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Every day I’m hustlin’

While the rest of the country is bundling up in preparation for winter, we are pulling out our boots (excitedly), airing up our bike tires, and enjoying the outdoors.

As you know, we had our patio cover built earlier in the year (see post here), and I’ve been anxious to get it together and really make it inviting. I don’t have it done yet, but just wanted to give you a quick peek of one shot I got last night (while sitting out there in a SWEATER!). There is just nothing quite like white string lights and black & white patterns to make feel totally and completely serene and happy. Hope you all have a really amazing weekend…

z gallerie lantern, string lights

Ooh La La!

Everything old is new again

When someone says “Modular Home” do you automatically think “trailer”? I can see how that might be your first thought, but there is something SO different happening in the housing industry now!

Manufactured home vs. Modular home definition:

Manufactured housing is built on a trailer chassis and is considered portable or temporary in nature. Typically constructed from light-weight metal framing, manufactured housing is less durable and versatile than modular structures. Modular houses, on the other hand, are comprised of all the same materials, techniques and standards as site construction, except that the units are assembled indoors in an efficient factory setting

Now, I live in a house that I own, so what brought me to look into prefab home kits? We had talked about additional storage for our house, and also how cool it would be to have a place where people could stay if they came to visit. Our second bedroom is used for John’s music recording equipment and some (um A LOT) of random things that we don’t know where else to put, so no guests go there.

Our backyard is BIG and technically on 2 city lots, so there is definitely room back there for a small building. But how to effectively and efficiently build something small enough, but with enough storage, separate rooms, etc.? Buy a kit, that’s how! As I got more and more into the internet wormhole, I branched out into looking at entire prefab homes, not just small storage buildings. These homes are AMAZING.

Modern Modular

Honestly, it’s hard to believe that this is prefab, right? Aside from the benefit of the pieces of the home being constructed off-site, the ability to assemble the home yourself and the huge variety of choices in your final look, a focus for modern prefab homes has been the use of environmentally-friendly products that are installed, materials that the homes are built with, and the finishes that are chosen.

HIVE Modular has some seriously amazing models of prefab homes that are material and labor efficient and employ cost savings through large-volume supply chains. The interior is done with the use of environmentally-friendly products including concrete counter tops, no-VOC interior paint, FSC-certified framing wood and locally-sourced flooring. A Rainwater collection system can be installed, and choosing energy-efficient appliances make this a no-brainer in my book.

Sometimes there are choices you make in regards to a home because it’s the simple choice, and there are other drawbacks that you just accept. To me, these modern prefab homes seem to be overall very positive; in the time frame that you can have your home built on-site, the low impact on the environment, the cost (yes, they are affordable!) and the aesthetics. Win/Win!

Hive Modular Home

Many of these prefab modular homes are brought in for “Urban Infill”. This could be putting a prefab home on lot that a previous home was torn down, or dropping a home in on land that was previously used for something else.

Revitalization is what comes to my mind. Taking the idea of Manufactured (read: Trailer) homes, changing the materials so that homes are sturdy and built to last, allowing a homeowner to assemble their own home (have you ever noticed how much love you feel for a project you truly created?), thinking of the environment and making responsible choices in the materials you use and then filling in neighborhoods with these beautiful pieces of architecture… It is EXCITING.

Now that we’ve talked about entire prefab houses (which would be slightly insane to put into our backyard) let me show you what’s swimming around in my head that would actually work at our place:

Do you want to punch something like I want to punch something right now? This is so amazing, it’s ridiculous! A kitchenette and a bathroom, bamboo floors, drywall and exposed wood ceilings are inside this beauty.

I, for one, was definitely impressed with all that is going on with prefab homes, storage, artists’ studios, and it can only get better from here on out!


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