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Part Prefab, Part Custom, All Green: Culver City Hybrid Home
Posted By Evelyn Lee On October 24, 2008 @ 2:00 pm In Architecture,Sustainable Building | No Comments
Take prefabricated panels, add a dose of ingenuity, and a desire for an extremely green home and you get this half-prefab, half-custom Culver City home, designed by Sander Architects . Not only does the house play host to eco-friendly details that makes it sustainable inside and out– but its acoustically -tuned-to-concert-perfection interior provides owner Thomas Small the ability to play chamber music with perfect resonance. The 4,200-square-foot home uses a prefabricated structure  that was assembled on-site and then outfitted with necessary trim, plumbing, and interior fixings for a grand total of $528,000, about a third of an architect-designed home in the Los Angeles area.
With a small budget but a big taste for something green, Thomas Small, his wife Joanna Brody, their two children and a pair of French Braird dogs, now live in a contemporary hybrid prefab-custom home. The prefabricated structure kept initial material costs low at $22,000, and was delivered and erected on-site in under three weeks for an additional $18,000.
The house is entirely heated and cooled by natural resources, using cross-ventilation during the warm months, and passive solar energy for the few cool evenings in southern California. The home also utilizes a slew of other eco-friendly materials and methods:
via NY Times 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/24/sander-architects-hybrid-prefab-culver-city/
 Sander Architects: http://www.sander-architects.com/residential/briard/briard_txt.html
 acoustically: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acoustics
 prefabricated structure: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/10/werner-sobek-prefab-friday/
 acrylic panels: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/03/demaria-shipping-container-house/
 VOC: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/voc.html
 Xeriscape low-water landscaping: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xeriscaping
 via NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/16/garden/16culver.html
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