Gallery: We Talk With Tracen Gardner of Reclaimed Space About Prefab Bu...


There’s somewhat of a debate between whether or not prefab houses are more sustainable than building homes on site. Given Reclaimed Space homes are prefabricated, why do you believe that this is a more sustainable way to build?

Tracen Gardner: I think that every time I’ve seen a new construction go on, it’s a solid concrete slab, and there’s a lot of waste. The amount of waste that goes into building a 1,200 square foot space would probably use upwards of four dumpsters in the course of that construction, whereas we use less than half of a dumpster. New constructions typically use solid concrete slabs, and if you change your mind about something, you have a big concrete structure that you have to deal with. Whereas our homes, people are able to pick them up and move them at a later day. Some we’ve moved as many as six times. The ability to put them all together quickly lets us really be thorough with everything that we’re doing to maximize our resources.

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  1. refp12 November 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    hey first time on here but my family lost everthing in katrina now still on the fight after all this time , a wounderfull man owner finaced a 13acr for us but no water, septic nothin but clear land well we both on disability now we have taken apart an old home and now tryin to do another my husband is real ill do u have any sugg on how i might be able to get help with well septic
    i just want him to have a real home again we had all the insurance did it all right but still no home ,for once I want to prove to him its still possible thanks

  2. Niki at myscandinavianh... October 16, 2011 at 4:33 am

    Thank you for sharing this interesting post. I live in a carbon neutral area in Sweden and am fascinated by this type of work. Best of luck!

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