Prefab home construction has come into its own.
Prefabricated homes used to be considered inferior to houses built on site, but not anymore. In Prefabulous Small Houses, best-selling author Sheri Koones presents 32 stunning prefabricated homes from around North America. 250 beautiful photographs and floorplans show the amazing breadth of styles available to today’s homeowners.
Small is the new big.
Everyone from Millennials looking to buy their first homes to Boomers trying to downsize have turned to small houses in recent years. These homes cost less to build, less to heat, and less to maintain. All of the houses in Prefabulous Small Houses range from 325 sq. ft. to 2,000 sq. ft. and showcase construction methods perfect for any climate.
Building better, building greener.
All of the houses featured here are highly energy efficient and are built with sustainability in mind. In eco-friendly prefab construction, local materials are used when possible, metals and wood are recycled, and houses are built with a conscious attempt to preserve the land on which they now stand. A foreword by actor and environmentalist Robert Redford speaks to the urgency with which we must act to combat climate change and how prefabricated small homes have a role to play in that challenge.
The houses presented here cover a truly remarkable range of custom styles and exciting locales, including:
- The Lake Union Floating House in Washington, which is built right in the water with hybrid marine construction techniques
- The 325-sq.-ft Casita de Invierno in Florida, made of just 4 rooms with high ceilings
- The Westport Beach House in Connecticut, built using a panelized system on the ocean front
- And many more, coast to coast
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About the Author
Sheri Koones isa bestselling author and expert on small houses, energy efficiency, and prefabrication whose previous books include Prefabulous , Prefabulous Small Houses , Prefabulous + Sustainable, Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid , and Prefabulous World. She won the prestigious Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Award from NAREE in 2008, 2011, 2013, and 2017. Koones is also a columnist and speaker.
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTSForeward by Robert RedfordIntroductionThe Houses
- Casita de Invierno
- eHab Cabin
- Cocoon Studio
- Sandpoint Cabin
- Lakeside Container Cottage
- DesertSol House
- Urban Eden
- Lakeview House
- Little House on the Ferry
- SU+RE House
- Bayview Cottage
- Solar Laneway House
- M2 Cabin
- Whidbey Island House
- Ford House
- Sonoma Residence
- Cousins River Residence
- weeZero House
- Cloverdale House
- Silicon Valley Balance House
- Vashon Island House
- Lake Union Floating Home
- Olde Seawatch
- Hilltop House
- John's Island Home
- Halycon Hill
- Bonsall House
- Westport Beach House
- Alpine Passive House
- Emerald House
- Three Palms Project
- Dawnsknoll House
Over the last 30 years, I've been engaged in trying to raise awareness on the issue of climate change. I never imagined decades later, I would be fighting the same battle.
After years of talk and political paralysis, we have reached a tipping point, climate change is no longer a problem of the future, we are experiencing the results of a warming planet all around us, rising seas, widening deserts and deadly wildfires. We are losing control of our future. Our civilization is threatened today by changes that have been taking place over decades.
Climate change affects everyone, in every country. Climate change is in everybody's backyard. Only by acting now and standing together can we tip the scales and achieve the results necessary to make the planet a healthy and safe place to livefor now and for the future. At one time energy conversation was only about oil, coal and gas. Now people are talking about renewable energyhow it can result in cheaper and plentiful energy, and the positive role this can play on the environment.
Climate change presents us with a huge challenge, how to move a society that has been dependent on fossil fuels to a future that is cleaner and more sustainable.
While it is easy to become discouraged there is reason for optimism. There is a groundswell occurring and it's rising from the ground up. Leadership is coming from people themselves. We have the opportunity to re-think how we live in this world now and for future generations.
I have great faith in the power of innovation and the ingenuity of people from all walks of life to solve this problem. Technological advances are well under wayrenewable energy, increased efficiency and innovation in building practices are gaining momentum.
One way to reduce the need and desire for fossil fuel is to design houses that require less fuel to build, operate, and to heat and cool. When houses are thoughtfully built this way, the energy requirement is vastly reduced. Renewable energy that uses solar thermal panels, photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, and geothermal systemscombined with good designcreates houses that require no fossil fuel.
We know that 38 to 40 percent of the energy in this country is used to heat and cool our buildings-residential and commercial. This old way is expensive, dirty, and a proven danger to life. Yet it's a problem with a solution. But we must decide to apply that solution now.
This book advocates for smaller houses, which is a strong trend in this country. Smaller houses reduce wasted space that most people don't need or use. Smaller, better-built houses teach us to curb our appetite for energy, and lessen our need to build, heat, cool, and maintain that extra space we don't need or even want. Building smaller, along with building houses prefabricatedin the process using less time, fewer materials, and using both more efficientlyis the sanest and wisest recipe for home construction, for now and for the future.