Re: Prefab houses/units
From: Jan Probst (
Date: Sat, 7 Oct 2006 07:45:24 -0700 (PDT)
I'm a member of North Oakland Cohousing, and we're in the pre- construction phase for an urban infill cohousing community. The developers with whom we are working have experience using modular (pre-fab) housing and plan to do so with this project. They work with a Canadian manufacturer (website link below). I recently toured an 11- unit condo complex that was created from modular housing units. It is impressively nice and the sound insulation is wonderful. If you're talking about townhomes or row houses of some kind, one advantage to modular units is that because each unit is completely created separately, your wall is not someone else's wall too. By nature, everything is double-walled. And for you folks on the east coast, construction of the units can take place during the winter months, because it all happens indoors.

North Oakland Cohousing

On Oct 6, 2006, at 6:28 PM, <seniorcohousing [at]> <seniorcohousing [at]> wrote:

We're thinking seriously about using prefab homes instead of architect designed units. Does anyone have any experience with this?

Seems to us that we could link the small houses together with covered walkways and gardens and patios in such a way that they wouldn't look too bad. Has anyone done this?

Does anyone know of a housing manufacturer on the east coast who builds green?


Nina, Ocean State Senior Cohousing, RI

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