Earlier this week, Design Happens blogger Kristine Brabson asked: “Where will green pre-fab go now?” She was responding to the news that architect Michelle Kaufmann, a leader and innovator in the green living movement, is “closing up shop.” Despite forging forward and having more than 100 clients anxious to build, the dream of making green design accessible to the masses proved to be too difficult in this economy for a small company.
Enter Clayton Homes, leading home builder, with more than 1.5 million homes built since the company was founded in 1934. It makes sense that Clayton would take the leap into pre-fab, sustainable design; the company produces manufactured and modular homes. How does $93,000+ for a two-bedroom, one-bath home sound for a sleek, eco-friendly home with plenty of amenities?
We are stoked about the i-house. In fact, there is a group of us from the HGTV.com offices who can’t wait to see the model in person right here in our own backyard. We were slated for a tour a few days ago but opted to reschedule in order to see the new bamboo floors — not to mention the rain collection roof, groovy (composite) deck and much more. I’m really looking forward to sharing more about the the i-house with you. In the meantime, go to Clayton Home’s website to get a virtual tour and make your own virtual model.
As for Michelle, check out her website to follow what’s she’s doing and read more about what she’s done . Don’t miss her blog for small ways to make a big, Earth-friendly impact in your own home, including some great summer projects for the family. I am a fan of Michelle’s and a supporter of others like Clayton Homes who are making the investment in building sustainable communities. I’m certain that Michelle has a bright, green future ahead of her. I can’t wait to see what she does next! “There is so much improvement and innovation to do in creating healthy, diverse, efficient and beautifully designed communities,” Michelle said. ”There is more than one model of the American Dream.”
More (much more) coming on the i-house soon …