We live in times where everything is planned and deadlines are more crucial than ever. This time-conscious society is no different when it comes to building homes and offices. People want things done right away and that’s the market for these self-deploying buildings that pop-up in 8 minutes flat. It sounds unbelievable but this is the new building innovation these days. Many decades ago, it would take, sometimes, years, for a home or small office to be built from the ground up, now you can see the results in minutes. So who does this serve? Families that want to choose a home and move in right away or for those who move around for new work or a new career, and don’t want to continue to spend their money on renting flats and houses.
There are a few choices of this self-deploying building model, so you’re not just stuck with limited ideas. There is the Tree House which sits up off of the ground a few feet. The Moot Hall is well-suited for those who love a very modern look and style of home. Its design will remind you of futuristic architecture. Then there is the Mobile Home Unfolding House which will surely be popular for those who are downsizing so that they can have freedom to travel or simply move whenever they feel the urge. This is creative innovation at its best and sure to be popular in a very short span of time.
Nowadays homes come in all shapes and sizes. Any style, be it ranch, farmhouse, cottage, cabin, and traditional is seen all over the world. And the materials used now are as varied as the homes themselves. More and more people want cost-effective construction, and more options for additional space if desired. The great popularity of the modular home has increased steadily over the last decades, and a lot of people are seeing the modular home as a wonderful alternative to more traditionally built homes. They can be constructed in a matter of days for some of them on a site of your choice. Wake up in the woods, in the countryside, in a more suburban setting, or by the shore. Your modular home can be almost anywhere.
One of the most attractive features of living in a modular home is that new modules can be added to your home at any time if you require more space. This makes them perfect for growing families, or people who enjoy entertaining guests a lot. You can also change the floor plan and layout of rooms in your modular home if you are not satisfied with the way the current configuration works for you. It is really a very creative process and in a way you become the designer of your own home. It is also good to know that the modules themselves are made in a factory and transported to your chosen home site all ready to be put together.
The images below can give you a good idea of the great variety of styles that a modular home can be. All images are courtesy of Pinterest and can be enlarged.
Modular homes and prefabricated homes are essentially the same thing, but most people use the term “modular” to refer the the larger homes and prefabs to the smaller ones. Modular homes are constructed off-site in weather-protected factories and then transported to the home site. As a rule, modular homes are stronger than their on-site counterparts and are constructed in sections called “modules”.
After a home is put up in its location, more modules can be added to it, more levels, and more rooms. Modular homes are built to accommodate local building codes and are a cost-effective, environmentally friendly, less waste alternative to homes built on site.
The cost of a modular home will vary from site to site and contractor to contractor. If the style you choose is one offered by the company and not custom built, you can expect to pay considerably less than if you customize your home. But in general the cost per square foot can be anything from $50 to $150. But always know that the final cost will most likely be higher than what is quoted to you.
Cost will also depend on what location you choose for your modular home. A clear open space will obviously be cheaper than a wooded area or building on the beach. But know that modular homes are extremely versatile and can be built in almost any location.
Modular homes are built from the same materials as site-built homes. Wood frames can be used, you can have brick or stone exteriors, and granite can be used for countertops. But the beauty of a modular home is that from construction of the modules off site, to the putting together of them, modular homes can be completed in a matter of weeks, or even days, depending on the size and onsite location.
What people often forget, because they are as finely built as site built homes, is that modular homes can be taken apart, moved to a new or more desirable location, and put back together with almost no waste. The parts are completely reusable.
To sum up, you can design your dream home with modulars much more cheaply than with conventional construction. You can move the modules around, add levels, and increase the square footage for a much more cost-effective price. Modular homes are built with less waste material than site built homes, and are more environmentally friendly. They can be put almost anywhere you desire, increasing the value of your property. And the waiting time for the finished product can be only weeks or days. So move -in time comes so much more quickly. You can be living in your modular home in less than a month. The popularity and versatility of modulars increases every year, so the value of your home may even go up.
Images: Select Homes Inc., homeesthetics.net, and About Pure Country Homes.
Modular homes are built indoors in a factory-like setting. Thanks to creative minds, many of these modular buildings can be purchased and set up in just three days on a prepared building site. These beautiful homes are transported to their new locations, where they are brought together by their builder. Living in this type of home sounds simple and reduces stress to residents since it’s small, and also portable. Another thing is it enhances intimacy among family members to have a small house, but since they’re modular, they can later be expanded if more space is needed.
