PHOTOS: Blu Homes unfolds new Breezhouse pre-fab green home design
Think origami of coming to life with the new eco-friendly pre-fab, folding Breezehouse from Blu Homes.
Blu Homes redesigned the energy-effiicienct BreezeHouse to better incorporate the company’s steel-frame folding technology. Now the Breezehouse can be folded to a standard shipping size after factory construction, then unfolded on the homebuyer’s property.
Take a photo tour of the Breezehouse.
The folding structure allows the new Breezehouse to be delivered cost-effectively to nearly any location in North America, company officials said. Additionally, Blu’s steel framing and sturdy design make the home suitable for regions with difficult weather conditions, including heavy snowfall and high wind.
Based in Massachusetts and California, Blu Homes builds residential and institutional eco-friendly home designs for families and organizations across the U.S., from New York to the Colorado mountains and the California coast. Blu’s proprietary steel framing and building folding technology allows for efficient shipping across North America. Until now, though, the Breezehouse, one of the company’s most popular designs, was available only on the West Coast due to shipping restrictions.
“We are so pleased to be able to offer this remarkable home to clients across the country for the very first time,” said Bill Haney, Blu Homes CEO. “We are extremely proud of how we’ve perfected this icon through design enhancements, energy improvements, and improved execution to make the buying process much more transparent and convenient for our clients."
Since its introduction in 2005, the Breezehouse has stood out as an icon in design and architecture circles for its distinctive silhouette, clean lines, and innovative use of light and space. The Breezehouse is centered around its beautiful signature Breezespace, a glass-enclosed living area situated under a distinctive butterfly roof. Dramatic sliding glass doors or NanaWalls open to connect the Breezespace to the outdoors, creating an open-air living room that beautifully marries the home's interior with the natural world around it.
The Breezehouse at a glance:
- Built in Blu’s factory to the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship
- Constructed with eco-conscious, sustainably-sourced materials
- Unfolds onsite with proprietary “folding” technology
- Living areas that open to 18.5 feet to 25 feet wide — or 4.5 feet to 10 feet wider than average factory-constructed homes
- 14-foot ceilings and high clerestory windows that wash the home in light
- Green living at its best: radiant flooring, improved insulation, passive heating and cooling
- Flexible and configurable: variety of floor plans and options for three to four bedrooms
- Designed with practical living in mind: spacious kitchen, ample storage, bright open feel throughout
- Single-story, with accessibility-adaptable hallways, doors, bathrooms and more
- Modern, elegant space with custom finishes for personalized comfort
- 56' x 54' footprint, 2,295 sq ft
- Starting at $520,000
“Our folding and steel-frame technologies make the shipping costs much lower than before and allow the Breezehouse to fit in a much wider variety of snow load, wind zone and earthquake conditions—so it just works on a lot more potential sites,” said Maura McCarthy, co-founder and vice president of sales and marketing Blu Homes.
Blu Homes has begun taking orders for its first Breezehouses, and expects homes sold by March to be completed later this year, pending local permit conditions.
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Topics: Building Green
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