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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.

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.

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.

Two-inch-thick bamboo treads and a bamboo handrail on the stairs lead the way to the second floor.   Photo by Jake Stangel.

Two-inch-thick bamboo treads and a bamboo handrail on the stairs lead the way to the second floor. Photo by Jake Stangel.

The Fish Camp acts as the couple’s forest getaway, just a quarter mile from their main house.

The Fish Camp acts as the couple’s forest getaway, just a quarter mile from their main 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.

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.

The industrial stair leads to the upper level, where the bedrooms, bathrooms, and play space are located.

The industrial stair leads to the upper level, where the bedrooms, bathrooms, and play space are located.

The next generation of Living Home, the C6, is on the show floor at Dwell on Design.

The next generation of Living Home, the C6, is on the show floor at Dwell on Design.

Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner will be talking on the panel Prefab Goes Big on Friday. Here's his own prefab vacation house in the Coachella Valley from our story Desert Utopia.

Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner will be talking on the panel Prefab Goes Big on Friday. Here's his own prefab vacation house in the Coachella Valley from our story Desert Utopia.

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