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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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Modern Prefab House by Sagemodern

Prefab April 7, 2016

Modern Prefab House by Sagemodern

Prefab homes can look like modular buildings — minimalist tiny homes — but they can also look like regular houses, at least according to this prefab home company called Sagemodern.

They approach their modular home building projects with an 8-step process: first, the visit the building site to get an idea of the size of the space and what might suit the location.

They then check out building requirements for the site, deliver a report to their client, and meet again to discuss the prefab home design. They use a questionaire at this stage to help guide new prefab house buyers through the process.

Then they work on the schematics design of the prefab structure to be built, including 3D renderings of the potential house. Then they work out the cost and schedule by which they can complete the project.

Then comes a stage the buyer has a lot of say in: design development, where all the finish details, house systems and material to be used (cabinets, flooring, exterior finish) are worked out.

They then proceed to make the building plans customized to the particular prefab project, get the permits, work with its building partners for their bids, and then build the prefab home. After its built, they deliver the modular structure to the site and set it up, including all the systems, interior and exterior finish.

To see some prefab house designs by Sagemodern, find them in our prefab and modular homes directory.

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How About This Modern Prefab Home

Prefab April 7, 2016

How About This Modern Prefab Home

Have you thought about a prefab home or even a prefab cottage? Modular construction has recently become mainstream with evening TV programs dedicated to it and lots of people talking about the buzz-words: prefabrication, tiny homes, modular building. Considering the cost and benefits of prefab houses, they can definitely be a good option, as many have found.

This one is by Sustain Design Studio. They have designed a number of modular homes, some with various options depending on the size a customer is looking for, whether they want a loft, whether there will be a foundation or not, and other building considerations.

The modular company uses wood frame construction on a structural steel chassis, and the exterior of the building is a pre-finished pine or Douglas Fir wood one.

For insulation, they use a polyurethane foam of medium density with a BASF Wallite spray.

Hot water is provided in these prefab homes by electric boilers combined with energy recovery ventillators, with the option of a pellet stove or propane boiler — these additions are favored by some people because they give the house that cabin feel.

While these modular homes don’t require a permanent foundation — instead they can be placed on simple leveling and blocking — a concrete foundation or pad are options.

Pictured: the Duo 36+24 by Sustain. Visit them, find them in our prefab and modular homes directory.

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Does a Prefab House Need More Than This?

Prefab March 30, 2016

Does a Prefab House Need More Than This

This is the Zenkaya prefab house, a tiny prefab that can be moved in on the back of one truck. In this case, they set it up in a flat desert, as you can see from the photo.

The designer — Eric Bigot — offer these prefabs in various sizes. Which means, for this house design, various lengths. The width is always the same 3.8 meters.

They have a Zenkaya Studio model at 6 meters long, while the largest is a 2-bedroom prefab which is 18 meters long.

The one in the photo above is 15.6 meters, somewhere between the studio and the largest unit.

This unit reminds me of a paperclip, due to the single-piece (or so the finished unit appears to be) patio roof, roof, side wall, and surface, and the most distinctive element to this modular, the even square patio space (with ceiling patio lights).

One side of the unit (the version pictured) has an enclosed space for the bathroom, and then the rest has a wall of sliding glass doors.

Heat is provided by a small wood stove.

If the object is a simple structure surrounded by nature, moved to the location simply, do you need anything that isn’t included in this Zenkaya module house design?

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Prefabricated House Design

Prefab March 30, 2016

Prefabricated House Design

It seems modular home design varies around the globe. Perhaps you might say, “Well of course,” but with such a simple starting point, I was a bit surprised to find modular construction styles based on culture. Probably I shouldn’t have been.

Here’s a Tokyo style of modular home, done by Mitsubai Tokyo. Of course, it might be hard to find something Japanese don’t do well, and this seems just another example of them making a harmonious, stylish product suited to the scale of its intended purpose.

It’s called Aero House, and its a studio-type modular design (just one room), but the company builds modulars so that they can be combined.

The price for one of these units is under $40,000 USD (In Yen, its 4320000), but they can also be purchased “semi-self-build” kit style for around half that amount, from what I understand from the site in their language.

Notable about this construction style for modular houses is the square is really accentuated, at least as I saw it. Also, while modular homes commonly sit on posts of some sort, the posts are made visible in this style. The building looks like it sits on small stilts, rather than trying to hid them. Besides the space itself, all there is is some shelf compartments and windows. The ceiling is left unfinished. Into this basic starting point, walls can be added to divide the structure into rooms.

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Prefab Homes the Brazilian Way

Prefab March 30, 2016

This prefabricated home company does things the Brazilian way, which, judging from this modular house, means clean, square modular constrution with an attractive patio style.

