With the launch of a new home design dubbed Balance Metro, Blu Homes — the Bay Area-based green prefab builder beloved by Disney descendants and the editors of Sunset magazine — has set out to prove that its contemporary, precision-built homes are also a good fit for space-sensitive infill lots in city and in the ‘burbs as they are for stunning hillside tracts in the sticks or woodsy parcels in the middle of Puget Sound. And judging from a fresh batch of renderings of Balance Metro released by Blu, the home is also a shoo-in for tight-squeeze coastal developments (Balance Malibu?)
An immediately available addition to Blu’s popular existing Balance line, the street-facing Metro was specifically designed for installation on narrow urban and suburban lots and, although versatile, is meant to serve as more of a primary residence for an expanding (or perhaps downsizing) families than a weekend getaway or retirement retreat.
Despite being designed with constraint in mind, the three-bedroom/two-bathroom abode manages to squeeze a whole lot of open living space into its slim 65-by-36 footprint with soaring ceilings, clerestory windows, and a bevy of standard and add-on eco-features (triple-paned windows, healthy building materials, motion-sensor faucets, high-levels of insulation, air filtration systems, WiFi-enabled thermostats, zoned heating and cooling, EV plug-in hubs, etc).
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