Prefabcosm commentshttp://prefabcosm.com/Latest comments on Prefabcosmen-us Comment by linda on March 26, 2012http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2007/12/17/historic-prefab-how-identify-sears-kit-home/#c995 Posted by linda on March 26, 2012 at 12:04 p.m.<br /> Re: Historic Prefab: How to identify a Sears Kit Home<br /><br />What type of foundation were they built on if there were no basement ?http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2007/12/17/historic-prefab-how-identify-sears-kit-home/#c995 Comment by David on May 26, 2010http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2007/05/23/tiny-houses/#c765 Posted by David on May 26, 2010 at 12:39 a.m.<br /> Re: Tiny Houses<br /><br />Great concept, now just make it affordable. These prices are ridiculous.http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2007/05/23/tiny-houses/#c765 Comment by Scott Lawton (Prefabcosm) on May 16, 2010http://prefabcosm.com/home/iHouse/#c762 Posted by Scott Lawton (Prefabcosm) on May 16, 2010 at 10:08 p.m.<br /> Re: iHouse<br /><br />A late reply: it's iHouse not iHome -- but I couldn't find it on their site either. The correct URL is http://claytonihouse.com/ ... but they would be wise to add both terms to their main site too.http://prefabcosm.com/home/iHouse/#c762 Comment by Scott Lawton (Prefabcosm) on May 16, 2010http://prefabcosm.com/home/Castle-Brook/Castle-Brook/#c761 Posted by Scott Lawton (Prefabcosm) on May 16, 2010 at 9:48 p.m.<br /> Re: Castle Brook: Castle Brook<br /><br />Good catch! I'll have to check whether we uploaded the wrong photo, or whether our software is picking the image for a related model when it should be showing no photo.http://prefabcosm.com/home/Castle-Brook/Castle-Brook/#c761 Comment by Ted on May 4, 2010http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/10/16/prefabcosm-taking-an-extended-break/#c757 Posted by Ted on May 4, 2010 at 4:54 p.m.<br /> Re: Prefabcosm: taking an extended break<br /><br />Your site is great I wish it was still updating. We're looking for prefab addition to an existing MCM house. I think prefab companies need to look into retrofiting, remodels, and room additions in these tougher times.http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/10/16/prefabcosm-taking-an-extended-break/#c757 Comment by Judith Miller on April 29, 2010http://prefabcosm.com/home/mkLoft/LO_1/#c755 Posted by Judith Miller on April 29, 2010 at 2:16 a.m.<br /> Re: mkLoft™: LO.1<br /><br />Are these homes available in Hawaii?http://prefabcosm.com/home/mkLoft/LO_1/#c755 Comment by David on April 25, 2010http://prefabcosm.com/home/Castle-Brook/Castle-Brook/#c754 Posted by David on April 25, 2010 at 9:26 a.m.<br /> Re: Castle Brook: Castle Brook<br /><br />Something wrong here between the rendering and the description. It says 1 story but obviously its 2. Says 1369 sq ft but that's very small for a house that size. Says 1 BR, with all that space? I don't buy it.http://prefabcosm.com/home/Castle-Brook/Castle-Brook/#c754 Comment by Mili on April 8, 2010http://prefabcosm.com/company/Oy-Polykem-Ab/#c742 Posted by Mili on April 8, 2010 at 11:06 a.m.<br /> Re: Oy Polykem Ab<br /><br />Back in the 70's a company from St-Adèle, Qc, became an official distributor of the Venturo. Yeah, this is odd. I read that in a old architectural magazine. But from what I know, none was built or transported in Qc. <br /> <br />Many new designers propose similar concept today. The closest I've found is www.loftcube.net.http://prefabcosm.com/company/Oy-Polykem-Ab/#c742 Comment by linda on March 11, 2010http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/10/16/prefabcosm-taking-an-extended-break/#c730 Posted by linda on March 11, 2010 at 2:18 p.m.<br /> Re: Prefabcosm: taking an extended break<br /><br />I just came upon your site today as I was researching Sears Kit Homes. I appreciate all that you did and am only sorry that it took me so long to find it. I can understand your taking a break but hope that the future brings you back to your site/blog since it seems like something you did with passion.http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/10/16/prefabcosm-taking-an-extended-break/#c730 Comment by russ swank on November 29, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/09/24/interlock-house-by-iowa-state-university/#c695 Posted by russ swank on November 29, 2009 at 6:37 p.m.<br /> Re: Interlock House by Iowa State University<br /><br />I really like the design of the interlock house that Iowa State University presented at the 2007 solar decathlon. <br />Can anyone tell me where I can purchase a prefab house like this??http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/09/24/interlock-house-by-iowa-state-university/#c695 Comment by Charles Roig on November 14, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/10/16/strongbox-system-by-roig-associates/#c688 Posted by Charles Roig on November 14, 2009 at 5:01 p.m.