Prefab Fishers Island House Steps Up the Modern Modular to Luxury Vacation Living

Fisher Island Pre Fab House

Recently published by Resolution: 4 Architecture, this time lapse video shows how builders stacked thirteen prefabricated boxes to create this stunning six bedroom, five bathroom home in Fisher’s Island, New York.

For a total size of 4,469 square feet, the private vacation home resides on a wooded lot from which residents can gaze upon either side of Fishers Island, just off the coast of New London, Connecticut. Its UK-based inhabitants entertain family and friends here during holidays and summer months, sleeping dozens of guests.

The structure features a media room, a bunk room, two-car garage, guest suite, workshop.

Outdoor amenities include a screened porch, fireplace, shower, and  kitchen.

Environmentally friendly features include a solar photovoltaic system with solar hot water system, a green roof, grass pavers, and a 96% energy-efficient boiler.

Inside, you’ll find bamboo floors, maple cabinets, aluminum-clad wood windows with Low E insulated glass, Caesarstone countertops, and slate bathroom floors.

The exterior of the building is made of T&G cedar siding, Azek infill panels, IPE decking, and cement board panels.

Fisher Island Pre Fab House Night

With a design by Joseph Tanney and Robert Luntz of Resolution: 4 Architecture, the project architects for this home were Paul Coughlin and Brendan Miller, with manufacture by Simplex Industries and contracting by BD Remodeling & Restoration. Interior decoration and furniture was designed by David Bentheim.

Fisher Island Pre Fab House


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Seadrift Residence is a Zero-Energy Home With Natural, Stylish Features

Seadrift Home

This Seadrift Residence home by CCS Architecture in San Francisco may not look out of the ordinary for a modern lakehouse, but this sleek and stylish 1,900 square foot home is as environmentally friendly as it is stylish.

The middle of the living space consists of a rotating fire orb that is designed to distribute warmth equally throughout the room. The generous amount of wood throughout the home gives a natural, inviting look while providing plenty of natural insulation.

Seadrift Home Internal

Some of the environmental benefits of this home include the photovoltaic roof that provides solar energy, smart heating technology that reduces energy consumption, efficient lighting fixtures that are still aesthetically pleasing, and an innovative low-flow water management system. All of these features turn the Seadrift Residence into a zero-energy home that does not sacrifice the environment for style.

For more photos and information on the architects of this beautiful beach home in Stinson Beach, California, visit

Seadrift Home External

Seadrift Home Internal

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The First Passive House in Salt Lake City

This will be the first certified Passive House in the city limits of Salt Lake City (not to take anything away from the Breezeway House located outside the city in Salt Lake County), if certification by PHIUS goes as planned. I visited the home on a nice sunny day a couple weeks ago, but the photos of this beginning photographer didn’t turn out as I’d originally expected.* That said, I hope you can get a feeling for the contemporary design and some of the materials and technology that went into this ultra-efficient home.

Ruby House, located in a historic district in the Avenues, was designed by Brach Design Architecture (Dave Brach) and built by Benchmark Modern (Garth Hare), who you may recall, depending on how long you’ve been a reader, also built the Maryfield House.

Homes in the Avenues can be colorful or aged, or some combination of the two, and I think it’s safe to say that a boxy modern home just wouldn’t be welcome by many. Yet I think Brach was able to deliver a contemporary, energy efficient design while still respecting what’s going on in the neighborhood.

The owners agreed, “[Dave] optimized the placement of our house to take advantage of natural lighting, surrounding views, while maintaining privacy. Dave also considered and respected the surrounding architecture of the historic neighborhood and worked closely with the historic landmark commission to obtain approval of the plans,” according to a testimonial on Brach’s site.

For the Passive House geeks, you may interested to know what’s inside: a Zehnder Comfoair 350 HRV, Fujitsu air-to-air heat pumps (7kBtu upstairs and 9kBtu main level), a AO Smith high-efficiency water heater, Verve lighting controls, and Energate 1202 windows.

The build includes Logix ICF foundation walls, Senergy EIFS stucco, Old Virginia Brick thin bricks in Chatham Gray, Accoya cladding, Certainteed dense-pack fiberglass insulation, exterior EPS foam, and a white vinyl roof. There’s also an abundance of rich wood detail including maple stair treads, rift-sawn oak cabinets, maple veneer MDF ceiling, maple flooring and door trim, and a front and back porch soffit of marine-grade mahogany plywood.

It’s really a handsome green home. Architect Brach said to me, “I do believe this is something downtown Salt Lake City and the avenues historic district can be proud of,” and I can say first hand that I definitely agree.

[+] More photos of the Ruby House at Dave Brach Architecture.

*I have a new DSLR that I’m trying to learn how to use, particularly with indoor photos. I’m reading all sorts of material to take better shots in the future.  Don’t hate the project for my photos! – Photo credits:

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Passivhaus Apartments Built in Sweden

A couple years ago, Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture and builders Höllviksnäs Förvaltnings AB won an open competition for four Passivhaus homes on a vacant lot in the city of Malmö, Sweden.  The team won the competition and the low-energy houses are now finished.  The project may be referred to as Salongen 35 and includes a greenhouse, green roof, gray water treatment, and solar panels.

Specifically, solar panels provide about 40% of annual hot water needs, while 82% of energy in the indoor air is recovered through a heat exchanger.

The exteriors were finished with plaster, fiber cement, wood, and aluzink (for the roof), and the interiors have whitewashed pine, brushed pine, and recycled terracotta, depending on the area.

All wood is FSC-certified, and the appliances are top of class for energy efficiency to keep in line with the Passivhaus regime.  Salongen 35 also has dashes of greenery here and there with flower boxes, lawns, green walls, a green roof, and the greenhouse that is used for local food production.

This isn’t KKA’s first work with Passivhaus — another great project is their Villa Nyberg.

[+] More detail about the design and build of Salongen 35.

Credits: Kasper Dudzik, KKA.

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Alpine Meadows is a Solar-Powered Retreat

This is a rustic-modern retreat in the Alpine Meadows (Olympic Valley) area near Lake Tahoe, California.  The owner, Todd Greenhalgh, wanted solar power and alpine views and CCS Architecture delivered just that.  The south-facing roof has 600 square feet of solar and all the main rooms hug the south wall to hold a view of the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains.

Greenhalgh House – or Alpine Meadows — was designed by Cass Calder Smith and Bryan Southwick of CCS Architecture, built by Dean and David Construction, and had the solar installed by JPVT Solar.

The rooftop solar arrangement includes photovoltaics and thermal hot water.  When the owner splits time in San Francisco, electricity is created and stored for later – in fact, the home is grid connected and also grid independent.  PV panels power an electronic hot water heater and, in turn, radiant floor heating, while hot air that’s trapped between the panels and roof is used for additional heating.

To facilitate cross ventilation, Alpine Meadows has operable windows and sliding glass doors on both sides of the home.

One feature you may notice in the photos is a wall that’s framed with blackened plate steel for a custom fireplace, television, and bookshelf.  The owner wanted a place to entertain, so there’s room enough for a pool table, a recreation area, and a guest bedroom.  The home has about 2,250 square feet and was built with a budget of $650,000.

[+] Visit CCS Architecture for more about Alpine Meadows.

Credits: Bryan Southwick.

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