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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Toto Launches Ultra High Efficiency Toilet

Last April, I mentioned the introduction of 1G by Toto USA and now have more detail.  Toto just launched Drake II 1G throughout North America at the MSRP of $580.  To be clear, this isn’t like the dual-flush Maris or others you may have seen elsewhere.  The two-piece, ADA-compliant, WaterSense-compliant toilet uses a mere 1.0 gallons with each flush using two jets and a Double Cyclone system to clear waste.  There is no pressure assist in the Drake II 1G; it’s a gravity-fed flushing system with a “quiet flush every time.

[+] Visit Toto USA to find a local dealer of the new Drake II 1G.

Credits: Toto USA.

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Rocio Romero LV Prefab in Pope Valley

If you’re in the Napa County and have an interest in modern prefab, an LV Home by Missouri-based Rocio Romero will be featured in open house public tours on September 22, 2012 (register here).  So you know, the LV model comes as a fabricated kit of parts — post and beam, exterior wall panels, faux wall panels, roof framing, select connectors, and siding material — and forms the shell of a home with two bedrooms, one bathroom, and about 1,344 square feet.  We’ve mentioned at least two LV homes in the past, one in Pacifica and another in Whidbey Island, and these homes generally get finished by a local contractor for $120 – $195 per square foot with the LV kit starting at $39,500.

[+] More about the LV model prefab home by Rocio Romero.

Credits: Karl Petzke. 

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NAHB Green Remodel of the Year 2012

This is one of the NAHB Remodeling Projects of the Year 2012 by Rocking Horse Development out of Phoenix.  Located in the Willo Historic District at 5701 N 10th Street, the home has been certified to the Emerald level by the NAHB. Key achievements for this rehab include improvements to curb appeal and an overall reduction of energy and water consumption by more than 50%.

The existing home was originally built by Ralph Haver in 1952, and Rocking Horse Development improved it with a new bathroom, kitchen, and 600-square-foot master bedroom.

To save energy, Rocking Horse added a new HVAC system, R38 insulation, a new duct system, and Energy Star appliances. For water savings, the home now has WaterSense fixtures, low-flow and automatic irrigation, and non-invasive plants and reduced grass turf consistent with a landscape design by The Ranch Mine (the company who did Castaway House).

Products used include Bosch appliances, a Rinnai tankless water heater, Dunn-Edwards low-VOC paint, Ann Sacks and 3-Form tile, American Standard dual-flush toilets, a Kohler tub, Kraus kitchen sink, Peerless kitchen faucet, Broan exhaust fans, Jeld-wen interior doors, Kohler shower fixtures, and lighting from Tiella, Artemide, NOVA68, and Possini.

The green home has 1,751 square feet, three bedrooms, and two bathrooms. It’s currently listed for sale for $359,900.

Credits: G Street.

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Delta Taps the Maker Movement: Part II

All that sophisticated faucet technology I shared in yesterday’s post (Part I) about my visit to Delta Faucet Company needs an equally sophisticated aesthetic design. That’s where Director of Industrial Design Judd Lord comes in! During a tour of Delta’s on-site design studio, Lord and his team shared the inspirations behind their luxury Brizo collections.

While some of their design direction comes from professional trend forecasters (who chart even the slightest trend changes on a quarterly basis), some of the most inventive insights happen when Lord is out and about on cool-hunting expeditions.

For example, wrought iron scrollwork with a unique 1/4” twist discovered while walking the streets of Paris became the impetus for the groundbreaking Virage lav faucet. The Beliza kitchen and bath suite was inspired by a stunning beacon of light he witnessed emanating from a lighthouse, while the Venuto‘s handle is an exact replica of the delicate hair sticks worn by waitresses in a sake bar in Italy.

With that out-of-the-box maker mindset, Lord and his crew prefer to attend conferences and events completely unrelated to the plumbing fixture world to keep ahead of design trends. In addition to auto shows, gift fairs, and interior design expos like ICFF, Fashion Week is an important early indicator of what might be trending in the faucet design world over the next couple of years.