This was a custom project by ArchiBlox: “Situated on a sloping site, the module touches the earth lightly and is elevated off the ground on structural posts. With a size of 106 m2 the residence is minimal in size but grand in design intent. The interior is composed with 2 bedrooms with walk in robes, 1 bathroom, open plan kitchen, dining and living and storeroom. A green roof sits atop of the structure, tying the built form beautifully back into the landscape.
The module Size 16m by 4.6m and is 106 sqm. The south and east facades are framed by an outdoor verandah which one can sit on and contemplate the harmony of the coastal ambience. The modular design is driven by sustainable methods which include:
• Lineal structure with east-west orientation allowing cross ventilation
• Maximised North windows which allows the home to enjoy the northern sun
• Green Roof which minimises rainwater run off and solar penetration
• FSC certified external timbers milled from sustainable forestry methods
• Low VOC internal paints and natural oils
So, a 2-bedroom modular beach house in New South Wales. And a design you might want to look at if you’re still in the process of getting design ideas or shopping around for a house design.
Location: Avalon Beach NSW 2107, Australia
Area: 106.0 sqm
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: Michael Wickham, Tom Ross
Manufacturers: Big Ass Fans, Knauf, T&G, Thermann
For more from the designers, Archiblox, find them in our directory.
The Dreamwood Park Model Home by Humble Homes ia dazzling modern park model home available for sale in Germantown, Maryland priced at $124,500. Named the Dreamwood, the home measure 12 ft x 40 ft and has an interior size of 420 square ft. with solid dark hardwood floors throughout. Two respective sliding glass doors on either ends of the front of the house make for convenient and easy access both with walk up wooden steps and hand railing.
The rustic interior walls are sourced from 150 year old barn wood and add a warm and appealing flair to this creatively designed home. The ceilings are high and give an airy and spacious feel. The living room is tastefully decorated with a geometric patterned area rug, grey-blue comfy sofa and artwork adorning the walls synonymous with it’s rustic design. The kitchen features a granite topped open countertop with raised bar seating open to the living area, plenty of cabinet space and full-size stainless steel appliances. The bedroom features a custom designed Murphy bed that easily transforms into a usuable desk/workspace when folded into the wall. The same wall also features beautiful custom built in shelves as well as his n’ hers wardrobe for storing personal items. The bathroom offers an attractive large glassed in shower with custom glass tiled walls.
Dreamwood Park Model Home (420 Sq Ft)
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This couple enjoyed their holidays for many years in Greenwater, Washington. Then they had a beautiful idea: to build a striking home … as part of a larger plan to spend their retirement in this home.
For many adventurous years, they enjoyed biking, skiing, and other exciting outdoor activities in Greenwater. Many happy seasons have come and gone and instead of just being sightseers in the area, the nice idea of having a secondary residence was put into reality.
The forest is indeed a wonderful place for them as they venture to the natural surroundings that Mother Nature can offer. Every single day offers exciting sceneries of the forest and the sites are fantastic which is ideal for retirees.
Robert Hutchison Architecture firm designed this lovely home in the forest. It consists of two bedrooms and is perfectly shielded in stained cedar. According to Hutchison, the east side of the area is the magnificent White River and every summer, the couples can enjoy the sounds of whooshing river all over the house.
There is no doubt that timber framing offers stability and strength. However, it can be quite costly and labor intensive. It is also usually not a one-person do-it-yourself kind of project because manpower is necessary. For those who want to achieve the same quality, modified post and beam frame is a great idea. This method is more lightweight and the joinery consists mainly of cleats and fasteners. The concept is that the boards wrap skeleton posts. To create beams, scrap-end blocking is utilized. This method is quite simple, less costly and perhaps a good alternative to timber framing.
A sturdy foundation is essential to ensure lateral stability. The posts should be erected about 10’ apart in a grid. Important elements involve choosing the right dimension boards for the beams, deciding on height of the beams and proper attachment of the cleats to the posts. Following a framing pattern is very important in completing the project as well as using the proper dimensions and making the right measurements.
With the right DIY instructions and knowledge in building techniques, modified post and beam frame can be an excellent alternative to timber framing.
How to Build a Modified Post and Beam Frame
1.Work with sturdy foundation like a pole foundation wherein posts are buried in the ground about 4’.
2.Construct posts about 10’ apart in a grid. If there is existing old structure, just remove rotten members.
3.Brace newly erected posts once they are plumb. Straighten them using ropes.
4.Use correct dimension boards for the beams depending on the distance between posts. Posts that are 10’ apart, 2×12 is typical measurement without vertical support.