<br /> Re: Strongbox system by Roig Associates<br /><br />We now have a website: www.roigassociates.com. More information on the Strongbox can be found by clicking on the button named "RoigStrongbox" at the upper right hand corner of the page.http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/10/16/strongbox-system-by-roig-associates/#c688 Comment by Faithful Reader on October 31, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/10/16/prefabcosm-taking-an-extended-break/#c680 Posted by Faithful Reader on October 31, 2009 at 9:08 p.m.<br /> Re: Prefabcosm: taking an extended break<br /><br />This has been the number one blog in my bookmarks for a long time. Good luck and thank you.http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/10/16/prefabcosm-taking-an-extended-break/#c680 Comment by Catherine Guidry on October 21, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/10/13/beausoleil-home-by-university-of-louisiana-at-lafayette/#c673 Posted by Catherine Guidry on October 21, 2009 at 10:51 p.m.<br /> Re: BeauSoleil Home by University of Louisiana at Lafayette<br /><br />The U.S. Dept of Energy’s 2009 Solar Decathon was such an incredible experience for us. As a graduate student in architecture, I realize the invaluable knowledge we have gained by participating. We are so proud to have gone to this outstanding and prestigious international competition to proudly represent the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Southern Culture, and the State of Louisiana. Bringing home the market viability and people’s choice award really shows that we did our best to meet the needs and desires of the people by designing a home that’s hurricane resistant and culturally-relevant.http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/10/13/beausoleil-home-by-university-of-louisiana-at-lafayette/#c673 Comment by Copeland Casati on October 17, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/10/16/prefabcosm-taking-an-extended-break/#c665 Posted by Copeland Casati on October 17, 2009 at 4:42 p.m.<br /> Re: Prefabcosm: taking an extended break<br /><br />We love your research, your invaluable list, and look forward to hearing more about your own business in the year!!! <br /> <br />Thanks for doing all that y'all do, know it's appreciated.http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/10/16/prefabcosm-taking-an-extended-break/#c665 Comment by Tom on October 13, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/10/13/beausoleil-home-by-university-of-louisiana-at-lafayette/#c662 Posted by Tom on October 13, 2009 at 2:20 p.m.<br /> Re: BeauSoleil Home by University of Louisiana at Lafayette<br /><br />The BeauSoleil Solar Home won Best Market Viability award at Solar Decathlon 10-12.http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/10/13/beausoleil-home-by-university-of-louisiana-at-lafayette/#c662 Comment by Marianne on October 11, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/home/Ecospace/studio-01/#c655 Posted by Marianne on October 11, 2009 at 8:55 p.m.<br /> Re: Ecospace: studio 01<br /><br />What is the floor plan on this? I love the design and we want to build something less than 120 sq ft. to avoid permits. <br />Thanks.http://prefabcosm.com/home/Ecospace/studio-01/#c655 Comment by Nandita Geerdink on September 27, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/09/25/west-coast-green-in-san-francisco-october-1-3-2009/#c644 Posted by Nandita Geerdink on September 27, 2009 at 12:48 a.m.<br /> Re: West Coast Green in San Francisco: October 1-3, 2009<br /><br />Should be an exciting show this year - great that it is back in SF. <br /> <br />Also not to miss - net zero energy, pre-fab company ZETA Communities talking on Saturday 10/3 at 12:30 p.m. <br /> <br />Affordable, Zero Energy Buildings Will Lead to Economic Rebound and Climate Recovery <br /> <br />Naomi Porat, CEO, ZETA Communities <br /> <br />Peter Rumsey P.E, Founder and President, Rumsey Engineers <br /> <br />http://www.westcoastgreen.com/the-experience/schedule-detailed.phphttp://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/09/25/west-coast-green-in-san-francisco-october-1-3-2009/#c644 Comment by stjohn on September 26, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/home/iHouse/#c643 Posted by stjohn on September 26, 2009 at 9:53 p.m.<br /> Re: iHouse<br /><br />The claytonhomes.com website design is atrocious. I was unable to find the iHome or any of its relatives anywhere, including via the google search tool. I'd be very surprised if they've sold many of them at all.http://prefabcosm.com/home/iHouse/#c643 Comment by Elmer on September 14, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2008/12/09/agriboard-sips-made-wheat-and-rice-straw/#c627 Posted by Elmer on September 14, 2009 at 4:51 p.m.