A 1,600-square-foot unit in Sonoma, California, has two bedrooms and two baths—not to mention an incredible view—for its 87-year-old resident, whose daughter lives nearby. “The layout is well-suited for older clients,” says Jared Levy of Connect:Homes. “It feels generous and open.”
In an effort to modernize the experience of staying overnight at California State Park cabins, the Parks Forward Commission invited architecture students from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, to design new cabins to be placed at campgrounds throughout the state. The above structure, touted as "The Wedge," is among the new cabin designs that will eventually be integrated into California State Parks.
Located near Joshua Tree National Park, the iT House brings together raw industrial aesthetics with the tactics of green design to forge a new home in the sunbaked wilds of California’s east.
When the time came for two Solana Beach, California–based landscape architects to build a vacation house on the 330-acre oak-speckled woodland they purchased in Mendocino County, nine-and-a-half hours north of their main residence, they opted for the easy way out: a custom prefab house designed by Los Angeles firm Marmol Radziner. “We weren’t able to make lots of trips up here, so we couldn’t babysit the process,” says Bill. “Stick-built construction requires a lot of hand-holding. Going prefab made it pretty seamless.”
In need of more room for their growing brood, Eric and Emma Gimon, with Luc, Paul, baby Louise, and their dog, Nefi, asked for a private space to accompany the house designed for Eric’s great-aunt. The 1950s Joseph Esherick home in Berkeley, California, inspired an prefab addition that pays homage to the past yet is poised to host the next generation.
With a sleek prototype in Emeryville, California, under its belt, Simpatico Homes sets out to redefine prefab's cost—and footprint. The modular homes are inspired by the work of the postwar developer Joseph Eichler, and founder Seth Krubiner has lived in the company’s nearly net-zero prototype since it was customized and lifted onsite in 2011.