Faced with the challenges of building on an island, a New York–based family embraces the benefits of prefab design with a custom Axiom timber home.
Tag Archives: Prefab Homes
Books: ‘Pre-Fab Living’ – A “Golden Age Of Housing”
From net-zero houses to plug-and-play dwellings and converted shipping containers, each chapter explores the varied and exciting ways that architects and designers are using pre-fabricated technology to address today’s living and world challenges.
This survey of the world’s most innovative and successful examples of pre-fabricated homes explores the full range of possibilities, open to anyone seeking to find clever and up-to-date solutions for building their own home.
A reference section includes in-depth essays, which explore the latest manufacturing methods, trends and technologies, presenting a wide range of possibilities to suit every need, taste and desire.
Richly illustrated with photography and drawings, with projects selected by a long-time expert in pre-fab architecture, this fresh take on new solutions presents the factory-made house in a new light. Whether designing on a tight budget, crafting something self-sustaining or simply looking for new spatial ideas, this is an essential and future source of inspiration for architects, designers and home-builders.
Analysis: ‘Can Prefab Homes Fix U.s. Affordable Housing Crisis?’ (Video)
The affordable housing crisis in the United States continues to be a problem and it’s only getting worse. And in places like San Francisco, where construction costs are some of the highest in the world, overcoming the housing shortage seems impossible. However, one solution is gaining traction that could dramatically reduce the cost and time to build new housing – factory-built apartments.
Future Of Housing: An ‘Autonomous Off-Grid Smart Home Interior’
haus.me Autonomous Off-the-Grid Smart House interior. Luxury hi-tech house delivered fully assembled and furnished. Absolutely self-sustainable smart house. details: http://haus.me
Future Housing: ‘iOhouse – The Space’ Is A Fully Off-Grid, Prefab Smart Home
iOhouse has built a luxurious fully off-grid living space for people who value privacy, design and nature, called the Space.
All the utilities you need are integrated and completely autonomous, including water, electricity, heating and Wi-Fi. A smart device is all that is required to monitor and manage your living experience.
The SPACE offers you the most advanced conveniences of modern life with the smallest ecological footprint. Our model has been constructed only with the best premium materials and we genuinely believe this is the future of modern living.
Future Housing: Living ‘Off-Grid Modular’ In Southwest Australia
“I think it strikes a chord with people, living off the grid and being minimalist. I could build a McMansion…but it wouldn’t be interesting.”
Each project is designed specifically for your spatial requirements, budget and site. Design and finish options are limitless, but every design is the result of genuine collaboration with you. We operate from our modular construction hub in Brooklyn, Victoria which includes an impressive factory used for manufacturing the modules. The rapid off-site modular construction forces a high level of documentation – which in turn means a higher degree of design resolution and greater control of the cost for you. The factory environment ensures the risk of weather and site delays are eliminated, allowing for a fixed timeline for design, construction and delivery. It also ensures a consistent level of quality.
We’re one of Australia’s leading off-site construction companies and with Modscape, you will get:
- Innovative architecture that uses quality materials at a fixed price
- A tightly controlled construction process that still allows for high levels of customisation
- A modern, sustainable modular building that minimises environmental impact, but doesn’t compromise on design or quality
- A project that is brought to life by the one team
- An enjoyable and stress-free building process.
Tintaldra is a town in northeast Victoria, Australia in the Shire of Towong local government area and on the upper reaches of the Murray River, 440 kilometres northeast of the state capital, Melbourne and 131 kilometres east of the regional centre of Wodonga.
Future Of Homes: ‘Ashen Cabin’ – 3D Printed, Waste Wood Building Material
By implementing high precision 3D scanning and robotic based fabrication technology, HANNAH transforms Emerald-Ash-Borer-infested “waste wood” into an abundantly available, affordable, and sustainable building material.
From the ground up, digital design and fabrication technologies are intrinsic to the making of this architectural prototype, facilitating fundamentally new material methods, tectonic articulations, and forms of construction.
Project realized with scientific support from the Cornell Robotic Construction Laboratory (RCL) / Sponsors: AAP College of Architecture, Art, and Planning; AAP Department of Architecture; HY-Flex Corporation; Cornell Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell Arnot Teaching and Research Forest.
Prefab Modular Homes: ‘Boxabl Houseboat’ (Video)
Boxabl Houseboat – Prefabribated modular home on pontoons.
Future Of Homebuilding: “Mighty Buildings” 3D-Printed Prefab ADU’s (2020)
From an Oakland warehouse, startup company Mighty Buildings constructs prefab homes with their Big-G Printer, a 20-foot-tall 3D printer that, at speeds of 120 millimeters per second, can print a 350-square-foot studio in less than 24 hours. The homes are made of Light Stone, a thermoset composite material that hardens when exposed to UV light.
Instead of 3D printing sections of each home for on-site assembly, the machine maximizes cost savings by printing the home’s entire structural shell—thus automating the building process by up to 80% with cost savings of 20% to 30% compared to traditional prefab methods.
- Long lasting PVC roofing
- Andersen windows & doors
- Classic fiber cement siding enhancements
Bathroom and Kitchen Details:
- Designer selected plumbing fixtures
- Designer selected ceramic tile in shower
- Elegant mirrored medicine cabinet
- Cooktop, oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, washer & dryer
- Custom cabinetry
- Quartz countertops
- Vanity in bathroom
Energy Efficiency Features:
- Water efficient plumbing fixtures
- Smoke and carbon monoxide detector
- Programmable thermostat
- Mini split HVAC system
- Tankless water heater
- LED lighting
Future Homes: “Modular Water Dwellings” By Grimshaw Architects
The Water Dwellings use minimal energy, with well-insulated and shaded lower pontoons and upper stories, and energy provided by solar roof panels and heat exchangers built into base boxes below the waterline. By developing a communal energy supply, the Water Dwellings’ environmental efficiency has the potential to achieve near zero energy use.
Global design practice Grimshaw and Dutch manufacturing specialists Concrete Valley have developed an innovative design for Modular Water Dwellings, in response to the growing risks of climate change and the challenges of increasing urbanisation.
The Modular Water Dwellings incorporate standardised components that provide efficiency in manufacturing, while still allowing a variety of internal layouts for occupants’ individual requirements. The Dwellings can be orientated and spaced in different ways, responding to varying site contexts, local conditions, light sources and primary views. They also maximise the use of durable and non-corroding materials, such as concrete and glass, ensuring a long design life that anticipates multiple occupants.