Custom Modular Home Builder's Blog: Method Homes
Method and Skylab unveiled the series prototype for HOMB in Portland on Friday with a public opening. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see the house and to our sponsors and partners who helped make the launch a huge success. Stay tuned as we recently set the second HOMB and will have more details and photos coming soon.
On 21, Sep 2012 | In blog | By methodhj
Based on hexagonal grid patterns constructed of 30-degree triangles, HOMB represents the ultimate in flexibility. The HOMB building model creates a modular system capable of lifespan space addition and subtraction, residential and commercial applications, flexible and custom floor plan layouts, and eligibility for organic, steep sloped, or small lots.
The first HOMB was set in Northeast Portland last Thursday. The 3,900 square foot residence (2400 square feet of modules) is a custom version of HOMB, configured of 28 triangle units. With elements including half-hexagon and triangle custom skylights, 100 square foot cantilevers in front and back, floor to ceiling glazing, custom poured tile, and a double vaulted section that will make up the home’s great room, this home will act as the showcase residence for the HOMB brand.
Method recently got a chance to visit with Studio 29 architect Chris Rost about the story behind Method’s newest series of prefab home designs.
Q: What is the history of Studio 29 Architecture? What is your mission?
Rost: I have been working in the Pacific Northwest and San Juan Islands as an architect for 22 years. Studio 29 was founded after the suggestion from a former client. At Studio 29, we strive to design homes that embody the unique character of our clients and embrace the natural beauty of the land they occupy. Living and working in the San Juan Islands has instilled in us a deep respect for the local environment. It compels us to explore sustainable design solutions that will help preserve and protect the local ecosystem for the generations that follow.
Last week, Method set a custom two-story, 2,300 square foot modular home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Designed by Group Architect, the modern and efficient three-bedroom, two-bathroom prefab was set in one day.
The home, situated on a tight waterfront lot, was constructed with cantilevers over the foundation to fit within the site’s buildable footprint. Features include Henry Blueskin wrap, cement fiber board and cedar siding combination with rainscreen application, a Daikin Altherma air to water heat pump that services hydronic radiant heat and domestic hot water, a standing seam metal roof, pre-wiring for solar power, pine tongue and groove soffits, custom maple cabinets, strand-woven engineered bamboo floors, custom Italian tile from Statements Tile, and low VOC paints, finishes, and adhesives. The house also has 400 square feet of decks to take advantage of the idyllic waterfront location. This and all Method projects are built using sustainable methods that minimize waste, impact to the site, and prevent the home from having exposure to the elements by building off site at Method’s Ferndale, WA factory location.
On 29, Jul 2012 | In blog | By methodhj
On Thursday, May 21, 2012, Method Homes, Habitat for Humanity, The Miller Hull Partnership, and the Seattle Center Foundation Next 50 joined to set the wet core modules for The House of the Immediate Future, a project utilizing established but forward-looking sustainable building systems and construction techniques such as Net-Zero energy, rainwater harvesting, reclaimed materials, and prefabricated elements–all of which can be universally applied in affordable housing construction.
In 1962, Seattle’s World’s Fair showcased numerous ‘houses of the future,’ which were envisioned based on a world with unlimited resources and space-age technologies. Flash forward fifty years to The House of the Immediate Future, which offers a more sober response to the future of housing construction as we better understand the reality of limited resources and the need for more efficient, affordable and sustainable home design. Specific to Habitat for Humanity’s needs and unique building model, sustainable design supports affordable post-construction home-ownership, while incorporating pre-fabricated elements that strengthen the Habitat model of community building through a volunteer (and generally unskilled) labor force.
On 10, Jul 2012 | In blog | By methodhj
Method and Skylab Architecture just recently announced the construction of the
first HOMB–a modular residence based on a unique patent-pending construction
system. The house will be set in North Portland and act as a showcase for future
The approach behind HOMB was to create an intelligent, environmentally
responsible, dynamic, and rewarding housing system. The innumerable benefits
of building HOMBs using prefab construction were factored into this approach.
A prefab home means shorter building time, limited exposure to the elements,
reduced site impact, a dramatically lower amount of waste generated at the site,
and fixed building costs for the prefab portion, greatly reducing the potential for
cost overruns. Add this to energy efficient options including integrated power
production and planted roofing, and you have the beginning framework of a HOMB.
In addition to reaping all of the benefits modular construction has to offer, HOMB’s
true uniqueness is the triangular-shaped modules that allow for mass flexibility in
scale, enabling the structure to be expanded upon to fit the homeowner’s project
site and needs. Ultimately, HOMB is designed to be added on to as the need/desire
arises or for sections to be disengaged and eventually resold to others. This is a fully
flexible solution to custom building.
Currently, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing are being completed on the
first HOMB at the Method factory. Here is the first sneak preview of the project
On 12, Jun 2012 | In blog | By methodhj
Last week, Method wrapped up factory construction on a 2,310 square foot custom prefab structure that will be set in Venice Beach. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home is comprised of four modules and has numerous energy efficient features, including a grey water system, solar PV array and solar hot water systems, and hydronic radiant heat. The home took two and a half months to build to 95% completion in the factory.
Simultaneous planning as the home is being built allows for construction at the site to be simplified. The owners of this architectural custom prefab home will have a timeline from design to occupancy that is two-thirds that of a custom site-built home.
On 09, May 2012 | In blog | By methodhj
I finally had the opportunity to get up to Whiterock BC to check out the finished homes. For now here is WR-1….as we called it during the build. Not only are the homes stunning to be in and experience, they are LEED certified to boot. Tons of sustainable features in these modern prefab homes. Here are some images…