Today, two prefab veterans launch their website for a new company called Connect:Homes with a mission to “deliver modern homes that are affordable, green, and available wherever your are.” The co-founders Jared Levy and Gordon Stott, both formerly with Marmol Radziner Prefab, started the Los Angeles-based enterprise to reinvent modular prefab and deliver homes that are predictably priced, inherently green, and shipped most anywhere at a lower cost.
One thing that’s different about Connect:Homes is they will save money on transportation by making steel frames that fit the standard intermodal framework. That way their green prefabs can be put on a truck, boat, or train — whatever is best — without the extra cost of pilot cars, special routes, etc.
But don’t let the term “intermodal” fool you. These guys aren’t interested in making shipping container homes. They also won’t sell a kit of parts or pass homeowners through the sales gauntlet to customize a home design.
Connect:Homes will guide homeowners through the whole process and do button-up work at the end. They have modern house plans ranging in size from 640 to 3,200 square feet with pricing from $145 per square foot.
If you want to see something by Connect:Homes, they will have the Connect:2 prototype pop-up house at Dwell on Design in Los Angeles from June 22-24, 2012. The 640 square-foot home (above) has one bedroom and one bathroom and can be used as a second home, vacation home, or backyard studio.