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Prefab: Blue Sky Homes prototype in Yucca Valley

June 12, 2009 | 10:09 pm

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The pitch on this prefab prototype in the desert actually came from AEP Span, the company that manufactured the roof. The design is a prototype from Blue Sky Homes, which touts the light-gauge galvanized steel frame as a less costly alternative to some of the custom structural steel modular designs winning magazine spreads. The design, by Palm Springs-based o2 Architecture, is a kit of parts assembled on site and meant to be both site-specific and flexible enough to work in other settings. For more details on the cost and construction time -- and for more photos -- click to the jump.

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Architect Lance O'Donnell said the factory-built parts were assembled fast -- about four days for the frame, eight weeks total for the whole house. O'Donnell said he's confident they can get total assembly time down to six weeks. The cost, he says, will fall in the $200- to $300-a-square-foot range.

The Yucca Valley prototype was completed in May. Look for a more complete report here in the months to come. In the meantime, you can check out o2 Architecture or Blue Sky Homes as well as this sneak peek.

-- Craig Nakano

Photos: Nuvue Interactive / o2 Architecture







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