Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on January 15, 2008
Ever feel like the American dream is slipping away, especially in regards to home ownership? Not so long ago, it wasn’t beyond the realm of possibilities for a young twentysomething urbanite to own his or her home. But today? Forget about it. Especially if we’re talking about a green house.
But luckily for twentysomething urbanites, people are coming up with innovative solutions. Patrick Freet of PAF Architecture has tackled both the issue of “G” and affordability by creating Loq-kit, which recently won 2nd place in the C2C Home Competition. Freet says the solution is to focus on technology, not the old craft-based system. Although Loq-kits are not yet for sale, Freet has created an extensive web site to open a dialogue on the designs, green building and home ownership in general.
Loq-kit is a prefab design that relies on snap-lock components for the infill, walls and building envelope instead of nails and glue. This allows for complete freedom in customization. Outgrow your one bedroom house? Simply snap on another bedroom. Or two. It’s easy and affordable.
The parts are mass-produced, cutting the costs as well as the construction waste associated with new home building. It is also easy to go solar with Loq-kit. Freet is proposing a “plug and play” PV array of solar roof tiles that can be installed at any stage of construction –- even five years down the road.
A lot of personality for prefab prices and a “snappy” design to boot? Sounds like a cool housing option to me. Actually, it sounds kind of like Lego’s., which might be another good solution. I wonder if anyone’s thought of that…