Designed by Marianne Cusato, these small, affordable dwellings are real prefab-killers: By taking advantage of the economies of scale already present in your neighborhood Lowe's (plus a nice discount) and using local labor, buyers get a stick-built house for the lowest cost possible. This business model is not new: Sears did the same thing early in the 20th century.
David A. Greene
Dave has contributed to Dwell since its inception. He's a CalArts dropout, a former art critic for The New Yorker, and a producer of comedies on TV. He lives in, and writes from, Los Angeles.