Green Prefab East Lansing MI
Just as you might pre-order a car, choose the options you want included, have it custom built in a factory and then delivered to a dealer near you, you can order up a prefab home, select the options you'd like installed, have it factory-built and delivered to your site. Better yet, if you order from Alchemy Architects, based in St. Paul, Minn., you can ensure that the prefab house you get is energy efficient and built with sustainable materials.
Alchemy follows the strategies of reduce, reuse and recycle when building its prefab "weeHouse," a streamlined modular unit that measures 14 feet wide and anywhere from 26 to 56 feet long. The prefabs are available as studio, one- or two-bedroom units, in a variety of floorplans. In addition, the units can be joined together or stacked on top of one another to create a larger structure.
All units are built to code and include windows, doors and patio doors; bamboo flooring; fiber cement siding; and Ikea cabinets and sinks (appliances are not included), as well as electrical, lighting and plumbing systems and fixtures. Options such as in-floor radiant heating systems and on-demand gas water heaters are also available.
As far as efficiency is concerned, the walls of the weeHouse have an R-value of 19, while floors are R-35 and ceilings are R-44. In addition, the weeHouse comes with a ventilated "cold" roof covered with a single-ply roofing membrane called ethylene-propylene-diene monomer (EPDM), which has a high solar reflectance capability to keep the house cool in the summer.
Green-certified materials are used throughout the weeHouse, as are finishes that are low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs). And because the units are built in a factory, waste is greatly reduced.
Construction usually takes four to 12 weeks. Currently, weeHouses can be delivered to about 25 to 30 states, from Oregon to Massachusetts and Texas to Alaska. Base costs range from $125 to $175 per square foot for a typical 1,000-sq.-ft. home.
The weeHouse is part of an exhibit of prefab houses currently on display at the Yale School of Architecture in New Haven, Conn. Titled "Some Assembly Required: Contemporary Prefabricated Houses," the exhibit was designed to "demonstrate how far prefab homes of the digital age" have come from their progenitors of the mid-20th century, according to university literature. The exhibit continues through February 2, 2007. For more information: http://www.weehouses.com or 651-647-6650; http://www.architecture.yale.edu or 203-432-2288.