When I think of pre-fabricated houses, I usually think of this…
Far from fabulous. But there are a few pre-fab companies out there who are transcending the stereotypes and doing some really gorgeous stuff in the realm of pre-fabrication.
One such company is FabCab, based out of Seattle. They call themselves a “smart-living” company that “designs and sells pre-fabricated environmentally-friendly homes”.
They build smaller scale structures that can be used as a house, guest house, home office, writer’s or artist studio, caregiver’s residence, in-law apartment, rental unit, or a cabin on a vacation property.
FabCab designs these beautiful earth-contemporary homes to be both visually attractive and environmentally sustainable.
There are a variety of models available for different needs and price points. All of the lumber FabCab uses is top quality and healthy – no formaldehyde here!
The company will deliver the complete package right to your building lot and you can either assemble it yourself if you are so inclined, or you can hire a contractor to do the job.
FacCab homes are window-heavy on one side to allow for passive solar and fantastic views. The interiors feel very natural and open with vaulted ceilings and lots of warm wood.
FabCab’s approach to sustainability is driven by the simple concept of quality over quantity.
They also offer external options such as green roofs, solar (hot water or photovoltaic), geothermal systems, and rainwater collection systems.
The prices of FabCab homes vary depending on the amenities/size, etc. But to give you an idea of their costs: one of their 550 square feet models runs around $178,000 for a fully finished interior and exterior.
The natural light and clean designs of these homes has me wanting to save my pennies and buy a piece of land. Or maybe just buy the kit and save it for later when I can afford the land.
In any case, do consider this type of home as an option if you are looking to build.
If you want to learn more about the FabCab company out of Seattle, including some really cool construction photos, see the links below.
(ps. Thanks to SB for telling me about this one!)