Wednesday, July 6, 2011

MOBILE HOME WITH A TWIST

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.

3 comments:

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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