This is the next generation of the popular Glidehouse, a home design originally created by Michelle Kaufmann that was later acquired by Blu Homes.Â Blu tweaked the design to fit the company’s custom fold-up system of construction, and this is the first, new Glidehouse to be delivered.
Located on Vashon Island, the home joins six original Glidehouses elsewhere in Washington. It’s built with a proprietary steel frame created by Blu Homes that results in roughly 30% wider and 20% higher ceilings than the original. The home has two bedrooms and two baths, as well as a separate pod with a bedroom and bathroom.
Rich Mintz, who with his wife Diana, is the owner of this new Glidehouse, said, â€œWe first fell in love with the Glidehouse after seeing it in the pages of Sunset. With its 60-foot â€˜wall of glass,â€™ 14 foot-high ceilings, and abundant clerestory windows we knew this was a house that would allow us to take full advantage of the spectacular views from our lot.â€
In the above video, Mintz describes the shipping costs of the Glidehouse compared to a local prefab design that would have shipped from Idaho. Mintz said the cost was the same, which is a tribute to the cost savings provided by Bluâ€™s folding technology. This company isnâ€™t shipping much air with their prefabs.
Blu homes are at least 50% more energy efficient than comparably-sized existing homes and include radiant floor heating, Energy Star appliances, low-flow fixtures, an energy recovery ventilation system, sustainably forested flooring, and Greenguard finishes.
Credit: Blu Homes.