Who says dream houses are only for the rich? The ongoing revolution in prefabricated homes brings innovative, contemporary design to the masses, transforming "trailer trash to trailer chic," declares architectural writer Herbers. These diverse projects by 15 firms-from Michael Gravess Pavilions (designed for Target as freestanding structures or home additions) to Rocio Romeros LV Home building kit-are not only inexpensive, theyre also sturdy, transportable, adaptable and, most revolutionary of all, purchasable online. Much of the secret to cutting costs is using readily available materials such as steel, glass and aluminum, and cutting the building process down to a few days. As a result, several bargain homes featured sell for well under $100,000 and can be assembled by the owner-like Romeros rustic Fish Camp House for $30,000, including furnishings, or Adam Kalkins Quik Build House for $50,000. Glossy photographs highlight these sleek, functional spaces, and pages are enriched by detailed house plans and Herbers anecdotal narration of their genesis. The blond wood floors and window-lined bookshelves in Oskar Leo Kaufmans signature SU-SI House, for example, were originally designed for his sister Suzy and offer a clean, minimalist feel along with plenty of light and storage. Herbers situates the projects within a brief history of modern prefab and muses on the future of the movement. Most important, she aims to make this architectural spectacle as functional as the designs it features by including a final section on "Constructing Prefab," with advice on new materials and processes, building guidelines and a list of material sources. Like prefab modern itself, this book successfully combines both style and practicality. 100 color photographs.
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Jill Herbers has written various articles on architecture and interior design for dozens of publications, including House Beautiful, Home, Metropolis, The New Yorker, and ID. She also writes a Universal Press Syndicate column appearing in over 200 newspapers, and is the author of several previous books, including the best-seller Tile. Jill lives in Princeton, NJ.
It is what it is and I like what it is. That is my review.Published 2 months ago by Warehouse Willy
Great overview of the best of the architect-designed prefabs. Beautiful photos.Published 12 months ago by Vulcan Isadora
I bought this because I am thinking on building my own new family home and like the modernism and on-site cleanliness that comes from prefab construction methods. Read morePublished 14 months ago by A. D. Caller
Anyone interested in the current prefab housing design industry should have this book. If nothing else it is a guide to who is involved in the industry, their contact information... Read morePublished on July 19, 2013 by Dr. James Berryhill
Nice interesting book, perfect to have on your libary. Although, it has some old projects, still is nice to read. Photografy and grafics are ok.Published on August 14, 2012 by Al
Book was a bit knocked around on the cover but generally OK and just the info I wanted. Fast efficient service!Published on January 7, 2010 by Leigh Murrell
Very good book with some NEW ideas..one of the better ones which remains pleasant & accessible to non-professionals.Published on February 2, 2009 by V. L. Stewart Carton