Diane Pham

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

by , 03/11/12

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ASKING FOR HELP

After you’ve made your lists, it’s time to find a home builder or architect who will be able to incorporate these ideas into your new house. Even if you are starting with a pre-designed plan, a perfectly customized home is still in your reach. Don’t compromise on the help you need – marrying a design to your evolving lifestyle and site is a complex task, but it can be done!

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A REAL LIFE CASE STUDY

I am fortunate to have been affiliated with companies that recognize the importance of creating homes inspired by clients’ lifestyles. Lindal Cedar Homes is one company that I’m proud to say makes this a reality.

Lindal offers a broad portfolio of traditional and modern designs for clients to consider as their starting point, and its post and beam system makes modifying these designs easy. Lindal also offers modern designs created by some of North America’s leading architects in the newly launched Lindal Architects Collaborative, bringing even more design options to the board.

The company also offers a design program that accommodates those who have planned their own designs, those who want expert advice while creating their own designs, and even those who wish to work directly with talented design pros, like Turkel Design (who created the Dwell Homes Collection).

The flexible and efficient Lindal building system accommodates an incredible array of personal needs and organizational strategies, and it offers a vast menu of material options. The first Green Approved building system is efficiently produced and shipped worldwide at competitive costs that have not been possible with pre-built modular homes. Sixty-seven years of experience, 50,000 completed projects, and the industry’s only lifetime structural warranty inspire confidence in consumers.

Lindal also offers readily available personal service thanks to their network of over 100 independent local dealers located in key markets throughout North America, and in over a dozen international markets. Companies like Lindal prove every day that prefab can be oh-so very fab.

+ Lindal Cedar Homes

GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: The History of Modernism and the Prefabricated Housing Movement

Lindal Cedar Homes is the world’s largest provider of quality custom cedar homes. Founded in 1945, there are more than 50,000 Lindal cedar homes—and satisfied homeowners—worldwide. Known around the world for their signature post and beam building system, quality building materials and detailed craftsmanship, their experienced Lindal Cedar Homes dealers will help you each step of the way.

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Michael Harris is a MIT graduate with two degrees in architecture. Michael has made it his professional mission to innovate system-built design and the planning process to ensure fulfilling client experiences. Michael spent 31 years at Deck House Inc. working with clients, designing new products, innovating client-centric sales process and marketing, and was involved in the acquisition of a competing brand (Acorn Structures). He led the company as CEO and served on its Board of Directors for 15 years. In 2006, Michael joined Lindal Cedar Homes, working with executives, staff and dealers to build a new strategic plan, then implementing the plan as President and CEO. Today he works as an independent consultant and dealer (testing the efficacy of the plan by” walking the talk”).

While at Lindal, he led the company’s entry into the modern market; forged a collaboration with Dwell Media initiating Lindal’s participation in the Dwell Homes Collection; and created the Lindal Elements program, a new line of on-system designs and process he designed with the company’s creative staff. He brought the iconic industry player to become the first “Green Approved” building system by the NAHB Research Center and the only single family home included in TIME Magazine’s Green Design 100 in 2010.

In addition to selling and consulting, he serves on the Board of Advisors of Blu Homes, writes on the subject of manufactured housing, and enjoys life with his wife Carol, splitting their time between Seattle and their family’s home base in New York City.

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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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