Last Friday it was the open house of one of the model houses from Blu Homes in Vallejo, and I couldn't missed the opportunity to drive there and check it out!
Three years ago, Blu Homes, a start up from Massachusetts decided to try manufacturing building prefab homes folded like origami. The company opened a factory inside an abandoned machine shop on Vallejo's Mare Island.
"Blu homes are designed to save energy, using at most half as much as similarly sized houses built with more typical techniques. Most everything inside is assembled within the Blu factory - with cabinets and microwaves attached to kitchen walls and sinks inserted into counters.
Then the modular houses are folded up for shipment. The homes use steel-frame construction, with walls and floors attached by hinges.
The panels are folded together, shrink-wrapped in white plastic for the road and trucked to a construction site. There, a crane lifts the package onto a foundation, and workers begin unfolding the panels like a pop-up book.
The basic structure takes less than a day to assemble on site. Fully preparing the home for occupancy takes between three and six weeks, depending on the building's size" from SFGate.
I also wanted to see the interior staging done by Courtney Lake, from Monogram Decor, one of the designers I used to collaborate with, so I was really happy to see his work :)
Here there are some pictures of the house
Other room & house details
Kitchen & dinning area
Living room open space
Outside & Terrace
Photos by Sara Ibanez
Article from SFGate : http://bit.ly/17PC5v6