Wednesday, July 6, 2011


OK, I give up.  Architects and modular home factories in the West are different than the more traditional modular home factories in the East.  That's a proven fact. 

It seems that anyone in the West with a set of Lego blocks can design a modular home and get money for a factory to build them.  The only criteria is that they have to be green, sustainable and look like a single wide mobile home on steroids.

If only someone, anyone, could combine the eco-friendly features of one of these "single wides" with a traditional East Coast designed home and keep the costs under $150 a sq ft, we might have a winner.

A new modular factory in Seattle, Washington, OneBuild, Inc. that touts itself as "The premier supplier of off-site, manufactured building modules and components to the construction industry," is actually building some unique features into their homes.

Here is a list of what is built into the home and I have to admit that it looks like we might have a winner here, feature wise, not design-wise.  It's still looks like a house built for the set of the Beetlejuice movie.

It features:
  • Energy-efficient kitchen appliances with European heritage from Electrolux ICON®
  • Water-saving and stylish laundry appliances from Electrolux
  • Kitchen stocked with O Organics™ products (2 oz. samples available during the show)
  • Bright Green™ cleaning line made with naturally derived and biodegradable ingredients
  • Cutting edge FSC certified bio-composite exterior cladding material from EcoClad
  • Precision windows and doors from Western Window Systems
  • MechoShade Cradle to Cradle Certified solar shadecloths
  • Stylish and eco-friendly real cork floors from Wicanders
  • A selection of high-end sustainable, repurposed and vintage furniture from HD Buttercup
  • 100% natural rubber latex mattress and pillows from Organic Mattresses, Inc.
  • Coyuchi’s luxurious 100% organic cotton bedding and bath linens
  • IceStone® sustainable countertop made from 100% recycled glass and concrete
  • Eco-friendly cabinets by Neil Kelly featuring rapidly renewable Plyboo material
  • Closet styled by eco-fashion pioneer Linda Loudermilk
  • Lumens LED lighting technology in a variety of sophisticated forms
  • Beautiful recycled glass tile and recycled content grout from Modwalls
  • Reclaimed maple slab counter from Stewart Wurtz
  • Caroma leading high-efficiency, dual flush toilet and bathroom sink
  • Sustainable Solutions International deep stainless steel kitchen sink
  • Environmentally sensitive and water-efficient faucets and fixtures from Brizo
  • Sustainable landscaping by Shades of Green
  • Chicken coop display from 100 x Better
  • Beehive collaboration from Walker Rollins of 100 x Better & Riiska Design
  • FSC certified decking tiles from Eco Arbor Decking
Now let's see if some factory can take these specs and build a more traditional house with them.  If you want to know the one builder that I think could do it on the East Coast, check out FinishWerks in Baltimore, MD.


Builder Bob said...

Coach, two observations. first is about the house desing you have pictured. ITs ugly.
Second is Finish Workd. I went to there website and it looks way to busy for me. I build modular homes too and my website is very clean and up to date like you suggested in your blog. I am getting more people looking at my site lately and filling out the form than I ddi the last two years. Maybe the worst is over.

Florence Carole said...

I have to agree that design-wise it's just plain hideous, but I like how it accomodates energy-efficient appliances. A green home with eco-friendly cabinets and natural rubber mattress and pillows.

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Patrick James said...

Yes I agree with you. Feature-wise this looks great; but design-wise it could do a make-over.
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