Gallery: PREFAB FRIDAY: Brio54


As soon as we saw them, we instantly fell in love with Brio54’s new set of prefab residential prototypes. A young, design-driven development firm, Brio54’s mission is to provide sustainable, affordable design while delivering high quality construction. Home buyers of all types will delight in Brio54’s wide variety of offerings – whether you live in a suburban area, are looking to refurbish or rehab, or have an empty urban infill lot. Brio54’s first prefab prototype, the H1, (pictured above) is currently in the final stage of planning, and construction is slated to begin production in the spring of 2008.

Each Brio54 home is full of healthy green features including centralized efficient heating and cooling, moisture and ventilation control, clean V.O.C and toxin free materials, dual flush toilets, on demand heating, energy star HVAC and appliances, ICF’s, passive solar energy design, all natural wood and stone flooring, and 3Form Ecoresin countertops. All of the wood framing shown is prefabricated in advance of arriving onsite. The photovoltaic panels on their prototypes are currently under investigation along with solar heating, graywater recovery, and possibly rainwater harvesting systems which will need to be determined based on individual siting of each home.

A full development service, Brio54 provides in-house financial, design and construction services. If you’re not ready to completely build-out a new home, Brio54 is also available to work on an individual case by case basis to customize the prototypes within your existing site conditions.

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  1. some guy March 11, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Dominic, that sounds great, but if you just let the building sit there and weather in place, it will eventually just rot and collapse on you while you sleep. People build houses as investments and they need to last a very long time. It’s possible to appreciate weathered wood (as I do) while also realizing that wood expands and contracts quite a bit when exposed to the elements. Protecting the wood with sealants, etc saves trees, reduces waste and pollution, and increases the lifespan of the building.

  2. Forest February 28, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Very interested in seeing one built – keep up the good work!

  3. Dominic February 27, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Oh noes, the effects of weather! Ah! What shall we do?
    Um, it’s ok, wood isn’t supposed to have plastic coatings or impregnated with weird copper chemistry. I’d love it if people learned to appreciate not only the fresh or polished versions of things, but also the way they exist in the world.
    It’s sort of like how some gardens are planted based on the flowers, when really the flower is such a small part of the plant’s life.

  4. Josh February 23, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    You know I just commented on a later post on Prefab-however i must take back from it with this design. It’s is amazing in each way it.


  5. DW February 18, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Is this the first time the designer of a featured prefab came on the site to answer questions. Thanks for the additional info!

  6. brio54 February 18, 2008 at 2:17 am

    [part II]

    Right now we are considering ptd. hardie panels, or eternit panels. (

    How could we,……

    Depending on demand we are looking into adding the H4, which will be smaller than the H1 and well suited for 1/4 acre and 1/8 acre lots. So don’t give up. We are very much aware of how hard it is to afford a decent home. Let us know what you could live with in terms of min. space requirements.

    To all of you: Let us know how small you are willing to go? What can you live without? Take part in the process and make it happen!

    With best regards,

    the brio54 team

  7. brio54 February 18, 2008 at 2:10 am

    [part 1]

    Many thanks to Evelyn for writing this great article about us and to all of you for your suggestions, critique and encouragement.

    We take feedback very seriously as it helps us to improve our product. This is one reason why we decided to publish the prototypes before moving into product development phase II. During this final stage you can get an inside look by visiting H1 ‘in+depth’. If you have any reservations about a featured building product, or would like to recommend one for inclusion please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We meant to refer to the required ‘buildable area’, not the ‘building envelope’. We have already corrected this oversight on our webpage. The home size has nothing to do with this, rather is determined by the gross heated floor area, which is 2774 sqf for the H1.

    Bruce, Ashley,
    I would like to refer you to our H1 ‘in+depth’ section. We will add all the detailed building product information as it becomes available.

    [please continue to part II ]

  8. Graig Sterling February 17, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Magnificent,a true work of art,i hope they will not forget their good neighbors to the north.They have a office in New-york, i hope they will open one in Toronto. Congratulation on a job well done!!

  9. dr. miguel stroe February 17, 2008 at 7:21 am

    where is brio 54 located??

  10. Bruce February 16, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Very handsome design that would likely appeal to quite a few people, particularly with the variations available. Classic simplicity, but with some style. It succeeds because it is designed with some creativity, not just to be a green box. I’m assuming it would probably be painted like any wooden building, but since it’s shown in the natural finish, my one question is how that finish would be sealed against the weather. Is there some new kind of coating that will TRULY protect the wood without painting it. Wood decks look so nice when they are new, but after a few years they usually start to show the effects of weather. Just wondering.

  11. Lucio February 16, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Brian Green you should be more positive and get to work, you can fly if you want!

  12. Richie February 16, 2008 at 9:29 am

    Another ‘non-starter’ design ? Too expensive for some… and not desirous enough for those with the budgetary freedom to afford the cost ? 42 x 72 = 3,024 square feet, as a single floor footprint, times 3 floors ? Is this a ‘Green’ McMansion ? I think there are better ways to go.

  13. Ashley February 16, 2008 at 1:18 am

    How Green are the building materials used? What are they made out of?

  14. Brian Green February 16, 2008 at 1:11 am

    I love the design of that house! If I were rich and could afford land and all the hookups needed to put in a house, that would be the house I’d want!

    As it is though, there’s no way I’d ever be able to afford anything like that. It’s fun to dream though.

  15. oakling February 15, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    I swear this house looks for all the world like a giant robotic bug… made of wood!

  16. elbourne February 15, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    What kind of siding is that in pictures 3-5?

  17. PinkRobe February 15, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    $150 to $230/sq ft including basement for the H1 house. Um, yes please!

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