Green & Affordable Prefab Home Debuts in Palm Springs

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February 17, 2012

Tours of John Lautner’s Elrod House or the Annenberg’s newly re-opened Sunnylands may leave us wondering if we could ever afford a modernist luxury for ourselves, but thankfully LivingHomes and Cavco Industries have launched a more realistic option at the Prefab showcase during Palm Springs Modernism Week.

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  Starting at $179,000, the C6 is a three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,232-square-foot home outfitted with comfort and sustainability in mind. According to Glenn, hitting that magic number was the biggest challenge of designing this home, but, “a combination of smart, selective design and really careful material design” helped make his longtime dream of a cost-effective home a reality.  Photo by: Izumi Tanaka
    Starting at $179,000, the C6 is a three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,232-square-foot home outfitted with comfort and sustainability in mind. According to Glenn, hitting that magic number was the biggest challenge of designing this home, but, “a combination of smart, selective design and really careful material design” helped make his longtime dream of a cost-effective home a reality.

    Photo by: Izumi Tanaka

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  Taking a cue from many Eichler homes, the C6 home is organized around a courtyard.  Photo by: Izumi Tanaka
    Taking a cue from many Eichler homes, the C6 home is organized around a courtyard.

    Photo by: Izumi Tanaka

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  The millwork in the C6 home is formaldehyde free. Multiple entrances to the home ensure permeability between the inside and out.  Photo by: Izumi Tanaka
    The millwork in the C6 home is formaldehyde free. Multiple entrances to the home ensure permeability between the inside and out.

    Photo by: Izumi Tanaka

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  The C6 home achieves efficiency through a combination of strategies, including energy efficient lighting and appliances, smart heating/AC control system to reduce power usage and enough solar panels to produce more than 100 percent of the home’s power.  Photo by: Izumi Tanaka
    The C6 home achieves efficiency through a combination of strategies, including energy efficient lighting and appliances, smart heating/AC control system to reduce power usage and enough solar panels to produce more than 100 percent of the home’s power.

    Photo by: Izumi Tanaka

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  The home takes on a comfortable, natural texture thanks to cork floors, wood ceiling, natural wood millwork, and wood siding. You can also set the mood using your own iPhone, thanks to a tech-controlled lighting system  Photo by: Izumi Tanaka
    The home takes on a comfortable, natural texture thanks to cork floors, wood ceiling, natural wood millwork, and wood siding. You can also set the mood using your own iPhone, thanks to a tech-controlled lighting system

    Photo by: Izumi Tanaka

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  Low-flow water fixtures and a grey water system are included in the C6 home.  Photo by: Izumi Tanaka
    Low-flow water fixtures and a grey water system are included in the C6 home.

    Photo by: Izumi Tanaka

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  LivingHomes and Cavco also used zero VOC paints, which in combination with formaldehyde-free millwork, ensure zero emissions.  Photo by: Izumi Tanaka
    LivingHomes and Cavco also used zero VOC paints, which in combination with formaldehyde-free millwork, ensure zero emissions.

    Photo by: Izumi Tanaka

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  The C6 home is bright and airy, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling glass, clerestory windows, light tubes, and transom windows that maximize natural daylighting.  Photo by: Izumi Tanaka
    The C6 home is bright and airy, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling glass, clerestory windows, light tubes, and transom windows that maximize natural daylighting.

    Photo by: Izumi Tanaka

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  The C6 is a great step toward making an affordably, healthy and sustainable home. One that Glenn hopes will put the building industry on the right track, economically and environmentally. “We set out to make great design, really healthy and sustainable architecture much more cost effective. It’s been challenging doing that in the worst real estate downturn in US history, but I think we finally have something that delivers on that goal… I think we can even make this less expensively, but not if we don’t sell any. The more of these homes we do, the more cost effective we can make them.”  Photo by: Izumi Tanaka
    The C6 is a great step toward making an affordably, healthy and sustainable home. One that Glenn hopes will put the building industry on the right track, economically and environmentally. “We set out to make great design, really healthy and sustainable architecture much more cost effective. It’s been challenging doing that in the worst real estate downturn in US history, but I think we finally have something that delivers on that goal… I think we can even make this less expensively, but not if we don’t sell any. The more of these homes we do, the more cost effective we can make them.”

    Photo by: Izumi Tanaka

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