Jill Fehrenbacher

PREFAB FRIDAY: Clever Homes

by , 12/22/06

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They say that good things come in small packages, and the Clever Mini Home is a perfect demonstration of this theory. This compact 480-sq-ft design makes minimalist living efficient and elegant, with an open floor plan, abundant natural light, and well constructed interior details.


With a whole slew of gorgeous renderings and multiple custom home projects in progress, Clever Homes, the “world’s first digital home construction company” looks set to take over the California green prefab market with their new owner-builder software and interactive website. Their design-build process takes homebuilders from start to finish, bringing together modern design, cutting-edge green technology, and responsible building practices all into one cute little package. How clever!

Our favorite thing about Clever Homes is that the system is completely modular. That means that even though the houses come with all the perks of prefab: low-cost, high-quality and quick construction time, they are also infinitely customizable to your family size, location and personal taste. And with Structural Insulated Panels, Ecotimber floor systems and photovoltaic roofs, you can make them as green as you want.

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19 Comments

  1. d.k. December 20, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    I agree about the lack of a interior peek, or a floor plan; not only that, it looks like there may be underground
    collection of rainwater, based on the 3 exterior mock-ups— which means excavation, which ain’t cheap OR green really….

  2. Thomas August 27, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    Where is more about the Prefab Pictured Jil?

  3. Clever Homes August 8, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    [...] Ecotimber floor systems and photovoltaic roofs, you can make them as green as you want.” Via Inhabitat.  » original [...]

  4. dia scholvinck March 23, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    Can anyone give me information as to where to start in terms of building a green sustainable 800sq.ft. penthouse in Manhattan, NYC. It needs to be light weight and no higher than 10ft. All the hook-ups are already on the roof and I have been researching Hambro composite joists (is there not an American manufacturer of such beams?). The mini-house seems to be just the style of what I would want – can I buy two and link them? Can I forward my design to someone who would take it from there? How much does a mini-house cost? Would it pass NYC code? Etc. etc. Please talk to me. Thank you, Dia

  5. rap March 3, 2007 at 11:33 am

    I’d like to see more interiors. Plenty of inside light is mentioned but all the pics I see are quite dark.

  6. Michael February 6, 2007 at 6:37 am

    I like the clever houses! Alsolike your post!

  7. royal December 29, 2006 at 11:17 am

    cannon, I concur. I went searching locally (Savannah, GA) and found a shipping container office for $4000. Couldn’t find a residential model, though. Still, that’s pretty cheap. When someone else gets around to being that cheap with modular housing I’ll dive right in. For now, though, mobile homes are still the cheapest option around.

  8. cannon December 28, 2006 at 11:56 pm

    Has anyone actually built any of these pre-fab homes? I see all of these computer renderings of these homes and very few actual photos of interiors and client buildings. Can anyone vouch for any prefab builders that truely delivers on the promises of low cost, high quality, and easy to design/deliver?

  9. majchers December 27, 2006 at 7:47 pm

    Yeah… flash sucks. I can understand (?!) guys over-doing and over-using it for sites not related to art but why there is so much Flash and why is it so badly used on architectural sites is beyond me. To make things worse – some of the top notch architects have their sites designed that way too. What’s going on guys?

  10. frances December 27, 2006 at 1:04 pm

    re: Flash sites
    Another problem is that web spiders don’t pick up sites w/ flash opening pages, so they are invisible to search engines.

  11. mod*mom December 27, 2006 at 3:29 am

    thanks for the heads up that they have more pictures on their site.
    now i want inerior pictures of atleast the mini.

  12. Janet December 26, 2006 at 1:01 pm

    Flash obstructed the will to look further, looked pretty good though.

  13. Jill Fehrenbacher Jill December 24, 2006 at 6:47 pm

    Ha ha! You kidder you, Eric…
    We appreciate the good-humored comments …..keeps us on our toes and keeps things fun for us.
    So please keep ‘em coming!

    And yes people – please stop with the “send us more information” comments. For the umpteenth time, we are a magazine, not a store, and we are not going to send you information.

  14. Eric December 24, 2006 at 12:21 pm

    I love your houses, can you please send me more information?
    Just kidding, what would pre-fab fridays be without one of those!?

    Nice to see Clever Homes back in the mix. I’m eager to see more of these in the ground and get a feel for where it leads. They (like Dwell/Empyrean) seem to be hinting at larger homes in the works which might be more an issue of demand than anything else but an observer is naturally left to wonder – has this whole thing missed the mark or is it just finding its market? Sometimes I think it might be both.

  15. Richie December 23, 2006 at 1:32 pm

    Cool Designs,

    Maybe building a 24′ x 24′ x 24′ Concrete Block Cube with a half width mezzanine (wood framing) would be more cost effective and most spectacular looking ? (Artful irregular window openings would be essential to create a modern ‘sculpture that you can live in’ kind of effect). The Bath, Kitchen & Utility room would locate underneath Mezzanine; while the Bedroom, Bath & Study/ Guest Bedroom would inhgabit the Mezzanine itself. There’d be a double height Living/Dining space (20′ x 12′). The mezzanine would provide stairs to a roof deck with 4′ high parapet walls all around. This Cube could sit atop a basic concrete slab foundation. The design could also be rendered with Stucturally Insulated Panels (SIP’s) clad with Gavalume, instead of concrete block… and the Mezzanine could also be built from ‘Steel king’ ( http://www.steelking.com ) ‘off the shelf’ industrial ‘pre-fab’ steel mezzanine componets. A design like this would give you a ton of space for very little cost.

  16. David - In Bali December 22, 2006 at 11:01 pm

    I sense a movement! It surprising to me how many web sites for commercial “big boys” (ie: builders, suppliers, promoters, etc.) continue to dissapoint by being too busy, too arty, too industrial, too everything except efficient and pleasing, Maybe it’s time for greening the web – think of the hours spent lost in the maze or on dead ends, then add a price tag. ????

  17. Sean December 22, 2006 at 2:11 pm

    Hurray to Mystech for commenting on the linked-to site. Let’s hold site designers publically accountable.

    I don’t like the Flash either, but at least the Clever Homes site has reasonable navigation and usability.

  18. David Carlson December 22, 2006 at 11:19 am

    Very nice! Here are two Swedish house producers with some nice prefabs. Arkitekthus has houses by Claeson, Koivisto and Rune, Thomas Sandell and Gert Wingårdh to mention a few: http://www.arkitekthus.se/
    Pinchouse is also worth checking out here: http://www.pinchouse.se/

  19. Mystech December 22, 2006 at 10:04 am

    So many lovely ideas trapped in so many awful websites. Please, for the love of all that is holy, ease up on the Flash, people! :-)

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