Sustainable Pre-Fab: The LivingHomes C6 Project
It’s true — I get really excited about sustainable, energy efficient projects. So when I heard about LivingHomes’ newest low-cost, zero energy, zero carbon, LEED Platinum family home now available on the market, I had to share.
The pre-fab project is called the C6, and it starts at just under $180,000. LivingHomes C6 pre-fabs are the affordable result of a collaboration with Make It Right (a nonprofit founded by Brad Pitt and architect William McDonough to build 150 affordable, sustainable homes in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, the neighborhood hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina). The energy efficient homes boast an exciting show of LED and fluorescent lighting (which, of course, I couldn’t help but notice), low maintenance landscaping and reclaimed, recycled, reused and sustainably harvested furnishings and flooring. Ah, heaven.
This particular model is located in sunny Long Beach, CA. The 3 bed/2 bath home is a 1,232 square-foot modern marvel that features an open floor plan inspired by traditional Roman courtyard homes and later defined by the mid-century modern developments of Joe Eichler.
The floors are all made of sustainable cork, and the reclaimed wood furnishings and wood ceilings add warmth to a bright and airy space. Modern kitchen bar stools are made from 80% recycled aluminum, 40% post-consumer recycled material and 40% post-industrial recycled material. Gusto Ceiling Fans by Modern Fan Co. are dotted throughout the house, helping to keep rooms cool in the summer and circulating warm air down from the ceiling in the winter to cut down central heat/AC costs. The fans also feature optional fluorescent lamping, further eliminating energy waste from expended heat.
The open living room is tied together by well-placed graphic rugs made from recycled plastic bottles, and reclaimed furniture makes the space super comfy and earth-conscious. The Hulger Plumen bulb is framed in orange, pulling double duty as a modern kitchen (and bathroom) design element while lowering electricity costs thanks to its warm, low-energy fluorescent illumination:
Bedrooms feature windows at various levels that allow sunlight to travel throughout the space for most of the day, eliminating the need to turn on extra lights until nighttime. Once the sun sets, hand-crafted and locally produced Macto Table Lamps from Cerno provide LED bedside reading illumination.
Cerno was a popular lighting company to work with thanks to its proximity to the project and their line of modern LED fixtures. Here’s their LED Forma Floor Lamp next to a graphic headboard that reminds me that, no matter how cool the lights are, having a healthy perspective is more important:
Curated. also designed a cozy modern work space within the home, featuring a punch of sunny yellow color and light from the Blu Dot Watt Floor Lamp, consuming only 24 watts with its fluorescent lamping. Another Gusto Ceiling Fan keeps the air circulating throughout the house. Loads of natural sunlight pours through large windows, again taking advantage of the sun’s light and heat as it moves throughout the day.
Photography by Stephanie Kleinman & Izumi Tanaka, courtesy of LivingHomes.