Santa Monica-based LivingHomes has launched the C6.2, an affordable prefab house that is certified LEED Platinum. Previously, LivingHomes had introduced the C6, an affordable three-bedroom home, but the company rolled out this smaller version for homeowners who want a smaller and more energy-efficient option. The sleek, two-bedroom, two-bathroom home is a good fit for smaller infill lots common in cities or for eco-conscious homeowners who want to save on construction and installation costs.
The 1100-square-foot modular home sells for $159,500, or about $145 per square foot. Depending on location, the installation of a C6.2 on a flat site will add approximately $30,000 to $40,000 for transportation, foundation work and final installation, keeping the total costs under $200,000. LivingHomes and Cavco, the C6.2’s builder, can assemble the home in the factory in less than two months, and it only takes one day to install once the foundation is ready.
The C6.2 was inspired by the nonprofit Make It Right Foundation, which was founded by Brad Pitt and the architect William McDonough to build 150 certified LEED platinum homes in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, the district that suffered the most damage during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. A portion of the sales from the C6 and C6.2 will help support Make It Right’s current projects.
A modern take on the mid-century Joseph Eichler homes built all over California during the 1950s and 1960s, the C2.6 boasts several sustainable features. Cork flooring is resilient while feeling cushiony under the feet; passive solar brightens the interior; and smart lighting can be controlled by a smartphone. The low-flow water features and grey water systems also reduce the C6.2’s water footprint. In the factory, no-VOC paint is used and all waste generated from the construction and assembly of the homes is recycled. LivingHomes proves that great design, environmental stewardship and affordability are all possible without sacrificing comfort.
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