mkSolaire: New Green PreFab from Michelle Kaufmann


We've noted the fabulous work of Michelle Kaufmann Designs before; her Breezehouse and Glidehouse designs are just about as good as it gets when it comes to energy-efficient, resource-efficient, TreeHugger-friendly prefab housing, and it just keeps getting better. Kaufmann's newest design, the recently launched mkSolaire is an open, spacious, loft-like home is designed to offer healthy living in the city. Through the use of strategically designed roofs and windows, this home addresses the challenge of the standard row house by sculpting light and air into the center of the home. The home itself can be built in as little as 14 months from consultation to finish, and is constructed with a bevy of sustainable materials, systems and options.

Every mkSolaire home is solar-ready; depending on the location, the home can be fitted with solar panels upon delivery. Other renewable energy systems are also available such as a geothermal system, a wind generator system, or hybrid systems. The materials used on the interior of the home are designed not only to be more healthy for the inhabitants and the planet, but to reduce energy and resource usage and be more cost-efficient. Included in this list are Icynene insulation, high-performance mini-duct/hi-velocity mechanical system, bamboo or reclaimed wood flooring, countertops containing recycled paper, recycled glass tile, on-demand water heaters and water-saving dual-flush toilets. Healthy finishes such as non-toxic paints and formaldehyde-free cabinetry are also used throughout the house.

There are also a variety of options for floorplans and design features; as with all MKD homes, customizing for site, budget and lifestyle is always an option. The factory costs for the homes typically range from $150 to $175 per square foot, plus transportation and installations, as well as any additional site costs depending on location, complexity of site, and scope of site work. Lots more information available at their website. ::Michelle Kaufmann Designs via ::MoCo Loco