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After college, I figured it was time to grow up and buy a suit.  So, I went to the store and forked over a few hundred dollars on a quality, mass-produced suit (http://www.flickr.com/photos/lydiat/214506968/in/set-72157594235823992/).  Sure, I would have preferred a custom-made suit, but I couldn’t afford it.  If you apply the same thinking to houses, we’re all living in custom-made structures (some more so than others).  Here’s where modular design and prefabrication comes into the picture.  If there’s a universal standard to the size and shape of a house’s components, then you could  produce them on a larger scale, which would make them cheaper.  You could sells kits, like the Sears & Roebuck houses of the early 20th century, or you could sell prefab units.  Here’s a good place to check out what’s on the market currently: http://www.fabprefab.com/

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2 Comments

  1. Steve, what do you see as the intersection (if there is one?) between standalone modular living spaces and, say, apartment blocks? Isn’t the latter a logical extension of the principles behind the modular design, particularly in terms of environmental impact?

  2. Good question; I’m not sure yet. Regardless, here are some good precedents:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habitat_67
    http://www.prefabhouse.com.au/Quon.html


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