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Future of the Tract Home?

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The design has a street-friendly two-storey frontage to the street and bedrooms on the upper level, while the living areas are in a single-storey pavilion connected to outdoor space.

With the modular form that can be adapted four ways depending on site orientation, this means living areas enjoy northern light, privacy is maintained and there is no overshadowing of neighbouring homes. There’s also a windowbox add on to increase the community feel of the house.

Mirvac general manager design, sales and marketing Diana Sarcasmo says that future home-buyers would be sure to love the ideal house design too.

“This is a home we feel confident our customers would love to live in,” she says. “It offers everything that we know families value in a home. Its cleverness lies in its modular form which can be adapted for a number of different sites and orientations.”

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Prefab Homes Promise Efficiency, Cost Savings

Most are still built on-site, as opposed to being prefabricated and trucked in. That doesn’t make sense, says Sheri Koones, author of four books on prefab housing, including the new “Prefabulous and Almost Off the Grid: Your Path to Building an Energy-Efficient Home” (Abrams).

“Would you want your car to be built in your driveway?” says Koones, of Greenwich, Conn. “Of course you wouldn’t. You want your car made in a climate-controlled factory by skilled professionals on an assembly line. Wouldn’t you want the same thing for your home?”

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Prefab housing, a concept that’s been around at least since Sears and other companies introduced mail-order kits in the early 1900s, generally refers to factory-built modular and panelized housing. They are built to the same code as traditionally built homes, with additional structural requirements to make sure they withstand being transported. Depending on the home’s size, multiple pieces (or modules) are delivered to a site and secured together onto the foundation in a matter of hours.

Prefab homes are typically 60 percent to 90 percent complete at the time of delivery but often require an additional two or three weeks for finishing touches.

By contrast, mobile homes, which carry much of the stigma against prefabricated housing, are built to a more lenient federal code, arrive on their own wheels, depreciate quickly and are not generally zoned for urban use.

Because modular prefab homes are indistinguishable from site-built homes, they have become increasingly popular, pushed by the growing interest in green building.

“Prefab homes are much more efficient and environmentally friendly. There is so much less waste in the manufacturing process. Any excess materials can be recycled into other homes or sent back to the manufacturer instead of ending up in a Dumpster,” Koones says. “Because the materials aren’t exposed to the elements, prefab houses avoid problems with mold, rot and bacteria… .”

She also cites worker health and safety as a benefit to building homes off-site. Still, some consumers remain unsure of what a green home built off-site would entail.

Greenfab, a Seattle company, recently used a newly built prefab home as a teaching tool. After producing the first platinum LEED-certified prefab home in Washington State, Greenfab opened the modern house to the public for three months. School groups, builders, buyers and nonprofit groups toured it.

“People in the neighborhood just saw a foundation in the morning, and came home to find a completed house,” says Johnny Hartsfield, founder and president of Greenfab. “Our main goal as a company is to educate the public on the benefits of green and prefab.”

He also lists cost as a reason to go prefab. Since the homes are pre-designed, he says, there are no architect fees, time delays or cost overruns.

“Site building is loud and stressful,” Hartsfield says. “We want to make building your home more exciting and fun — we don’t want you to hate it or get divorced over it.”

Prefab homes can be customized. Some companies offer environmental upgrades beyond standards such as low-VOC paint and efficient appliances.

“We can install the foundation for water collection and solar adaptability in our homes,” Hartsfield says. “Even if they don’t have the money to set up a full solar collection system, we can build their home with the infrastructure to do that down the line.”

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Modular Home Being Built In a MultiMillion Dollar Neighborhood – La Jolla

It’s not every day you see up to 60-foot-long, factory-built pieces of a home trucked, lifted and stacked over a course of two days.

Nine pieces that make up a multimillion-dollar “green” project named Casabrava took shape on a prepped site in La Jolla on Thursday and Friday after a trip from a factory in Utah. Over the next two weeks, workers will “stitch” together the pieces to prepare for finishes.

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The project’s vision: Homes made on factory lines can look and feel as sophisticated as traditional homes built on site, said Heather Johnston, an architect and future occupant of Casabrava. Prefabricated construction is also more efficient and more environmentally friendly, Johnston said.

“This is not a manufactured home, which are used for trailers and mobile homes,” said Johnston, who will live in the house with her husband, David Dickins.

“We’re building a prefab home. … They’re basically house parts. And the parts have to be stronger than a normal house because they have to be transported and lifted by a crane.”

Johnston took a year off to work on the project. She said prefab construction, which has been around for decades but has yet to gain wide acceptance, is more time-efficient. It will take roughly nine months to finish Casabrava, from factory build time to finishes on site. A custom home takes about 18 months to be completed, she said.

“This can really affect the bottom line,” she said.

Savings also come from prefab homes being precision-cut, so there’s less waste. Plus, everything is built indoors, so there are fewer delays.

Building Casabrava will end up costing $220 a square foot, based on Johnston’s figures. The home takes up 4,100 square feet, including a three-car garage. The per-square-footage cost is significantly lower than the per-square-footage cost of an home resold in La Jolla. In July, the median price was $518 a square foot, DataQuick numbers show.

The hard costs of the project, including construction and land but not things like permitting, will total roughly $2.6 million.

Over time, Johnston expects to save money on energy by just the way the home is positioned on the site.

The design is meant to increase ventilation and nix the need for an air conditioner. Other green features include rain-catchment systems to water plants and recycled materials