The post below is an email I sent one of my clients looking for a modernist style home in the Bellevue, WA area.
Let’s start off first with Roger Newell’s website, specifically the home you looked at just off Coal Creek Parkway. The unique thing about this home is it utilizes a lot of commercial construction design and products, so on a cost-per-foot basis it might be one of the cheaper options to build. However, I don’t know how that pencils out once you add the architects fees. I’d suggest that you setup a meeting with Mr. Newell to talk more about your design goals and realistic budget. As I’m neither an architect or a builder I’m certain that he may be able to point you to more resources than what I’m providing here.
The style of homes you like are out of the Bauhaus influence that started in the 1920′s — flat roofs, cubic shapes and lots of windows are typical of this style. While I’m not sure if it’s an actual architectural term, a lot of magazines I read and websites with these types of homes refer to this as modernist architecture.
One of the sites that really likes this term is http://www.fabprefab.com/. This site has a lot of great references and pointers to more information about prefab modern homes. As they put it in their glossary, “modernist” refers to a particular style of architecture which is influenced (to varying degrees) by the work of Bauhaus and International Style.This is a tricky definition because it can imply reverence for some of the most brutal work of the 20th Century. fabprefab is focused on single-family dwellings and therefore embraces elements of the “modernist” philosophy and form.
Most of the houses I’ll be adding links to here are either panelized construction (built in a factory and shipped as 2 dimensional panels) or modular homes (built in factory and shipped in 3 dimensional modules). Fabprefam.com has an excellent summary on the available designs but I thought I’d list my favorites below:
- 6030 House from Ecotempo
- The FlatPak House
- The Sunset Breeze House (designed by Michelle Kaufmann)
- The Glide House (also designed by Michelle Kaufmann)
- Marmol Radziner Prefab
- Construction Resource Group, Redmond WA
they no longer seem to have an active website but they built the first Glide House for Sunset Magazine. Hopefully still in business but I don’t have any contact information for them.
- Empyrean International, LLC
They have a couple lines of prefab homes they rep including the FlatPak House.
Empryrean’s website is called “The Dwell” homes after Dwell Magazine which features a lot of modernist architecture. You should pick up a copy.
So how do I know about all these resources? I picked up a copy of Dwell Magazine a year ago when they reviewed the FlatPak House. I’ve been a fan of Bauhaus/modernist ever since, hoping to build my own some day.