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Property Edited by Kate Wertheimer timeout.com/los-angeles/property @kate_em_up OPEN HOUSE


Factory- built


abodes


Save time and money with a prefab home. By Avishay Artsy


THE IDEA OF prefabricated housing—in which homes are built in a factory, shipped and quickly erected on-site—has been around for a century. But the high cost of homes in Los Angeles has led to a local resurgence of interest in prefab. Lots of inventors and


architects have tinkered with the concept, from Thomas Edison and R. Buckminster Fuller to Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright. Factory-produced houses range from low-cost mobile homes to high-end modernist masterpieces, priced according to the structure’s size, location and complexity of design. The benefits are numerous:


precision manufacturing, faster turnaround times for both construction and installation, and a 10 to 15 percent cost reduction over building a home from scratch. Prefab typically


Siegal’s residence


uses steel, which stands up better to earthquakes than wood or brick do and produces less construction waste. “Los Angeles is like the perfect


petri dish for experimentation,” says Jennifer Siegal, founder and principal of prefab company Office of Mobile Design (designmobile.com). “The city is less dense than older East Coast cities, and our 72°F-and-sunny climate allows for lots of indoor- outdoor design possibilities.” Siegal added three vertically


stacked modules (individually fabricated components of a house that can be combined in any number of ways) to her own Venice bungalow, topped with an Astroturf-covered roof deck. The


Time Out Los Angeles July 12–October 10, 2017


additions were built in a factory in three weeks and installed by crane in three hours. Her 12-year- old daughter entertains friends in a prototype prefab playhouse in the front yard. Nearby, LivingHomes (livinghomes.net) CEO Steve Glenn lives in a Santa Monica house made of 11 modules. The house is certified LEED platinum, with solar heating and a gray- water system, and was built with recycled glass, cement, steel and sustainably harvested wood. Movable walls allow the home to be adapted to his family’s changing needs. “We’re showing that you can do


high-quality, highly sustainable, cost-effective housing, in half the


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time, using prefab,” says Glenn. Prefab is also being used for affordable housing and hospitality projects. Michael Maltzan’s Star Apartments on Skid Row, built in 2014, uses prefab modules to house the formerly homeless. Marriott International is building a hotel in Hawthorne using prefabricated rooms; it should be completed in just six months. Even Silicon Valley is getting in on the action down south. Cover Technologies Inc. (cover .build) moved from the Bay Area to Gardena in February and has raised $1.6 million in seed funding. The company uses software to custom-design guesthouses, pool houses,


Backyard lounge and office by Cover Technologies


PHOTOGRAPHS (FROM TOP): COURTESY ALEXIS RIVAS; DOMINIQUE VORILLON


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