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The Shipping Container House: Prefab Can Inspire

You might think this elegantly modern 1,517 sq. ft. house, in Nederland, Colorado, has nothing to do with prefabricated structures. Yet, not only are two prefab volumes used here, they also determine the planning scheme and the space organization of the house. The primary architects’ idea was to take two long shipping containers and put them onto the plot with a certain distance and angle between them. This was the crucial decision which resulted in an outstanding lay-out. Continue reading

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McGlassonweeHouse: Prefab That Looks Well

This small prefab home is located in Northern Minnesota and doesn’t even resemble a prefab house; mostly because of a special local siding – the red stained pine.

I like this mixture of the universal (you can buy a prefab house, like a furniture item, and put it wherever you’ld like) and the local (when various local peculiarities are applied to the project, like the siding element here).
Plus, the house sits very well on the site, having an open deck overlooking a forest, and an upper terrace on the roof of the one-story part of the building. Continue reading

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Nomadhome: a place of change

Gerold Peham believes that one’s home is not only meant for living, but also is an expression of one’s individual living philosophy. He also thinks that our home is a place of change, a place where your living circumstances may change from time to time (which they do as I’m looking at my ‘suddenly’ pregnant cousin). As a result, he invented the nomadhome – a ready-to-live, modular structure, which can be put wherever you like and can be easily made smaller or bigger. Continue reading

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Small Prefab House: B-Line

This small modern prefab house, designed by Hive-Modular,is called ‘B-Line Small 002′ and is situated in Minneapolis.However, its name is the only complicated thing about this 1,420 sq. ft. family home.

Clear lines, unambiguous colors, unpretentious, yet functional form is displayed throughout this house – its windows, roof, siding of the walls, and the harmony of volumes – all these elements make the house what I call ‘architecturally good and/or proper’. What you see is the HOUSE itself (not design, not some style of architecture etc.), you just see a properly made home for people who are content with their lives and the spaces they live in. Continue reading

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Tin Chapel: Victorian Conversion

If you’re looking to be inspired by unique interior design, look no further than Nick Kenny’s Victorian corrugated-iron chapel home and workplace in Faversham, Kent. Nick Kenny, an artist and craftsman, has been restoring this unique piece of architecture for the past few years by using recycled materials and re-purposed items found in salvage yards, clearance sales, auctions and so forth. Continue reading

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Long Valley Ranch: the wonder of prefab

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Seeing a house coming to life is always exciting, and when it’s done in one day – that’s just brilliant! The Long Valley Ranch serves as the Burton family holiday home; it’s comprised of 10 different-sized recycled steel frame modules, forming a modern two-bedroom prefab house. It took three months to prefabricate the modules in the factory and just a single day to assemble all the components on site. Continue reading

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Prefab Eifel Home: a+

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A couple who always wanted to live in a modern house, but didn’t want to leave their beautiful garden, decided to build their new home on the same plot and keep their old farmhouse for their children.

Located in the German Eifel, custom designed by a+ architects and prefab built by Thoma, this prefabricated home is actually quite simple; the design is based on two volumes – a large ‘living tube’ and a garage – connected by a glass entrance overlooking a beautiful old apple tree. Continue reading

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Interview: Bachbox

We spoke to Stepan Skala from Bachbox, and discovered that a box is not just a box – it’s a stylish portable shelter, designed for extreme environments, with an outer steel shell and four large folding decks which completely enclose the building when not in use. Continue reading

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Bluesky Prefab Home: Flat Packed

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The Bluesky Home in Yucca Valley, California, is a beautiful, modern prefab. Nestled among impressive rock formations, this small, prefabricated house blends perfectly with its desert surroundings, ensuring minimal site disruption while maximizing views and retaining privacy. On top of that, it’s also adaptable, sustainable, modestly scaled, durable and economical. Continue reading

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Reclaimed Space: Sustainable Prefabs

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These prefabs, from Reclaimed Space, are all about modern sustainable living, while building with reclaimed materials. Spaces are constructed as a typical stick built home; all are fully insulated and come pre-wired and plumbed. As all prefabricated homes and cabins, they are transported to their site, fully complete, and set on concrete foundations. Continue reading

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