Sonoma Connect 5 by Connect Homes situated on a hillside in Sonoma, CA | The Hardt
Sonoma Connect 5 by Connect Homes situated on a hillside in Sonoma, CA. Completed in 2013, the 2-bd 2-bth 1,600 ft² modular home was built at a cost of under $190 per square-foot. Connect Homes are built in a factory in So. Cal. where the modules are 95% complete before shipping to the site. Interior and exterior finishes, doors, windows, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, fire sprinklers, roofing, and flooring are all done in the factory. Modular Homes are the homes of the future in my opinion.
||1,600 sf total
||40′ X 40′
|Connect Homes Budget
(2017/2018 Pricing Schedule)
|Estimated Connect Homes Total
|On-site Work Budget
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Connect Homes provides the following on all projects:
● Architectural services
● Structural engineering services
● Heavy-gauge steel structure
● Exterior siding and metal trim
● Gutters and downspouts
● Exterior doors and windows
● Dual pane, low-e glass
● Insulation in walls, roof, floor
● Mechanical system in the home
● Electrical system in the home
● Plumbing system in the home
● Exterior wall sconces
● Recessed LED ceiling lighting
● Faucets and toilets
● Tankless water heater
● Central heating and air system
● Smoke/CO alarms
● Fire sprinkler system
● Engineered wood flooring
● Tile flooring in baths
● Cabinets and countertops
● All kitchen appliances
● Washer and dryer
● And more…
Get in touch with Connect Homes to customize your prefab home. Or just head over to their site and check out the options available. It’s pretty sick. Contact Connect Homes to learn more about the product and services they provide. See their notes on pricing for more information.
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Located in Medaglia, Switzerland, Montebar Villa (2015) by JMA | The Hardt
Located in Medaglia, Switzerland, Montebar Villa (2015) by JMA. The Montebar Villa is a prefabricated wood house lying on a panoramic spot facing the Swiss Alps, in a privileged position with sunlight during the four seasons. A magical place where the silence is alternated with the gentle chimes of cows at pasture in the distance, where the calm breezes coax tree branches and grasses to release and carry a sweet and fragrant air. The project was created around the local building code, which imposes each house to have a dark gray pitched roof for a better integration with the environment. Starting from this constraint, the idea developed into a homogeneous solution using the same material for both the roof and façades, in order to provide the building with a monolithic aspect, like a stone in the landscape.
The only exception is the South elevation, facing the valley, which grants a spectacular 180-degree view through a curtain-wall that encloses the living area and folds inside creating a loggia to be used in the warmer months. The house is placed at the edge of a slope with vineyards just a few meters below and around. It’s constructed of prefabricated and thermally insulated wood elements, ideal for this type of climate, and the entire structure has been assembled in a few days. The same stratigraphy has been designed for both the roof and the perimeter walls, with 22 centimeters of thermal insulation and a double layer of ventilation, in order to achieve high standards of energy performances. The final cladding material uniforming the shell is a ventilated façade with porcelain stoneware tiles and an invisible fastening system. To complete the energy efficiency of the building, the glass façade of the living area has a curtain wall with thermally broken aluminum horizontal profiles and vertical glass fins, and with insulated selective and Low-E glass. The rest of the windows have a thermally broken aluminum profile with triple insulated glazing.
A big part of the design phase was spent investigating several options for the exterior cladding, in order to achieve flush surfaces and obtain a pure and simple form. Every face of the shell has been designed tile by tile, with a dynamic pattern composed of three different formats, and many tiles have mitered edges. The same porcelain stoneware material has been applied to the custom designed folding shutters, to match and align with the façade pattern when they are closed. The six-sided roof is offset toward the mountain and it’s calibrated to have the largest side with the same mountain inclination, for a better integration with the landscape.
High standards of energy saving have been adopted to keep low maintenance costs during the four seasons. Besides the high-performance shell, the floor radiant heating is powered by an electric pump and all lighting fixtures have led lamps. The cooling during the summer months is provided by natural ventilation, with the colder air rising from the creek on the western side and crossing the entire house. The house, with living area on the south side, three bedrooms, a study room, two bathrooms, a laundry room, a technical room, pantry and storage rooms, is organized on one level except for the two children bedrooms which are double height and have a loft with bed and tv.
Photos by Jacopo Mascheroni
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