As the boomer generation hits retirement, where are they going to live? Many will want to stay in their neighbourhoods, close to their family. In an era where it is becoming impossible to get a mortgage, perhaps they may even want to share their house with their kids.
FabCab isn't just another pretty prefab, but part of a plan to address this demographic certainty. The FabCab creators are taking advantage of the changing zoning bylaws that allow Granny Flats and accessory dwelling units.
Every unit is designed for accessibility, even though a fully accessible bathroom takes up a lot of space in a 320 square foot unit like this one. They even have an accessibility and zoning consultant to help purchasers through the maze of approvals.
The units are available in either a timberframe design that is assembled on site, or as prefabricated modular units. While their website doesn't seem to have much information about green materials, Preston at Jetson Green tells us that it is fully loaded:
The Seattle Home Show model was built with locally sourced and sustainably harvested Douglas Fir, low-VOC paints and finishes, and water efficient fixtures and components.
FabCab loaded the show model with Kirei panels, Flor carpet tiles, Lutron lighting controls, Ramblewood cooktop, Raydoor sliding doors, bamboo flooring, Takagi on-demand hot water heater, Toto bathroom fixtures, Vetrazzo counters, and Yolo paints
There are a lot of people trying to build nice prefabs because, well, they like nice prefabs. Emory Baldwin and the FabCab people are addressing a real problem of accessibility, ageing in place and the economics of getting old. It's more than just another pretty prefab.
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