The original concept of prefab homes included traits such as accessibility and globalization. But it's safe to say that such ideas have become lost in translation, leaving the prefab business strictly location-based and with a limited client range of only a couple hundred miles. Well, Jared Levy and Gordon Scott are bringing some of that old idealism back into these modular dwellings. The architects have launched Connect:Homes, an LA-based company that aims to create affordable, green, and accessible prefab homes for clients all over the world.
Levy and Scott met working for Marmol Radziner, and during their six years working with modular homes noticed many problems within the industry, including inefficient design, poor management, and, most important, prohibitive shipping costs. By using smaller modules, however, Connect:Homes is able to cut delivery costs by close to 90%, allowing for significantly lower-priced houses. The company offers a range of one- to four-bedroom dwellings, each designed to meet LEED Platinum status, with the option of making the structure net zero as well. Rounding out the sustainable strategy, homes are equipped with water-efficient fixtures, a high-performance envelope, and energy-efficient appliances and systems.
The smallest size of the basic module can be shipped globally, whether via truck, rail or ship. A new home can be ready for move-in in as little as two months, and the cost of shipping is considerably less than the thousands of dollars it would cost to move a shipping container. In the process of reinterpreting the parameters of prefab homes, Levy and Scott have engineered an option that is both time- and cost-sensitive. Honestly, wasn’t that the fundamental point of prefab?
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