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This Small Prefab Makes the Most of Its Interior Space

Prefab April 29, 2016

This Small Prefab Makes the Most of Its Interior Space

Prefab home buyers can put their houses anywhere they have a spot, more or less. There are prefab house designs to sit on cliffs, on stilts sticking out of the water, on houseboats, and, like this one in the picture above, on the coast of the ocean or a lake.

This small prefab home — cottage actually — sits overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Cornwall. Some might say that you could put just about anything in that spot and you’d have a nice place. I think I might have to agree with that notion. However, there are special considerations when building on the coast of an ocean (like this one) or even a lake if its a decent-sized lake. The main one: wind.

You can’t just put in any old door, and any old wall construction when you have huge winds. And there are some big winds on both sides of the Atlantic. Some modular home builders, cabin owners, and other home owners, start with a simple door facing their view (the ocean), but after a few seasons decide to take out their first door and put in a side door instead — sometimes with a metal screen that can be placed over the door for extra protection in storms.

The picture above shows a small cottage typical in style for Cornwall. It’s an E.D.G.E. modular structure (a design by Bill Yudchitz and Revelations Architects/Builders which aims at environmental / energy-effecient living arrangements). We have another one here (click here).

The one-story construction is also a good idea when facing a coast, for the same reason of wind. They use shallow pitched roofs in this E.D.G.E prefab, and the inside is based around a kitchen, living room, entry and bedroom. There is also that porch you see in the photo, and there’s a bathroom tucked in there.

And who didn’t notice that round, swiveling window?

The company is selling plans for this building for around $1,250. Visit Revaltions Architects/Builders here. Photos by Unique Home Stays (click here). You can also get a bunch of ideas for your prefab structure — exterior images, layout plans, and links to companies in various states and provinces — from the Prefab Home Book (sometimes on sale).

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This Prefab Home Design Is Made to Make the Most of Space AND Reduce Energy Costs

Prefab April 29, 2016

This Prefab Home Design Is Made to Make the Most of Space AND Reduce Energy Costs

This tiny prefab home is noted for its space-saving design techniques, and also for its extreme energy effeciency. And these are to big concerns for prefab home buyers: using the small house space well, and reducing housing costs.

Many people nowadays are looking at prefab homes, pricing them out, seeing what their options are, because housing costs are outpacing wages, making it harder for people to get into their first house. Some people who already own a house are looking at modular construction as a way to put a guest house in, or build a summer cabin.

This building is called E.D.G.E, an acronym for Experimental Dwelling for a Greener Environment. Behind the prefab home design is Bill Yudchitz and Revelations Architects/Builders.

The modular structure has two parts. Two modules — a kitchen and a bathroom — are where the mechanical systems for the house are located. They also use a lot of glass, so there are views from inside.

It’s a 360 square foot space, so it qualifies as a “tiny house.”

To save on energy costs, the prefab building uses geothermal heating / cooling, air-to-air heat recovery and ventilation, rainwater harvesting, and passive solar orientation.

To maximize interior space, the prefab has furniture that transforms, for example from a bed to a table to a sofa.

The company is selling plans for this building for around $1,250. For Revalations Architects/Builders, find them in our prefab and modular homes directory. You can also get a bunch of ideas for your prefab structure — exterior images, layout plans, and links to companies in various states and provinces — from the Prefab Home Book (sometimes on sale).

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This Prefab Isn’t Just a Prefab – It’s a Hybrid

Prefab April 27, 2016

This Prefab Isn’t Just a Prefab – It’s a Hybrid

This prefab (hybrid) house is sitting up in the mountains of California.

So how was it built, and what do we mean by calling it a “hybrid”? The modular home part of this structure was prefabricated off site in Sagemodern’s Utah factory. However, parts of the building were built on site: like the dining room and the main living room.


• Living Area 3,250 sf
• Exterior Deck Space 1,000 sf including spa
• Bedrooms 5
• Bathrooms 4.5

Materials and Systems

• HVAC Rheem 95% efficient variable speed furnace with Rheem’s electronic air cleaner
• Water Heater 100 gal indirect water storage
• Windows Custom dual glazed low-e aluminum windows
• Appliances Thermador Professional Series, 42″ refrigerator and 48″ gas range
• Tile Limestone, slate and ceramic
• Flooring hand oiled white oak and Brazilian slate
• Exterior clear cedar siding, hot rolled steel, falls creek ledge stone, board formed concrete
• Decking Brazilian slate and cedar wood decking

This isn’t one of those prefabs that was built because of the price by economical home buyers! It was reported to have cost almost 2 and a half million.