<br /> Re: Agriboard SIPs made from wheat and rice straw<br /><br />I went to agriboards web site a few months ago and they were trying to get their prduction facilities back up after a fire destroyed the old one late last year. <br /> My aim is to see how thay have managed to get it done, and if production has started or may be soon. <br /> <br /> I know that the government would rather use the straw than styrofoam because of the petroleum, even though the r-ratings are lower. <br /> <br /> I've been thinking about building a demonstration house which would use some sort of SIP panels plus other green products. Have been put off because of the economics and problems getting info on some of the materials <br /> <br />Haven't given up yet.http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2008/12/09/agriboard-sips-made-wheat-and-rice-straw/#c627 Comment by Scott Lawton (Prefabcosm) on September 14, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/company/Empyrean-International/#c626 Posted by Scott Lawton (Prefabcosm) on September 14, 2009 at 4:50 p.m.<br /> Re: Empyrean International, LLC<br /><br />Sorry I didn't reply earlier. I have not looked for recent news, but their site still says they are in State Court Receivership. <br /> <br />Lloyd Alter covered some of the <a href="http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/12/acorn-houses-1947-2008.php">history</a> at TreeHugger at the end of last year.http://prefabcosm.com/company/Empyrean-International/#c626 Comment by Andi Pollinger on September 4, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/company/Empyrean-International/#c615 Posted by Andi Pollinger on September 4, 2009 at 3:46 p.m.<br /> Re: Empyrean International, LLC<br /><br />We own a Deck Home, a passive solar, post and beam style house that was built in 1969. Empyrean Int'l bought Deck Homes a few years ago. I am trying to confirm whether Empyrean is still in business. I fear that they have folded as I can't find a working phone number for them any longer. If anyone knows for sure, I'd appreciate it. We need some replacement windows and they used to see parts to existing homeowners.http://prefabcosm.com/company/Empyrean-International/#c615 Comment by D'ann on August 23, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/home/Carson/Carson/#c596 Posted by D'ann on August 23, 2009 at 1:05 a.m.<br /> Re: Carson: Carson<br /><br />I am a bit disappointed after seeing the news report tonight on Fox 8. Disappointed in your designs...why? These all look like NEW ENGLAND TRADITIONAL HOMES...... You will find the market in the south of "heritage homes" includes many one level designs with high ceilings that are a simple modular fit as well (although a bit more complex than just two boxes side by side or boxes stacked upon other boxes to just make a taller box.)http://prefabcosm.com/home/Carson/Carson/#c596 Comment by Mark on August 13, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/08/13/lost-river-modern-by-resolution-4/#c588 Posted by Mark on August 13, 2009 at 10:50 a.m.<br /> Re: Lost River Modern by Resolution 4<br /><br />Stayed here during a springtime vacation. Very comfortable and convenient to local trails. Because the house is on a steep slope, you really feel like you're staying in the tree canopy. <br /> <br />The owners are incredibly kind too. I enjoyed following the genesis of their project online. Knowing the background behind the home made our stay that much more interesting. And, if I ever feel compelled to follow their footsteps, I feel like I know how to get it done. Truly a prefab experience on many levels!http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/08/13/lost-river-modern-by-resolution-4/#c588 Comment by Carol B. Corbi on July 23, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/home/iHouse/#c573 Posted by Carol B. Corbi on July 23, 2009 at 10:37 p.m.<br /> Re: iHouse<br /><br />We love this house!!! <br /> <br />Can't wait until it is available in Pa. <br /> <br />We are nearing retirement age, but we love modern design, and will be very comfortable living in this home.http://prefabcosm.com/home/iHouse/#c573 Comment by brenda miller on July 16, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/home/ecoVilla/#c571 Posted by brenda miller on July 16, 2009 at 4:18 p.m.<br /> Re: ecoVilla<br /><br />Very interesting designs. It's sort of like a hollywood-style house, but sustainable and affordable. Reading their website, the price is actually all-inclusive--not just modules.http://prefabcosm.com/home/ecoVilla/#c571 Comment by Mortiz Rosenthal on July 3, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/company/LABhaus/#c567 Posted by Mortiz Rosenthal on July 3, 2009 at 3:05 p.m.