Pro Portfolio: Proto Home smart home debuts in Baldwin Hills with Web telemetry and iPad control
Every Monday, we post a new home whose design is presented in the designer's or the builder's own words. This week:
Builder: Frank Vafaee, CEO and founder, Proto Homes, Los Angeles
Landscape designer: Sean Knibb, Knibb Design, Venice
Location: Baldwin Hills
Builder's description: Proto Homes uses a hybrid construction method where the efficiency of prefabrication meets the flexibility of site-built, resulting in construction completion time of under 16 weeks. All Proto Houses have a basic architectural anatomy in common: "Hyperspace + Core" (patent pending). The wall panels and the roof deck of the hyperspace, as well as the utility core, are prefabricated and are then assembled at the site.
Proto Homes was conceived in the spirit of making modern architecture more accessible, without shortchanging quality or architectural integrity. In fact, this particular neighborhood was selected to test our thesis: An architecturally significant modern house can be produced in about four months, and can be offered at the neighborhood's average sale price per square-foot. (The 2,600-square-foot Sunlight Residence is currently listed at $850,000 -- that breaks down to $327 per square foot, below the low end of the $350-$400 per square-foot comps for the neighborhood.)
In pursuit of efficiency and flexibility, we invented "Hyperspace + Core," which makes up the basic anatomy of every Proto House. The Hyperspace is the flexible fuselage, while the core is its efficient engine. Using "Hyperspace + Core" as the foundational chassis, we are able to accommodate different sizes and features for each Proto House.
Every Proto House will be compiled from the collection of predesigned and tested components which would profoundly shape its unique architecture. Some of the predesigned components that have been used in Sunlight Project are "Hyperspace + Core," "Flex Zone," special slab edge, seasonally adjusted air flow, networked control system, zero penetration roof, efficient kitchen and replaceable exterior panels.
Our vision is to create a house that can accommodate the changes in our lives and the advances in technology. We hope Proto Homes' DNA, which is founded on efficiency, flexibility and innovation, will result in houses that will be perpetually less expensive to build while fostering sustainability and environmental consciousness.
For a look inside the Sunlight Residence, keep reading ...
The living, dining and kitchen space are seamless, creating a versatile and voluminous space for entertaining.
All Proto Homes feature "Hyperspace + Core" -- the core is a shipping-container-sized control room that contains the home's systems. The Hyperspace is the versatile living space that surrounds it. Proto Homes are covered by a wireless mesh. Music, temperature and the gas fireplace are connected through the "Control 4" home control system. All homes come with an iPad with which to control this new state-of-the-art smart home's features.
A modern kid's bedroom.
The "Flex Zone Studio" can be partitioned as another bedroom or left open as an office, as shown here.
Custom shelving units double as movable walls and room partitions. In the future, any prefabricated shelving units (say an Ikea Lack wall) will be compatible with Proto Homes. Simply plug in the wall or shelving unit of your choice to create separate bedrooms.
Exterior panels are standard sizes, which means that homeowners can be easily switch or "re-skin" their homes.
The core is the heart of the Proto Home; a standard shipping-container-sized control room in which all the home's plumbing, electrical, and other systems are found. Upgrades can be easily made by simply "plugging in" new additions.
-- Compiled by Lisa Boone
Photo credits: Lisa Romerein