the prefab future, practically here
Wide modern line
Sky-open floor planhigh windows --
Almost always the logo of contemporary architects
The designed residence looks good and there is no doubt that it is pleasant to stay here, but it is obviously out of reach for most people.
Now read the following words slowly and let them sink.
Luminhaus in the settlement, just-
Prefabricated homes built near Va Amherst. (Jennifer Watson)
The house in these photos cost the homeowner $95,000.
OK: this does not include the price of the land, 6.
It covers 2 acres on a wooded hill near Va Amherst.
Right next to Blue Ridge Avenue.
In this case, the labor cost is the lowest. -
Because homeowners built most of their homes with the help of family and friends.
But Barry Bless and Jennifer Watson think that even if the contractor has done most of the work, their 1,150-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-
The Bath Hill resort is worth about $150,000.
The price per square foot is $130 compared to $200to-$400-per-square-
Walking costs for many modern architectsHouse designed.
Bless, a 50-year-
Old musician and husband, Watson, 38year-
The old photographer is a pioneer.
Richmond pair is the first customer to buy and build LV Home, it\'s a stylish-
The interior-lined prefabricated home, designed by architect Rosio Romero, costs about $30,000 and runs by truck.
This is the promise of modern prefabrication, which is the architectural trend advocated in the cutting field
Some Edge design magazines have been published on the website, such as \"can\'t breathe\". fabprefab. com and others.
The concept is not just a style, it\'s not just a method, it\'s more like a sport ---
After years of hope and expectation, this trend is gaining real momentum.
The basic idea is a simple idea from double
After World War II, the wide trailer began rolling down from the assembly line.
By producing structural parts in a factory environment, the efficiency is maximized and the cost is significantly reduced.
The wall panels, roofs, external frames and other elements can then be transported to the construction site and built on the foundation.
Just add windows, power, plumbing, and other systems, voil a: You already have a house that is much cheaper than a stick --built home.
Bless and Watson first saw their new house in \"premade\" coffee
Table book published in 2002
Alison Arieff, editor-in-chief of residence, Brian Burkhart.
Bless gave the book to his wife as a Christmas present, which many believe triggered modern prefabrication.
When Watson saw the image of the LV Home prototype and learned that Romero was planning mass production
She made up her mind to bless their four daughters who would eventually live in one.
The couple are especially suited to undertake projects of this range, as both of them happen to be experienced carpenters.
Most others, however, need to call the general contractor to lay the foundation, install wall panels, install windows, install electrical/HVAC/plumbing systems, otherwise a house will be built that only external envelopes can be truly called \"prefabrication.
\"Everyone has a dream like this, buying it together like a Lego toy,\" Romero said at his base camp in Perryville, Missouri. , near St. Louis.
\"But the more permanent the building is, the more complex it is.
I told all my clients to find a general contractor.
For decades, the word \"prefabrication\", and the concept of the factory --
The house built carries many unpleasant connotations: inferior, unimaginative, temporary.
But supporters of modern prefabrication see the factory as an important part of a system that allows relatively mild people to live in different houses on buildings that are usually available to only a few.
They believe that personality can be achieved through modifications and combinations of prefabricated components or modules. (
The word \"modular\" is more or less used in exchange with the word \"prefabricated. \")
The main obstacle to modern prefabricated buildings is the reluctance of housing manufacturers to take risks for unproven phenomena.
Despite the passion of modern prefabricated believers, their numbers are still small.
Before manufacturers are convinced that there is a market that can stand, they will be wary of jumping on a plane.
\"The technology exists, the motivation of consumers and designers exists,\" Arieff said over the phone at Dwell\'s office in San Francisco . \".
\"Financing is becoming easier and easier.
Many obstacles have been removed.
But until a big one
Scale builder or developer, at least in some regions, is committed to this and it will not be what people dream.
We have to go beyond where we are now, a group of very loyal individuals or small companies that are trying to do this.
Alliances need to be formed on a larger level.
Nathan Weiler will definitely agree.
He and his wife have just moved into a place that is arguably the highest.
Introduction to modern prefabricated houses in America: 2,260-square-
Feet live in Pittsburgh, N. C.
Because the magazine sponsored its construction in a competition in 2003.
The deadline for the completion of the residence was July 10, 2004, when the public was invited to take a look.
The open day is expected to attract 500 people.
Five times as many people have appeared, some of them from Michigan, California and Oregon.
The budget for the seven basic modules of Dwell Home is $87 per square foot
Built, shipped to the site and erected in a few weeks.
The House sparkled like a pre-made Holy Grail-
Evidence of the ultimate integration of the carrier of efficiency, economy and modernist aesthetics.
Most of them.
However, just two weeks ago Wieler and his wife were still waiting for proof of check in, which would allow them to move into their famous home.
It should be noted that the detention has nothing to do with the basic integrity of the prefabricated part of the house.
But countless small things-
Mainly the superficial problems that occurred after the House rushed to hold a meeting. -
Millions of minor fixes are needed.
Wieler said that, as a result, the final cost of his house per square foot has risen significantly, just as he moved --
In the days to come.
At least, at this stage of its development, prefabrication does not mean perfection.
\"Whenever you try to be the first person to do something, you experience all sorts of bumps on the road,\" Wieler said . \" He and his wife chose a design by resolution: 4 buildings, one of more than a dozen competing works living in the home.
\"We have had all these experiences.
We are trying to get to where you can really market and sell these beautiful houses that are built fast and affordable.
But to be the first one, it is not necessarily so fast and not necessarily affordable.
When Wieler, 32, uses the pronoun \"we\", he is not just speaking on behalf of premade believers.
The former Internet CEO is sharing his personal experience with the old house to a new startup.
This is a real estate development company that will strive to achieve what Arieff calls the most needed goal of the prefabrication revolution: a complete
It includes not only design and manufacturing, but also land procurement and engineering.
The founder of the new company said it was inspired by the mid-market.
Joseph Eichler, a California century house developer whose sponsorship of great architects made him a rare real estate developer
A real estate tycoon loved by the design world.
Wieler\'s new project, \"taking advantage of prefabricated buildings\", aims to provide customers with modern houses of their dreams, according to its mission statement.
At the same time, Arieff is working with Charlie Lazor, Minni aporius architect, to develop a plan for large-scale promotion
Produced his extraordinary-
$140 per square foot, very cost effectiveeffective --
Her magazine noted in the current issue that the FlatPak house \"could be a project in the revolutionary prefabrication industry.
\"In Missouri, Rosio Romero continues to produce her LV house (
Its big sister, two. Horizontal LVL House)
Growing customer base.
She almost stopped accepting the custom.
Set up commissions, but prefer to work on the cause full time.
There are still opponents;
\"There are still doubts,\" she admitted . \"
Some people at the scene
Chat forums are still important.
But people through it want to spread the word and show people that it does work.
There will be more \"yea\" as people learn more \"-
Not opponents. \" Pre-
Fab Resources Jennifer Watson and Barry Bless are named after their new modern prefabricated home, Luminhaus, and open as a vacation home to rent.
Located in the House of Va Amherst.
An hour drive from Washington.
Please visit www for price and availability. luminhaus. Or call 804-233-0526.
To learn more about the prefabrication design of architect Rocio Romero, visit www. rocioromero. com.
Designed by architect Charlie Lazor, FlatPak is published in the April/5 issue of residence magazine and can be viewed on www. flatpakhouse. com.
Wieler is a new company that will develop modern prefabricated houses near Chapel Hill, New York StateC.
, Can be found on www. wieler.
Or call 800-496-7987.
Other prefabricated resources can be found on www. fabprefab. com.