The basis of this building idea is that the modular house can have a fluid size (and, one might expect, arrangement) of its container bin-like module pieces.

What that means is a modular home starts out with a given amount of 22 meter square module blocks, which can attach to each other, and if a family grows, wants to add a business space, or otherwise wants to change shape, it can.

For example, I saw a demo of this prefabricated home company Jular building a custom modular house with 8 modules and 2 patios.

They arrive on a site which has been prepared with level pillars stable in the ground, and begin crane-lifting module pieces into place. They move them in and fit the modules into each other sort of like kids do with Lego.

Because the prefab plan has been figured out beforehand, some of these module blocks have exterior walls, some interior walls, some have no walls. They remove the pywood sheeting that protects the windows during the delivery.

Then they frame up the patio roof, which is just beams of lumber, and proceed to secure the modules together. The roofs are all thermal insulated SteicoRoof and SteicoFlex. The walls are insulated with the same, by the way.

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IKEAs simple furniture is now simpler: No tools required

Furniture and Furnishings March 18, 2016

IKEA snap together furniture

IKEA, known everywhere for its simple, DIY furniture, has been continuing to experiment. Now they’ve come up with an assembly method that doesn’t even require the little allen keys that usually come with an assembly package.

How? It snaps together. That means wedges, little wooden wedges, are what hold together parts of the furniture.

The “wedge dowel” is a little ribbed connector. Take a look.

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Would You Live in a $1500 Old Hickory Shed Home?

Uncategorized March 18, 2016

This might be one of the most inexpensive housing options we’ve come across. We share a lot of ideas here, from prefabs to metal buildings to tiny homes to anything else we think you guys might be interested in. That has included a few strange but inexpensive options, and this idea is going to fit right in with those.

These Old Hickory sheds actually start at even less than $1500. That price is the one for their model that has windows and a little porch. It looks almost like a little home — definitely compares with cabins and tiny homes. But it’s actually a shed. These things are actually sold as “utility style” “playhouses” along with their sheds that are sold as “barns,” “lofted barns,” and “utility sheds.” But they’re big as cabins, with 12 X24 dimensions minimum (you can get them bigger) and 8 foot walls. They also have 2 X 3 windows and a 9 lite window door and that porch you can see in the photo. As you can see from the photo, people are already using these residentially or semi-residentially.

And they have smaller ones with less fancy builds that cost even less — like under $1000. Can you imagine what one of these little sheds would look like set up as a tiny home? You could even mount one to a truck trainer if you wanted to tow it around. Note though that they aren’t built for that — it’s just an idea for transport — so you wouldn’t necessarily want to take them on the highway or over any rough ground.

That might mean you can’t expect it to meet building codes for a house, but that doesn’t mean you can’t live in one of these the way you could in a cabin as long as you aren’t breaking any zoning. Of course, these could serve as a guest cabin in a yard, because you could put a shed there no problem, and this one looks like a quaint little tiny home cabin. What if you put a bed and everything you usually put in a cabin in there?

Besides size options, you can also chose roof options (black, dark brown, evergreen, weathered wood) or metal woods in 4 colors.

And here’s one of the more interesting parts of this idea as a cabin: They offer building options for units when you order one. A tiny home cabin could have various sized single- or double-pane windows, various doors, including double wooden barn doors, garage doors (if you want to be able to store your stuff or small vehicle in it as well), flooring, shelves, work benches, lofts, porch railings, engineered plans, and non-standard color options. Basically you can customize your order how you can picture it, staying to the basics of a rectangular tiny home cabin with windows, a door, and a porch.

The company who makes these both sells them (either delivered as a prefab or assembled on site when they can’t be delivered for whatever reason), and also rents them, so you could always try one out first. A third option exists, too: rent to own. And they have 5-year warranties.

They also have free delivery and set-up, and here’s the information for that, since I suspect anyone considering this tiny home option would want to know this: “Buildings at the sales lot can usually be delivered within 5 week days (weather permitting). Ordered Treated & Fir buildings can usually be delivered within 10 to 15 days (weather permitting). Ordered Painted and Metal buildings can usually be delivered within 15 to 20 days (weather permitting). Note: Non-standard metal colors on any building will add one week to the lead time. No site preparation necessary (if site is accessible with truck and trailer and site is no more than 3 feet out of level). Free setup includes leveling with customer supplied concrete blocks and driver supplied pressure treated shims. Drivers can supply concrete blocks for a minimal charge. First 30 miles free, over 30 miles subject to additional charge.”

Find more from Old Hickory and other tiny home and cabin builders indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more cabins homes, click here.

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