It was designed for a family and also to accommodate their guests. It’s called Martis Camp #246. You can see more of Sagemodern’s work (click here).

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This Prefab Home Saves You Money … On Shipping Costs

Prefab April 8, 2016

This Prefab Home Saves You Money … On Shipping Costs

Prefab homes are a way many people see as how they can get a less expensive, more eco sustainable house, and a big part of the cost that remains with a prefab home once money has been saved building it in factory is transportation of the modules.

So to save money on shipping their prefab homes, a company called Connect Homes is building their modular parts to fit inside shipping containers.

Yes, you’ve heard of people building houses out of shipping containers — so-called shipping container homes — but these ones are just a bit smaller. That means, according to the company, they can ship each module anywhere in the world for around $5,000 (rather than the up to around $25,000 per module it costs to ship some of the bigger modules used for modular homes currently.

Whether you’re building big or small, that cost of shipping is one you’re going to be looking at, so this is an interesting point Connect Homes is raising.

When you consider many prefab modular construction plans include 4 to 10 modules, that cost adds up. To see more of Connect Homes, visit our Directory of Prefab Homes (click here).

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Modern Prefab Home Design

Prefab April 8, 2016

Modern Prefab Home Design

This modern prefab home design is getting some attention for its designer, and from the looks of this prefab, I don’t think many people would even guess that it was a modular construction when they saw it.

It’s by the hand of designer Toby Long of Clever Homes, and it’s a 3,000 square foot prefab home which combines tall, airy interior spaces with modern, angular design aesthetics.

This designer builds prefabs for people almost always starting from a pre-set design (rather than designing from scratch). It saves money and time for the prefab home buyer is the reason.

They have prefab building designs from as small as 300 square feet to larger than 5,000 suare feet (with 3 and 5 bedrooms included in those templates).

Then, based on over a dozen prefab home styles, Clever Homes works with their client to adapt the design to fit a buyer, considering the building site, the design features they’re looking for, and their budget. To see more of Clever Homes prefab building work, find them in our prefab and modular homes directory.

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A Prefab Home that Produces More Energy Than It Consumes!

Prefab April 8, 2016

A Prefab Home that Produces More Energy Than It Consumes!

Ok, prefab home fans, you may have heard about some of the ways you can cut down on your energy bills by looking at prefab building designs that incorporate new ideas about conserving (and producing energy), but here’s a building that takes it a step further. It’s a “carbon-positive prefab home” designed by ArchiBlox.

What does it do? the structure is airtight — it locks up to keep cool air in / heat out (this one is in Australia where they want to do that, but you can imagine the same process for keeping heat in / cool air out). Then the top of the prefab house has solar panels, and overall this modular building produces more energy than it consumes.

While some people attempt to counter their energy bills by setting up turbines at nearby waterfalls or even installing solar panels where they can, mostly solar panels are not enough to do it where many of us live (this Building Homes and Living blog is based on the Northwest Coast).

Some other interesting things about the ArchiBlox prefab house: it’s 800 square feet, and it employs simple, modernist design.

It also uses a lot of plants in its interior design — they sit on the walls almost like texture. And they use a lot of wood paneling on the interior for cabinetry and furniture. The company builds and delivers their prefab home orders in around 12-28 weeks (in Australia). To visit AchiBlox, find them in our prefab and modular homes directory..

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Prefab Homes: Adding a Glass Corridor to Your Design – Inexpensive Options

Prefab April 8, 2016

Prefab Homes Adding a Glass Corridor to Your Design – Inexpensive Options

One of the most attractive things about a prefab home is the setting. Of course, that’s true of any dwelling, but the unique thing about modular construction is, of course, the setting can change. Because prefab homes can be placed on simple leveling and blocking, they can be moved and leave very little behind them.

One company that uses a lot of glass in their house designs — both modular and traditional — in order to maximize the view of nature from inside, is Schmidt Architects (Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados).

Perhaps they are currently most famous for their use of glass corridors like the one they build in the Lo Curro which has caught many people’s attention.

