Some of the best prefabricated homes seem to be coming out of the Pacific Northwest from companies like Stillwater Dwellings, the design-build firm behind this new home in Santa Barbara, California.Â The Seattle-based firm, founded by a seasoned builder and developer and architects formerly of the firm now known as Olson Kundig Architects, differentiates itself from others with a trademark soaring butterfly roofline, energy-efficient designs, sustainable materials, and a predictable construction budget.
Stillwater Dwellings offers several model plans, and this home is a custom version of the sd132 model.Â It has about 1,600 square feet, a 320 square-foot garage, and a courtyard deck that creates abundant indoor and outdoor spaces.
The three-bedroom, two bath dwelling was built with a super-insulated wall and roof assembly, a standing-seam metal cool roof, large overhangs that help with passive cooling, clerestory windows, and a 35-foot window wall for views.
Green materials include the dual-flush toilets, low-VOC paints, micro-strip birch hardwoods, Marmoleum floors, wool carpeting, recycled-content quartz slab countertops, ultra-high efficiency heating and hot water systems, and high-efficiency windows with argon and low-E film.
One of the homeowners, Art Gaspar, loves the new place and said, “No other prefabricated designs appealed to us the way Stillwater designs did.Â The pricing, comparatively, was very reasonable.”
Pricing can be a movable target in standard and prefab construction; however, these homes start below $200 per square foot, including design, engineering, foundation, transportation, etc.Â In addition, they’re built to code, delivered about 96% complete, and then installed and buttoned up by Stillwater Dwellings.
With the all-inclusive pricing and transparent budget, Stillwater Dwellings is lining up projects.Â Other than this home and the prior one we mentioned in Bend, Oregon, the company has completed projects in Portland and Southern Utah, as well as others in California and Washington in planning or production.
Photo credits: Stillwater Dwellings.