This month we’re welcoming a brand new builder to the prefab scene as Method Homes launches its first house! The wood clad wonder is currently nearing completion in Seattle, Washington and boasts an array of customizable features backed by a steadfast commitment to sustainable materials and building practices. The “down to earth” prefab’s sleek modern lines and LEED gold aspirations make it the latest modular cabin to catch our eye.
It’s always exciting to see a new prefab break real ground after materializing from the theoretical realm. The Method Cabin was designed by Balance Associates Architects to be modular and completely customizable, easily scaling from a studio to a three bedroom home. Method states: “Our goal was to create an adaptable prefab home that could be configured multiple ways and would work well as a vacation home.”
Method’s cabin boasts a bevy of green features that should clear it for LEED Homes 2.0 gold or higher. The prefab is constructed of FSC-certified lumber and features radiant heating and low-flow fixtures. Energy efficiency is accounted for with excellent insulation (the homes are engineered for heavy snow loads), energy star appliances, and optional solar arrays. Polishing off the prefab are recycled tiles, bamboo flooring and cabinets and zero-VOC finishes.
Method employs a team of expert craftsmen to factory construct their homes, which cuts waste to less than 10% of materials used. It takes about 3 months to build a home after permits are approved, and costs are estimated to be between $150 and $250 per square foot.
Method’s prefab prototype is currently in the final stages of construction – check out Method’s blog for more pics and updates. We can’t wait to see the finished product!