Contributing Monkie G Monkie
Published on April 11, 2009
Prefabs are quickly becoming my version of porn. If I’m not careful, I could spend all day cruising the internet, looking to be titillated the latest and sexiest designs. Each one has its own unique allure, its own enormous capacity for satisfaction.
Take the Perrinepod House. The 411 on this hottie claims it can be built in three days and that its heavy pre-cast, pre-stressed concrete walls can withstand tornadoes and earthquakes. Sufficiently teased by this claim, I look more closely and find that while the walls in most standard houses have an insulation R value of 1.9, the ones on this baby are a staggering 6.8. That’s the kind of statistic that could get a prefab junkie’s blood boiling. Not only does it provide sufficient shelter, it stays cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Designed by Architect Jean-Mic Perrine, this house is modern in both its design and its functionality. Large, open spaces are complimented by the natural light provided by floor-to-ceiling windows. It comes equipped with a Solar Edwards Heat pump system that heats the water by a reverse refrigeration technique.
But there’s more. If you’re into the group thing, you can stack the Perrinepods up to 30 high, creating an enormous home or a nice-sized complex. Pricewise, you’re looking at a starting price of $125,000 for a one-bedroom / one bath or double that for a 3/2.
Looks to me like it could be pretty cozy. At least until I check myself into prefab rehab.