Says Lord, “When a model walks down the runway, I’m observing the form, material, and movement of the clothing — then thinking of how I can translate what I see into a faucet design.

With Lord’s keen eye for trend-spotting and a talent for reinterpreting that into what he calls “functional sculpture,” Brizo has been rapidly gaining the loyalty of interior designers and architects with fashion-forward clientele. But I would be remiss if I didn’t also credit the talented young designers he collaborates with, which Lord was sure to do often. As a guest industrial design professor at Purdue and other local universities, Lord has his pick of promising designers. One such young protege is Lead Designer Seth Fritz, who co-created the stunning bath collection with fashion designer Jason Wu due out this fall.

So what’s going to be hot in the faucet world? Mixed materials, including the innovative use of unexpected materials as seen in the interchangeable handles of their Siderna suite. Color blocks are very with it, as well.

The Delta kitchen faucet Fuse has been selling like hotcakes, especially the Chili Pepper red! In a completely different direction, Lord predicts Asian Fusion to be coming back around, as it always does every 3-5 years. As he told us, there are usually 4-6 trends that emerge each season as important — which means there will always be a look for everyone’s taste!

Has all this talk about cool technology and stellar design got you hunkering for a new faucet? Well, this just might be your lucky day — Delta has surprised us with an awesome giveaway! Stay tuned for my last installment of “Delta Taps the Maker Movement” for all the juicy details!

Disclosure: Delta Faucets invited Jetson Green to Indianapolis and covered expenses during the conference.  All opinions are our own.  Photo credits: Lisa Vail.

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Delta Taps the Maker Movement: Part I

When I was first asked to represent Jetson Green at the Delta 2012 Maker/DIYer Blogger Event, I knew very little about the concept of makers and even less about our host, Delta Faucet Company. A quick Google search for makers revealed a subculture of out-of-the-box thinkers who share their invention, creativity, and resourcefulness at Maker Faires around the world. Sounds pretty cool, I thought. But what does this “maker movement” have to do with an almost 60-year old plumbing company from Indiana? Along with seven other bloggers, I was about to find out during a two-day, expenses-paid visit with Delta’s makers at their Indianapolis headquarters.

The original Delta maker was company founder Alex Manoogian, who introduced the first single handle lavoratory faucet to the world back in 1954. His company has been innovating ever since, with some of the most exciting technological breakthroughs in the plumbing industry emerging from Delta’s in-house engineers and product developers.

We spent an afternoon with these passionate and industrious fellows, all the textbook definition of a maker if there ever was one! We played with some of their most popular water-saving inventions, feeling the voluminous spray of a low-flow showerhead featuring H2O Kinetics and marveling at those “magicTouch 2O faucets, which stop and start the water flow with a simple tap anywhere on the spout — and from whichever body part is most readily accessible. No need to yuck up your faucet handle with raw chicken hands when your elbow is available!

They even now have completely hands-free activation (known as Touch 20xt) on some faucet lines, which can sense your presence with remarkable accuracy (no faucet dance!), turning on and off immediately after you remove your hands to conserve water. As Senior Product Development Manager Paul Patton put it:

We are very serious about water conservation — but not at the expense of the user’s experience of our products. Our mission is to keep finding and filling the gaps between technology and consumer needs, which makes Delta an exciting place to work right now!

One of the best ways they pinpoint unmet needs is by videotaping and then studying people using their sinks, faucets and showers at home (with their permission, of course!).  When they see common “workarounds” like Big Gulp cups kept in the shower stall for extra rinse power or to wash out the tub, then they know there is an opportunity to fulfill a need. The In2ition showerhead with a built-in handheld is a perfect solution for just those issues! Observing so much wasted time waiting for large pots inspired Multi-Flow and lots of dangling pull-down spray wands led to the invention of the MagnaTite feature.

