Prefab ModernBook - 2004
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.
Featuring the work of award-winning firms (primarily from the US, but also from England, Finland, Austria, and Australia), this book demonstrates how design innovators and savvy homeowners have transformed modular housing from its boxy, boring past into a whole hip new movement. The profiles range from affordable homebuilding systems designed for consumers (e.g., the "Fred" from Oskar Leo Kaufmann and Rocio Romero's LV Home) to showcase projects such as Adam Kalkin's Collector's House (which encases an 1800's cottage in a steel shipping container) and a composite housing project from SU11 in New York. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Blackwell North Amer
Prefab Modern is the first book to catalogue for the homebuyer the array of affordable and distinctive alternatives now available and the elements that go into considering whether to buy prefab.
Covering the wealth of material on this subject and drawing from the design studios of some of today's most important internationally recognized architects, the book details not only the variety of tasteful prefabs available in generously illustrated designer profiles, but also outlines the historical origins of prefab and considerations and preparations before your prefab arrives. An exhaustive sources section provides the most up-to-date references - domestic and international - for innovative design. Prefab Modern is a uniquely comprehensive book and the only one for those interested in building prefab today.