About a year ago, we first brought you news of Method Homes and their plan to build a prefab cabin in Glacier, Washington.  And they built the inaugural Method Cabin in about three months.  Now, Method Homes, in collaboration with Balance Architects, is officially launching the Balance S-M-L Series of prefab designs with three main models: small, medium, and large.  Of note, these prefab models have been designed to arrive 95% complete within three months of purchase.  The models range in size from 540 to 856 square feet, and in price from $98,000 to $148,000. 

The S-M-L Series is flexible and green.  They can be used as on or off the grid cabins, guest houses, studios, offices, ADUs, or even small houses.  The design prioritizes a natural aesthetic and all three models will be designed to LEED certification.  Standard amenities include some of the following:

    Aluminum clad exterior fir interior high efficiency windowsBlown in cellulose enhanced insulationPrewiring and pre-piping for solar PV panels and solar hot water systemsStanding seam metal roofingCustom FSC maple plywood cabinetsCustom fabricated awningsSmooth wall sheetrockRainscreen siding applicationLow-flow fixtures and Energy Star lighting

Depending on your budget and commitment to all things green, upgrades include: FSC tropical hardwood decking; FSC framing material; high efficiency woodstove; built in audio, security, and energy monitoring options; two levels of tile package options; multiple flooring options (including engineered bamboo, stand woven bamboo, and FSC domestic woods); tongue and groove ceilings throughout; hydronic air handler, mini split system, and radiant heat mechanical options; and larger operable door units.

Method Homes is doing well in the prefab market these days.  They have five projects scheduled for 2009, including two cabins, two M models, and another prefab.  Plus they have several other homes in the works, and maybe you'll be one of them.  We'll keep you posted as new prefab homes are completed …

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