<br /> Re: LABhaus<br /><br />LABhaus also seems to be pretty active on Twitter. It's an interesting way to watch a company come together. <br /> <br />www.twitter.com/LABhaushttp://prefabcosm.com/company/LABhaus/#c567 Comment by Alan Letts on June 11, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2007/11/16/empyreans-acorn-and-deck-house/#c558 Posted by Alan Letts on June 11, 2009 at 4:09 p.m.<br /> Re: Empyrean's Acorn and Deck House<br /><br />I knew Mr. John Bemis well. Acorn's origional office was my old family's home which burnt when I was very young. Mr Bemis then purchased and developed the site for the Acorn Structures small dwellings. I have also been very familiar with Deck House who developed many home sites in the Concord Mass area. Very nice contemporary homes. GLad to see the namesakes are still thriving. I have many thoughts of the old homestead.http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2007/11/16/empyreans-acorn-and-deck-house/#c558 Comment by John Ela on May 16, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/company/Epoch-Homes/#c544 Posted by John Ela on May 16, 2009 at 9:42 a.m.<br /> Re: Epoch Homes<br /><br />Kim, thanks for posting the information on our Open House. While most of our homes are fully custom, we have just introduced a line a standard green designs called the Epoch Eco Collection. They just went up on our web site, so you may not have seen them, yet. The designs range from colonial to contemporary, are pre-engineered to comply with the National Green Building Standard ICC-700 Silver Level, and open the door to Green homes for a wider market. Our custom homes have been LEED Platinum and NAHB ICC-700 Gold Certified. www.epochhomes.com. Let me know what you think. Johnhttp://prefabcosm.com/company/Epoch-Homes/#c544 Comment by ardis adrian on May 8, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/home/iHouse/#c536 Posted by ardis adrian on May 8, 2009 at 11:57 a.m.<br /> Re: iHouse<br /><br />Love the Idea of this but for retired persons or soon to be retired would like to see accessible modification and a more traditional/cottage type interior. Modern is great, but most older folks including self won't be comfortable living in it.http://prefabcosm.com/home/iHouse/#c536 Comment by Sarah Bearup-Neal on May 4, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/home/Cottage-Day/#c530 Posted by Sarah Bearup-Neal on May 4, 2009 at 4:58 a.m.<br /> Re: Cottage in a Day<br /><br />Thanks for writing about Cottage in a Day® on your blog. We certainly appreciate the attention to all of our hard work. In an effort to keep the record straight, Cottage in a Day® is a business that hired architect <br />Michael Fitzhugh "to draw" a previously determined design, arrived at through focus groups, design salons, and transportation limitations. <br />While Michael is a talented young architect, which is why we selected him to be part of the team, he did not design the Cottage in a Day® concept. Please visit our website, www.cottageinaday.com, for more information about these homes. <br /> <br />Thanks. <br /> <br />Sarah Bearup-Neal <br />Cottage in a Day® Communicationshttp://prefabcosm.com/home/Cottage-Day/#c530 Comment by Kara on April 30, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/04/09/Stillwater-Dwellings-mix-and-match/#c527 Posted by Kara on April 30, 2009 at 10:12 p.m.<br /> Re: Stillwater Dwellings: mix and match<br /><br />My husband and I are considering a Stillwater Dwellling prefab for our new home. I really love the mix and match pieces to it all!http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/04/09/Stillwater-Dwellings-mix-and-match/#c527 Comment by Dave on April 25, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2008/07/14/kierantimberlakes-cellophane-house/#c525 Posted by Dave on April 25, 2009 at 10:24 a.m.<br /> Re: KieranTimberlake's Cellophane House<br /><br />the proposal from Mario Cucinella Architects is so similar: http://www.casa100k.com/index.php?id=4&L=1 <br /> <br />Nice, but it will not work in different climates.http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2008/07/14/kierantimberlakes-cellophane-house/#c525 Comment by Tim Ryan on April 21, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/04/13/Quarters-Haven-Custom-Homes-and-Sanctuary-Communities/#c521 Posted by Tim Ryan on April 21, 2009 at 11:55 a.m.