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PREFAB: MODULAR DWELLINGS

by , 01/18/06

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Avid readers of ReadyMade magazine may recognize the work of Edgar Blazona. The San Francisco based designer created a do-it-yourself modernist outbuilding featured in issue #10 a while back (see below). Utilizing entirely off-the-shelf materials available at your local Home Depot (for about $1,500), this “prefab” project was a sensation. The 10 x10 foot structure is code-safe and zoning-friendly and the plans can be had for $35 from the ReadyMade online store.


But for those with a little more cash and less sweat equity Blazona also has a growing line of custom-built Modular Dwellings. These movable secondary structures offer a minimalist’s stylings, with clean lines and open expanses of glass — perfect for an extra bedroom or home office. Just over a year ago he introduced his first fully-equipped modular prefab residence – the MD280. Arriving to the building site on just one truck, three units bolt together to create a 280 square foot one-bedroom structure with a full bath and kitchen. He generated a lot of buzz by auctioning the prototype MD 280 on eBay. Its not clear who the lucky bidder was but, hey, if you’re reading this, we’d love a testimonial!

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3 Comments

  1. Gretchen January 19, 2006 at 4:01 pm

    Barry is right about the estimated materials cost for the DIY version. As far as the Modular Dwellings Blazona is making, the minimum starting bid on the MD280 he auctioned off was $39,000. Its unclear what the final sale price was. I’d recommend contacting Blazona directly from his website for specific purchase information.

  2. Barry January 18, 2006 at 11:16 pm

    The info was on ReadyMade’s website:

    “Blazona’s ReadyMade shed is constructed from Plexiglas, steel, and prefinished plywood-and it costs just $1,500. Be warned: The instructions in issue 10 are spare, intended for Craftsman-level builders who frame walls in their sleep. Others may consider dialing up a skilled contractor to raise the roof.”

    Hope this was of help.

  3. Reader January 18, 2006 at 7:11 pm

    Any idea how much the modular homes cost?

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