Hive Modular is three architects who dreamt of building affordable pre-fab homes. Affordable prefab, you ask? Isn’t all prefab affordable? Although prefabricated building is meant to be affordable by its very nature ? in reality, many of the Modernist prefab houses currently on the market tend towards the “summer home for design-savvy millionaire” (aka First Penthouse) rather than the “starter house for first-time home buyer”. Faced with this challenge, Hive Modular has attempted to blend affordability and style with their new B-line house.

Ours are cool houses, and we?re proud of the designs, but they are not our end-all dream house. We?ve designed the b-line houses to be efficient and modest in size, and affordable to people like us: the first time home buyer.

The rectangular stick-frame house comes in three sizes and can be custom designed for an extra fee. The
B-line models range in size from 1000 – 2300 square feet and are priced between $125 – $140 / SF. With the additional consulting and installation costs thrown in, you’re looking at roughly 200 – 400K for these babies.

With the corrugated panels, the B-line does look a bit like a giant cardboard box ? but the interior seems spacious and comfortable, and the price is certainly right. You could do far worse for a first house.

The first prototype has gone up in Minneapolis, and more are sure to follow.

Via Fab Prefab


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  1. marvin November 7, 2007 at 1:26 pm

    am interested in modules that can be used as a small kiosk of 8’x12′ range for small businesses in developping economies in Africa.
    Advise please.

  2. rich chapel January 27, 2006 at 9:29 pm

    I’m impressed by the B-Line modular home. I’ve been looking for a reasonably priced contemporary modular for two years. The “Dwell” type homes are elitist homes that only the very wealthy can afford. Please notify me about the availability of the B-Line home.

  3. Robyn Mincher August 18, 2005 at 5:53 pm

    DIY network is looking for excited enthusiastic people who want to build this type house to be featured on our programs. Contact if you are interested.

  4. Jaggae July 18, 2005 at 1:37 am

    Love it! Would hv got one myself if i had an available plot of land; well, not that i have any. I hope their exterior colours vary! dark grey, red, white, light grey…maybe have it in Andy Warhol’s Opium aka fancy dots! Then it won’t look too boxy.

  5. kristin July 15, 2005 at 7:24 pm

    Wow. At first glance I didn’t think I would be interested in a home that looked like a box, but I must admit the interior is spacious. The picture shown above seems so inviting and warm. If I were shopping for a home, I would have a hard time passing this place up.

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