Diane Pham

GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: Finding a Prefab Home That Works With Your Lifestyle

by , 03/11/12

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MAKING LISTS TO DETERMINE WHAT YOU NEED

One of the easiest ways to figure out what you want from a home is to simply make lists describing all the features you desire now and in the future. In addition to the obvious, ask yourself:

WHAT DO YOU WANT NOW?

  • Which spaces will be expandable into others?
  • Which spaces will have direct access to the exterior?
  • In which rooms do you prefer sunlight at various times of day?
  • What special storage or leisure activities need to be accommodated?
  • Can any spaces serve multiple functions?
  • Where and when do you expect true privacy?
  • Do you require special accommodations for other generations within the family?
  • Will you work at home? How and where?
  • Where will you eat alone? With family? With many guests, if you entertain?
  • What prized personal possessions need to be showcased?
  • Is energy-efficiency and sustainability important to you?  Will you invest a portion of your budget in green building strategies?

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Since building a new home is subject to compromise (like everything else in life), consider each item on your list and prioritize what is most important. One way to organize your list is in terms of: top-level priorities (#1); second-level priorities (#2); and desirable, but not critical features (#3).

I also believe that these are the type of questions that prefab home builders should be asking you, and if they are not, consider what that lack of inquiry may mean. Prefab home builders need to provoke new thought and accommodate responses in order to produce great homes – even when modifying a pre-existing plan.

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3 Comments

  1. mtgrizr1 September 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Is there more information on the house from picture #2 from the slideshow? Green Guide to Prefab: Finding a prefab home that works with your lifestyle.

  2. quinny March 5, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Prefab does not necessarily mean predesigned.

    My girlfriend and I had some ideas for a home worked out after we found a plot of land. We then went to see an engineer to, as you put it ‘refine it and put it to code’.

    We then took the plans and went to several prefab builders and window making companies and got quotes for the wooden frame and the windows.
    In 12 weeks, the wooden frame will be delivered. My father and I are going to help the prefab guys putting it together. The prefab builder said it should take only three days.

    For budget-reasons we unfortunately had to let the passive house idea go, but the house is still insulated very well (±Rc 8) and triple glazed all around.

  3. Green Joy March 2, 2012 at 3:54 am

    That was a GREAT article. I’m not that old to plan for my own house yet, but I think this article is a great starting point when I start preparing. It was informative and detailed, but without getting bogged down with unnecessary details. Thanks a lot!

    Juan Miguel Ruiz
    http://www.GreenJoyment.com

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