Middle Ground

Middle Ground

Adding less than $100,000 of improvements to an off-the-shelf prefab model resulted in a clean-cut structure at the eastern base of the Sierra Nevada.

Impressed by the Rudolf M. Schindler house in West Hollywood and Craig Ellwood’s Case Study house, water feature choreographer and technology developer Scott Palamar wanted to build a minimalist prototype of his own. And despite his lack of architectural training, he jumped at the opportunity to experiment with a modular structure when he purchased a $5,000 parcel of land in the Eastern Sierra in 2004. "It was around the time prefab was undergoing a revival but was no longer pitched as an inexpensive option," Palamar says. "Still, I felt it could be affordable if done the right way and I enjoyed the challenge of sticking to a limited budget."

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