pieceHomes: Modular Modern Green Homes

pieceHomes: Modular Modern Green Homes

Abby Stone
Jul 23, 2010

What if there was a way to build a home that not only incorporated green materials and was constructed in a green manner but also encouraged you to live a greener life once you'd actually moved in? pieceHomes is a line of modern prefab homes that does just that.

The controlled environment of factory building is overseen by manufacturer Sustainable PreFab, based in Klamath Falls, OR. Made of green materials and incorporating low or no VOC paints and finishes, energy efficient technologies (which can include among other options, tankless water heaters, stack ventilation, passive and active solar heating, bamboo floors, recycled glass tiles, water conserving fixtures and solar reflective roofing), the homes are moved to their destination on flatbed trucks and dropped onto foundations which have been built on site, effectively cutting down both the time needed to build a home as well as the cost of building them. (They come in under $200 per square foot.)

But pieceHomes, designed and built by Jonathan and Mary Jo Davis of Davis Studio Architecture + Design, is more than just another green prefab home. What makes this line truly unique is Jonathan's background. Raised in England, he worked for Frank Gehry after graduate school and spent his free time camping and sailing. pieceHomes reflect his European sense of economy of materials and space, the efficiency of movement honed by life spent on a boat or in a tent, and a fearlessness to rethink our traditional ways of interacting with our environment to create a space that reflects the way we live today. pieceHomes' relatively small footprint belie their incredible functionality: these are homes that truly support the lives of their inhabitants. Every inch of space, from the layout of the kitchen to the size of the bedrooms to their orientation to the bathroom, is designed to eliminate dead zones (those parts of a home, whether an entire room or a corner, that are never used), and provide just the right amount of space for each activity. The homes are as efficient and as well thought out as the boat the Davis's used to live on.

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