I had always considered the phrase “prefab home” as an oxymoron, words that cancel each other out, like “military intelligence” or “jumbo shrimp”. Wasn’t the American dream, after all, about carving out a spot in the prairie and building your own place? And so-called “manufactured homes” seemed like flimsy toys that would blow down easily with a gust from the big bad wolf.
Uncannily, some of today’s prefab homes come with $100,000+ price tags, astounding architecture and with green designs beyond my wildest notions. Some come fully equipped with solar panels, green insulating materials and durable bamboo floors. You can pay between $6,000 for a 400 square-foot cottage all the way up to $500,000 for a 2,300 square-foot, three-bedroom home that can always be folded up and moved elsewhere. Take a look:
Bamboo for green living
Bamboo Living builds homes with green designs,starting from a 400-square-foot Bamboo Fijian (from $60k out of the box), made of durable materials with choices among “a few groovy colors”. Hmm, I haven’t seen a few groovy colors since college.
A green method to design intelligence
Seattle’s Method Homes will ship a pre-fab home resistant to mold and other contaminants that meets LEED environmental standards. They’ll ship a custom, pre-fab cabin or full-sized home anywhere in the United States and Canada.
Pre-fab and off the grid
The Cusabo Island House stands on steel feet above the Carolina Flood Plain. Built as a showpiece for EcoSteel, the Cusabo house exceeds FEMA flood zone requirements because residents live beyond the reach of emergency crews. The 3,888 square-foot home fosters a healthy, efficient and sustainable living space.
The clean and green housing machine
The JoT House blends modernist architecture with sustainability. They produce homes and cabins in standard or custom models. Looking for a guest house, pool cabana, artist’s studio or day room? Try the Mini JoT, a 250 square-foot pre-fab with natural interior finishes and high-performance insulation. Priced from $45,000, delivered. Or pop it on wheels and go places. You can take it with you.
I’m impressed by the new pre-fabs, and I stand corrected right down to the hair of my chinny-chin chin.