A Moveable Feast: #DesignLUX Examines the Luxury Pre-Fab Home

The Prefabricated Home.

Mention a prefabricated home to most normal American human beings and you'd more than likely be met with a bit of silence and, quite possibly, a bit of an upturned nose.  Although right around the turn of the 20th Century, the concept that an entire house could be designed, cut, and possibly assembled at another location before being transported to its final resting place was considered innovative at some point, popular sentiment changed and, what was once a technological marvel of sorts, became a symbol of the lower class, a personified example of economic ineptitude.

Image courtesy Karoleena

Image courtesy Karoleena

A prefabricated home under construction in the Karoleena factory | Image courtesy Karoleena

A prefabricated home under construction in the Karoleena factory | Image courtesy Karoleena

The prefabricated Lake|Flato Porch House under construction | Image courtesy Lake|Flato Architects

The prefabricated Lake|Flato Porch House under construction | Image courtesy Lake|Flato Architects

The Lake|Flato Porch House by Lake|Flato Architects | Image courtesy Lake|Flato Architects

The Lake|Flato Porch House by Lake|Flato Architects | Image courtesy Lake|Flato Architects

Modern entertainment projected the prefabricated home as an abode meant only for the have nots, communities of mobile homes and the barely higher-class double wide becoming the setting for countless scenes depicting poverty, violence, and the unsightlyWe see Eminem rapping in front of a series of run down trailers in 8-Mile.  Matthew McConaughey stumbles into his ramshackle prefab for Dallas Buyers ClubKill Bill Vol. 2 sets the clash between The Bride and Elle Driver in their own pre-made residence.

The short truth?  The prefabricated house has gotten an all too bad rap.

But alas!  Builders, architects, and home-owners alike, in the quest for alternatives to the traditional (aka: inefficient) methods used in the construction of the Cut-And-Built-In-Place House, have returned once again to prefabricated practices, employing their use in the design and development of amenity-laden modern homes that, once completed and in place, look no different than their traditional counterparts even though they, at their basis, are more efficient, more sustainable, and more in-tune with the changing residential marketplace.

The popular Breezehouse by Blu Homes overlooks a Healdsburg pool | Image courtesy Blu Homes

The popular Breezehouse by Blu Homes overlooks a Healdsburg pool | Image courtesy Blu Homes

This week #DesignLUX celebrates the prefabricated home, examining the design and construction methods that go into bringing a home to life both off-site and on, the innovators putting forth aesthetically pleasing and luxurious designs to the masses, and the benefits that prefabricated residential construction brings to the traditional marketplace.  And, of course, we'll highlight the uber-Lux prefabricated shelters making the covers of design mags round the world. Join in Thursday, May 28th at 1pmPT/4pmET on Twitter.

#DesignLUX | May 28th, 2015 | 1pmPT/4pmET
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Want a bit of Prefabricated inspiration?  Take a peek at this week's board on Pinterest!
Prefabricated Homes : Moveable Luxury


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