5.Accurately measure distance on each post that will serve as the beam height.
6.Attach 2×6 cleats to posts vertically. For freestanding pole foundation, length of the cleats should be 2’ to 3’. The cleats serve as spot to set the large-dimensioned horizontal boards before fastening them and help in carrying the weight of the beams.
7.Raise the first horizontal board for the beam. Using a rope, raise the board if placement of the beam is high or if the board is heavy.
8.Fasten the boards using a combination of big nails and long screws (3”)
9.Repeat on the other side of the posts. Two more cleats and another horizontal board.
10.Support the beam using studs especially if there is perimeter stem wall. Notch out the top of the studs to interlock with the boards in the beams.
11.Continue framing around the corner using cleats, parallel boards for beams and doubled studs as needed. Follow the framing pattern through the perimeter.
12.Run 2×6 bracing in the opposite direction of beams.
13.Put X-frame over garage or barn doors to hold the weight.
14.Continue pattern of cleats, beams and blocking until the structure is stable.
15.When the frame is done, install the joists.
This cool pallet emergency house is an excellent option for those looking to put together a home in a pinch. And with next to zero money or previous construction experience! With use use of very basic materials and a few simple tools one can easily build this pallet house within one day. You can even choose to upgrade your pallet home by adding insulation, simple shelving and windows, along with any other design options that would make this house more homey and comfortable.
Included in your design, the inspiring folks at i-Beam Design have made assembly similar to that of an “IKEA style” product in that anyone can put one of these houses together with very little effort. This pallet house design is also a great alternative for those who have been victim’s of house fires and other natural disasters having lost everything. This housing option actually makes having a home after being in crisis realistically obtainable. And when you have a place to lay your head out of the elements following a traumatic event – it makes all the difference in the world.
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Indeed, whether prefab houses or traditional, home ownership provides a sense of freedom, privacy and sanctuary. The fulfillment of a place, that of having your own home, is invaluable. It is a place to nurture your children and a space to spend time doing the most personal and intimate things in life.
But in this generation — where high home quality is partnered with costly goods –taking on inexpensive concrete modular homes is a must so that average homeowners can purchase a home within their budget.
Here is an example of a couple who were able to build their low-cost concrete modular home. Tarek and Cynthia had a thought that their old house on Martha’s Vineyard had to be replaced completely. So they looked for a good architect who could work on a collaboration and one who lived on the island.
One day, a friend of Cynthia’s paid for a visit in Boston one weekend and they discussed home construction while they were looking at a certain house near the shoreline. While they were going around the house areas, they saw a box of tiles with architect Peter Rose’s name printed on it. So Tarek thought of contacting his office, and what a coincidence, Rose would be flying to Boston on the same day. Hence, they agreed to meet there and they disregarded the island-resident criterion that they listed before.
So their good connection began and since the 1980s, architect Rose has established a portfolio of work on Martha’s Vineyard that includes both contemporary and regional-style structures. Rose noted, “What is common among these buildings is a great deal of attention to the siting of them, especially in terms of topography.” He added, “Partway into the process, we became aware of the slow, steady erosion of the bluff.” Rose also said that the inclined lakefront spot is characterized by narrow degrees.
Rose and his group formed the house as a chain of 6 prefabricated structures joined by 2 criss-crossing hallways. Every box can be elevated by crane.
Considering the beautiful scenery all around the house, Rose designed the house with subtle, fuzzy borders between the exterior and interior. Rose remarked, “There are two sets of rules on the Vineyard: If you do a vernacular house, you can build higher; if you build a modern house, it has to be lower.” Hence, Rose and his group decided for the latter. They thought of constructing a one-storey structure with a chain of flat, planted roofs, capped with beautiful natural sea grasses.
Rose explained, “The use of concrete was like placing a boulder onto the site.” In spite of the useful strength of the building material, Cynthia was initially doubtful but her husband convinced her that concrete is fit with Vineyard setting—the seashore, the rocks, and the mist. Actually, the subtle tones and faintly coarse surfaces of the exterior boards, controlled by expanses of glass and Spanish cedar window casings, form a beautiful home for the couples.
Another feature of the house is its rainwater collection. There are also geothermal wells that provide shiny floor warming which is useful in reducing HVAC equipment cost.
Overall, this lovely inexpensive concrete modular home is practical for home owners to consider as it’s durable, beautiful and it’s within an average budget. To see more of Peter Rose + Partners’ work, find them in the Building Homes and Living directory.
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