2 Years later: An Oregon Green Prefab home success
We are going to change Vancouver Island's impression of Pre-Fab.
Since we first mentioned Stillwater Dwellings in March 2009, the new company has been extremely busy. Not only have they lined up plans to build green prefabs in Portland (Or.), Santa Barbara (Ca.), and Healdsburg (Ca.), but they’ve recently completed their first prefab home in Bend, Oregon. The company was kind enough to send us a few photos of the inside and outside, and the modern home is just stunning.
It was built using the sd231 floor plan and includes 2,950 square feet of space. Of that space, there’s three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a laundry room, and 600 square feet of garage space. Amazingly, the cost to construct it was $175 per square foot, which includes site work (i.e., excavation, foundation, utilities, and driveway) and six modules of transportation.
Stillwater Dwellings built the home in three weeks in the factory, spent a week making sure everything was good, set the home in 5.5 hours on site, and ushered in the homeowners about three weeks later. Now that’s pretty quick! The completed home has some of the following green features:
Marmoleum flooring in guest bath & laundry room;
Honed Caesarstone countertops;
Dual flush toilets and low-consumption plumbing faucets;
All Energy Star appliances;
Passive cooling with clerestory windows at the highest point of the room;
Operable skylights (3 total) in the middle for stack effect cooling;
Low VOC paints inside & out;
Hardwood floors finished using a OSMO Hardwax Oil;
100% natural wool carpet w/ recycled content pad;
SFI certified wood windows with low-e film and argon gas;
High-efficiency heat pump;
Automated HVAC system pegged to outside and forecast weather;
Smart, automated lighting systems on dimmers;
Systems monitored/adjusted via a web-based portal (or iPhone); and
All native landscaping elements.
Some people assume that a prefab won’t have open or expansive spaces inside, but as you can see below, Stillwater Dwellings doesn’t design or build your average prefab home. This home has 10′ lower level ceilings and up to 13′ clerestory windows on the top floor. And the great room is 16′ wide by 45′ long.