Bottom Line Design Awards

Beauty is more than skin-deep. The winners of the third annual design competition presented by Business 2.0 Magazine and Frog Design are also versatile, elegant, eco-friendly, and - most important - successful.

Prefab homes goes deluxe
ARCHITECTURE
Prefab homes go deluxe
What if ordering a new house were no more complex than ordering a stack of books from Amazon.com (AMZN)? That's the basic idea behind a new line of prefabricated housing from LivingHomes of Santa Monica. Designed by renowned California architect Ray Kappe and aimed at a high-end, environmentally conscious clientele, the RK1 model has hit the market at $775,000 (not including land and extras). When an order is placed, the house is built in a factory, trucked to the homesite, and assembled in just one day. The 3,100-square-foot RK1 is a far cry from the trailer-park stereotypes of prefab living. Sleek, modern, and eco-friendly, it comes with high-efficiency LED lighting, solar panels, and an optional environmental monitoring system to keep energy use in check. Countertops, tiles, structural steel, and insulation are made from recycled materials.

PRODUCT RK1

MANUFACTURER LivingHomes

Designer Ray Kappe

Bottom Line One show home has been installed; six are contracted to go up during the next year.

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