Synopses & Reviews
The rising cost of fuel and the growing commitand#173;ment to protect the environment have sparked exciting innovations in prefab home construction. Showcasing the unlimited possibilities offered by prefabrication to build incredibly energy-efficient, green homes, Prefabulous World features sophisticated examples of eco-friendly home design in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, the United States, England, Germany, South Africa, and beyond. With floor plans, multiple images of the exterior and interior of each home, and an extensive resource section listing architects, builders, and suppliers, this book is a vibrantly illustrated yet practical guide that reveals how living in a beautiful, well-built, energy-efficient home is achievable for us all.
"Who says dream houses are only for the rich? The ongoing revolution in prefabricated homes brings innovative, contemporary design to the masses, transforming 'trailer trash to trailer chic,' declares architectural writer Herbers. These diverse projects by 15 firms from Michael Graves's Pavilions (designed for Target as freestanding structures or home additions) to Rocio Romero's LV Home building kit are not only inexpensive, they're also sturdy, transportable, adaptable and, most revolutionary of all, purchasable online. Much of the secret to cutting costs is using readily available materials such as steel, glass and aluminum, and cutting the building process down to a few days. As a result, several bargain homes featured sell for well under $100,000 and can be assembled by the owner like Romero's rustic Fish Camp House for $30,000, including furnishings, or Adam Kalkin's Quik Build House for $50,000. Glossy photographs highlight these sleek, functional spaces, and pages are enriched by detailed house plans and Herbers' anecdotal narration of their genesis. The blond wood floors and window-lined bookshelves in Oskar Leo Kaufman's signature SU-SI House, for example, were originally designed for his sister Suzy and offer a clean, minimalist feel along with plenty of light and storage. Herbers situates the projects within a brief history of modern prefab and muses on the future of the movement. Most important, she aims to make this architectural spectacle as functional as the designs it features by including a final section on 'Constructing Prefab,' with advice on new materials and processes, building guidelines and a list of material sources. Like prefab modern itself, this book successfully combines both style and practicality. 100 color photographs." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
For many, the idea of prefab may bring to mind trailers and other less desirable images of housing.Instead, the new prefab is becoming the inevitable next step to "cool" housing as home buyers look for distinctive yet reasonably priced first and second homes. One in six new houses today is a prefab and 400,000 units are now produced in the U.S. each year. More than 50% of all homes are constructed in whole or in part by using building systems -- modular, panelized components produced in quality controlled environments. This exploration of the best prefabricated houses on the market today, from all over the world, along with a resource directory on how you can purchase them, is an invaluable reference for those interested in this alternative.
Profiles of the best prefabricated houses on the market today.
About the Author
Sheri Koones is a bestselling author and expert on prefabrication whose previous books include House About It, Modular Mansions, Prefabulous, and Abramsand#8217; Prefabulous + Sustainable and Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid. She won the prestigious Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Award from NAREE in 2008, 2011, and 2013. Koones is also a columnist for Home Resource Guide and a freelance writer and speaker. She lives in Connecticut.