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Upscale Prefab Home Showcased in the Desert

December 19th, 2016 Comments off

Credit: Marmol Radzinder.

LA-based design studio Marmol Radzinder recently shared images of their Las Vegas, Nevada prefab home completed in 2009.

The home, on a hillside location overlooking the city, consists of 36 prefabricated steel frame modules, which were assembled off-site while concurrently the foundation work being done on-site. This combination cut the total construction time to 12 weeks.

Another unique feature to the home is that it is partially buried in the ground, which allows it to take advantage of the earth’s naturally cool thermal mass, and thus helps insulate the home.

Deep patios also support control of the amount of direct sunlight hitting the interior.

The 18,000 square foot home includes four bedrooms and five bathrooms, a spa, pool, a series of partially covered and uncovered patios and courtyards.


Credit: Marmol Radzinder.

12′ by 12′ modules was not only a cost effective solution for the construction but also provided Marmol Radzinder to play with indoor and outdoor spaces, consistently blending both throughout the house,” a statement from the company said.

A tiled deck that spans out onto a large central courtyard ensures natural light and ventilation to every room in the house, and louvered roofs that cover outdoor terraces also function as shading devices for the glass walls.

The living area combines a standard 12-foot module with another partial module making 15-foot tall ceilings that provide expansive views.

The Daily Business News has featured the work of Marmol Radzinder in the past, including their nod to lead the architecture design for eleven new manufactured homes that were showcased by the city of Santa Monica, California as examples of green technology applied to manufactured housing. That story is linked here. ##

(Image credits are as shown above.)


RC Williams, for Daily Business News, MHProNews.

Submitted by RC Williams to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.

Modular Dwelling will be Featured at Home Show

March 7th, 2013 Comments off

MyDesert reports from Palm Springs, Calif. the Desert Living Home Show is anticipating record crowds as the economy improves and home values rise, which will hopefully have homeowners thinking about home improvement. The event is expected to attract 5,000 attendees who will be eyeing barbecue islands, kitchen appliances, and cabinetry, and will feature a small modular home near the entrance, allegedly an eco-friendly dwelling. As MHProNews has been informed, some 130 vendors will be displaying their wares.

(Photo credit: Carver Construction/Seattle Times–Coast Cabins of Marysville, WA)

Funds Reinstated, Build will Continue

October 16th, 2012 Comments off

We covered a story Oct. 4, 2012 concerning the federal court-ordered closing of Duroville MHC in Mecca, Calif. due to poor housing conditions, and the fate of those living there. MyDesert reports 41 of the manufactured homes of the 180 homesite Mountain View Estates in nearby Oasis, Calif. had been delivered, funded with state redevelopment funds to relocate the residents. A recent law that eviscerated the redevelopment districts cut the funding, ending the build in March. The state just approved $10 million to complete the project. The 41 units will be move-in ready by the end of Nov., 2012, and work will begin on the 139 remaining the beginning of this Nov. The 190 factory-made homes still at Duroville, also known as Desert Mobile Home Park, house 1,200 to 1,500 mostly Native American and Latino farm workers. As MHProNews learned, a storm which deluged the community with almost six inches of rain Sept. 11, 2012 destroyed and/or damaged most of the homes, many of which were not in good shape to begin with, leading to the ordered closure.

(Photo credit: top–Denise Goolsby/TheDesertSun–Duroville

bottom–Omar Ornelas/TheDesertSun–Mountain View Estates)

Modulars in Kandahar

February 27th, 2012 Comments off

Westminster Patch in Westminster, Maryland, tells modular housing units have reached the battlefront in Afghanistan. Thomas Beyard, Westminster’s Department of Planning, Development and Zoning Director, is serving a 400 day assignment with the Maryland National Guard in Afghanistan. He reports the modular barracks at the Kandahar Air Base are named “MGM”, “Tropicana”, and “Desert Rose.” Beyard is part of the 29th Combat Aviation Brigade responsible for 2,500 military personnel and 100 aircraft.

(Photo credit: WestminsterPatch/Thomas Beyard)