on the site (not pictured), while still giving the home a mixture of privacy, views, and potential for passive solar gain. All things considered, it’s estimated to be about 50% more efficient than a standard home of similar size.
Credits: Blu Homes.