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modular, modernist... say what?

 
 

Here we drift a little off topic and present a range of prefab or kit structures that fall outside of the "modernist dwelling" focus of fabprefab. Why are we including these projects? Certainly our goal is not to convince people to swap from buying a Miesian pavilion to buying a Yurt.

However these projects employ prefabrication methodologies to varying degrees and many have been commercially available for decades. Vendors have developed successful business models by selling kit/DIY/prefab dwellings to groups who have interests outside of the mainstream. Maybe some useful lessons can be learned from their experiences.
The list is not intended to be exhaustive in scale - merely representational of the scope of products available. Some structures resemble "traditional" domestic architecture while others are somewhat more radical in form (and yes we probably have too many Yurt listings...).

 

The NEST

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The NEST

Dennis Fukai, Insitebuilders

Archer, FL


The relocatable NEST is an example of a very secure tiny house shelter that can fit in your backyard or a remote location.

Sybarite Tree House

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Tree House

Sybarite

London, UK

Conceptual prefabricated modular tree house project.

Tumbleweed Houses

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Tumbleweed Houses

Jay Shafer

Iowa City, Iowa

Designed to meet people's domestic needs without exceeding these needs and causing unnecessary burden


TomaHouse
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Status as of October 2006

TomaHouseBaleClassic

Nexus

Denpasar,Bali
Indonesia

2 Prototypes built.
Several more currently under construction.


Anasia Knock Down Bungalows
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Knock down bungalows

Anasia

Bali
Indonesia

prefabricated wooden
"knock-down" bungalows


Icosa Village Pods

After much deliberating we have decided that The Pod should not be featured in the fablist because it is not designed to be a permanent structure. Icosa Village Pods do not face some of the building code constraints that other permanent structures do. We're not questioning their Modernist credentials. We feel that The Icosa Village Pods are unique enough to warrant their own space here on the otherfab page.
The web site offers extensive product information.

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Icosa Village Pods
Sanford Ponder of Icosa Village, Inc.
Duvall, WA.
USA

4-season, 5-year Pods suitable for consumer & humanitarian applications currently available for purchase.

Cardboard House

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Cardboard House

Stutchbury and Pape
and Col James

Sydney,
Australia

Relocatable temporarycardboard based structure. Selected as one of the six Houses of the Future in Australia's Year of the Built Environment 2004

Little House
This project was another challenge for us to place at fabprefab. After deliberating, we have chosen otherfab as the home because
a) we feel it might be too small to be called a dwelling b) we're just not sure about that front door.

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Little House
Thomas Stevens, Consortium Design Group
Detroit,
Michigan,
USA

64sf. unit available, expandable pre-fab system in cedar siding, vintage reclaimed materials, heat, air, pre-wired for Internet, phone/fax, electric. $16,000

The Foldable Portable Building

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The Foldable Portable
Building (FPB)
Ramon Kalinowski
Canada

Patented foldable building packs down to its own ISO shipping container

Info credit: Thanks to Justin (modernlover)

Hooch

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Hooch
Jo Scheer
Ashland, OR
USA

Elevated structure fabricated off-site, stands on a single point. Available in kit or plan form.
7 Hooches have been erected in various locations.

 

Prefab homes of somewhat 'traditional' form.

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Numerous
models
Interhabs:
James Snell and
Bill Forsyth et al
Halifax,
Nova Scotia
Canada
Hundreds of homes built over several decades.
Lewis Builders Kit Homes
Lewis Builders Ltd
Isle of Lewis,
Scotland
Several constructed examples.
Timber Frame
Kit Homes
 Galloway Timbers (Manufacturing) Ltd

Stranraer,
Scotland

Unknown
 
Vistet
Anders Landström and Thomas Sandell
Stockholm,
Sweden
Prototype built in 1999.
Custom prefab/
modular homes
Five Oaks Homes
Penrose, CO, USA
3600 square feet
modular home:
assembled, disassembled,
shipped to site
and reassembled.

Dinamarca

Cc Ventura Prefab

Brazil

Prefab hardwood cabins, homes, mini-houses--300 to 10,000 sq. ft. Wide range of styles, sizes or custom design.

Emergency/Transitional Housing

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Transitional Kit House
Duffy & Batt
with Barbara Beyer
Edinburgh,
Scotland
Conceptual.
 

'Knockabout Walkabout'
 Peter Myers
 Sydney,
Australia

Prototype for low cost relocatable housing built in 2000 (Updated with new link
Jan 2005 - thanks Justin)
World Homes
World Homes Inc.
multiple - see web site
available for purchase
see also Icosa Village Pods

Barn Houses, Ecological Houses and Log Homes

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Various Barn kits
Barn depot  
Lancaster, MA
USA  
Barn kits for sale
Ecological Kit House
Gale & Snowden
Bideford, North Devon,
UK
Unknown
 
Various Barn kits
Farmer Jones Barns
Shandaken, NY
USA
Barn kits for sale
Shelter Kit
Barn Houses
Shelter Kit Products
Tilton,
New Hampshire, USA
Barns sold for almost 30 years.
 
Various log home kits
B&H Cedar Log Homes
Fredericksburg, VA
USA
Log home kits for sale

Geodesic Domes
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Various
Domes
Albata Geodesics
Jemison, Alabama, USA
Dome kits for sale
Various
Domes
American Ingenuity Inc.
Rockledge, Florida, USA
Dome kits for sale



Domespace

Domespace Inc.

New Paltz,
New York
USA

A round house that rotates to follow the sun in winter and avoid it in summer enhancing the use of passive solar energy. Price at $ 100/sq. ft for the structure 500 to 6000/sq. ft.

Various
Domes
Pacific Domes
Ashland, Oregon
USA
Domes sold for over 20 years.

Quanset Huts

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RAL Homes
RAL Homes
 Ararat,
Victoria, Australia
100+ "Quonset style"
projects completed
or in progress

Yurts

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Yurts, Domes
Albion canvas
Staverton
Totnes
Devon, UK
Yurts and Domes for sale

Fiberglass reinforced plastic yurts.

Alternative Building
Systems

Nebraska
USA

Composite materials used to create a prefab building system incl. custom yurts

Various Yurts
Bruton Yurt Company: Jonathan & Caroline Morriss
Bruton
Somerset, UK
Yurts for sale.
Various Yurt models
Pacific Yurts
Cottage Grove, Oregon
USA
Thousands of yurts sold over 20+ years.
Various Yurt models
Woodland Yurts
Clevedon,
North Somerset,
UK
Yurts for sale since 1991
Yome: part Yurt part Dome
Red Sky Shelters:
Peter Belt
Asheville, NC,
USA
Yomes for sale
Various Yurt models
Yurtco
Burnaby, BC.
Canada
Yep you guessed it. Yurtco sells yurts.

The Yurt Workshop

Rob Matthews

Naril, Granada, Spain

Hand made, beautiful, high quality yurts for sale.

Various Yurt models
Vital Design
Talmage, California, USA
Sell yurts directly and license designs internationally.

 

 

 

 

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