<br /> Re: The Quarters by Haven Custom Homes and Sanctuary Communities<br /><br />Hi: If you go to the enclosed link; <br /> <br />http://www.sanctuarync.com/newsletter/newsletter_april2009.htm <br /> <br />you can learn more about our community and see photos of the Quarters/our first idea-home. <br /> <br />All the best, <br /> <br />Tim Ryanhttp://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/04/13/Quarters-Haven-Custom-Homes-and-Sanctuary-Communities/#c521 Comment by Sherrie Lynn McBurney on March 27, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2008/01/20/week-straw-bales-green-mobile-homes-and-more/#c507 Posted by Sherrie Lynn McBurney on March 27, 2009 at 6:31 a.m.<br /> Re: This week: straw bales, green mobile homes, and more<br /><br />I look forward to working with the GreenMobile when it is built and ready for market. I can see bringing this type of construction to Texas for homesites here and throughout the South. We are ready for a change and now is a great time to build smarter and more green friendly. <br /> <br />Cheers and Good Job! <br /> <br />Sherrie Lynn McBurney <br />Environmental Consulting Agency LLC. <br />Dallas Texas Division <br />Creative Director/Public Relationshttp://prefabcosm.com/blog/2008/01/20/week-straw-bales-green-mobile-homes-and-more/#c507 Comment by Todd on March 26, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/01/14/clayton-ihouse/#c506 Posted by Todd on March 26, 2009 at 9:57 p.m.<br /> Re: The Clayton iHouse<br /><br />Here's the new I-House Website <br /> <br />http://www.claytonihouse.comhttp://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/01/14/clayton-ihouse/#c506 Comment by Kim (Prefabcosm) on March 5, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/02/25/prefab-green-michelle-kaufmann/#c490 Posted by Kim (Prefabcosm) on March 5, 2009 at 9:30 a.m.<br /> Re: Prefab Green from Michelle Kaufmann Designs<br /><br />Good question! We contacted MKD and here's what they said: <br />"The 2006 self-published book was more of a portfolio. The new book, published by Gibbs Smith, is the story of the evolution of Michelle’s work. It also goes into much more detail on green design and green living in general. It features more finished projects than the old version, as well."http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/02/25/prefab-green-michelle-kaufmann/#c490 Comment by Pamela Bell on February 25, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/02/25/prefab-green-michelle-kaufmann/#c486 Posted by Pamela Bell on February 25, 2009 at 4:17 p.m.<br /> Re: Prefab Green from Michelle Kaufmann Designs<br /><br />This is confusing as the (perhaps self-published) Prefab Green from 2006 was written by Michelle Kaufmann and Molly McGrath. Does anyone know if this newly published edition differs from the original in any way (hopefully better image quality)?http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/02/25/prefab-green-michelle-kaufmann/#c486 Comment by Debra Jane Seltzer on January 23, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2008/01/22/historic-prefab-venturo-and-futuro-house/#c466 Posted by Debra Jane Seltzer on January 23, 2009 at 11:16 a.m.<br /> Re: Historic prefab: Venturo and the Futuro House<br /><br />Evidently, more than 19 were built. There are a bunch of them in Taiwan at an abandoned resort: <br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/peggie/3051813646/http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2008/01/22/historic-prefab-venturo-and-futuro-house/#c466 Comment by bill on January 15, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2007/11/16/empyreans-acorn-and-deck-house/#c463 Posted by bill on January 15, 2009 at 5:17 a.m.<br /> Re: Empyrean's Acorn and Deck House<br /><br />Unfortunately, Empyrean is in receivership.http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2007/11/16/empyreans-acorn-and-deck-house/#c463 Comment by john w. on January 12, 2009http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/01/09/michelle-kaufmann-theres-bright-side-current-housing-market-troubles/#c462 Posted by john w. on January 12, 2009 at 9:20 p.m.<br /> Re: Michelle Kaufmann: there's a bright side to the current housing market troubles<br /><br />Being the architect that she is, she misspelled the word 'cite', as 'site' presumably because of the frequence of the use of the word 'site' in the profession. Though I agree with the premise of the paper entirely, it'll be a generation, at least, before the consumer will ever consider the occupation and maintenance cost of owning a home over the purchase price, and it'll take some toothpulling to get them to appreciate the significance of the distinction. Why don't we teach simple civics in schools anymore? Why can't basic economics, finance and monetary matters be as to the fore as are matters of immediate pleasure? I just don't understand our priorities sometimes.http://prefabcosm.com/blog/2009/01/09/michelle-kaufmann-theres-bright-side-current-housing-market-troubles/#c462