Dwell Magazine Now Selling Minimalist Prefab ADUs

Photo: Benjamin Rasmussin

The possibilities of prefab homes have long stimulated architects who want to build quickly, affordably and at scale. And the reception magazine expand (disclosure: I was an editor there once) has tried For real difficult to enable high-end prefab, sponsoring design competitions and partnering with builders such as Turkel, Lindal and Empyrean (now bankrupt) to build homes in his image throughout its 22-year history. The latest venture is with Silicon Valley-based prefab builder Abodu and Danish firm Norm Architects. This week, they released a 540-square-foot accessory home — aka a backyard — with a “California-meets-Copenhagen feel you can’t find anywhere else,” according to their press release. In doing so, Abodu and Dwell benefit from a climate that has embraced backyard units as one of the solutions to a severe housing shortage.

Abodu’s minimalist prefab Dwell Home looks like it was taken from the pages of the design magazine. Photos: Benjamin Rassmussin.

Abodu’s minimalist prefab Dwell Home looks like it was taken from the pages of the design magazine. Photos: Benjamin Rassmussin.

In recent years, California, which is set to build 2.5 million homes by 2030, has streamlined the process of financing and building backyard homes. Cities like Los Angeles and San Jose now have pre-approved ADU plans to help reduce the time and money involved in lengthy licensing processes. Abodu — which recently received $20 million in venture funding, as did a handful of ADU startups such as Cottage and United Dwelling — handles the entire process of building one for its clients, from permits, site preparation, delivery and installation. One contact person arranges everything for buyers. Above all, Abodu promises to save you time, citing the on-site construction that only takes two weeks. the house home is currently available in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles and Seattle, Washington.

“We’re not the first to offer a prefab ADU, but so many prefab products are being sold as homes that look like a spaceship or a barn,” said Zach Klein, Dwell’s CEO, co-founder of Vimeo and creator of the Cabin Porn. blog. And unsurprisingly, Dwell’s prefab looks like it was assembled from parts handpicked from the minimalist Scandinavian-style cabins and California dream homes that Pinterest, Tumblr, and expand‘s own pages, and that was kind of the point, Klein says. The materials and features are well known: a gabled roof, a cedar facade (which is of course also available in a black-stained option), blond floors, built-in shelves, gloss white kitchen cabinets and a folding glass wall that turns the living room and veranda into an indoor-outdoor room. Klein says he came to the project “prepared with editorial insights from decades of industry reporting, as well as recent research data from thousands expand readers who helped us understand their backyard house requirements. All of this translates into something really nice, but with a starting price of $389,000 (about $100,000 more than Abodu’s other models), it’s hard to imagine that this will make a real dent in the housing shortage. But as a custom Airbnb rental? Secure.

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