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Carbon Positive House

Carbon neutral housing is truly catching on and hopefully homes that contribute more than they require will do the same. Archiblox, an Australian design-build company, ups the sustainability game with their Carbon Positive House. This means that the prefabricated homes produce more energy than they need to operate, and can provide that energy to the existing energy grid. Continue reading

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Willson Napa Residence

Prefabricated homes are, to my delight, becoming more and more mainstream. That means that service, quality, and design must rise to new heights for manufacturers to be competitive. Stillwater dwellings excel in these areas and won the loyalty of a San Francisco marketing executive. Continue reading

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Port Townsend Timber FabCab

Sustainable building takes on many forms and every effort is valid and worthwhile. A less frequently considered factor in environmental building design is creating a home that allows full access to individuals with varying physical abilities. This is typically called universal design, which should also implement elements that allow individuals to age in place. True sustainability considers long-term functionality. Continue reading

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BONE Structure

There’s a light steel system on the market that is transforming the construction of residences and commercial buildings. BONE Structure’s prefab components are designed and manufactured in Quebec with the same technology that is used for the precise parts of aircraft and automobiles. This technology offers distinct advantages over traditional building methods. Continue reading

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Hive Modular B Line Small

Hive Modular factory-built homes are a sweet alternative to standard on-site construction. Their modern prefabs, ranging from small sizes to 2,500 sq.ft. and more, are built of typical wood framing and efficiently prefabricated in their warm dry factory. Of course, this reduces the time normally required to build a house due to weather conditions and has a few more bonuses up its sleeve. Continue reading

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The Photographer’s House

The home of renowned architectural photographer, Zsolt Batar, was designed in collaboration with his long-time architect friend, Bence Turanyi, of T2.a Architects. In a forest outside of Budapest, their meeting of ideas and philosophies comes to life in 120 sq. m. With a shared respect for nature and living light on the land, their solution incorporates longevity and sound economics. Continue reading

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Freedomky Model S

Designed by Czech Republic-based Freedomky, this small prefabricated home for one is a delight on so many levels. Compact in size, just 22 sq.m., Model S is a real charmer in style and efficiency. A pair of glass sliders center over the remarkably spacious feeling open kitchen, living, dining area. I’m certain it’s the day light and the cohesive materials, namely wood with a subtle shine, which make it so. The lack of ornate details also expands the space. Continue reading

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Hivehaus

The Hivehaus, by UK-based architect Barry Jackson, is a spectacular twist on ordinary and even extraordinary prefabricated buildings. Hivehaus offers all of the common benefits of prefabs such as fast construction time, high energy efficiency, easy permitting if small in size, and customization to satisfy your personal wishes. Yet based on the structure of a bees nest’s honeycomb, the hexagonal shape offers infinite possibilities. And all of its perks are wrapped in a comforting nurturing volume. Continue reading

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Pop-Up House

The Pop-Up House sets a whole new standard for easy to assemble on site prefabricated buildings. They are designed to comply with stringent PassivHaus standards for providing excellent indoor air quality and comfort, while reducing energy requirements to heat and cool homes. In short, they’re every thing I dream of in a modern home. Continue reading

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Essendon Prefab Addition: At Home Precision

ARKit’s prefabricated wall panels made even this addition to an historic home on a small site painless. These interlocking panels with integral insulation and wood or plaster interiors are precisely crafted for high performance. Using often undervalued short lengths of timber, in this case red cedar, the sustainably sourced lumber also is inherently pest and rot resistant. In this Melbourne, Australia residence the building addition, interior and exterior, was factory built and assembled on site. Continue reading