After unveiling a Make It Right
-benefiting modular home dubbed the C6
last February at TED 2012, Santa Monica-based prefab powerhouse LivingHomes
is back with a trio of factory-built beauties. And while they may not have the altruistic cred of their predecessor, the homes do boast similarly reasonable price tags and a bevy of LEED Platinum-worthy features.
Like the C6, the Ray Kappe-inspired LivingHomes CK series is also geared towards urban infill projects. Prices for the homes — the narrow lot-appropriate CK4, the L-shaped CK5, and the more luxury-minded CK7 — start at $145 per square foot, a figure that LivingHomes fingers as being “lower than the cost to construct many traditional homes on site in large metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York.” Depending on the model, starting prices range from $200,000 to $320,000, not including installation and foundation work.
The three CK homes, like the C6, are produced by Phoenix-based manufactured home builder Cavco
and come standard withgreen features geared to meet most of LivingHomes’ stringent “Z6
” goals: Zero energy (energy efficient appliances and lighting, etc.), zero water (low-flow fixtures and grey water-ready), zero indoor emissions (the use of zero-VOC paints and formaldehyde-free millwork), zero waste (the use of recycled and Cradle to Cradle-inspired materials), zero carbon (carbon off-set included in price) and zero ignorance (real-time energy monitoring system).
Additional features include cork flooring; clerestory and transom windows; natural wood ceilings, siding, and millwork; and plenty o’ storage space. All homes are configured for three bedrooms and 2.5 baths. The CK7
are both two-story affairs and available in two different layouts while the CK5
is a single-floor design and available in three different floor plans.
Says LivingHomes CEO Steve Glenn in a press release of the CK launch:
The CKs are a breakthrough product line for LivingHomes. For the first time, homeowners are able to get a two story home that offers great, modern design and an extremely comprehensive environmental program at a price that is less than the cost to build a traditional home on site in large cities. For example, we can build a LivingHome CK4 in Los Angeles for under $195/square foot (sf) versus $220/sf+ that a non-architectural, non-sustainably designed site-built home costs to build here. And we build a higher quality home in half the time!
So what exactly is "half the time?" Construction of each home takes about two months. As for installation, the homes can be erected on-site within a day. Lots more on the CK series, including floor plans and pricing specifics, over at LivingHomes
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