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Backyard Room | Bill McCorkell + David Martin

…to design and construct sustainable garden studios that recognise innovation, passive solar principles, energy savings and the environment.

In most cases our garden rooms require no permit and cause minimal disruption, are designed and built in six weeks, and are installed on site in under five days. 

Bill McCorkell via The Meander Journal 

Meet The Bunkie, A 100-Square-Foot House You Can Take Anywhere via supercompressor. Here’s the CliffsNotes:

  • Only $25,000 (lol)
  • 4 prefab models to choose from, ranging from the Huron to the Deluxe Premier
  • No permit needed to plop it down someplace
  • “Simple foundation” required for plopping

We’re sure that wasn’t helpful at all. Read the whole article here and/or visit bunkie.co here. -ts

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Jens Risom’s Block Island Family Retreat, Rhode Island, Built in 1967

“The popular magazines were all saying that one
couldn’t build a summer home for less than $25,000,” recalls Jens Risom, seated comfortably in a chair of his own design inside his home in New Canaan, Connecticut. “So I contacted Life magazine and said, ‘well, I have one.’”

Life magazine was impressed, not just with the project but with Risom himself—at that point, the designer had already won decades of accolades in modern furniture circles. The resulting article, a lushly photographed ode to Risom’s customized A-frame that he sourced from a catalog and had delivered in pieces to his remote island site off Rhode Island, helped to raise the aesthetic profile of modular construction. At the time, prefab suffered from a public-perception problem—the post–World War II housing boom and the subsequent need for quickly produced, kit-assembly structures had given the landscape of “ready-mades” a “dreary sameness” and a “cheapjack reputation.” Risom’s structure, with its use of weathered wood, soaring cathedral ceiling, and expansive openness tied to its bucolic location, set a new standard for what prefab could look like.