Sunday, June 18, 2006

cool prefab homes

This house is built by a company called BlueSky MOD. Their motto is "Retreat without a footprint." They are meant to be vacation homes but I think they work just fine as a small year-round home. Who needs a big freaking mansion anyway?@$%? Anyway, there are a lot of good eco-friendly things about these homes; they can come with composting toilets, solar panels, cedar siding (never needs painting/staining), low voltage halogen lights, straw-composite interior walls, etc. They do not need huge machinery to be assembled so they cause less damage to the land. I've seen somewhere, i don't remember where; some houses built on some kind of high stilts, so that the only damage to the land other than footprints from everyday walking would be the four stilts in each corner.

Then there's these homes, called weeHouses, that start with a basic model, prefabricated and delivered, then if you need a second floor or a guest room later on, you can order another prefabricated modular unit. They're cheap but not as friendly.

5 comments:

Thomas said...

I really like the idea of Prefab houses. Its something thats being talked more and more about here and I think it will soon be normal to see. Especially as a lower cost altenative, in both an environmental and economic way. And it allows the owner much greater freedom in "designing" their house instead of opting for a "cookie-cutter" house that we see so much of in the burbs. Right now there's a great Prefab Housing exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

elisabeth said...

i knew you would appreciate these.
there are a lot of prefab houses around but none like these. nobody likes a trailer either.

Dagga said...

http://www.solheimar.is/Solheimar/English/
you should enjoy this site, I can´t understand why I did not think of taking you there last summer. I recently visited it again and I immediately thought of you guys. If you come to Iceland again you should look for work at Sólheimar it is a wonderful place for families with Eco-friendly philosophies

elisabeth said...

well, i hope we someday come back to iceland. i'm sure we will. maybe even to live for a bit?? that sounds like a neat place.

Prefab Homes Builder Raleigh said...

I think prefab homes are the way to go if you are building a new home. They are just as sturdy and are way cheaper.