Zem Joaquin, founder of Ecofabulous, has long been an advocate of sustainable designs that only look great, but are also affordable for everyone. In the case of the C6 prefab, Joaquin and LivingHomes’ C6 did not disappoint. Wood sourced from Forest Stewardship Council-certified companies lends the home a rustic exterior and warmth and durability on the inside. Cork flooring not only feels comfortable while standing, but demonstrated resilience even when guests with heels plunked their way around the house. Floor-to-ceiling glass allows natural light to filter in. During the evenings, owners can access a smart lighting system via an iPhone.
For families with kids, the C6 offers bright colors and safe materials. Joaquin pointed out the non-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints and stains, as well as fabrics manufactured out of sustainable fibers including organic cotton. For parents on a tight budget, Joaquin showed how she scored many of the furnishings on eBay’s Green Hub. She also worked with Kimberly Rider Interiors, who helped find recycled concrete tables by Bevara Design and reclaimed chairs by Environment Furniture.
Once again, LivingHomes delivers. The C6 starts at $179,000, or about $145 a square foot. The C6 can be constructed in as little as two months and then assembled on-site in one day. Prefabricated housing has come a long way in recent years, and our tour of the C6 demonstrated why.
Photos by Mike Chino for Inhabitat and LivingHomes