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The first five of 20 eco-friendly modular homes arrived on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation and are being set on their foundations this week.
Founded by actor Brad Pitt, the Make It Right foundation and the Fort Peck Tribes are hoping to have the first five families moved into their new homes by Aug. 1. Plans are to have the entire housing project filled by Dec. 1.
Here’s a new way to shop for kitchen appliances: check out a whole kitchen on tour. Dwell and Monogram partnered with Method Homes to build a custom 1,100-square-foot home to showcase Monogram’s newest and most popular appliances. The house will travel across the country hosting demos and events.
Fresh geometries inform a modular residence in Portland, Oregon.
“It’s grown-up Legos,” says Kaja Taft, describing her modular prefabricated house in Northeast Portland, Oregon, designed by Jeff Kovel of Skylab Architecture. “There was nothing here. Eight hours later, there was a house made out of triangles.”
To build a home on a remote plot of land in Washington State, former Angelenos Amy Staupe and Christopher Roy commissioned Method Homes to construct a highly personalized prefab structure. “We had gone back and forth on prefab or custom so many times,” Roy says. “A lot of the prefab we saw was either too expensive, didn’t meet our needs, or it just didn’t appeal to us. I had sort of given up on prefab, thinking that the market just wasn’t ready for us yet.”
Fueled by post recession homebuyers hungry for affordable sleek and green design, “prefabs” or modular homes can offer a sustainable, customizable and competitively priced alternative to the overpriced and — let’s be honest — not overly exciting suburban dwellings of Sonoma County.
From early-20th-century Sears Catalog Homes to the housing experiments by French modernist Jean Prouvé, prefab construction—that is, assembling a structure from components produced off-site—has had a rich, long history. Today, architects and designers continue to explore how the concept can create affordable, eco-friendly, andstylish housing.
On 13, Mar 2014 | In Press | By methodhj
Such high-profile commissions aside, Skylab has been refining its modular approach to residential construction. The firm, in conjunction with Seattle-based Method Homes, began developing a repeatable prefab module in 2008, during the Great Recession. The team settled upon HOMB (a combination of “home” and “honeycomb”): a 100-square-foot, triangular module made of LVL beams, steel, and SIPs. The module’s integrated structure enables it to be tessellated and configured in infinite ways, according to a client’s imagination and budget.