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The Glidehouse Mid-Range Pre-Fab

Posted By G Monkie On January 22, 2007 @ 4:01 am In G Living | 1 Comment

Today we look at another Pre-Fab Modern home option, this one by the Architecture Firm, Michelle Kaufmann Designs.  The house is the Glidehouse, which runs about $185 to $250 per square foot.  This is a mid-range price, compared to some of the other Pre-Fab options we have looked at.

What is G about this building? Here is what the company has to say: “The house is designed as a series of shallow buildings to allow maximum natural ventilation. Through the use of the gliding glass wall and the opposite operable clerestory windows above the storage bar, breezes are maximized. Indirect lighting minimizes the need for electric lighting.

“Depending on the location, the house can either have solar panels, a geothermal, or a wind generator system, or a hybrid system. The exterior walls are made of maintenance-free Cor-Ten steel, Galvalume, Hardi panels or cedar planks to blend in with the context.

“Through the implementation of sustainable design and solar, geothermal, or wind generator equipment, the Glidehouseâ„¢ modular home provides owners with reduced, if not eliminated, utility bills. The Glidehouseâ„¢ could be situated in a rural area, and through the use of solar, geothermal or wind generating equipment, the Glidehouseâ„¢ would not need to be connected to electricity lines, therefore reducing the long term cost of ownership and widening the range of potential building sites.”

Construction in the warehouse:

Finished House

“A modular home also affords construction efficiencies, virtually eliminating waste materials that are normally associated with new home building. Construction impact on the new home site is also minimized through factory-based modular home construction.

“The Glidehouseâ„¢ modular home is a modern home designed by Michelle Kaufmann Designs for clean, simple living in collaboration with nature. It offers an affordable, low-maintenance, well-designed green housing alternative.

“Designed for clean, simple living, the Glidehouseâ„¢ modular home allows some customization by the owner. The Glidehouseâ„¢ is built in a factory, using the most modern and environmentally-friendly building methods and materials. It can be built in as little as eight to fourteen months, at a cost comparable to or below traditional site-built homes.”

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