While the expense of heating a structure surrounded by so much glass would probably deter most prefab home buyers in Canada and the northern states of the U.S., there are alternatives to add this kind of feature to your own prefab home design — and they don’t need to be expensive.

We’re focusing on how people can get into their own inexpensive homes right now on the Building Homes and Living blog, so for those people wanting to add something like what Schmidt does with views and corridors, here are two options: First, there is no need for that glass corridor to be open to the rooms on both sides. The glass corridor could be sealed off from them by doors of various types, so you wouldn’t need to heat the corridor. A second option is to not use glass at all, and just have a walkway between parts of the house or between parts of your modular home and another structure, like a garage. To see more of Schmidt team’s designs, find them in our prefab and modular homes directory.

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Prefab Home Buyers Should Check Out This Design Company

Prefab April 7, 2016

Prefab Home Buyers Should Check Out This Design Company

Whether you’re a prefab home buyer who wants something big or small, you’re going to be thinking about modular design. This company has a number of very distinctive design features you can think about incorporating.

They’re called Bates Masi Architects, and while they build prefab homes for all over North America and other continents, they have roots in NYC.

Their approach to a prefab home project involves a custom experience — each project, they say, they respond to with extensive research into materials, craft, and environment to come up with a unique modular solution.

They consider not the size or the type of a prefab project, but instead focus on “enriching lives and enhancing the environment.”

Some notable features of their design: attention to building setting, prefabricated sheer wall panels, light frame construction for hurricane- and wind-protection, added strength using light gauge metal reinforcements, solid steel transitions, perforated panels to modify sunlight entering interior space, reduction in material needed using new fabricated custom panel technology. To visit Bates Masi, find them in our prefab and modular homes directory.

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Prefab “Dream” Home

Prefab April 7, 2016

Prefab “Dream” Home

When it comes to prefab homes, some people want a modern, minimalist modular look and others want a more traditional, wood frame house look. This prefab home goes for the second route. It’s a flat layout “American dream home” inspired design by E.G. Engler.

The prefab home design looks bigger than the interior space because, well, it is bigger. It has expansive deck area and expansive deck covering, which makes for a large indoor/outdoor space.

That deck is almost 2,4000 square feet. The bedrooms of this building have screen doors (barn-door slider style) made of reclaimed fir wood (you can see one in the photo above).

The house belongs to Jeanne and Paul Moseley, and its set in the Ruby Valley. The designer of this prefab home, E.J. Engler, is from Medicine Hat, Alberta, and it’s based on the “American dream” houses of Cliff May (The photography is also from Will Brewster of Medicine Hat). And the interior decorator of this modular house is Stephanie Sandston of Greathouse Workroom.

Essentially, the prefab home here is four modular units which were prefabricated on vacant lots near the site and then transported to location, where they could be assembled quickly, minimizing the building footprint. Each pod contains a section of the house, which would, potentially, allow the house to be re-arranged at some later date, one of the benefits of modular home construction.

In this case, one pod has the master bedroom and bathroom, another has the kitchen/dining/living room space, a third has the children’s bedrooms, another bathroom, and the fourth module has a pantry, den and laundry room.

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Prefab, Modern Homes by Method Homes

Prefab April 7, 2016

Prefab, Modern Homes by Method Homes

Whether for a tight spot in the city or a secluded woodsy location, prefab modular homes are becoming a popular option for new home or second home buyers.

The companies that provide the work for these prefab houses have expanded in recent years to meet the demand, including the builder of this prefab home, Method Homes. This modular construction design has caught a lot of people’s attention for its layout.

Two rectangular modular units extending side by side, connected by a corridor between the two, and with windows over the whole rear wall surface of the building.

The structure is placed on simple leveling and blocking, so there is no concrete building footprint (foundation).

They just brought the modular home pieces in and craned them into place.

The Method Homes designers (have a number of modern prefab layouts already being built, though, besides this one. Their focus is “precision-engineered, prefabricated, modern structures” customized to the house buyer’s ideas. They’re built by master craftsmen through a process that is “100 percent quality controlled every step of the way.”

Are you thinking of looking more into a rustic yet energy efficient cabin of full family home modular structure? You can visit Method for more information, find them in our prefab and modular homes directory.

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