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Ranch Addition Encompasses Aluminum Factory-built Home

July 26th, 2013 Comments off

A south Tex. ranch now boasts a vintage aluminum factory-built home cradled in a steel frame with a concrete blockhouse for utilities, storage and a screened sleeping room. Overlooking the Neuces River on the client’s favorite spot on the grounds, Andrew Hinman Architecture added a simple steel-framed roof covering it all, and refurbished the interior of the classic home with bamboo panels. Called the Locomotive Ranch Trailer Home, gizmag informs MHProNews the structure also has water cachement barrels.

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Another Shipping-Container-to-Modular-Home Story

February 26th, 2013 Comments off

An addition to the list of companies converting shipping containers into modular homes is Danish architectural firm Arcgency, which allows buyers to customize their homes as to size, layout, design, and interior. Gizmag tells MHProNews the shipping containers are stacked two-high with a sloped roof to catch the sun for solar panels, and feature high ceilings, lots of natural light and open space on a predefined framework of 1,937 square feet. Water is collected on the roof for toilets and housecleaning, and the walls are lined with 13.8” thick insulation, making it suitable for cold climes. The outside of the modular home is covered with a bamboo facade, and it can also be made to withstand earthquakes.

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House Designed, Built on Site

August 29th, 2012 Comments off

Using a 3D computer model to design every aspect of a house, Facit Homes brings its high-tech machine to a site where it fabricates a digitally designed dwelling on the spot to the homeowners exact specifications, down to the placement of every electrical outlet. Gizmag tells MHProNews utilizing a compact computer controlled cutter to slice the engineered spruce plywood sheets to desired dimensions provides on-site quality control, predictability, cost effectiveness, speed, a low carbon footprint and flexibility. Claiming to be the first company in the world to digitally fabricate a home on site, each Facit home is airtight by virtue of a thermal envelope, and can be outfitted with a solar thermal system and photovoltaic panels. The 2,153 square foot home shown needs only four kW for the heating system.

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A New Offering from the MOD(ern) Squad

June 15th, 2012 Comments off

Slovenian architectural studio Coodo has designed a series of modules that can be coupled horizontally or vertically to provide large household space, or used separately for a playroom or guest house. The thick polyester panels stretched over a galvanized steel frame provide thermal insulation. Two modules can comprise a two bedroom home suitable for a family of four with 355 square feet, while the 301 square-foot unit can feel spacious for a couple. A single module can be outfitted to be used as as outdoor kitchen or exercise room, a lounge or exhibition space. Gizmag says the curved rectangular structures offer multiple combinations for small living. Panel walls can enclose the modular structures, and also provide moveable indoor spacing. MHProNews has learned the modular units range in size from 97 to 301 square feet.

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