Blu Homes' New Prefab Release is a Blast from the Past


Blu Homes

Blu Homes' innovative folding technology has the promise of changing the way prefabricated homes are designed, as they break the width limitation set by road transport requirements. (see our earlier post here) But no matter how you slice it, every building technology generates a form that is the most efficient and effective. In the regular prefab biz, designers do everything they can to make the house look conventional, often at the cost of efficiency and cost-effectiveness. In modern prefab, there is less concern about this, so the forms can be optimized.

That's why I smiled when I saw Blu Homes Balance design, their latest. It looked awfully familiar.
American Shelter

I got out my copy of Lester Walker's 1981 classic American Shelter, (still in print!) and there it pretty much was.

I do not mean this as any criticism of Blu Homes; I think they deserve praise. If modern prefab is going to catch on it has to be affordable, and the way to do that is to maximize the efficiency. There is no simpler or more efficient prefab than banging two long thin boxes with shed roofs together.

Toss in Blu Homes' folding system that dramatically reduces the amount of air that they are dragging across the country and eliminates all the special, expensive transport permits and escorts, and you have really squeezed out a lot of cost.

More on the Blu Homes balance; see Preston's take on it at Jetson Green

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