Ali Kriscenski

PREFAB FRIDAY: Custom Wieler Home by Dustin Ehrlich

by , 04/11/08

Architect Dustin Ehrlich has created a custom prefab home near Chapel Hill, NC. Commissioned by his parents and constructed by WIELER, the structure mixes stone, wood, stainless steel and rusted corrugated metal to create an extraordinary first, and lasting, impression. While undeniably modern, the structure’s aesthetic also draws on the local architectural styles of nearby tobacco barns from previous centuries.


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The Ehrlich home matches 2,007 square feet of conditioned living space with 1,513 s.f. of outdoor decks, patios and courtyards tucked strategically into the building’s form. The design flows through spacious indoor and outdoor living spaces that appear to bring a new perspective to the surrounding forest setting at every turn.

Most of the structural components were built in the factory, minimizing construction waste and resulting in a pretty remarkable start-to-finish time of just four months from permits to turnkey. If you’re interested in seeing the process from modular components to prefab home, WIELER‘s got a great set of images of the construction at their website here.

+ Dustin Ehrlich

+ WIELER Homes

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  1. gracerenity April 15, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Thank you for showcasing another example of eco-architecture. I seek to build my own sustainable home/business structure which will jointly reduce both my personal and professional carbon footprint. The two are inseparable and I already feel the inspiration and pride of choosing wisely. I am a first time home owner and eco entreprenuer hoping to strategically demonstrate that smarts and willpower successfully conquer financial prohibitions. In the process, I hope to also encourage others with similar socio-economic constraints to think outside the box, plan, and go for it!

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