Nature made. Factory built.
LivingHomes builds prefabricated homes created by world-class architects, featuring warm, modern design, functional amenities, and excellent price value. These LEED prefabs include only natural, non-toxic, and sustainably-derived materials. They’re made in specially-equipped factories that ensure unsurpassed quality and lower construction cost and waste.
The result of all this: healthier, happier homes that have a dramatically smaller ecological footprint than most new homes.
At the Forefront
The first LivingHomes prefab, designed by Ray Kappe, FAIA, was installed in eight hours and was the first home ever certified LEED® Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council. Since then, LivingHomes has built more LEED Platinum homes than almost any other design firm in the world.
LivingHomes are available in standard or customized configurations to builders, developers, and individuals.
LivingHomes LEED Prefabs: Core Values
Form and Function
LivingHomes is inspired by the school of modernism initiated by the Bauhaus movement and widely practiced by great architects. These architects’ designs focus on an integration of form and function. Materials are authentically presented, devoid of adornment or dress. These homes expand space through open floor plans and invite the outdoors in through floor to ceiling windows that bathed interiors with natural light.
The designers at LivingHomes believe these ideals perfectly align with an environmental agenda that directs us to only use what we need. They don’t believe in dressing things up unnecessarily. Focusing on what they like to call “warm modernism,” LivingHomes designs their prefabs to integrate the light, volume, and linear forms you expect and adore in a modern space – in combination with the warmth and detail you find more typically in a Craftsman home. It’s all about high design with low environmental impact.
Health and Sustainability
As a company, LivingHomes is committed to building homes that are as healthy as possible, minimizing the homes’ environmental footprints with respect to resources used for construction, operation, and delivery. Homes built using traditional methods can be very unhealthy and extremely resource intensive. In contrast, LivingHomes make use of healthier, more sustainable building materials and energy-efficient systems and products.
Combining healthy materials and efficient systems with the LivingHomes resource-saving modular fabrication process means that LivingHomes contribute to cleaner air, water, and soil. When you purchase a LivingHome, both your home and your community become better places for people to live, learn, work and play.
Value: More for Less
Good value for the price does not mean that LivingHomes are inexpensive. In fact, various LivingHomes models start at $150-$235 per square foot. But when compared to similarly-designed, similarly-equipped and similarly-constructed stick-built homes also designed by leading architects, LivingHomes actually come out to be 20-40% less expensive. You may ask, “How do they do it?” The modular manufacturing process and efficient installation of LivingHomes means they can offer the highest quality construction at the lowest cost.
On top of monetary value, there is the social value. LivingHomes lessen the demand and operational costs of large-scale infrastructure, such as landfills, water supplies, and storm-water sewers. Building sustainably reduces carbon emissions, city water usage and energy demands on your community’s power grid. LivingHomes also serve as an example to others in the community. If everyone built a LivingHome, we’d significantly reduce our energy needs, noxious emissions, health costs associated with indoor air contaminants, landfill costs, and water requirements.
Featured Prefab Designs
Is a ranch-style 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom home, perfect for lots in the country and off-the-grid living.
- 2 bedrooms
- 1 baths
- 958 sq. ft.
Designed for urban infill, this efficient four-bedroom home feels more spacious than ~2500 sq. ft. With internal view and vistas and generous outdoor living space, RK1 is your private urban oasis.
- 4-5 bedrooms
- 2.5-3.5 baths
- 2,560 sq. ft.
- 1,435 sq. ft. decking
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