Prefab home shines in Frank Lloyd Wright's shadow (video)

| by Gary Wollenhaupt
Prefab home shines in Frank Lloyd Wright's shadow (video)

A prefab home rises in southwestern Wisconsin near Taliesin East, site of Frank Lloyd Wright's estate and a currently operational school of architecture, built by a member of Wright’s family.

Blu Homes, Inc. a leading provider of premium prefab homes, unveiled a stunning Balance model that was built for Tim and Karen Wright. Tim, a grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright, is a documentary filmmaker, writer, and teacher. Karen is a management consultant in the real estate field and a board member of Taliesin Preservation, Inc.

The Wrights built their Balance, whose features include a 16-foot high ceiling, abundant windows and a full wall of sliding glass doors, on one hundred and twelve acres of land in southwestern Wisconsin near Taliesin East, site of Frank Lloyd Wright's estate.

"We are thrilled to have built a home for the Wrights in such a beautiful location," said Blu Homes Co-founder and Vice President of Market Development Maura McCarthy. "The Balance is perfectly suited to this high elevation prairie, with its five mile long view of the surrounding countryside. This home and Tim and Karen's vision for the landscape has inspired us at Blu, and we hope it will do the same for our customers."


The Wrights are currently working to restore a tall grass prairie on twenty-three acres of the property.

The Wrights chose the Balance model in part because it perfectly complements their property in Wisconsin. Located in an area untouched by glaciers, the region is characterized by a beautifully sculpted topography, which includes forests, valleys, streams, wetlands, and prairie. The Balance model's generous use of glass windows and expansive sliding glass doors under a double angled, protective roof create both prospect and refuge.

Blu House Wright property

The Balance model’s generous use of glass windows and expansive sliding glass doors create the perfect vantage point for admiring the property.

Commenting on his experience working with Blu, Wright noted, "The Balance was the Blu model that suited our needs the best . . . it's a beautifully crafted house, and it's so reassuring to know that the person designing your house is also manufacturing it, and is going to deliver it with a crew of talented people who will put it up on site. In addition, it was enormously stress relieving to know in advance what the home would cost. Looking back, we could not be happier to have chosen Blu to design, build, deliver and erect our home."

Coinciding with the introduction of the Wright Balance, Blu Homes is announcing the new 2014 Balance Vista model, which is now available. The beautiful single-story Balance Vista home is an update on the original Balance, the most popular model in Blu's design portfolio. Designed for larger lots with stunning views, the Balance Vista is perfect for growing families and downsizers alike.

Blu Home interior

The Wrights' home highlights the Balance’s outstanding features, including 16’ high ceilings, abundant windows and a full wall of sliding glass doors.

Offered starting at $465,000, the Balance Vista has 2-3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and 2,212 square feet of space. The Balance Vista model is organized around a spacious great room with 16-foot high ceilings, and features beautiful clerestory windows that bring in plentiful natural light, and a wall of sliding glass doors to maximize views. An elegant master suite features a luxurious master closet and sliding glass doors that provide a direct connection to the outdoors, while two additional bedrooms provide flexible space for a home office or den. The large kitchen and island are perfect for sharing meals with family and friends and the open floor plan allows for easy flow between the kitchen and living areas.

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Topics: Building Green, GREAT GREEN HOMES, Home Design & Plans, Prefabricated Homes / Systems Built Homes / Modular Homes

Companies: blu Homes

Gary Wollenhaupt

Gary Wollenhaupt is an experienced writer and editor, with a background as a daily newspaper reporter as well as corporate and agency public relations and marketing. He is constantly looking for affordable green upgrades to make to his home in eastern Kentucky.

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