When Faisal and Sindhu Arabi decided to build a new family home in Walnut Creek, California, they recalled the prefab office they had previously constructed in their backyard. Impressed with the convenience and sustainability credentials of their cozy home workspace, they began to explore prefab housing and soon discovered L.A.-based Connect Homes was exactly what they were looking for.
"We visited one of the homes built by Connect Homes and the design and aesthetic was very much in line with what we wanted for our home," says Sindhu. "The environmentally friendly construction, optimal footprint, and quick build time were all deciding factors. The additional convenience of not having to deal with the traditional build process and the challenges that come along with that was also appealing."
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Connect Homes is on a mission to elevate the everyday living experience by making beautiful modern design more accessible, and the company describes its clever prefab homes as "designed and built more like a high-performance automobile than a traditional home"—think precision manufacturing and efficiency, a sleek contemporary design, and high-end finishes.
There are 15 different Connect Homes models to choose from—ranging from a 420-square-foot Connect 1 to the expansive Connect 10—and each one is suited to different site conditions, lifestyles, and budgets.
Following an in-depth consultation with the Connect Homes team, the Arabis decided on a Connect 10 model with a deck, which offered plenty of space for their growing family, as well as room for visiting family. Comprising 10 prefab modules, the 3,200-square-foot home features five bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and a 400-square-foot garage. Most importantly to the Arabis, the efficient footprint of the home allowed the family to increase their living space without sacrificing their backyard space.
The prefab modules are seamlessly interconnected to create a dynamic, light-filled interior with an open floor plan and soaring double-height spaces. The ample glazing invites the landscape inside and offers a constant connection to the garden.
"We love spending time outdoors and we wanted it to be easy for us to do that at our home," says Faisal. "The Connect 10 design brings a lot of natural light indoors and the outdoor spaces blend easily with our home when the sliding doors are all open."
To complement the clean, architectural lines of their new home, the couple enlisted their next-door neighbor, interior designer and founder of Runkle Designs, Jennifer Runkle, to create the interiors and landscaping. "We love the modern design of our Connect 10 home," says Faisal. "We worked collaboratively with Jennifer to incorporate a neutral color palette and natural materials to highlight the bright, open layout of the home, while keeping it warm and functional."
Beyond beautiful design, one of the biggest benefits of a prefab home is the relatively stress-free, efficient construction process. While most new home builds drag out over months and even years, the Arabis’ Connect 10 model was built in just two months on the Connect Homes assembly line and set on site in less than five hours. Within the following three months all on-site work was complete.
"It has been close to two years since we moved in and we love our home as much as we did on day one," says Sindhu. "We especially love the openness and bright airy feel. We also love opening up all our sliding doors during summer evenings when we have friends over. We still get compliments from friends, neighbors and passersby, so we are very glad we chose Connect Homes."
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Architecture: Connect Homes
Construction: Connect Homes
Interior Design & Landscaping: Runkle Designs
Photography: Connect Homes