Monday, March 30, 2015

Enough Already With the Dwell Look for Prefab Housing

Every time I get an email alert from Dwell or Inhabitat I look at what new ‘prefab’ home they are featuring this week. Most of these homes are ‘one off’ dreams from Architects that followed Queen Michelle Kaufmann's idea of modern modular housing and hope to be the next Blu Homes.

Over the years I’ve noticed that they all look alike; boxes with flat roof lines, lots of glass and Ikea furniture and cabinets.

The biggest thing they all have in common is their use of wooden slats on the exterior. Every single one of them does it. Is it because they think it is environmentally better or is it because that’s “What Michelle Would Do.”

We’re not talking wooden lap siding, we are talking about these homes being covered in boards. Some are vertical, some are horizontal and some are angled. I assume they are tongue and groove fitted.

I just don’t understand why they do it when other materials that will last decades with little of no maintenance are available such as concrete, stone, brick or, may the LEED Gods forgive me, vinyl.

I even saw one house sided in wood squares, crosscut into 6” x 6” x ½” slices, stained and sealed.

Please Dwell and Inhabitat, show us something different in modern prefab housing. It’s really not that modern any more.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Those are some pretty interesting little homes. They certainly seem like they'd be pretty cozy to live in! I wouldn't mind having a little place like that at some point in the future. Though, it'll probably have to wait until after my kids have grown up an moved out of the house.