We've profiled dozens of pre-fab companies on Re-Nest before, but Blu Homes might just the be the first that gives the homeowner more control over the design process. With their innovative "Configurator" tool, users can customize their home from the overall size and style right down to the finishes.Designed to feel like a video game, the Configurator application is intended to be a user-friendly way for homeowners to assemble their ideal layout from a list of options and get a better sense of what it will look like, both inside and out.
Like other pre-fab and modular products, the green cred comes from a highly-engineered and tightly built home that can only be achieved in a controlled, factory setting. (In fact, Blu Homes claims that average energy savings of a Blu Home vs. a traditional stick built home can reach 70%!) Although the homes are not LEED certified, they are marketed to be LEED certifiable. As part of the costs, Blu Homes will also help site the building to take advantage of passive strategies.
Depending on style and size, homes start at $125,000 - $495,000 (price is exclusive of foundation, site work and utilities hook-up).
Pre-fab may not appeal to everyone, but it's hard to overlook the efficiency of construction achieved when compared to standard (and maybe a bit dated) building practices.
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