The prototype of the prefab home of Blue Sky Homes in Yucca Valley in California, the United States, is now complete, weeks after installing the footings. And the photos of the prototype, released by Dave McAdam, owner of the Yucca Valley, show what one expert described as “an excellent example of clean, efficient, contemporary, desert architecture.”
According to Dave McAdam, the aim of the prototype of the home was to test out the Blue Sky Homes’ Building System, which comprises light-gauge steel framing, factory fabrication, on-site assembly, flexible design, and high sustainability.
The design, according to the company, exceeds Title 24 energy requirements by 15%. The “green” elements include bamboo and FSC-certified cabinetry, solar PV, solar hot-water panels, grey water system, low-VOC paints, high-performance double-E windows and doors, Energy Star appliances, efficient STEPs (steel thermal efficiency panels), and plenty of natural light.
As for price, Blue Sky Homes expects a base model of the Yucca Valley prototype to cost close $275,000 (the prototype is 1,000 square feet and has over $75,000 in upgrades).
The price is excluding all site-specific items like land costs, surveying, soil engineering, permitting, utilities, and footings. However, Blue Sky Homes said it would work with prospective buyers to give them guidance on the prices of these items.
Following the success of the prototype, Blue Sky Homes is now launching an entire catalogue of prefab homes using the Blue Sky Homes’ Building System.
At present, Blue Sky Homes offers a 500-square-foot casita and homes of 1,000 square feet and 1,500 square feet. Later in the summer, the company plans to launch home designs of about 2,000-2,500 square feet.
For the time being the guys will be focusing on the Southern California market and plans its next home for Palm Springs. [via Jetsongreen]