All this is just the tip of the iceberg of what these innovators have in the works right now! In my next installment, we’ll visit Delta’s Director of Industrial Design Judd Lord and his team in their on-site design studio — where all kinds of cool “making” goes on!

Disclosure: Delta Faucets invited Jetson Green to Indianapolis and covered expenses during the conference.  All opinions are our own.  Photo credits: Lisa Vail.

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A Low-Flow Showerhead with Flow

A sleek modern design, the Caroma Flow gives you enough reason install it even before looking at gallons per minute.  At 1.5 GPM, Flow is among the lowest flow showerheads on the market.  (A limited few low-flow heads have been recorded at 1.25, 1, and even .55 GPM.)

Recently having gone through personal trials of the Caroma Flow, the engineering team designed a nozzle which pressurizes the water so you won’t miss a drop.

I was very impressed with the ease and comfort of switching between spray patterns and adjusting the direction of showerhead.  Caroma has manufactured a high quality product in the Flow showerhead, versatile enough for a variety of design settings.  It retails for about $47 but can be found for less online.

[+] More about the Caroma Flow showerhead.

Photo credit: Caroma. 

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1G is a Water-Wise Tornado of a Toilet

TOTO just introduced a new toilet called 1G and announced that it’s the first manufacturer to break the one-gallon per flush barrier for a gravity-fed toilet, according to a recent statement.  1G is like a tornado in the toilet — less the noise of pressure-assist version — with a Double Cyclone flushing system.

TOTO’s Double Cyclone system propels water through two nozzles for a total flush that “clears the bowl first time, every time.

Plus, 1G’s bowl and rim are coated with SanaGloss, a nanotechnology glaze that seals the porcelain with a barrier to repel matter and bacteria.  This keeps the bowl free of waste and is supposed to help reduce cleaning time and the use of cleaning agents.

I’ve asked for pricing and availability details from TOTO and will update this article when we get that information.  In the mean time, contact a distributor for more information.

[+] Visit TOTO USA for more detail about their toilets.

Credits: TOTO USA.

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The Wedge Tiny Retreat by Wheelhaus

When I first saw The Wedge, pictured in this article, I immediately thought about the Caboose, which is a tiny house in Wyoming that we mentioned about a year ago.  It turns out both of these off-site fabricated cabins are made by Wyoming-based Wheelhaus.  Check it out, this is a company that’s turning out next-gen recreational park trailers built with quality and sustainable materials.

The thing about chassis-based, park-model homes is they need their own place, as Lloyd Alter at Treehugger’s been saying for years. The next-gen RPT needs a next-gen trailer park, if you will. So it makes sense that several of these Wedge prefabs are being rented as ski cabins at the Fireside Resort in Jackson Hole.

Each cabin has a bedroom (with space for a king-sized bed), bathroom, open kitchen and living room, and a deck.  The exterior is finished with reclaimed snow fencing from Wyoming — a la Centennial Woods.

The Wedge has less than 400 square feet, yet with the windows and 17-foot ceilings in the living area, I’d say the cabin feels a lot bigger.  The kitchen has all necessities — two-burner cooktop, under-counter fridge, microwave, dishwasher, concrete countertops, mountain-modern cabinets, and a sink — while the living room has a high-efficiency gas-burning fireplace and flatscreen.

The Wedge bathroom is outfitted with a Kohler toilet, shower doors, quartzite floors, and concrete countertops.  So the end result is a tiny yet open space with all the luxuries in a contemporary mountain style.  Seems like a great way to reinvent the RPT.

[+] More about Wheelhaus recreational park trailers in Wyoming.

Credits: Wheelhaus.

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February Month in Review [Outline]

Here’s an outline of our coverage from February. In terms of our new articles, the most shared one on Facebook was about the lower-cost C6 prefab by LivingHomes, while the most shared one on Twitter was about the value of the green homes market. As always, we’re interested in learning about inventive green homes and new green products around the USA. If you have news for, send us a tip.

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