for some homeowners, buying and in some cases assembling, a prefabricated home holds appeal.
A kit home can streamline the process of custom-building a house. While the prices aren’t bargain-basement, kit homes can cost less. Keep in mind that these homes cost more to build than just the sticker price on the kit. Buyers might have to pony up for windows, cabinets, fixtures, contractors, subcontractors and other features and services, in addition to purchasing the land where the house is located. The total cost to build the house, minus cost of land is called the turnkey price.
In the first decades of the last century, aspiring homeowners could order their house from a Sears catalog. The tradition is still alive, although not as widespread. Consumers in Sweden, Finland,Norway, Denmark, Germany and Britain can order homes from another major retailer, IKEA, whose BoKlok branch sells terraced houses and apartment buildings.
After so much expansion resulting in a glut of empty McMansions, some home buyers think kit homes could be an answer to their desire to return to simpler, more energy efficient housing —especially because today’s kit homes are often very green. What follows is a selection of prefabricated houses in a range of styles — from modern and futuristic to rustic to historic reproductions — nearly all which have energy efficient and sustainable options
To achieve our goal is to bring contemporary sustainable design to the mass market, our intention is to use the R-House concept house as the basis for developing a sustainable communities. The R-House looks to become a factor in the luxury custom home and infill markets as well as the adult lifestyle markets by considering developments in prefabrication and energy conservation.
In response, our intent is to create unique, modern, and sustainable boutique villages that offer an appealing an age-in-place lifestyle. Our approach responds to the baby boomer trend of not settling for the basics, unlike previous generations. The architecture will be cool green, presented as a modern design aesthetic with clean lines and bright interiors connected with nature.
Our business model utilizes this concept house as the basis for developing sustainable custom homes and boutique communities. We are currently engaged with South-central Ontario land developers in who are looking to construct lifestyle communities built around the r-house concept. We are currently designing a community in Simcoe County near the shores of Lake Simcoe, and expect to be marketing and selling the project in the Spring of 2012. Construction start is expected in 2013.
There are currently 10 prototypical, adaptable, and fully customizable buildings in development. These prototypes will be developed from the design and sustainable elements of the Dream Home R-House.