The question "what would Eichler do?" clinched the deal that created Simpatico Homes, a modular-home company inspired by the work of the postwar developer Joseph Eichler. The company’s prototype home in Emeryville, in which co-founder Seth Krubiner has lived since late 2011, was created in a San Jose factory for around $270 per square foot. Photo by Jake Stangel.
For her family’s house near Melbourne, Anna Horne created a series of prefab wood modules using a design from the company Prebuilt. She found the old industrial letter at a factory; it stands for Somerset, the name of the house.
The Blue Sky prototype home tiptoes gracefully across the desert landscape just north of Joshua Tree National Park. Unlike a wood-frame house, where load-bearing walls need to go in certain places to support the structure, a Blue Sky steel frame house doesn’t require interior walls. The architects at o2 capitalized on the flexibility the steel afforded them by emphasizing open space and a connection with the surrounding nature.
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